Wow, almost a year ago I wrote this blog entry:
"I registered for my etsy shop the other night which can be found here. I guess I can't really call it a shop yet since I don't have any items listed or anything. It's a slow and steady process while I learn the ropes of making and selling my soaps. Each one is a total experiment right now - some good, some bad and some very, very bad. My boyfriend's bathtub is overrun with ugly bars of soap right now."
I had no idea that by the end of the year I'd have sold over a thousand bars of soap, have multiple wholesale accounts and have shipped my products internationally. I also didn't know that I'd be also selling bath bombs, perfume, lip balm and body butter. I do know that my family and friends thought I was crazy for the first few months, so I'm pretty happy with how things turned out.
My year in numbers:
Total bars of soap sold: 1047
Total bath bombs sold: 380
Total lip balms sold: 144
Total solid perfumes sold: 24
Total body butters sold: 13
I don't mind sharing these numbers as they are something that I'm proud of, and make all the late nights and early mornings filling orders worth it. What started as a hobbie has turned into something that has grown from nothing, to actually putting money in my pocket. It's crazy to think that I started out handwriting my labels, with a small drawer filled with molds and fragrance oil, to professional glossy labels, and half a kitchen full of supplies!
2011 was a busy and great year for me, but I'm definitely looking to get more out of 2012.
I hope everyone has a safe and happy new years, and I'll be starting off the year by launching a new line of products!