We have been making and molding soap for a little over a year now and are here to Kickstart our soap making to the next level! The inspiration for the soap was initially Lush handmade cosmetics, finding a niche for a soap product that was more geared towards men. Now after several batches we have matured the idea to create a more universal brand for everyone, made with great local ingredients.
Fat&Lye gets its name from the simplicity of the process and the ingredients used. The simple formula we use is Fat + Lye = Soap and we enhance the recipe by using micro-brewed beer, local Seattle brewed coffee and Washington wines in place of the water. Each of the three add a great skin softening quality. Beer has many benefits for the skin including, a relaxing effect and additional anti-bacterial properties due to hops. lt also makes for a sudsier* bar that is great for hair. Coffee is a great exfoliant and has a great natural mild smell. The caffeine also has various benefits, including an invigorating effect. Wine makes for a very nice creamy and rich bar of soap that is great for the skin. Wine also adds antioxidants to each bar and the natural sugars make for better lather (note: there is no alcohol present or scent after the soap making process.) The products used in the most recent batches are: Ninkasi Oatis Stout, Cafe Vita coffee and Columbia Valleys CMS red wine. Our philosophy is that if it's great for the body then its great for the skin.
All the Fat & Lye soaps are handmade, vegan friendly (all fats are from vegetable oils) , non-animal tested and use local Seattle ingredients. Now compare that to bars you find in the supermarket! The difference: Most soaps you find in the supermarket are not actually soap. They are a synthetic detergents made of unnatural chemicals. Many of these soaps use artificial scents and coloring derived from petroleum. Animal based fats and testing are also common in some store bought soap products. Handmade soap is all-natural and is more akin to the way soap was made thousands of years ago using a process called saponification, where fats react with lye to create actual soap. Our process uses only high quality vegetable oils in place of animal fats. As food writer Michael Pollen would say, if you cant pronounce it then you shouldn't be using it!
Each bar is hand-cut and hand-stamped with the Fat & Lye logo. The incentive batches will be made unscented to showcase the pureness of the ingredients. If the project is funded, we will have natural scented combinations on the fat&lye website. Would love some suggestions on what scents you think would work with each variety. Post some ideas on our Facebook or Twitter page!
Some future ideas for the website include: creating a make-our-own soap option. Where you can pick your brand of beer,coffee or wine as well as exfoliants and essential oils and we will make small custom batches for you. Also creating local micro-brewed featured soaps in different areas around the country that can only be found locally. We want our brand to be about good soap but also about great local brewers and makers.
We need Kickstarter to help buy more materials and keep on going with the soap making process. We need to buy more oils, lye, essential oils, scents and packaging materials. We also would like to upgrade our soap molds and stamps for easier production. Also, we really want to get the brand awareness out to the Kickstarter community and help people learn more about what great soap is. We will use some of the money for T-Shirts and stickers with graphics printed by a local shop.
Stretch goal $5,000: With this amount of money we could buy higher quality oils. Some scents and essential oils go for upwards of $200 for a few ounces, which only makes around a dozen bars. We would use the higher quality scents in limited smaller batches and then get feedback on what people like and continue with some of them.
Crazy Stretch Goal $8,000: Wow! With this quantity it would be possible to use higher quality essential oils and natural additives as above. We could use this money for a farmers market booth in Seattle, hopefully in Capitol Hill and maybe Pike Place Farmers Market (longer waiting list). The money would be used for signage, the stall costs and making enough inventory to adequately stock the booth (which would be a lot of soap) .
Thank you for taking the time to check our project out. Feel free to email us with any questions you may have! You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook or Twitter. Please visit our site at fatlye.com.
Risks and challenges
Soap making can be a tricky process some times, but we have tested and used our soap various times and can assure great quality. The soaps have to be cured for 4 weeks after being made to allow for a mild and hard bar.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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