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Frequently Asked Questions

Based in Lynnwood WA, we have specialized in artisan solid perfume and caffeine soap since 2009.

Featuring designs from over 40 independent artists, each bar of soap comes with a collectible vinyl sticker.

Our soap is made with a very mild vegetable glycerin base, and is sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) free. Both our soap and perfume use vegan ingredients, and are cruelty free.

How much caffeine is in a bar of soap?
One of our bars should have enough caffeine in it to provide about a cup of strong coffee in every shower. Your individual body chemistry, along with the way you shower (do you use a washcloth? do you use a scrubby pouf? do you just rub the soap directly on your skin? how long are you leaving the lather in contact with your skin?) contributes to how much caffeine you will absorb. For best results, and to keep your bar lasting the longest, we recommend rubbing the soap onto a scrubby pouf/loofah first, then using the pouf/loofah to wash yourself. It builds the best lather, and so gets the most soap in contact with your skin, allowing you to get the most out of every shower. And it just feels good!

How can I apply to be an artist for you?
First off, thanks for your interest! We love working with new artists, and love giving them a chance to shine and get their names out there. Our products ship all around the world, so as a Con*Tact artist, you'll get as much exposure as we possibly can. Talking up our artists is one of the most fun parts of what we do!

We work on barter, and you will get your choice of 6 bars of soap, mixed and matched with decafs, or 1:1 if you'd rather have perfumes. We will link the artist's gallery (and/or email address, at the artist's request) on the page highlighting their artwork with the matched soap. We're also trying to make sure our artists get a small stack of their stickers for their own personal collection, too.
1) Send us an email, and in the title, tell us what you enjoy drawing (ex, "Unicorns, Fantasy, Flowers")
2) In the body of the note, give us some links of your favorte/best drawings. Adult artwork is acceptable in examples, although all of our labels are PG at most. Make sure to include one example of a piece with a full background (something more than just a solid color).
3) If you have anything you're really itching to draw, such as "I really want to draw a seahorse in a tropical reef, I think it'd be awesome for _________ scent", go ahead and include that. We've been inspired before!
4) Tell us what your turnaround time is on full color artwork. Art requirements are CMYK, 300dpi/ppi, 4"X4". The template is here.
Remember, take your time on the note. It's not a race! The note you send is going to set our impression of you, so showing that you can follow directions goes a long way with us.
We try to be very reasonable with deadlines (between 2-4 weeks), and are willing to work with artists to come up with something agreeable for both parties.

Adults-only soap?
While we wish that everyone was able to enjoy our caffeine products, the fear of misuse compels us to advise that only people 18 years or older should be using our soaps. The adolescent body is still developing, and everyone's own personal chemistry, along with other energy product use, contributes to different uses among individuals. While we are unable to confirm the age of those ordering from us, we do our best to advise against use under the age of 18.

My soap isn't as shiny as the ones in the pictures! It looks like it's got frosty white stuff all over it, what gives?
That's actually crystallized caffeine. From the minute the soap cools in the molds, the caffeine begins to crystallize. Because of the nature of glycerin soaps, humidity also causes the soap to "sweat," which is where the glycerin (which is a humectant) draws moisture out of the air. It can cause little dewdrops to appear on the soap, which can further feed the growth of the caffeine crystals - in intensely humid environments, we've seen some pretty impressive structures! The "frost" will rinse off harmlessly with your next shower.

When do you ship orders out?
We ship at least once a week, sometimes up to three times in a single week! Typical processing on an order is between 2-6 days.

What's the deal with shipping cost?
This one's our Achilles heel. Because we are a very small company based in a residence, we don't qualify for business shipping through FedEx or UPS. Our only option at this point is USPS, taking advantage of their flat rate Priority Mail for smaller orders, or going by weight on larger orders, or even the larger flat rate if the order's heavy enough to warrant it.
It is your responsibility as a buyer to know your country's laws regarding importing and ingredients.
If you think you have a better solution for shipping, please email us with your idea!

Can I buy some of your products to resell?
Yes, reselling is cool! We can't make it to every event, so it's a great way to get a little more coverage out there. Which leads to the next question...

Do you offer wholesale pricing?
Yes, on both our soaps and our perfumes. Price breaks start on orders of 48 units, please email us and we'll chat.

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