Dapper Dragon Soaps are live on Etsy

Dapper Dragon Soaps are live on Etsy

The shop has gone live at Etsy, with six varieties of shaving soap.

I’ve also been updating the website with additional information, links, and a soaping-focused blog.

Dapper Dragon is live

Dapper Dragon is live

I’ve managed to put together the basic website for Dapper Dragon Soaps. I plan to add more content on a pretty regular basis, once I am finished with the initial rush of soap making.

My Etsy store has been configured as well, but there are no active listings, yet. That’s for 3/15.

Dapper Dragon is Approaching and Picking Up Speed

My soap hobby cum nascent business is gaining momentum lately. I’m getting pretty excited about it. I have a planned launch inventory, though who knows if it will be enough. I guess I’d rather have too little and have to reorder and adjust, than order too much and take a big loss when the line doesn’t take off.

I’ve reserved the doman DapperDragon.com. I’m in the midst of setting up the site using Joomla. The logo is 50% done.

I’ve got an initial scent line-up, too:
Dapper Dragon – An old-school barbershop/cologne smell, with a twist. A blend of citrus oils and canteloupe, combined with smooth oakmoss, and spicy lavandin and black pepper.
Ice Wyrm – Peppermint and rosemary, with a hint of black pepper in the background.
Lavender Lizard – A mix of French lavender and lavandin, with notes of oakmoss and black pepper. (I’m starting to see a trend.)
Blood Orange
Jasmine & Vanilla
Unscented

If things continue to go well, I see the site launching in 4 to 6 weeks!

Writing and Soaping Update, 12/04

As I suspected, my NaNoWriMo novel didn’t hit 50,000 words during November. C’est la vie. I has, however, hit more than 20,000, and gotten to the introduction of the central tangle of conflicts that will drive the rest of the story. So I’m pleased, and I’m still making progress.

On the soaping front, things are going well. I have shaving soap samples out to a few people that agreed to test for me, and a few more lined up. That’s pretty exciting for me, and it looks like early 2014 is still a realistic goal to open up shop. I’ve also been focusing a bit more on face/hand soap, with an eye toward extending that part of my product line.

This has involved learning some things about cold process soap that I didn’t know before. Such as, the temperature of your ingredients really does make a difference. Not so much because of functionality (it will create soap either way) but because of the rapidity of trace (setting) and the “gel phase” process. I made a batch of soap for cold process and combined them when the oils and lye were both pretty hot. It traced rather abruptly and started a gel phase right away. Usually you have to insulate a soap and leave it overnight for that to happen. (Or make it by hot process.)

So, I ended up with a functional but messy looking soap:

Strawberry Shortcake Handsoap

Not exactly consistent.

I have a nice new silicon mold now, and plan to try making a hot-process batch. I think that HP soap that is done in a shallow container like the one I received this week will be easier to handle than the tall cylindrical molds I had been using.

Oh, and the Dapper Dragon himself is starting to take shape!

The Dapper Dragon

Bubble pipe, of course!

Dapper Dragon is Building Up Steam

My nascent soap-making cottage business, Dapper Dragon Soaps, is building up a head of steam as I get ready to start offering products for sale.

The first thing to go up will be shaving soaps. I’ve pretty much gotten my formula down, just waiting to hear back from some product testers before I pull the trigger and start making pounds of soap.

Shower/face/hand soap has a bigger lead time. Cold process bars are just prettier, not to mention that I’ll probably amuse myself with colors and the like that I wouldn’t want to gunk up a brush. But CP means 4-6 week (minimum) time before they’re ready to use. I also want to either build or buy a loaf mold so I can have actual bars of soap. I think people would like that.

I’m aiming for Q1 of 2014 to launch. I had hoped I might be able to get something going before Christmas of this year, but it just didn’t work out that way.

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