If you haven’t already heard, the Louisiana Comic Con is happening tomorrow in Bossier City and it is going to be EPIC.
There will be a lot of vendors on hand selling their goods, but in this blog, I am focusing on one of my local favorites, Man Made Soap. I have been buying and using Man Made soaps for about a year, and it’s the best soap I have ever used on my body. And naturally, me being who I am, I was instantly drawn to his booth at the Shreveport Farmer’s Market & last year’s Downtown Zombie Walk.
With that being said…let me introduce you to the creator of Man Made Soap, Scott Graham (aka Chris Graham on Facebook) Below is my interview with him.
Tell Me about Man Made Soap & how you got started:
We are locally owned and operated right here in Shreveport/Bossier City. I had been making soap as a hobby for quite some time for personal use. It was one of those things I just had to see if I could do, and over the years I perfected a good recipe which combined several different natural oils together to produce a great lather and a moisturizing factor I liked. I had been giving it away to family and friends and had quite a bit around the house. I met up with Linda Wicker, who owned The Nest & Co. at the Louisiana Boardwalk, and she convinced me to try to sell my soap in her store. It did really well and I decided to try a few of the smaller vendor markets around town and was encouraged by the feedback I got. I was lucky enough to get in to the Shreveport Farmers Market last year, and after that it has been a wild ride. The Shreveport Times and K94.5 did some really good articles on me. You know “A guy selling soap.” After several great weekends and a lot of repeat customers, I decided to try and make this an ongoing business. We have the whole family involved with the process now, and have the product in over 10 stores around the Shreveport/Bossier City area.
Tell me about your products:
All of our products are homemade right here in Shreveport/Bossier City. We now regularly carry approximately 25 different kinds of homemade cold processed soap. Our soaps contain no detergents, petroleum products or harsh chemicals like over the counter soaps. Even your sensitive skin store-bought soaps can’t come close to the lather or moisturizing ability of our soaps. Shea Butter, Olive Oil, and Coconut Oil are just a few of the major ingredients in our soap. We also carry several bathing accessories including Cedar Soap Trays to help you keep your soap dry between uses, and our Sisal Soap Bags which you can put your soap in and use for exfoliation. We have recently added Homemade Lotion and Foaming Sugar Scrubs to our line of products.
Why do you feel like the LA Comic Con is a viable market for soap sales and what are you doing to make your booth stand out at the Con?
Wow! Where to start? We will have a full line of Super Hero, Comic Book, and Movie themed soaps for this event. Some of which include: Spider Sense, Hulk Smash, Wolverine, Hobbit, Breaking Bad Bath Salts, Walking Dead, Supernatural, Sex Panther, and of course our famous Zombie Repellent, which does in fact repel zombies. And another soap featured in a famous Brad Pit movie called Fight Club, which of course I can’t talk about.
We will have several specials going on at Comic Con, and a ton of freebies also. We will also be taking suggestions for new soap ideas at the booth. If we pick an idea & create it, the creator will win a free bar of their own soap!
What other events will you be selling your products at in the future?
We hope to be included in the Shreveport Farmers market again this year. Look for updates on our website, Like and Follow us on Facebook to know where we will setting up and selling directly to our customers.
Anything additional you want people to know?
You can now find lots of Man Made Soap bath products at several locations in Shreveport, Bossier City, Haughton and Minden, LA.
– Kadeebell’s at 1700 Old Minden Rd, Bossier City (near Ralph & Kacoos)
– Annie’s Attic at 2410 Line Ave, Shreveport
– Saved By Grace Antiques 1100 Barksdale Blvd in Bossier City
– Yokem Toyota Gift Store 1199 E. Bert Kouns Shreveport, La.
– Artspace gift store. Downtown Shreveport, La at 710 Texas St.
– Bens Town Antiques in Benton, La
– Beautiful Bowtique at 1701 Old Minden Rd. Suite 20A, Bossier City
– Jaded (the Boutique) at 1605 Benton Rd, Bossier City, LA.
– Campus Collectibles at 102 E. Kings Hwy. Shreveport, La
– The Vault Boutique at 619 Main St. in Minden, La.
– Margo’s Specialty Flower and Gift Store at 1000 Hwy 80 Haughton, La.
– Jennifer’s Four Seasons Salon and Boutique 5450 Barksdale Blvd. Bossier City
Adding new locations often so check back regularly.
I’d like to thank Scott for taking the time to do this interview with me.
NOW GO BUY MAN MADE SOAP! YOU WILL LOVE IT!