This has been a difficult year for me. I have had to accept that a recurring health problem I have been having over the years is actually a chronic condition that I will have to struggle with for the rest of my life.
I have had a lot of ups and downs, a situation made more difficult by the fact that I am a single, self-employed mother of three. When I was not able to work enough (or at all on really bad days) for stretches of time, I got behind on bills. I do not have the luxury of sick days, and I have no partner to share the burden.
But things are stable now. I have good doctors working with me. I have sufficient work, and it is manageable. My finances look OK moving forward, and over time, as I can save a little money, “OK” will progress to “good.”
The problem is that I still owe some back rent, and my landlord is starting the eviction process if I can’t come up with a substantial amount of it this week.
So, I am selling homemade soap in an effort to raise money to prevent our eviction.
The soap is made by hand by me in small batches, using olive and coconut oils and natural colorants. The fragrances are very gentle, but are not all natural. I do offer unscented.
You can pay any price you want, but please do not pay less than $5, which is a typical price for this type of soap. If I sell it for less than that, I won’t be making the money I need.
If you just want to buy the soap for $5 per bar, that’s great. If you want to, and are able to, help more by paying more, that’s great too.
If you want to help, but can’t afford to buy $5 soap, please share this on your social networks.
If I can raise $1000, I can stop the eviction process. If I can raise more than that, and pay off my full arrears, then I can focus on getting better and working on keeping things stable, as I move ahead.
How To Buy or Donate
You can buy soap—or make a donation—by clicking the “Donate” button below. Your payment will be processed securely by PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account.
In the message area of the donation page, please specify how many bars of soap you want and what type(s). If you just want to give money, but not receive soap, please indicate that as well.
- Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey
- Sweet Pea (a mild floral scent)
- Sandalwood Vanilla (a sweet, yet earthy fragrance, suitable for men or women)
- Lemon Sugar Cookie (a sweet fragrance with notes of sugar, lemon, and Madagascar vanilla)
Due to the vanilla content in most of these fragrances, most of the soaps will naturally be some shade of brown or tan. I often add some white to create a swirl, as in the photo above. Each batch will be unique.
If there is a fragrance you really want, feel free to email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and see if I have it. I also have tons of colors that I could use, as well. I don’t mind doing custom orders, even for one or two bars.
I will be making several batches over the long weekend, and the soap should be ready to ship the following week. Homemade soap takes some time to dry and harden.
I have set it up as a donation, but it is not tax deductible because I am not a charity, even though I am a Charity.
If you can buy even one bar, it would be so much help. Even if you can’t, please consider sharing this. Thank you for taking the time to read this and for any support you have to offer.