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Ever wonder how soap is made? Bambu Earth is opening a local store front so you can watch and see us make it right before your eyes!
Ever wonder how soap is made? Bambu Earth is opening a local store front so you can watch and see us make it right before your eyes!
Ever wonder how soap is made? Bambu Earth is opening a local store front so you can watch and see us make it right before your eyes!
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Ethical, Natural, Handmade Soap + Skincare by Bambu Earth!

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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:

Storefront Concept
Storefront Concept

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. 

Ashley and Tyler Seeger, owners of Maker and Meadow
Ashley and Tyler Seeger, owners of Maker and Meadow

 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!!

Store rendering
Store rendering

 ***UPDATE!*** We've actually signed our lease for the store! Check out more in our updates section. We've posted a video! :)

Signed, Sealed, Delivered!
Signed, Sealed, Delivered!

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! 

New reward! 

Mini Replica Shelving by Maker and Meadow
Mini Replica Shelving by Maker and Meadow

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!

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    Our thank-you mailed to you on a personalized postcard printed on seeded paper. You'll be able to plant the postcard and watch wildflowers grow! Plus your name on our website as a contributor.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL : ONE SOAP wrapped in seeded paper that grows wildflowers when you plant it and a Bambu Stick Lip Balm of your choice! Plus your name on our website as a contributor.

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    ONE SOAP of your choice wrapped in seeded paper that grows wildflowers when you plant it and a Bambu Stick Lip Balm of your choice! Plus your name on our website as a contributor.

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    LIP BALM FLIGHT SET OF FIVE: You'll receive our five pack flight of ultra creamy lip balm. Includes: Lavender, Grapefruit, Lemonade, Peppermint & Orange. Plus your name on our website as a contributor.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL : OUR SOAP TRIO with three 4.5 oz soaps of your choice wrapped in seeded paper that grows wildflowers when you plant it! Plus your name on our website as a contributor.

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    OUR SOAP TRIO with three 4.5 oz soaps of your choice wrapped in seeded paper that grows wildflowers when you plant it! Plus your name on our website as a contributor.

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    THREE MEN'S SHAVING SOAPS
    Soap scents include: Patchouli, Cedarwood Lemon and Herbs + Mint. Plus your name on our website as a contributor.

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    PUMPKIN OATMEAL FACIAL KIT : You'll receive our Pumpkin Oatmeal Facial Glow + Pumpkin Oatmeal Facial Mask + Pumpkin Oatmeal Soap. Plus your name on our website as a contributor.

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    WOMEN'S TOILETRY BAG: Receive our custom American made canvas toiletry bag made by designer Shotgun Paul plus our Lip Balm Flight (set of five). Bag comes adorned with the Bambu Earth logo and lined with corresponding custom fabric. Plus your name on our website as a contributor.

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    MEN'S DOPP KIT: Receive our custom American made canvas DOPP kit by designer Shotgun Paul plus our Men's Shaving Kit of your choice. Dopp kit comes adorned with the Bambu Earth logo and lined with corresponding custom fabric. Plus your name on our website as a contributor.

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    BASIC SKIN CARE KIT :
    Receive our must-have basic skincare kit.
    Includes: Tea Tree Cleanser, Rosemary Toner, and Petitgrain Day + Night Cream. Plus your name on our website as a contributor.

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    DELUXE SKIN CARE KIT: You'll receive our
    + Tea Tree Cleanser
    + Lavender Rosemary Toner
    + Herbal Facial Sugar Glow
    + Herbal Buttermilk Facial Mask
    + Petitgrain Facial Cream. It's everything you need to give your face the ultimate skin care routine! Plus your name on our website as a contributor.

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    THE WORKS : Receive THREE bars of our best selling natural handmade soap PLUS our Basic Skincare Kit.
    Includes all of the following: Soap (Lavender Oatmeal, Almond Lemon, Birch Mint), Skincare Kit (Tea Tree Cleanser, Rosemary Toner, Petitgrain Day + Night Cream). Plus your name on our website as a contributor.

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    ONE YEAR SUPPLY : Receive a one year supply of soap! You'll get one bar of soap per month for one year. Soap will be delivered fresh to your door, sent on the 1st of each month. Plus your name on our website as a contributor.

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    You'll receive a beautiful handmade mini replica of the shelving in our store. These are high quality handcrafted locally by Maker and Meadow. See photos below in the description!
    Perfect for the bathroom to hold your Bambu Earth soap and skincare! Other ideas: books, towels, photos, plants, movies, etc!
    Free shipping!
    Measurements: 17L x 15W x 36H

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    HOLIDAY SHOPPING DONE! Who wants to spend the holidays fighting crowds and standing in long lines? Receive 40 bars of soap gift wrapped at more than 20% off plus free shipping! Soap comes labeled with our plantable paper (it grows wildflowers! - with instructions on how to plant) and packaged in a thick cotton drawstring bag stamped and ready for gift-giving! Now all you have to do is decide who's on your "nice" list!

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    WILLY WONKA SOAP FACTORY : Receive an exclusive private tour of our new retail store and soap demo area. You'll be able to personalize your very own loaf of soap (EIGHT bars) from start to finish. This includes customizing your base oils, essential oils and additives. You'll get to see first hand how soap is made and once your personalized soap has cured (4 weeks) it will be delivered to your door cut and packaged in seeded paper! Plus your name on our website as a contributor.

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    HOLLYWOOD STAR : We will formulate an exclusive bar of soap and name it after you! The new soap will be added to our collection for at least one year and you'll also receive a complimentary loaf (EIGHT bars) of your very own soap to show off to your friends and family or give as gifts! Plus your name on our website as a contributor.

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    PRIVATE SPA EVENT : A private in-home spa event for 10 people hosted by the founder. You'll enjoy cocktails and spa fare, a complete sampling of the Bambu Earth Skincare line, and a complete (DIY) facial. Your guests will also receive a complimentary Basic Skincare Kit ($800 value)! Choose a date between September 2014 - September 2015 subject to availability. Plus your name on our website as a contributor.

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Funding period

- (30 days)