We’ve just made 30 oval-shaped soap bars, scented with patchouli and lavender essential oils, for a customer who sent us her frozen breastmilk. These will be used by her family members.
I’m actually surprised at how well these turned out – from the colour of the soap, to the smooth finish of the bars (this is the first time I’m using silicone molds for my soap). I hope that our customer will be as happy using them, as we are when we makeÂ them. 🙂
Send us an email at email@example.com if you’re like to enquire about our made to order services. These breastmilk soap bars are priced at RM12 and upwards per 80g bar (oval shaped), for a minimum order of 20 bars.
Do you remember the feeling you get when you say “Yes” to something that you’ve never done before?
That initial wave of euphoria, followed by a weird, cold sensation at the pit of your stomach that comes from knowing that you’re about to embark on somethingÂ unknownÂ and unfamiliar.
I’ve been feeling that quite often lately. Mostly because I’ve been taking on OEM / private label orders, and having to get used to working with formulations that are from other parties.
I had one corporate customer whose 720-bar order I repeatedÂ twice at my own expense, because I wasn’t familiar the customised soap molds that were required for the job, and the resulting soap bars were either too small, got stuck in the molds, or ashed over so badly that they had to be rejected. Not only that, the card boxes meant for the soap bars refused to work with the double sided tape we were using, and only later were we advisedÂ to use a hot glue gun by the client. Four of our staff worked over 3 days to get the job done–and all that hard work was for nought.
It’s easy to get sidelined by the proverbial wrenches that get thrown into the works… But I count myself extremely lucky to have a great team of people working with me at the studio and the shop, and I believe that we are all trying to deliver professional results to everyone we come into contact with. Plus there is also theÂ funÂ side to bootstrapping, doing all that you can with everything you’ve got.
Case in point:
We’ve been so busy churning out batch after batch of soap, that we ran out of curing racks–so we made do by stacking these 4 batches of Tangy Lavender we made for a wedding in a circular column on the floor instead. I’veÂ always wanted to make one of these! Now we had the perfect reason to. 🙂 The air circulation for a column likeÂ this is much better compared to the narrow spaces on a curing rack, so hopefully this means that the soap bars will dry out a little faster than expected. It is by no means an original idea (look up for soapmakers from the Aleppo region–they have been making soap for the past 600 years, and stacking their soaps this way), and the folks from the GMP division may raise an eyebrow at the sight, butÂ it does the job.
Now I have another 1,300 bars to make by the end of this week to meet a looming deadline, a shipment of balm tubes that have mysteriously gone missing to track down, and various administrative issues to grapple with (inventory management systems are elusive, yet scary!).
I feel my limits being tested with all this busy-ness, yet I am grateful for these opportunities to learn, and to be stronger.Â Mistakes trip you up, and you can fall spectacularly for all and sundry to see–but what counts more than the embarrassment of failure is the ability to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again (listen to the video below – Diana Krall says this best!) 😉
This, ladies and gents, is probably the best possible place for you to store any form of handmade, all-natural skincare. Given that we are trying to do away with plastic shrink wrapping, and that our beeswax wraps themselves also have limited shelf lives of their own, we highly recommend that you treat them as you would fresh food.
Place your unopened soap bars in plastic containers and keep them in the fridge until you need to use them. The containers will help to prevent the soap and food from cross-contamination of odours, but they are not necessary. The cold, dry insides of the fridge will prevent the formation of mould on the beeswax wraps, which has happened for soap bars that were stored in warm, humid places. And since your fridge is already running 24/7, adding a few soap bars in there won’t do much to change its current energy consumption. Reducing spoilage will also mean that we won’t use up resources to replace otherwise perfectly good bars of soap.
It’s a terrific win-win solution all round:
we do away with plastic shrink wrapping
the lifespan of both our beeswax wraps and soap are prolonged
our collaborative efforts will reduce the amount of trash that ends up in landfills and waterways
reduced carbon footprint of having to purchase shrink wrapping or importing (costly) biodegradable options
reduces waste from having to replace spoilt soap bars
makes use of an existing resource, i.e. your fridge, which already operates 24/7 without any additional energy consumption to accommodate the soap.
I know that this is a bit of an odd practice when it comes to storing skincare items, and I do apologise if this causes you any inconvenience. However I feel very strongly about using as little plastic as possible, and to also minimise the amount of materials we use for packaging as best as we can. Too much waste from the consumption of all kinds of things in our daily lives is already being dumped into landfills. I believe that you and I are in a good position to reduce our contribution to waste generation by tweaking our habits here and there. 🙂
Thank you so much for your continued support. Please share this information with other users of handmade skincare (not just Kinder Soaps), so that we can save even more space in the earth from being taken up by unnecessary packaging.
Wishing every one of you a well-deserved rest, wherever you are, whatever you do. And let’s also spare a thought for those whoÂ don’t get a chance to have a break from their vocations–whether by choice or through circumstance.
Be mindful, be kind, be generous. 🙂
(Oh and just a reminder that our shop in Damansara Jaya is closed today.)