Monday, 27 January 2020

Love is in the air at Soap et al.!



If you're on our VIP mail list then you should have already received the special gift we sent out this morning. If you haven't checked your email yet, then I suggest you do so now because you've got mail!!


And if you would like to join our mail list ---> Click here to join our mail list!


We are in full on #red4feb mode over here at Soap et al. 


So here are the terms and conditions related to our Valentine's Day special promo. This offer is nulled and voided if any of these are true.

- Order contains more than 4L of distilled water. 

- Total order weighs more than 6kg for home delivery. 

- Total order doesn't fit our standard mailing pouch bag (20x20).  
  - Our preferred delivery partners are not used. 
- Order is to be delivered outside Nigeria.  

- Minimum order quantity of N20,000 is not met. (Please note that this total doesn’t include VAT and delivery fee. It is the sum of total items bought.


Also note: This offer is not valid alongside any of our other promotions but is valid alongside bundle offers.

Kind regards,
Team Soap et al.

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Let's talk about VAT!

We have received quite a few enquiries about Value Added Tax (VAT) recently so we have created this concise post addressing the most frequently asked questions we get on the topic. ⁣

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What is VAT?
VAT is that 5% charge that you see at the bottom of your Soap et al. invoice. 

Why do you charge VAT?
Because it is a government requirement for most businesses and we (Soap et al.) are eligible. 

How does it work?
Every registered (registered with the CAC*) company/business has a unique ‘Tax Identification Number (TIN)’ that is given to them. This gives the FIRS** access to our corporate account and they can see every kobo that goes into it. At the end of every month we take out 5% of ALL the money that has gone into the account and pay it to the FIRS. 

So the VAT is not yours?
No it is not. We don’t keep a kobo of it. 

Can I choose not pay VAT?
As a Nigerian citizen, no you cannot. But if you are exempt from paying tax and have the documentation to prove it, please send it to our email (soapetalng@gmail.com) and our accountant will verify with the FIRS. Once this is done, you will not be charged tax on any transactions made with Soap et al. (The process takes 5-10 working days). 

Can you reduce the VAT for me?
Unfortunately we can’t. The amount of fixed at 5% by the government. We can’t increase or decrease this. 

What if I make a payment but I don’t pay the VAT?
FIRS doesn’t care about that. They can see our account and will charge us irrespective (even if we make a loss) so we will have to pay what you don’t. And this will be on top of our own company tax which really isn’t fair on us because we are a business in this economy just like you and we are trying to survive as much as you are. 

So what happens now?
We will now be unable to process ANY order where the VAT is not paid in full. The losses that we make from incomplete payments have become significantly more than we can bear. If payments aren’t received in full (plus VAT), that order will not be dispatched until the balance is paid. 

What if I always make full payment every time?
You are a superstar and we love you for making our lives that much easier. Thank you!  

I am a business owner as well and I shop from you. Do you I get any tax decrease (deduction) from the FIRS?
Yes! You do. The reason why the VAT is specifically shown on all your Soap et al. receipts is because when you go to pay your own monthly VAT to the FIRS, you can show your Soap et al. receipt and get a deduction from the total amount you would have paid. That’s the benefit YOU GET from our being tax compliant! :)


*CAC : Corporate Affairs Commission
**FIRS" Federal Inland Revenue Service

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We hope you found this post to be sufficiently informative about VAT. While this post is primarily focused on VAT for Soap et al., how it applies to us (as a business) and you as a prospective customer - it could also be useful to you if you own a cosmetic/beauty related business and are thinking about growing your business further and going legit. This information will give you some understanding of what to expect and what is expected of you. ⁣


Happy formulating,

Team Soap et al.

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We supply, you create! Ingredients by us, handmade by you!

Monday, 19 February 2018

The Making of: Red Heart Embed Soap



Next up in our Valentine's themed tutorials are these red heart embedded soap bars. They are both fun to make and use. Here's what you will need:

Ingredients

- Clear Melt & Pour Base 250g
- Goat Milk Melt & Pour Base 250g
Strawberry Fragrance oil 20ml
Red liquid dye
- Alcohol (in spray bottle)

Safety warning: Hot soap bases will hurt if they come in contact with the skin so do be careful when handling.
All equipment & ingredients available in our webstore: www.shopsoapetal.com. Click on each item for a direct link to that item in our webstore.


Equipment

Scale
- 6x Heart moulds (crinkled)
- Pyrex jug
- Thermometer
- Heat source (Microwave)
Pipettes (2)
- Mixing spoon (plastic/stainless steel)
- Soap cutter
- Recycled chocolate box or silicone loaf mould

Optional:
- Shrink wraps (for packaging)
- Gloves
- Cutting board

All equipment & ingredients available in our webstore: www.shopsoapetal.com. Click on each item for a direct link to that item in our webstore.


Method

Tip: Set out everything you will need so you don't have to go running about after you've begun. 
1. Weigh out all your ingredients.
2. Cut clear Melt and Pour soap base into small, even sizes and put into the pyrex jug.


3. Melt in the microwave in 30 second bursts. (It should be fully melted by the 3-minute mark). Make sure to stir after every minute. Note: I always suggest using a microwave for melting soap bases to avoid scalding the base but if you do not have one available you can use a cooker and a double boiler. You will have to closely monitor the temperature with a thermometer to make sure it does not get too hot. 
4. Using a pipette, add the red dye to the melted soap base to create a deep red colour.
5. Using a pipette, add 10ml fragrance oil to the melted soap base. Mix thoroughly.
6. Spritz the heart moulds with some rubbing alcohol and pour the soap base in. It should fill up 4 moulds.
7. Spray the tops with rubbing alcohol to eliminate bubbles and allow to set. It should take about 30 minutes. Unmould and set aside.
8. Cut Goat Milk Melt and Pour soap base into small, even sizes and put into the pyrex jug.
9. Melt in the microwave in 30 second bursts. (It should be fully melted by the 3-minute mark). Make sure to stir after every minute.
10. Using a pipette, add 10ml fragrance oil to the melted soap base. Mix thoroughly.
11. Arrange the red hearts created in steps 1-7 into the recycled chocolate box. Put them upside down for balance - then pour the goat milk soap base over and around them.



12. Spray the top with rubbing alcohol and allow to set (another 30 minutes).
13. Unmould the soap once set and cut into preferred sizes using a sharp knife or soap cutter.






You can watch the making video for this red heart embed soap on our channel.


Download the recipe card for this tutorial here: FREE RECIPE CARD!



Don't have some of the ingredients or equipment, don't worry we've got you covered. Visit our webstore to order all you need and we will deliver right to your door step!

Don't forget to tag us on your creations on Instagram or Facebook. We will love to see your creations.


Love,


Soap et al. - Your one stop handcraft supply store
We supply, you create! Ingredients by us, handmade by you!

Sunday, 4 February 2018

The Making of: Rose Bath Bombs


I have been thinking about roses a lot these last few days; it is the season for them after all! So it was no surprise to The Team when I wanted to include these rose bath bombs to our Valentine's themed tutorials. I have used a couple of these myself and I have to tell you, I DID NOT want to leave the bathtub + the bathroom smelled amazing hours after. They are both fun to make and use. Here's what you will need:


Ingredients

- Baking Soda 1000g
- Citric Acid 500g
- Tapioca Powder 50g
- Light oil of choice (Sweet Almond, Grape seed or Sunflower) 120g
- Strawberry Fragrance oil 10ml
- French Rose Fragrance oil 20ml
- Rose Petals 5g
- Red liquid dye
- Pink glitter (microfine)
- Witch Hazel

All equipment & ingredients are available in our webstore: www.shopsoapetal.com. Click on each item for a direct link to that item in the webstore.

Equipment

- Metal bath bomb mould (6cm)
- Scale
- Large mixing bowls (2)
- Fine mesh sieve
- Pipettes (2)
- Whisk

Optional:
- Paint brush (for sprinkling glitter)
- Shrink wraps (for packaging)

All equipment & ingredients are available in our webstore: www.shopsoapetal.com. Click on each item for a direct link to that item in the webstore.


Method

Tip: Set out everything you will need so you don't have to go running about after you've begun.


  • 1. Weigh out all your ingredients.




  • 2. Sieve all the powders and dry ingredients into one of your mixing bowls.
  • 3. Divide the powders equally between the two mixing bowls.
  • 4. Weight out your oil of choice (I used Sunflower oil) and split it equally between the two bowls.



  • 5. Add drops of the red dye to one of the mixing bowls to create a light pink colour.
  • 6. Split the fragrance oil equally between the two bowls.
  • 7. Spritz the bowls with witch hazel to create a mouldable consistency.
  • 8. Sprinkle some rose petals into one of the bath bomb moulds.
  • 9. Fill both halves of the bath bomb mould with your mix and hold the two halves together for about 5 - 10 seconds.
  • 10. Use a metal spoon (or the end of your whisk) to gently tap the bath bomb mould to release the bath bomb.
  • 11. Open the mould and place your newly created bath bomb on a tray or soft surface where it can remain undisturbed until it is completely dry.
  • 12. Repeat steps 8 to 11 until all your mix has been used up.
  • 13. Use the paint brush to sprinkle some glitter over the tops of the bath bombs for some sparkle.



You can watch the making video for these rose bath bombs below and on our channel:  SoapetalTV.



Download the recipe card for this tutorial here: FREE RECIPE CARD!

I accidentally dropped one of the bath bombs during the shoot because The Team wouldn't stop cracking me up. If you have an oppsie-daisy just like this one, you can save it by using it as a bath fizzy which is just like a bath bomb without the round shape. :)



Don't have some of the ingredients or equipment, don't worry we've got you covered. Visit our webstore to order all you need and we will deliver right to your door step!


Don't forget to tag us on your creations on Instagram or Facebook. We will love to see your creations.


Love,


Soap et al. - Your one stop handcraft supply store
We supply, you create! Ingredients by us, handmade by you!