Why We Don't Make Samples

Why We Don't Make Samples

We often get asked if we make sample sizes and so I thought I would write a post about this. There are a few reasons why we don't do sample sizes and often customers don't realise with handmade items that it is not as simple as it seems.
- We don't do sample sizes as we have a lot of products and are limited for both time and space.
- Our products are all plastic free and are in specific packaging for that purpose and to find this plastic free packaging in very small sizes is difficult and also wasteful, we don't like to produce / send out more packaging than necessary. But to try to find tiny aluminium bottles and tiny compostable bags would be a mission and add more waste to the world which we don't want.
- Our oil based products like our Deodorant Bars and Moisturiser Bars have to be in certain packaging and can't just be sent out wrapped in paper.
- We'd have to have a whole new miniature range of ingredient and product labels made for all products, costly and we don't have the storage capacity for extra labels.
- Different customers would want different products in samples so we'd have to have a sample range of everything, which is a lot, we currently have for sale about 70 separate handmade products.
- Our recipes are measured and weighed precisely and exactly to fit into certain size moulds too and this is not easy to change even if it is for a one off sample request.
Instead we hope that customers can rely on our reviews from other customers for assistance. Thank you for taking the time to read ❤
 
May 07, 2021 — Dawn Rhodes
The process of bringing products to market

The process of bringing products to market

Welcome to my latest Good Soap blog article. This article focusus on why we can't just easily make changes to our scents and recipes.

Very often I get customers messaging me or emailing me to ask if we can make a new scent of soap or a new scent in our other products so I thought I'd write a blog post to explain why this isn't as simple as it seems and to explain the process behind bringing a product to market.

Currently we have on sale (this is a lot of stock for our small workshop!)

  • 20 Soap / Shampoo Bars including 2 children's soaps, a baby soap and a dog soap
  • 4 Pumice Soaps
  • 4 Salt Soaps
  • 2 Shave Soaps
  • 4 Cleansers
  • 5 Deodorants all in a choice of bicarb and bicarb free
  • 6 Tinned Skin Balms
  • 6 Lip Balms
  • 10 Moisturiser Bars
  • Mini Soaps Selection Boxes, tins, sets and accessories

Every single one of our products are designed and handmade by us here on site. Ingredients that we use in products are not only chosen for their scent but are also chosen for their effect on skin or hair, and so everything is carefully thought through during the development process. Bear in mind we are trying to offer products to a huge range of customers, we want scents that will be popular as well as effective so that as many customers as possible can benefit from the properties and enjoy them.

When we develop a new product range and settle on a recipe we have to submit the recipes to obtain a safefty certificate. This is an expensive and lengthy process and we are legally required to have these certificates in place before we sell. This process of getting the 'legals' done from start to finish can take up to 2 months, sometimes more. We currently have a range going through the system that we began working on in January 2021. Once recipes are safety approved we have to stick to the exact measurements that we submitted and cannot deviate.

We work with our designer to produce packaging and labels and again this can be a time consuming process and deviation to this would involve a redesign and reprint of labels. 

We are very very busy and getting busier all of the time, this is something we are grateful for during what has been a very difficult time for many many business's. As our business expands rapidly, covid restrictions on the way we work has left us with a smallish workshop in which products need to be made, stored and packaged for customers. Our space is small Michelle who makes our products, and Gemma who wraps our parcels, have to work opposite shifts. Our space and time is currently full to the brim!

And so when customers ask us if we can change the scent of a certain product, or if we can add a new scent or product type to the range there is a reason that we cannot simply do that and I hope this post explains the reasons why - thank you for reading, Dawn and team 

www.the-good-soap.co.uk 

 

March 19, 2021 — Dawn Rhodes
Riding The Rollercoaster of 2020

Riding The Rollercoaster of 2020

2020 began as just another year........

December 10, 2020 — Dawn Rhodes
About The Good Soap Moisturiser Bars - includes demo video

About The Good Soap Moisturiser Bars - includes demo video

The Good Soap Moisturiser Bars are a solid block of moisturiser made from a combination of wax, butters and oils.
November 13, 2020 — Dawn Rhodes
The Good Cleanser Launch

The Good Cleanser Launch

Since introducing new skin care products to The Good Soap I think cleansers are the product that I have been asked for by customers the most often.
July 25, 2020 — Dawn Rhodes
Using Natural Fragrance

Using Natural Fragrance

Here at The Good Soap we don't use anything artificial in our products we only use natural oils, butters and waxes. 
July 15, 2020 — Dawn Rhodes
Having Soap For The Future

Having Soap For The Future

Lockdown has had a massive effect on millions of businesses right across the world and all along I've been fortunate to be able to work safely from my home and for this I am truly grateful......
May 30, 2020 — Dawn Rhodes
A Day In The Lockdown Life

A Day In The Lockdown Life

Running The Good Soap alone during lockdown is challenging and tiring and I can't wait for my team to be able to rejoin me!
May 04, 2020 — Dawn Rhodes
The Good Soap and Covid 19

The Good Soap and Covid 19

The Good Soap is a very busy home based business run by myself Dawn Rhodes and employing 2 staff members, Michelle and Gemma.
March 31, 2020 — Dawn Rhodes
Hand Washing

Hand Washing

Good hand hygiene is always important of course but currently with the spread of Coronavirus it is more important than ever to wash our hands thoroughly and effectively to protect ourselves and others. Using a bar soap is easily as effective a liquid detergent soap, and without the additions of chemicals and the plastic container.
March 03, 2020 — Dawn Rhodes