Hello All, just a heads up the Bro Brick is now available at the following stores.
Big News! If you are looking to get your hands on a Bro Brick but don't want the additional shipping charges, come on down to the Royal Bison Art and Craft Fair. Here is the link for dates:
I will be attending both weekends! See you there!
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Hello, Thank you for visiting my bro brick site. I love making this line of soap which is made by combining various oils and liquid with lye. Below is an interview I did with Made Urban, it should answer any questions you might have. If not, feel free to contact me through the contact form below.
Tell us a bit about your Bro-Bricks and how you came up with the idea:
I first started with the Commandles (man candles), I have two kids and I wanted something to freshen up the house. All my wife had were these flowery candles. I decided it was time for a more manly scent. So I researched how to make candles and looked online for packaging solutions. The soaps I created as a partner to the ComMANdles, once again, we didn’t have any great smelling soaps around the house. The Bro-Brick was born.
What type of ingredients do you use in your soaps and how are they different from store bought?
I use a blend of olive, sunflower, palm, and coconut oil. Store bought soaps are very generic and don’t offer the same quality as homemade soaps. Handmade soaps offer a better lather and clean the skin more thoroughly. If you ever use one of my soaps you will instantly feel the difference. I also offer scents that no one else is currently making. One of my favorites is the leather scrub bar.
Do you also offer custom scents?
Of course! Just place a request and I will always do my best to accommodate.
You can even order custom labels and place your own logo on them!
Over the months I have had several requests for soaps that would appeal to women (currently I have Lavender, Mint&Honey, and orange coconut). Plans are in the works to add a “Chick-Brick” to my product line. So stay tuned for that!
What’s your favorite brainstorming method for coming up with new products or product lines?
I don’t know if I have just one way, I just absorb the world around me and try to make soaps that I like and I hope others will like as well. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn’t. There is a lot of trial and error.
You’ve definitely created a niche, how important do you think that is when starting a handmade business?
If you are able to fill a need that no-one, or few have thought of, it just makes it easier. Bringing a product into an already saturated market makes it more difficult. You really have to set yourself apart from the competition. Soaps, of course, have been done before, I just geared it towards a new, untapped market.
You’ve built a really strong brand from your products, the scents you offer, your packaging and right down to your terminology. What element do you think is most important for building a strong brand?
First you have to establish who your clientele is going to be. Next develop your brand values. In my case, the product is geared toward men, so I wanted a brand that spoke to them. The values I wanted to depict are local, handmade, vegan.
You’re also a graphic designer. Can you help other businesses successfully brand their products the way you have yours?
Graphic design is my full time job, The candles and the soaps were a way for me to do design work that was 100% my own. I also wanted to see if I could take a product from initial concept all the way to successful production/wholesale. I would love to help out any other clients that have the same idea. I love making all kinds of things from logos to packaging to websites.