Post # 1
This is kind of a dual-duty question for you lovely bees. I’m a soapmaker (lye soap) and I have always thought I would make scented soaps as favors for my wedding. Well, now it’s time to start planning and I’ve also started wondering if this is something other brides might be interested in.
Here are my thoughts: His and hers soaps packaged in a way that conceals the scent (so people aren’t smelling scenty soap all through dinner!). If I decide to go ahead with it, my Fiance will pick his favorite scent and I’ll choose mine, and then I’ll make smallish soaps (think guest soap size) that I’ll use a stamp on to create the indented monogram.
If I were to sell these soap favors, I would sell them as a package (AKA 100, or however many, monogrammed soap favors) and include a “sampler” of a total of 6 scents (3 for her, 3 for him) and then have the customer choose which two they would like.
Do you think I should go ahead with this idea for my wedding? Please vote once for A or B.
Secondly, Is this something you would hypothetically choose for your own wedding? Please vote once for 1 or 2.
Let me know what you guys think!
P.S. Hope this post doesn’t violate T&C as it is purely hypothetical, and I haven’t provided any information about my shop. 🙂
Post # 3
I have very sensitive skin, so I would not use any random soap I was given. So, no, I personally would not want this as a favour, or use it as a favour.
Everyone is different though. I know some ladies love all things scented.
Post # 4
I think it is a good idea for YOU because you are a soapmaker and it reflects who you are and adds a personal touch to your gifts. However, I think it would be weird if anyone else (who didn’t make soap) to give as gifts.
Post # 5
I’ve supported Bees in the past that wanted to give away soaps but either they or their family members are soapmakers. I think it’s a little personal otherwise to gift soaps.
That said, everyone is different and I’m sure there’s a market out there. Since this is already what you do, it’s not like it would be that much extra effort to set up an Etsy shop and see who you get.
Post # 6
I don’t like random soaps as I have very sensitive skin. I also am really particular about color/shape/scent of soap and whether it goes with the decor…so i’ve voted no. Lots of “soap as a favor” posts lately!
Post # 7
Thanks all for your input!
@Sea_Ashley: Good point! 🙂
As for those with sensitive skin, I am one of you, and I’d recommend giving handmade lye soap a try, either with essential oils or with no added scent. It is actually MUCH more gentle than commercial “soaps” (most of which are actually harsh because they are actually detergent bars, not true soap). 🙂
Post # 8
I would not take these if they were the favor. Sorry!
Post # 9
@abbie017: I appreciate the honesty. I would rather people tell me it’s a horrible idea than spend the hours of time making them and have no one take them at the wedding.
Post # 10
I think it is a good idea for you to give soaps as a favor because you are a soap maker. It makes total sense and I personally like to idea. And even if I don’t like the sense, I could still use it as hand soap for guest bath or something.
Post # 11
I would love this idea if I were your guest! Especially since you made them!
Post # 12
@DomesticDiva: honestly, I don’t think the men would get much use out of them. Yeah, I know artisan soaps can be made with just as manly fragrances as your run of the mill men’s body wash out of a dark blue bottle, but I don’t think many men are aware of that and they wouldn’t use them.
Post # 13
the last time i used decorative soaps was in the 80’s. my mother may still like them but i don’t.
Post # 14
I’d take them, especially if you made them yourself! how great!
Post # 15
If I got one from someone who made it as a favour, I would appreciate the thought. If it was scented, I wouldn’t be able to use it though and I would just give it to someone else.
In general for a favour, I don’t think it’s a great idea. Lots of people have sensitive skin or scent allergies and most guys don’t appreciate getting soap.
Post # 16
@DomesticDiva: love it! was thinking of having soap as my favors, cept idk how to make it. Let me know if you do end up selling some of these guys 🙂