But don't you sometimes still have lingering doubts? Do your customers just sense your desperate need for positive reinforcement? Do they hope that their financial support will enable you to take a vacation and get away from the lye fumes that have obviously affected you? Or do they simply feel pity for their friend who whiles away the time combining quantities of oils and liquids with stuff that cleans out drains and thinks it's the funnest thing ever?
I thought I'd offer two foolproof indicators that your customers really, truly love your soaps.
1. They use it up. Literally. One of my regular customers said that she needed soap because she was down to a sliver of her last bar. To demonstrate her desperation, she presented me with the sliver, a generous term. To keep it from sliding down the drain, she'd placed it in one palm and rubbed it with the finger of her other hand. (We can safely assume that a friend held up a magnifying glass to enable her to complete this operation.) I sent her on her way with not only several bars, but also a stack of scrap chunks and ends to ward off another soap crisis.
2. A picture will suffice here....
Is this evidence of an irresistable bar of soap, or what? I didn't discover it until I was setting up for an indoor farmer's market and must have happened the previous week at a craft show. After examination and consultation with the other vendors, we determined it must have been done by a child. I think it should be noted that my friend's honey products on the neighboring table remained unscathed, so I feel even more honored. The typical polite comment of a browser at a craft show is "Oh, your soaps look good enough to eat." And to some, apparently, it is.
A sidenote: Recently a woman remarked that my soaps looked too good to eat. It makes you shudder to think of what she does with homely soaps, doesn't it?