Who we are
MeepleSoap is a company created by myself and my husband to combine my love of soaping with our mutual love of boardgames and tabletop games. My husband became permanently disabled in a car crash in 2007 and finds traditional work impossible, so MeepleSoap has the added benefit of providing him with work he can be proud of! While we hope to eventually expand to other types of gaming paraphernalia in soap form, very few forms are as universal as the humble meeple! Meeple are 2.6oz and 2.6"x2.6", the perfect size for kids to adults, and the shape is perfect for little hands to hold during bath time too!
Our Longterm Goals
We ultimately plan to sell wholesale to gaming stores, conventions, and specialty geek shops, as well as custom geeky soaps for special events in our customers' lives. To be able to offer competitive wholesale prices, we must be able to order supplies in large quantities. We have already paid the design and block fee for our meeple molds, but each additional meeple mold costs $195.00. For our stretch goals of a new design, the block fee, carving fee, and single sheet mold is $585.00. To make any kind of quantity requires quite a few molds, so we've turned to kickstarter to raise the necessary capital.
Our Goal for this Kickstarter
The purpose of this kickstarter is to fund the high-quality silicone molds needed to produce MeepleSoap with precision and accuracy while increasing volume. Our molds are being created by John and Shawna at Masterline Molds right here in the USA, carved by hand. We could have gone to China to have molds made cheaply on huge production lines, but we believe in supporting our economy through our own spending whenever possible. Molds take six weeks to create, so we have opted for all-natural soap bases for the soaps in this kickstarter!
We intend to create cold process meeples once the kickstarter is completed, but due to the six week cure time & increased margin for error, it wasn't realistic for this fundraiser. We know you will LOVE our base soaps just as much as our cold process!
Any monies collected in excess of our goal will go towards bulk purchases of oils and, dependent on amount, may allow us to fund additional geeky molds! For information on our stretch goals (no add-ons, we promise! Only free soap!) please scroll down.
International Backers: The most economical option is USPS First Class, which covers up to 4 lbs. We apologize that we could not find a lower cost option for those only wanting 1 or 4 meeple. May we suggest going in together with another person?
What kind of soap will I receive?
We purposefully made a lot of choices - a naturally fragrance free goats' milk base for the sensitive skinned, and the vegan, wild and colorful original MeepleSoap in our moisturizing shea butter base! MeepleSoap will be available in two bases and scented and unscented. All our soaps & fragrances are Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS) free, pthalate free and paraben free. Our soaps for this kickstarter uses high-quality fragrance oils (except for Rosemary, Lemongrass, Lavender, Cedarwood, and Peppermint, which are essential oils), which are synthetic and as a result, more economical while still great smelling! As a result of 10 years of vegetarianism, I am sensitive to the veg community and use separate pots, pans, and implements in my animal-based goats' milk soaps, so you can be confident that your veg soaps are just that - 100% veg friendly! *Our yellow, orange, and green meeples contain hemp seed oil, so if you have an allergy to hemp, please let us know in the comments. If you choose a 10-meeple rainbow, your yellow, orange, and green meeple will be more pastel in color than those containing the hemp seed oil.
If you are purchasing for small children, we are happy to provide feedback on scents your child might enjoy. No fragranced soap is recommended for children under one year of age.
$1,200 - We are able to add a guest soap meeple size to our mold order. Every order will receive two (2) meeple guest soap (about 1"x1") FREE, even if you only order a single meeple!
$2,000 - We are able to add an Elder Sign soap mold to our mold order. Every order will receive one (1) Elder Sign soap (about 2.5"x2.5") FREE, even if you only order a single meeple! Elder signs will be available on our website at a later date, so backers will be the first to have this delectable, if madness-inducing soap!
That sounds like a LOT of soap! How will you do it all?
That is a very wise question, especially given that we are a small venture (2 people + 1 part-time assistant!) We have been selling soap in our local area for a while now, building up enough capital to place a large order of soap base before the Kickstarter even begins! That way, we can begin creating soaps within 1 week of our kickstarter ending, as surveys begin rolling in. I was very conservative in my estimate of when rewards would ship, to allow plenty of "padding" in case we ran out of boxes, or needed to order more supplies. Really the only thing that could hold us up is a delay on the stretch goal molds, which take a full six weeks. We will be creating all the meeple in that six week window, so we will only have the new mold products to add to boxes once those molds arrive. Should we not achieve any stretch goals (sad face!) meeple will be shipped out as they are completed, as soon as 2 days after the Kickstarter ends.
I pride myself on transparency and communication - so any snafus will be front and center for all to get a good laugh at, with a realistic timeline to catch back up. Please note: I do have a full-time job. If you e-mail me or request information that isn't listed here, I will do my best to get you an update ASAP, but it may take 1-2 days depending on what's going on in our lives.
Risks and challenges
Should the stretch goal molds be delayed, or I run short of a supply, it could affect our backers. In the case of supplies, I use a company on the west coast, so turnaround is only about a week, so very little affect on the bottom line. A delayed mold can, of course, be a bigger problem - up to a month - however we will keep our backers in the loop!
Shipping can be a challenge when it comes to large kickstarter projects, but I have a head start already, including an enormous 6' packing station already filled with boxes, tape, tissue, labels, business laserjet (with extra toners ;-)), and soap packaging. I've already pre-screened my shipping helpers should my project exceed expectations, so the only shipping delays would be unforeseen inclement weather affecting shipping routes, post office closures or acts of terrorism. All of those seem pretty unlikely, but I always keep an open line of communication for any questions!
We are relying on Masterline for our molds because they have been doing it for many companies for years. As every mold is made by hand, there is always a chance it may not cure correctly or have a "wart" (so to speak), and need to be remade. Any delays with molds will be communicated with our backers immediately.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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