Meet Nic, the new co-owner of Tiki Bar Soap

Meet Nic Oberneder, co-owner of Tiki Bar Soap
Meet Nic, the new co-owner of Tiki Bar Soap I would like to introduce you to Nic Oberneder, the new co-owner of Tiki Bar Soap. As many of you may know, we hired a warehouse manager last August to assist with creating products, staying organized, shipping orders - doing basically everything I needed help with. My previous assistant met the love of her life and moved to...
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What Does Artisan Mean To You?

What is Artisan?
Many of you often ask the question 'what is your favorite artisan soap?' or 'what is your favorite soap, non-artisan?' in reference to shaving soap. I thought I would touch on the subject of 'what is artisan' tonight. No one starts out making soap in large vats to begin with, unless they are given a large sum of money to purchase a business or they begin with a business plan of...
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Tea Soap

Tea Soap
Soap is made by mixing alkali (lye - NaOH or KOH or both) with fats, oils, and butters, however the alkali has to first be dissolved in something - most of the time this something is water, however alternative liquids are also often used in soapmaking. These alternative liquids could be goats milk, cow milk, almond milk, tea, wine, beer, fruit juice, fruit purees, coffee, or te...
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Mobile Barber Shop

Edging up a Cut
I recently had the privilege of meeting Mr. Frank Price, the owner of the mobile barber shop where I live in Bessemer, AL. I had seen his RV parked in an empty parking lot when I went to the post office to drop off packages of shaving soap every day, so as you can imagine, it piqued my interest. The RV had his phone number on the side, so of course I had to call him to see if h...
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Product Spotlight: Pumpkin Lager Shaving Soap

Pumpkin is one of our favorite ingredients to use in soap and bath and body products
One of our newest fall offerings is our pumpkin lager tallow shaving soap, which is made with organic oils and butters including extra virgin pumpkin seed oil and unrefined shea butter. This formula is different from our standard tallow soap, and it actually contains real pumpkin puree as well as pumpkin ale (we replaced all of the water in the formula with pumpkin lager). ...
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Product Spotlight – Davey Jones’ Locker

Davey Jones' Locker
Today's product spotlight highlights a new offering, called 'Davey Jones' Locker'. The idea started out as a custom request from a local customer (isn't that how everything happens?!?), who wanted the scent of a famous soap in our vegan formula. Affectionately dubbed 'Dracula's Coffin' by one and 'Goth Bait' by another, this is certainly a deep, mysterious, strong, and alluring...
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My favorite artisan bar soaps

Wonderland Cats
One of the main reasons I started making soap is because I honestly love using handmade soap. One thing I didn't expect was that I would enjoy using soap made by others just as much as I enjoy using my own soap! I really do love participating in swaps and purchasing soap from local soapmakers. I am also involved in both the Alabama and Tennessee soap and candle associations, an...
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A Brief History of Tiki Bar Soap

An event I did with my friend Tanya who was selling her cell phone photography at the time. She actually launched a successful kickstarter and had a gallery opening with this work.
I thought it would be interesting to share my story with you all, since I am asked a lot about the progression of my business and my brand. How it all started: My friend Tanya and I went to the farmer's market in August of 2011 where I bought a bar of soap - the same type of soap that I had been buying for ten years from local specialty shops that I just assumed was made ...
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Summer Scent Pre Release

As days are getting longer and hotter that means it is time for pool parties, softball games, hiking and outdoor activities, and going to the beach. All of the outdoor activities and hot weather calls for shaving products as well as bath and body products that are cooling and refreshing rather than thick and heavy. For this reason, and because of the continued request fr...
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Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetics Guild 2014 Meeting

As many of you know, I am spending the week at the 2014 Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetics Guild Conference in Tuscon, AZ with a wonderful group of talented, like minded individuals from all over the world who have come here to socialize, learn, share, and grow their products and businesses while encouraging one another in their journey. Many wonderful speakers, too many to name, a...
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