.....If I only had a sale for every time I've been asked this question!
How would you respond? Here are a few options:
A) "Love. In every single bar." (includes a complimentary upchuck bag)
B) Launch into a crash course in the science of soapmaking to wow/overwhelm him with my knowledge.
C) Offer a personal introduction to every bar in my lineup and its unique ingredients.
OK, maybe not. When I first began selling my soaps, I floundered on this question until one customer--bless her lil ol' heart--followed the question with another. "Do you use goat's milk?" And that's the real question my customers had been asking.
In my area, goat's milk soaps have an excellent reputation (as they should!) and it seems assumed that handmade soaps of any respectable quality should contain goat's milk. I wonder if this is a common customer concern or just prevalent in my area? Anyway, yes, I most certainly use goat's milk and have used it most than any other liquid. That's why my mom and I and countless other soapmakers took up the hobby in the first place; it was a way to use up excess milk from the goats we raised.
Years later, with the family goats now history, I returned to soapmaking and discovered the Wonderful World of Soaping Liquids. I tried water, beer, yogurt, wine, kefir, fresh cucumber puree and just about anything that struck me as soapable with great success, many of which are in my regular line-up.
Now that I've recently been able to source local goat's milk, I will be increasing the number of soaps that contain the milk, with all its skin-enriching vitamins and moisturizing creaminess. I'm not surprised they are well-loved; it's as if every bar is a soap-lotion combo.
But soap is more than just goat's milk or beer. Stay tuned for part 2!