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Soap Distillery is expanding it's studio for product development, increasing demand, and classes!
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Soap Distillery is expanding it's studio for product development, increasing demand, and classes!

Hey there reader, I'm Danielle! I run a little company called Soap Distillery, which offers soaps, scrubs, lip balms, and other products with fragrances inspired by cocktails. Everything Soap Distillery makes is handmade by these working hands.

photo credit: Ronit Bezalel Photography
photo credit: Ronit Bezalel Photography

I started Soap Distillery over 5 years ago as a solution to a problem: I was friggin' B.O.R.E.D. with the other soap options on the market. I loved that I could trust what I found, but needed to jazz up my routine a bit. I spent a great deal of time researching and teaching myself all about soap and how to make it, what ingredients to use, what to avoid, and finally made my first soap: Absinthe! My fragrances continued to evolve into cocktail themed scents, and I figured I was on to something.

Rusty Nail Soap! Photo credit: Soap Distillery
Rusty Nail Soap! Photo credit: Soap Distillery

Fast Forward 5 years and my hobby has turned into a business. My customers have been incredibly supportive and they have turned Soap Distillery into something bigger than I ever thought it would be. I am now at the point where I have moved into a bigger production space, and I need to fill it with new production equipment and tools to help me begin teaching soap making to other folks out there. After 5 years, Soap Distillery is ready to move on to the next steps! This is what I am looking at to help Soap Distillery achieve that goal:

1. Advanced Production Equipment: Mixers, lye tanks, larger molds, and new soap cutters will help me streamline production. The less time I can spend on making products, the more time I can spend on development and getting more products out into more stores that are closer to YOU! How dope would it be to be able to walk to your local store and pick us up?

2. Bulk Materials: While I do purchase many items in bulk, I need to continue the process and purchase bigger bulk items. I finally have a space that can receive larger shipments which is very important. This push will also allow me to adjust our pricing structure and make our products even more affordable while not compromising quality.

3. Bulk packaging materials: In the spirit of DIY, I currently produce all labeling in house. I'd like to make a push to continue the DIY look of our packaging with a more entrepreneurial approach.

4. Tables and Shelving: In order for the space to work as efficiently as possible, I need to be able to organize everything well. I have a few shelves, but need a few more surfaces for different levels of production, and more shelving for product expansion. This will also give me more teaching space.

5. Teaching Materials: Now that I have the new space, I would like to offer classes! With that comes the need for duplicate equipment and other teaching materials such as stick blenders, aprons, individual soap molds, raw ingredients, printed take home documentation, and protective gear. I want you to learn how to make soap and take your work home with you!

6. Show costs: After all is said and done, I want to continue to see you in person! Helping with some show fees will help me continue to sell in person throughout the year, and do my favorite thing which is see you!

New Studio: who dis? Photo credit: Soap Distillery
New Studio: who dis? Photo credit: Soap Distillery

 What makes Soap Distillery different than everything else out there?

There are a few things that make this cocktail themed company different. First off is, well, you probably know. Whiskey soap? Gin soap? Elderflower Liqueur sugar scrub? I created the challenge of this boozy theme not to limit my options, but to force myself to use my creativity to differentiate myself from other companies.

No soy, no palm, no pthalates, no brightly colored dyes, no sodium lauryl sulfate, and truly handmade.

When I say I make my soap myself and make it from scratch, that is exactly what I mean. No soy bean derivatives, no pthalates in Soap Distillery fragrances, no sodium lauryl sulfate bases, none of that. Plus all of the scent blends I offer are made with essential oils and they smell unlike anything you’ve ever smelled before, you know, in a good way. 

Woman owned, black owned, solo owned.

It's just me, and it's really just me! While I have assistance from time to time, this is all on this black woman's shoulders. This lady from Detroit is entirely self taught, driven, and making something super cool! I am more than proud to represent a very underrepresented community in the maker movement, and to offer other black people something a little different than what big companies keep telling us we should like. These products are truly for everyone and all of my customers have been able to find something in Soap Distillery that really speaks to them.

photo credit: Ronit Bezalel Photography
photo credit: Ronit Bezalel Photography
    

UPDATE 5/9/18:

WHOA! My project has been backed! I m adding some stretch goals below. Let's see how much we can accomplish!

STRETCH GOAL #1: $13,000

If we reach 13,000, I'll be able to purchase a larger soap cutter, and larger molds. 

Soap cutter
Soap cutter
Slab molds
Slab molds

 STRETCH GOAL #2: $14,000

If I hit $14,000, I can purchase a larger lye tank which will help prevent raw material waste and speed up soap production.

Lye tank
Lye tank

 STRETCH GOAL #3: $15,000

If I reach $15,000, I can purchase a label machine. This will keep the bottle labels nice and straight and allow me to spend less time applying labels.

Label machine
Label machine

Risks and challenges

I believe the biggest risk for this project is the ability to fulfill all the rewards, especially if the project blows up. To overcome this, I've spread out the delivery dates for everything so that I have an appropriate amount of time to deliver everything.

I want to be able to hit the ground running, so I've already got all of my ingredients and equipment lined up. All I have to do is give my manufacturers the go ahead!

I have the benefit of time and experience on my side. I am not starting fresh and I can use this experience to help me overcome any challenges I might face. I am hoping for this project to be wildly successful and I am prepared to take on any challenges (like having to make a million soaps) that may arise. Basically what I am saying is, bring it on supporters!

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    Getting warmer: Small Sampler Set

    Let's keep it moving! Exclusive to Kickstarter, this small sampler set is perfect for those who wanna help, and also try something out.

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    Keep It Comin'

    Whoo! Keep it comin'! Two soaps and a thank you card coming your way.

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    And Another One

    Get a sugar scrub and a thank you card. Trust me when I say, it's gonna be great! Plus get a shout out on our website!

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    Getting Warmer

    Is it getting warm in here, or is it just me? Get three soaps of your choice, and a shout out on our website!

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    Set it off

    Exclusive to Kickstarter! Get the full starter kit: a soap, a scrub, a body oil, and a lip balm all for you! Plus get a shout out on our website.

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    • One body oil of your choice.
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    All For You

    Birthdays are coming up, so plan ahead and don't forget to stock up for yourself :) 9 soaps, perfect for the gifting. Plus get a shout out on our website.

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    Still For You

    There's still more for you! 2 scrubs and 2 body washes, just for you! Plus get a shout out on our website.

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    All ABOUT You

    Exclusive to Kickstarter! Choose 1 soap from our line and customize the ingredients! Add oats, poppy seeds, change the color, add a swirl, or do whatever you want! Get 6 bars of the scent when the soaps are ready, and get a shout out on our website.

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    Stay Stocked

    One soap every month for 12 months! Never miss out on a Soap Distillery soap and have it delivered to your doorstep by the 1st of every month. Free Shipping! Plus get a shout out on our website.

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    Gift Shopping Done

    Start planning your holiday shopping early! Get 12 soaps, 12 lip balms, 12 scrubs, and 2 surprise gifts, just in time for the holidays! It's never to early to save time on shopping. Stay home and leave the crowds to the suckers. Delivered by November 1st. Plus get a shout out on our website!

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    Private Lessons

    You're amazing! Get a private tour for two of our new work space, get an extensive soap and lip balm making lesson, and make your own custom soaps and lip balms to take home! Customize your recipes and reap the rewards of your hard work! Take home 14 bars of soap and 14 lip balms. You'll be contacted to schedule a day for this. Also, get a shout out on our website!

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    Dealer's Choice

    You pick! You'll get to customize a soap scent, get the soap named after you, a blurb on the packaging about your awesomeness, and 14 bars just for you! The soap will be listed on the website and the world will know exactly how cool you are. Plus get a shout out on our website.

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    The Whole Show

    Get a DIY beauty care day at the workspace for you and 3 friends with Soap Distillery! Make your own clay facial masks, body scrubs, body oils, and get a gift bag per person (includes 3 soaps, 1 lip balm, thank you card, and one special gift!) Plus get a BIG shout out on the website. You'll be contacted to schedule a date.

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    • Custom clay mask made by you! One per person.
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