Luxury Lane Soap

Where’s My Salon Size?!

I am sad to “officially” announce that 16oz Salon Size bottles of Hemp Satin Shampoo and Crème Conditioner have been discontinued. *Sad face* Let me tell you why…

Our primary supplier for organic, raw materials has raised their prices. Rather than pass the monetary increase on to my customers, or purchase lower priced, questionable materials, the difference is made up by dropping the larger sized bottles. HOW does removing a product that sells so well help save money?? Let us do some math…

8 ounce bottles cost $8.99 while 16ounce was only $14.95…saving you $3.03 when the larger size is purchased. I can only make 32 ounces of product at a time. Only2 of the 16 ounce bottle or 4 of the 8 ounce. 16 ounce bottles actually cost me more time and product to make. Add to that, having to purchase the additional bottles in the larger size, with additional shipping charges and salon bottles required a separate sized shipping box, along with larger product labels…

So my options were to increase both sizes $4.00 OR drop the larger bottle. It felt fair to not increase prices but drop, yes, one of my best selling products in an effort to keep my prices steady for you.

I have gotten many many many emails and at Luxury Lane Soap there is a complete open door policy. You have a direct line to me all of the time, over multiple mediums and I am so happy so many of you contacted me with questions. Not a single one of you was demanding or rude and I am glad to be in such excellent company.

I hope that answers everyone’s questions. Email me if it didn’t and I am happy to post edits here.

Side note…My days have been starting around 5am and ending around 11pm. I have a serious sleepy right now so I apologize for the my lack of kylee pep in this post…

♥Kylee

*Edited to add questions received…

Will you be dropping hair care scents to save money?

Fragrance options will NOT be shrinking and if there are any changes it will be to expand the scents available to you. I make my items fresh so it is never a problem switching up fragrances. If you don’t see an old favorite, I am happy to make it for you. I have around 300 fragrances right now so no additional materials are required.

Will trial size bottles ever be available?

I have been promising this for months and I have finally found decently priced 1 ounce bottles! These will be limited edition until the bottles run out and then I will start looking for bottles again. Custom scents will not be offered at this size, sorry.

How about a solid shampoo?

Honestly, I have never made one that I personally liked. My hair is longer than mid-back length and it is dang near impossible for ME to use a solid. >.< I am happy to begin working on one again, in a limited run, if you promise to give me feedback. 😀

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Ring

In regards to my last blog post I randomly put up forever ago…I am working on a massive discount weekend. That is what I was talking about announcing. I use Bigcartel for LuxuryLaneSoap.com and they developed the most kick butt coupon code system and I will be doing testing for what types of codes you all want. However, I am behind on that promotion at the moment as we get our Fall/Winter Limited Edition products up on the site. HOW IS IT ALMOST OCTOBER?! Bah!!

Making tons of candles today and experimenting with super low pouring temps. My place smells like an insane mixture of pumpkin, cinnamon and cake…YUUUUM! I always tend to focus on food smells in Fall. Now you know.

Local customers: I have been getting a huge amount of requests for mail order brochures and we finally have them complete and printed! There currently are three of them:

  • Best Sellers! Luxury Body Care
  • Fall/Winter Home Fragrance
  • Holiday 2011

We are doing free delivery within Sheldon and Primghar, IA right now to get a feel for how this is going to work. If demand is as high as we are anticipating, we will be looking into buying a store front come summer 2012. Yay!!

I think that is about it for today…

I actually jumped on the blog to talk about how my phone phobia is making work extremely difficult…but business updates came out instead. Go figure.

LOVES!
-Kylee

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First Quarter Recap…i.e…Longest Post Ever…

Our first quarter is almost up and there has been a lot going on over here. ♥

New Site Design
A few weeks back I thought I would code a quick string of HTML, for I don’t even remember what, and exploded my entire site. LuxuryLaneSoap.com was down for ten solid hours while I sat and pretended to learn CSS…After much reading and cussing, I was able to revamp and redesign LuxuryLaneSoap.com to its current version. If you haven’t seen it yet, give it a quick look and do let me know if you catch any mistakes here and there. All cart systems, security and links check out…so basically I am asking if I made any major spelling errors…

New Products
First of the year sales are always pretty low. With the Holidays just getting over and taxes being…well the hell that they are…luxury soap products do not tend to be high on purchase lists. However, this opens up a little breathing room to create new products resulting in a record breaking quarter for product development! Unicorn Carousel Soap, ThunderSoap, Alliance Ration Bar, Vintage Shaving Soap, Pure Clean Whipped Moisture, Dreamsicle Delight, Lip Lovin’ Butter Balm

New Newsletter
Finally! Keep up to date with all that is new at LuxuryLaneSoap.com and get sneak peeks at what is cooking in the Lane Laboratory. You can also look forward to mini tutorials from our very resourceful, yet lacking tweeter, @Rory_Lane. You can subscribe right HERE.

New Location
Luxury Lane Soap will be moving this summer! After almost half a year of searching for the right location, a new home has been found! With space to breath and room to stretch, you can look forward to a huge boom in development and production in our second half of 2011. I am currently mulling the idea of having an epic summer slumber party to thank all of you for your continued support and constant encouragement. Ideas? Shoot me an email!

What’s Coming Up?
Our second quarter is going to be an interesting one… Trying to shift locations while keeping up sales is going to be intense. I mentioned earlier that I will be bumping up the marketing on twitter, facebook and tumblr to help make up the sales I may lose not being online full time. This does NOT equate SPAM. It means I am shifting to more open involvement, sharing pictures of what I am making and how it is made. If I can’t sit at the computer and tweet with you all, then I am bringing you all to work with me.

More Variety
I have received a few emails stating that while the Vintage Push Up Shave Soap formula is wonderful/amazing/superb, the packaging tends to be a bit frustrating for everyday use and large area shaving. I agree it its harder to use for an entire leg, though it does work wonderfully for under arms and customers have also mentioned the size and shape is perfect for beard touch ups and travel. So, I will not be discontinuing this product for all of you who have fallen madly in love and for those looking for something larger, expect to see an additional version early second quarter.

Product Rename
Ultra Rich Organic Soap has been changed to Vegan Organics. Why? A few reasons. Firstly, it is shorter. With the new website layout, long product titles look sloppy. Secondly, you would not believe the amount of emails I receive daily asking if my soap is vegan. Yes. Yes it is. It always has been and it always will be. Do I use organic ingredients? Same answer. Yes. What about sustainable vegan organic ingredients? *nods* Yup. Sure do. “Vegan” and “Organic” and “Natural” are all heavily used buzz words nowadays and honestly, I appreciate customers who research where their products are coming from. Many companies are attaching these words to chemical crap and Luxury Lane Soap means to redefine what you expect from a high quality, natural soap.

One Last Thing…Really.
Thank you. ♥

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Free Soap Friday! #CleanMe

Long time no blog! Welcome back everyone! ♥ Now that we are all here….

I am giving away free soap! Really? Yes. Really. Last Friday I gave away 25 NES Controller Soaps without any process and thanks to @chibi_missy we now have a process!

So, how do you acquire said free soap? So very glad you asked!

Simply tweet a link with your favorite item from LuxuryLaneSoap.com and tell me WHY I should send you that item FOR FREE! ALSO (this is very important…) Please hash tag your tweet #CleanMe . Thats it! The top ten tweets will receive their item of choice!

You don’t have to follow me on twitter, you don’t have to @KyleeLane, you don’t even have to like me (though you should, because I like you…) BUT I do accept bribes in the form of extreme flattering and undivided loyalty.

You can tweet as many items and as many times as you like! I am looking for fun, creative answers this time around. It IS Friday after all…I will even give you a tweet example!

http://luxurylanesoap.bigcartel.com/product/boba-the-soap I want this because it would get me laid. #CleanMe” (Feel free to use URL shortening when posting links so you have more characters to be clever with)

I will be RTing your tweets all day Friday and DMing the winners! ♥ Ready…set…GO!

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