Whole Life Soaps

Some Changes for 2018

Bill McConnell

Price Changes

 As much as it pains me to do so, I need to increase my prices. Several factors have led to this increase including the rising cost of ingredients (which have tripled for me since 2015), a higher minimum wage (which is now at $11/hour), and increases in other costs of operation.

The products affected are listed below. These modets price increases reflect changes to our base prices, so they do not include tax. Current California sales tax rates will always be added at the register, just as it is now.

These prices will also be what we offer at local farmer markets.

Remember, this is a handmade product. It is a natural product, and we feel it's worth your continued support. I know you can buy Dove, Ivory, Irish Spring, or even Nutragena for less at any local grocery store, but our quality is superior, and our products are chemical-free. These other soaps simply aren’t as good as ours. And if you are a repeat customer, you understand that.

All changes take effect on Monday January 1, 2018 both in-store and online. Thanks for understanding. I hope to continue to see you as a customer.

Bar Soap: increased from $6.50 to $7.00

Liquid Soap: increased from $7.50 to $8.50

Beeswax Lotion Balm: increased from $8.50 to $10.00

Shaving Soap Pucks: increased from $10.50 to $12.00

Shampoo Bars: increased from $7.50 to $10.00

Dog Shampoo: increased from $7.50 to $10.00

Hand and Body Lotion: increased from $12.00 to $13.00

*Soap Shavings: increased from $3.00/Bag to $6.00/Bag

*Friday 4/$20 Deal: increased from 4 Bars for $20 to 3 Bars for $20

* indicates not available online

Out with the Old and in with the New

Due to certain fragrances and essential oil blends being discontinued, we will no longer be making the following items:

·      Tea Rose Soap (after March 2018)

·      Avocado Mint

·      Pumpkin Spice

Of course, if our suppliers are able to find new sources for their scents, we will make these again in the future.

Our Avocado Mint soap will change to something else. It’s an avocado oil soap, so that’s easy enough for me to continue, but scent profiles for it will take some testing. Keep your eyes and nose peeled for its replacement this year, likely in the spring. Perhaps it will become the new base of our popular summer soap, patchouli spearmint.

I just made a 30-pound batch of tea rose, using my last bottle of scent, so it will go online and in-store as soon as it cures (likely in middle-end of January), but once it sells out, that’s it for a while. Pumpkin spice is holiday soap only, so once it’s gone, you will have to wait until November of 2018.

I don’t know about you, but for me, part of making soaps is taking my customers requests and creating new soaps for everyone to enjoy. I have discovered so many great soaps this way and made so many people happy along the way, too.

Three new soap scent profiles I am adding to my collection are Sandalwood Rose, Lemon Lavender, and Citrus Mint. The Sandalwood Rose scent is woodsy and sweet. The sandalwood pairs with the rose amazingly well, creating this earthy yet fragrant bouquet. It strikes me a s gender-neutral soap, much like our Patchouli Sage and Lavender Patchouli soaps are appealing to all genders.

The lemon lavender is a subtle blend of lavender and citrus. It stimulates the skin, wakes, you, up, clears your sinuses…it’s a pleasant soap to use on a daily basis. The Citrus Mint soap will cool the skin, yet the citrus will wake up the senses. Look for all three of these new scents in February.