A felted soap is sheep's wool that is massaged around a bar of handmade soap to create a washcloth and soap in one! Sheep's wool is a natural exfoliant which is great for the skin and with my handmade soaps the bar of soap underneath is all natural and safe for all skin types.
I started making felted soaps about 4 years ago when my baby daughter was diagnosed with severe ezcema and nothing that I tried on her skin helped, healed or exfoliated the dead, dry skin. Someone suggested trying an exfoliant sponge that was all natural with a hypo-allergenic soap. I tried loofah sponges, organic cotton clothes and a variety of other products but none of them worked. Since I love to try new craft ideas and frequent my local yarn shop for new and exciting yarns, I stopped in one day and saw all the sheep's wool in a variety of colors and got this idea.... wrapping the wool around a bar of soap and washing my baby girl with that soap. Well it took a while to get the process and amount right to make a great bar of felted soap but after some trial and error the soap worked! I used Dial Hypo-Allergenic soap and sheep's wool and her skin began to heal and now my now 6 year old daughter swears by her mom's felted soaps. From then on, I began making felted soaps for friends and family and eventually began selling the bars.
My goal with my project is to expand my felted soaps by making my own handmade soaps. I started with a small batch of handmade soaps in Honey Vanilla, Shea Butter and Oatmeal Almond with 8 bars in each scent. In the first show I debuted these scented soaps I sold out of the Oatmeal Almond, sold 6 of the shea butter and 5 of Honey Vanilla with requests for different scents. What I would like to do with the $500 is expand the scents to Oatmeal Almond, Honey Vanilla, Citrus (rejuvenating), Lavender (relaxing) and Cold Water (men's scented) along with shea butter for an unscented option. I want to make 75 bars of each of the scents and about 125 bars of the shea butter.
Here is the break down of how I will be spending the money:
Lye (essential for soap making process): $30
Spouted Measuring Cup: $6
Measuring Scale up to 10lbs: $20
Stick Blender: $33
5lb wood soap mold: $50
Soap Bar Cutter: $40
Soap Oils: Shea Butter $53, Olive Oil $20, Palm Oil $14, Castor Oil $21, Coconut Oil $16
Fragrance Oils: Vanilla Oil $5.38, Almond Oil $5.74, Cold Water Oil $7.30, Lavendar Oil $5.94, Citrus Oil $4.22
Stainless Steel Spatula: $15.25
Special Safety Goggles and Gloves: $20
Soap Making Thermometer: $22.75
Stainless Steel Double Boiler: $30
Stainless Steel Sauce Pan: $25
The rest will be going to shipping fees from the company that I will be ordering the supplies from.
STRETCH GOAL: $1000
When we reach $1000 I will be putting the extra funding into making more the felted soaps in the scents that I have listed above. As a special thank you I will be giving ALL backers 2 mini scented felted soaps in addition to their reward they chose!
STRETCH GOAL: $1500
When we reach $1500 I will be expanding the scents to include 2 new scents in addition to the scents listed above. As a special thank you I will be giving ALL backers a full sized scented felted soap in addition to the 2 mini soaps and their reward they choose!
The 2 new scents added to my list will be Island Coconut and White Tea Ginger!
STRETCH GOAL: $2500
When we reach $2500 I will be putting the funding into making more soaps and purchasing slotted wood soap dishes. The slotted wood soap dishes are great at circulating air around the soap for faster drying which makes the soap last longer and a great way to display the soap in your home. So every backer will receive a wood soap dish along with their reward of choice and the 2 previous bonuses.
Risks and challenges
With creating anything, you run the risk of something going wrong with a batch but I have already created these soaps so I am confident in my skills and abilities to see these Felted Soaps become a success.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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