About this project
My name is Amber and I'm the founder and CEO of Bambu Earth. I've been making soap for over 12 years now. Almost 3 years ago I took the leap and quit my day job to pursue my passion for making all-natural soap and skin care. I love Jesus and try to pursue Him with all my heart, I'm married to the most wonderful man who supports me in every way and am a new mommy to the most spunky, beautiful, joyful little girl in the world.
FUN FACT : I protested the circus when I was 18 and almost got arrested. You could say I'm passionate about ethics.. which is basically why I created Bambu Earth.
SOMEDAY : I want 8 kids and a farm. I'd love to adopt and teach children how to grow their own food and make things with their hands. I think those are important things that are undervalued in our culture today.
I started out on a mission to make a "worry-free" product line after realizing that commercial (and even many "handmade") soap and skin care products contain harmful ingredients.
Bambu Earth products are "responsible" in every way: ethical, sustainable, all-natural (really), fair trade, organic, and unrefined. Our products are also eco-friendly, right down to our packaging. We package our soaps in plantable paper... which means you can PLANT the wrapper and wildflowers will grow!!!
We are so excited about opening our very first retail store! It has been a dream of ours since the beginning. There's something special about personally engaging with our customers that is unparalleled. When people can touch, smell and see how pure our products are, they become a customer for life.
We want to change how people purchase body care products! With your help, we can bring our responsible soap and skin care to the city of Mission Viejo for people to purchase locally. We will also be able to offer workshops to show people how we make soap and educate on the importance of good, all-natural ingredients.
We need $10,000 to secure our storefront and get our store ready for business. Here's how we will use the money we raise:
$500 Signage (branding, menu, pricing, instructions)
$1500 Shelving (soap and skincare displays)
$1,500 Furnishings (tables, checkout counter, etc)
$3,500 Demo Area (customers will be able to watch soap being made!)
$500 Decor (to make the store look pretty)
$2,000 Inventory (so we have enough product to sell when we open!)
$500 Workshop Materials (educational materials, catalogs, tools)
WE DID IT!!
With your help, we've reached our funding goal of $10,000! Thank you!
Our 1st stretch goal:
Since we've reached our goal with 5 hours left to go, we're creating a stretch goal!
If we reach $10,500 before our campaign ends we'll be able to start scaling and purchase a professional soap cutter which will cut our loaves of soap in one shot.
If we reach $11,700, we'll be able to purchase a soap tipping pot which will allow us to make over 140 lbs of soap at one time! More soap for everyone!!!
Our store will look something like this when it's done:
We will be supporting local businesses to help furnish and ready our store. For our furniture and displays we'll be using Maker and Meadow. They are an awesome husband and wife duo who handcrafts furniture located in Aliso Viejo, CA.
We will be positioned in the Union Market in Mission Viejo. They are still constructing, so we've drawn a mini rendering so you can see where the store will go. We'll be the second store on the right after you enter the building and across from Portola Coffee!!
***UPDATE!*** We've actually signed our lease for the store! Check out more in our updates section. We've posted a video! :)
Like we mentioned before, most ingredients that beauty products use these days are pretty crappy. They use a couple of great ingredients like "shea butter" and "jojoba oil", slap it on the front label and add to it the unregulated term "natural". What they don't tell you is that the product is loaded with all kinds of other non-natural ingredients (chemicals) that are not only cheap fillers, but actually harmful.
We are bent on changing all of this (or at least making a dent!). We've been selling our truly awesome products online since 2009. We think that opening a retail location is the next step for us to increase brand awareness and create a "community hub"... a place where people can come to learn about soapmaking, ingredients, and environmental sustainability.
Because we think you're awesome and we couldn't reach this milestone without you, we are offering some pretty sweet perks!
We know some people just can't contribute financially, but that doesn't mean they can't help!
Get the word out and make some noise about our story! Don't forget to use the Kickstarter share tools!
Risks and challenges
What's awesome, is our soap and skin care is already in production, handmade by us in our studio! This means fulfillment will have a pretty quick turn-around time because we won't have to wait on equipment or an outside manufacturer. If our campaign is as wildly successful as we hope for it to be, we will have a lot of products to get out, so we will keep you updated on your perk fulfillment every step of the way!
Part of our dream of opening a storefront is to have a section dedicated to demoing how soap is made. We will need permits for this and we are hoping to be approved to make products onsite for our customers to be able to learn the process. We think it's important for people to see where their products come from! If we aren't able to get a permit for this for some reason, we will generate more of our energy and resources into providing workshops for people to come and learn about soapmaking, skin care and natural ingredients!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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