Wednesday and Hollingsworth began Scared Soapless with a mission to design and make an array of body-loving soaps that also celebrate our love of horror. We create beautiful soaps with fun backstories—the kind that are suitable for gifting and display. We also make balms, body butters, and more in our BLAM! By Scared Soapless line. That's a non-scary array of natural, vegan moisturizing products. Ultimately, Scared Soapless products are made for using and enjoying! Within a few years, the creation and design of Health and Beauty products, stories, and packaging became more than a fun hobby for us—it was a labor of love.
We gave our creations as gifts to family and friends, posted pics everywhere, and donated to people in need. It was all so amazing! When people responded positively to our products, we eventually decided we'd give it a go as a business. We'd already invested a lot of time and money, but there was a lot more to think about. Some of our new designs require the purchase of a good laser printer. We also need equipment for packaging and packing our soaps and other items to protect them during shipping. Along with our own investment and that of a brave seed investor, we're ready to build and maintain our own website—which will help us keep prices low by avoiding listing fees and all those pesky percentages lost. We also want to set up shop at some local craft fairs.
Luckily, we live in an area where people strive to support small business. We hope we can build a local following and get a large online response. We're delighted to have the opportunity to combine a lifelong love of horror with the joy of creating items that nourish and moisturize beautifully. We believe in using only the best products on skin. After all, you only get one epidural layer, and we're not corpses yet…
In the end, we know our spooky soaps won't change the world. But we hope they'll add some scary fun to the world, while helping us all enjoy softer skin.
What do we offer?
BoneHead soaps are a goat's milk skull embedded in a luxurious honey soap--like John Hammond meets Edgar Allan Poe.
Telltale Soaps are vegan aloe soaps that feature a human heart 'frozen' in a sparkly blue-tinted soapy 'ice cube.'
Brainy Kid soaps are colorful goat's milk soaps with awesome swirls and patterns. Each one contains a toy--so you have to scrub to get to it!
Brain Buzz is a caffeinated soap loaf designed to perk you up in the morning. This soap not intended for use by children.
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Bellingham the Grotesque is a vegan aloe soap created in swirly, shimmery greyscale. Protects your skin from dryness, and maybe your home from misfortune.
WaneNite is a shea spa bar containing activated charcoal and a beautiful waning moon design in midnight blue. Not affiliated with the actual Wayne Knight, but we do love him!
Scene of the Grime is a bar we can't wait to make. We use water-soluble paper to print a 'bloody' handprint on either side of the soap, fusing them together with a layer of red. Can be made in luxury (contains animal products like honey or goat's milk) formulation or totally vegan.
Lime in the Coconut lip balm is the debut product in our BLAM! By Scared Soapless HBA line. This vegan lip balm is yummy, all-natural, and feels awesome on your lips. We hope to introduce more flavors, tints, and glitter versions in the future.
Skin Stuff body butter is a wonderful combination of natural butters and oils, whipped into a fluffy, skin-loving water-free moisturizer that your skin will love.
We have ideas and are testing recipes for beard butter, moisturizing shaving soap, and soaps with ingredients believed to soothe eczema and clear oily skin. Perhaps most importantly, they'll leave you Scared Soapless.
Risks and challenges
We can easily fulfill our Kickstarter rewards on the scheduled we've set. We hope to begin taking internet orders as of May 1st.
Scared Soapless, like the zombie apocalypse, is inevitable.
Where your money will go:
1. Research and Development. In addition to maintaining a full inventory, we need product we can use to test new ingredients, fragrances, additives, and techniques. Whether these products emerge as successes or become valuable learning tools (that's how we refer to fails here), experimentation takes time and costs materials that can't always be resold. But we think it's the best way to develop a line of exceptional products!
2. Packaging. Good packaging isn't just about looking cool—though that is part of it. Many of our soaps are made with glycerin. While it's a good ingredient for skin, it can pull moisture from the air—especially during shipping where our soaps experience sharp changes in temperature and humidity. Shrink wrapping is very important to ensure that your soaps are as beautiful when you get them as they were when they left. For this, we need equipment for shrink wrapping, plus plenty of bubble wrap and top-notch packing materials for shipping.
3. Equipment. Our expansion means we need larger (and some duplicate) equipment for melting, mixing, molding, and beautifying our soaps. We invest in quality equipment so we can bring you the very best results. We think it's important to have separate utensils and molds for vegan and unscented items. We bet vegans and those with fragrance sensitivities agree.
4. Expansion. We want to grow our product line quickly. We're developing a line of spooky and/or sparkly lip balms (BLAM! by Scared Soapless) we can't wait to share with you. We also want to make vast quantities of our whipped body butters because people love them so much. But getting set up for mass production of a new product requires the acquisition of—you guessed it—equipment and supplies. Related: Anybody out there like BLACK GLITTER?
5. Technology. We are dying to introduce a line of soaps featuring cool graphic elements. Our Scene of the Grime design features "bloody" fingerprints on both sides of the soap, plus a splash of red to finish the look. For that we need water soluble paper, a printer and toners/inks that will bring glorious color to each and every bar.
We also need portable tech that will allow us to take credit card payments and handle sales remotely. Oh, and we gotta pay the guy who's building our website and sales portal. He's a genius.
6. Staff. We're a tiny operation just now. In fact, we're a single household. But with your help, we can afford to bring in a part-time staffer or two--and pay them a proper wage. We believe in paying fair and reasonable wages as part of a healthy and productive work environment. As we grow, we hope to bring in more staff to help with packaging, shipping, craft fairs, and eventually—helping to create all the products you love. We would love to bring a few good jobs that don't require a college degree to our community.
7. Marketing. We do have a teeny tiny marketing budget in hand. But you know what's more effective than a small marketing budget? Great word-of-mouth, virality, and a larger marketing budget. You can help with all of that just by donating or sharing!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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