In our last blog we outlined the time it takes to develop an individual bar of Fresh Goats Milk Soap from the concept stage to the store.
In this blog I outline in a little more detail the processes of bringing you one of our latest creations.
I think the Jasmine bar was one of those recipes that at times not only frustrated but did make me wonder whether we would ever get it done!!
The problems arose around several issues that are fundamental to soap making, will the combination of oils form a good enough blend that meets the design requirements? in short how will all the oils react when mixed together, will the essential oils and or fragrant oils when mixed have staying power?
Note: Nearly every oil has several different blends and several suppliers of each type, some are good and some are not so good.
So off to a start in February 2011 when a small batch was put together and we waited 3 months only to find some discoloration of the bar had occurred and the aroma was depleting too quickly.
So back to the recipe again, start with a new (oils) combination and make 3 batches (all different) and wait…. check the results after another 3 months and then ask, you the customer to try our Jasmine bar samples…
2 months later and enough feedback tells us which one of the three batches is the best (we hope) and into production with the first full scale run (1000 bars minimum) made by one of our long standing, experienced soap makers.
Note: large full scale runs can sometimes produce a different product from the small mixes!
Success the bars sell and people reorder!! they have and we are already into our second l000 bars.
We hope you have gained just a little, after this brief read, into the processes we go through when developing and making our soaps.
Ultimately it is you the customer/user who determines if we have it correct!
So from Start to finish it was a little over 8 months to bring the final recipe to the market as a completed bar, that we have confidence in, and know will perform well and last the course.
New Goats Milk Soap Bars and products under development 2012.