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.

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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!

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.

Dapper Dragon v3 Makes For A Nice Shave

After a week of “curing” (actually just drying) on my desk, the third version of my shave soap was solid enough to handle without becoming a mess. So, I took the ugly-looking top slice and plopped it in a bowl for some testing.

Soap and lather bowl

Ready to handle

Successfully lathered

A thick, slick lather

 

 

It made a nice, slick lather quite easily, and the blood orange fragrance oil has a very nice scent when lathered. I also left the lather in the bowl for 30 minutes while I played with my daughter and got dinner ready. It fell a little due to gravity, but didn’t collapse and was still quite slick.

Soap and lather after 30 minutes.

After 30 Minutes

I shaved with it this morning, and it worked quite well. My lather this morning might have been slightly less slick than I’m getting from my V2 soap (which was made with pure KOH), but I’m going to use it a few more days before I make any determinations.

I hope to pack up soap samples for people that have volunteered to test for me this weekend, and put them in the mail on Monday.

Guess I’d better get to work designing a logo, huh?