I changed my mind…

by simplysoap

*sighs*

I’ve decided to keep the soap cutter. Trying to make the decision has really tied me in knots. It was basically the 10kg of soap below that did it for me. Faced with the thought of cutting all of this by hand (and the resulting mistakes, rejects & wonky slices) l decided to give it one last try.

I started out with the soap below, which was fresh out of a washed milk carton. (l LOVE milk carton soap, if l could drink enough milk, l’d make all of my soaps in milk carton moulds!)

It sliced like a dream. Seriously. I think the freshness of the soap contributed to a much better result, because my test log when l first bought the soap cutter was about 5 days old before l cut it, and didn’t cut half as nicely. It was also a goats milk soap, l’m not sure if that may have contributed too, although one of the logs from this morning was also goats milk and l didn’t have any trouble cutting it. In fact everything l cut this morning was still warm and sliced beautifully. l wonder if the warmth helped… (?)

So yes, my soap slices are going to be slightly, slightly thinner. They’ll average out at 125g per bar instead of 130-150g (and there’s no consistency with those latter measurements it’s very hit and miss).

I’m not entirely happy with making smaller soap, because it reminds me of when you go to buy *anything* at the supermarket these days and the packets and jars seem to get smaller and thinner everytime you pick them up. It annoys me no end, it smacks of being sneaky and underhanded, and l really, really hate it. So for me to now make smaller soap for the same price, well, it sticks in my throat a bit.

But… (there’s always a ‘but’ isn’t there LOL)

  • It means less wastage because the bars are far more accurate, neatly and consistently cut. And because of that:
  • It means l don’t have to put my prices up, and l was starting to think l was going to have to increase them soon.
  • We cut and put away that 10kg of soap in no time, so it is obviously much more efficient.
  • And the novelty of having a new ‘toy’ has made me quite enthusiastic about making more soap, and really, that’s exactly what l need right now, a bit of enthusiasm LOL.

So l’m going to slightly adjust my labels, re-shoot some of the product photos and just get used to very slightly smaller bars. I hope all of my customers out there will forgive me. If not, l suppose l now have quite a LOT of soap to use for myself or give away for next years christmas presents *LMAO*

5 Responses to “I changed my mind…”

  1. A smart, smart, smart decision. Once you get used to them, I’m sure you’ll not even notice. If that means too that you can hold off on a price rise, then we win too :)
    Now, when will that gorgeous milk carton soap be ready to send????
    xxx

  2. Oh hun, I know what you mean! I finally caved and got one for myself last year too. It was the hardest thing to change the sizes of my soaps, but its actually opened me up to new clients! The slices are smaller hence cheaper on the wallet and now more buyers…love the soapy porn, thanks for sharing!!

  3. As a soapmaker myself, i understand completely. For me, its the experimenting and creating that keeps the interest alive. I love the thrill of unmoulding a new batch to see how it turned out and how it performs in the shower. From a business point of view its hard to stock fresh soap in 50 varieties. Perhaps you could introduce a new “soap of the month” which allows you to still play a little while maintaining a standard range. If the soap of the month doesnt sell, you can scrap it or keep it for your own use. By the way, love your product photos!

  4. Hi! Loving reading your blog and looking at your fantastic photos – have just gone right through your Facebook gallery!. I also really like the look of this cutter, obviously a great time-saver. Any chance you could tell me where you scored this one? Would still love to know where you had your soap stamp made, if you’re still willing to share, of course! You’re work is truly inspirational! :)

  5. Hi. I know this is rather an old post. But I’m desparetely in the market for a soap cutter, and I’ve seen one exactly like yours at a price I can afford because of free shipping ( I’m in S A and shipping costs out of e US for the more popular cutters costs just as much as the cutters). My question is, how does this cutter perform. Are you still happy with it? Would you recommend it? I would really appreciate you advice. There are no, absolutely no cutters in SA, you have to t one made or imported.

    Thanks such a beautiful blog, yo are an inspiration.

    Zikhona

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