How Does The Custom Soap Formulation Process Work?

How Does The Custom Soap Formulation Process Work?

Are you interested in having Oregon Soap Company create a custom product that is unique to you and your brand? Well, it just so happens that we specialize custom formulation for brand owners looking to add a soap-based product to their lineup. We make it as easy as possible for you to bring your ideas to life!

There’s typically three ways in which a custom formulation project gets off the ground and takes flight. The first way is your formula. Some folks already have their own formula and processing instructions. If that sounds like you, more often than not, we can take your formula and recreate it on a larger scale. Not all homemade products that have been produced on a small scale in your kitchen or garage will work well in much larger batch sizes, but we can help to tweak the formula, if necessary, for large scale production. 

The second way is coming to us with an idea of what ingredients you’re interested in seeing in the product. We know soap, and we’re experts in producing the highest quality bar and liquid products. If you know that you want to see X, Y, and Z ingredients in your product, we can use our time-tested base formulas and add those ingredients that make the product distinctive and exclusive to you and your business. Do you have a super-special ingredient that has beneficial properties, that is also present in your other products? We can add it to a soap to continue that theme throughout your line. Maybe you’re trying to create a product that is specifically targeted to certain skin conditions or market demographics, and you know of a particular ingredient is just perfect for that market. We can work with you to come up with a product that fits that need. 

Lastly, you might really like one of our existing formulas and think, “Boy, if we just modified this a bit… it could be a completely different product that really fits with my brand and aesthetic!”. Maybe you own an avocado farm in California and want us to add your avocado oil to our Castile Bath Gel Base. Or maybe you already love our Forest Bar Soap but want to substitute your special exfoliating ingredient for the oatmeal that we typically use. Or maybe you want to take our Zesty Lemongrass Bar and change the color from yellow to green. We can easily make these modifications and abracadabra; you’ve got a brand-new product that will only be made for your company!

To get started, we’ll ask you to fill out a Custom Formulation Questionnaire. This will give us a clear understanding of what you’re hoping to accomplish. From there, our team will work with you to optimize and bring your ideas to life. We’ll schedule a call or a virtual meeting to discuss details and come up with a gameplan.

From there, we’ll make you a pre-production test batch for a nominal (or so we’ve been told) fee. You’ll get about 32oz of liquid soap or about 6-8 bars to try out. You can pass them out to friends, family, or anyone else you want to review them for you. Most of the time, our customers will get that first test batch and say, “Yes! This is it! This is my soap!” and then we’re off to the races! Or, you may get the test batch and think, “I want to change this a bit and add some ____ “, and for 50% of the original test batch fee, we’ll remake the test batch and can continue to do so, until you are ultimately happy with the formula. Once you’ve landed on a formula and you’re happy with it, we’re good to go and can move into full-size production. 

Custom products really excite our team, and we love creating new formulas! Whether you’re looking for something quick and simple, or trying to create something the world has never seen, Oregon Soap Company is here to help you and your business succeed, with custom products that are uniquely yours. We’ve been in the game for over 25 years, and we live and breathe soap! We’ll guide you through the process and offer our expert advice, every step of the way. If you’re just starting up or if you’ve been in business for decades, we can help make your dream a reality. Get in touch with us today to talk with our rock-star team of specialists who are eager to assist you in all things soap!


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