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Real. Soaps is expanding into a studio to increase production and begin teaching classes on soap making and natural products!
Real. Soaps is expanding into a studio to increase production and begin teaching classes on soap making and natural products!
Real. Soaps is expanding into a studio to increase production and begin teaching classes on soap making and natural products!
130 backers pledged $6,750 to help bring this project to life.

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Real. Soaps is expanding into a studio to increase production and begin teaching classes on soap making and natural products!

100% Natural & Handmade in Chicago

$6,750

130

I am so humbled and grateful for the amount of support that you have shown! My project will be live on Kickstarter for a few more days, so I have set a Stretch Goal of $6,000! 

This will help Real. Soaps get even MORE, super high quality materials and tools to work with (and hopefully a dishwasher!)   I have added some New Rewards, including new products and Gift sets only available to Kickstarter Backers! 

Click to Watch the Video!
Click to Watch the Video!

Click here to see "Portrait of an Entrepreneur Handcrafted with Care," a video on Real. Soaps by Touchvision.

My company is called Real. Soaps because many "soaps" are not actually soap; they're detergent, and the chemicals in them make them far less than natural - some are potentially dangerous.  Sadly, it is this way with a lot of products, so I learned how to make them myself with REAL ingredients.   I am self taught and since the beginning have been focused on taking what I have learned and sharing it with people so they can make smarter choices about the products they use.

First Stockist! - True Nature Health Foods
First Stockist! - True Nature Health Foods

What started as handmade, small-batch soap has grown over the past 3 years.  I now have an ever-expanding line of all natural products.  I continue to make every product in small batches with intention & care and with my own two hands.   Real. Soaps has gained popularity through word of mouth, friends and family, Etsy, working with local shops, farmer's markets, craft fairs and pop-up shops.  I now stock over 20 stores here in Chicago and several out of state. 

The full line of Real. Soaps' products.
The full line of Real. Soaps' products.

Through 4 apartments I have been growing this company - and now Real. Soaps finally has a space to call its own!   I have been offered an opportunity to grow my business in the form of my own work space.  I will use this space to increase my own production and continue spreading the natural/green beauty message by teaching classes on how to make similar products on your own!

Soaps need to cure for 4-6 weeks before hitting the shelves!
Soaps need to cure for 4-6 weeks before hitting the shelves!

As a maker, this will be my work space and a retail space for my product. As a teacher, I will share my knowledge with my community.

Activated Charcoal Facial Soap - photo by Luckeyboi Photography
Activated Charcoal Facial Soap - photo by Luckeyboi Photography

I have booked craft shows through 2015, and have to follow through on those commitments.  Most of these shows have been paid for but they are not cheap.  In order to make more products, more materials will be needed and potentially more hands.  

Sears Family Photo at Hunt & Gather Market with some of my favorite people! - photo by SBV Photography
Sears Family Photo at Hunt & Gather Market with some of my favorite people! - photo by SBV Photography
     

 http://touchvision.com/video/101556

Your support will help me with:

Creating my work space - An empty room is not a workspace.  I need tables, shelves, chairs, drying racks, mixers, soap molds, lights, etc....

Securing Location - Security deposit

Operating Costs - Rent, fees for license & upcoming shows

Safety Equipment - Soap making can be dangerous.  Goggles and gloves for me and my students!

Materials for products - (BULK) Olive, Avocado, Coconut, Jojoba, Hemp Seed, Sweet Almond, Argan & Coconut Oils, Cocoa Butter, Essential Oils, Sodium Hydroxide(Lye- can't make soap without it!) Pink & Red Himalayan Salts, Israeli Dead Sea Salt, Clays, Cornstarch & Arrowroot & Organic Flower Buds - these are my ingredients for ALL of my current products.  Nice how you can pronounce them all, huh? I use a wide variety of ingredients that are sourced from all over the world. There are a lot more I have yet to try - your help could get those exotic ingredients into my products! 

Packaging - I keep it simple.  My mantra here is "Product, not Packaging."  Even the simple stuff costs money!

Class materials - Office supplies for handouts, individual blenders and soap making tools for multiple students

Advertising - Professional photos/video, signs, flyers, pamphlets & brochures

Miscellaneous Upfront Costs - Nothing actually costs what it does on paper.  Some things may come up!

Risks and challenges

I hand make and package all of the products. Keeping up with production will be a challenge, but with almost 3 years of practice, I think it will be ok....

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    A personal shout out on Social Media thanking you for your support!

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    Your choice of any Lip Balm and a personal Thank You note for being awesome!

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    Soap Sampler
    3 Sample size bars of soap and a personal Thank you note from me to you!

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    Choice of any Soap and a personal Thank you note for helping make my dreams come true!

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    **KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE**
    **NEW PRODUCT!!**
    Be one of the first to try Real. Soaps' Coffee Scrub! Only available to Kickstarter Backers!!

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    **KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE**
    **NEW PRODUCT!!**
    Be one of the first to try Real. Soaps' new Body Oils! Only available to Kickstarter Backers!

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    Choice of Lip Balm and Soap - a pair of products for you along with a personal Thank you note for your kindness!

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    Your choice of any Lip Balm, Soap, Beard Oil or Sugar Scrub, along with a personal Thank you note for your support!

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    Two passes to a Soap Making Workshop! Come by and let me show you what I do!

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    The complete package! You get a personal Thank you note and your choice of a Lip Balm, Soap, Beard oil, Sugar Scrub & Bath Salt! Take a spa day for being amazing!

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    Soap of the Month Club!
    Every month I will send you a different soap along with a personal note about it, reminding you how fantastic you are!

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    **KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE**
    Gift Set #1!
    This includes a Lip Balm, Soap, Deodorant Powder, Coffee Scrub & Beard Oil!
    Perfect for Travel or a Great Gift Set!

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    **KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE!!**
    Gift Set #2
    This includes a Lip Balm, Soap, Body Oil, Sugar Scrub & Hair Serum!
    Perfect for Travel or a Great Gift Set!

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    Name a Bar of Soap - Help me create a custom bar just to your liking. I'll name it after you and sell it under that name!

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    Name the Studio! Whatever name you pick!(within reason)
    I'll make sure it's properly displayed in the workshop studio as a reminder of your generosity!

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