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Welcome to the Dapper Dragon blog. This is where I make announcements about my projects and keep interested followers up to date. I'll also be posting articles of interest about shaving, soap making, and other personal care subjects.

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Wednesday, 27 December 2017 12:16

Pardon Our Dust

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Dapper Dragon bath soaps are a change from mass produced commercial bars. They are made from natural oils and vegetable-derived additives, and never use detergents, chemical degreasers or surfactants.

Our bath soaps can be purchased at our Etsy Store.

In addition to our usual scents, we sometimes play around with more experimental scents in our bath soaps.


I intentionally kept the formula for our bath soaps simple.

  • Lard - Lard, or pig tallow, creates a hard soap with a copious, luxurious lather.
  • Olive Oil - Olive oil soaps have a lower, slippery lather that treats the skin very well. In addition, olive oil that isn't turned to soap helps protect the skin.
  • Coconut - Coconut oil makes a soap that creates bubbly lather with strong cleaning properties. We add a small amount of coconut oil to make our soap effective, but not so much that it strips the skin of important oils.
  • Glycerin - Glycerin is a natural side effect of the soap making process. In order to take advantage of its beneficial properties, additional, vegetable sourced glycerin is added. Glycerin boosts the production of lather, but that's just a side effect. Its main job in our soap is as a humectant. It absorbs and bonds to the water you use to make lather, allowing your skin to benefit from it as the glycerin is absorbed.
  • Sodium Lactate - A small amount of sodium lactate is used to improve the texture of the soap and to produce a harder, longer-lasting product.

Directions for Use

Natural soap may take a bit more water or a bit more rubbing than detergent bars. If you're primarily used to these products, be sure to use plenty of water for the best lather.

When washing your hands, scrub them together for at least one minute for optimal cleaning and germ-fighting.

When not in use, place your soap in a location where it can dry without being regularly doused with water. Outside the shower, or on a high shelf which is not hit by the spray is optimal. A soap dish with raised ridges or a grate is best, as it prevents the soap from sitting in its own drained water. Allowing the soap to dry when not in use will keep your soap around longer.

Shipping Policies

Dapper Dragon soaps ships via United States Postal Service. One- and two-item orders are generally sent in a padded mailer to cut down on costs while protecting the merchandise. At three or more items, I switch to Priority Mail flat-rate boxes.

International Shipping

It is an unfortunate truth that shipping anything over the ocean is extremely expensive, and shipping to Canada or Mexico is only a little bit better. However, I will do my best to keep costs down as much as possible.

International Group Buys

If a group of users in a foreign country are interested in organizing a group buy, I'm open to the idea as well. I think it's the best option for an international order larger than a handful of items, for both you and me. I'll ship to you in the most cost-effective way, and charge you my shipping costs, including packing materials and time.

There are just a few requirements before I'd consider it:

  1. 10+ piece order
  2. No reselling. This is a group buy, not a wholesale agreement.
  3. I will want to see the names and orders of each member of the group buy. 
  4. One member of the group will be designated to make the payment and accept shipment.
  5. You may need to wait for new batches of soap to be made, depending on the number and varieties of soaps requested. Before we agree, I'll provide an estimate for the amount of time required to fill your order.

If you have a group that would like to purchase Dapper Dragon, send me a message through the contact page.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 12:13

Not Enough Vanilla In The Jasmine & Vanilla

Well, the results are in, and they are unanimous. The Jasmine & Vanilla needs more vanilla.

Thursday, 20 March 2014 11:26


According to USPS, the first few packages are either delivered, or out for delivery. I'm very excited, but also nervous. I can't wait to hear what (if anything) people have to say about my soap.

Sunday, 16 March 2014 21:07

Opening Weekend Is In the Books

Wow. It was a great weekend for Dapper Dragon Soaps.

Thanks a lot to everyone that stopped by the store, asked a question or placed an order. I'd been worried that we might only get one or two orders, but we actually saw a pretty nice amount of traffic. Enough for me to feel good about the way things are starting, but not enough to put us in danger of selling out right away.

I also finished up the labels that will go on the soaps. The Basics scents will use the same design as the Dapper Dragon label, which is more or less the default. I may make some unique labels for Basics scents that are clearly popular, as Blood Orange seems like it's going to be.

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I will be packing up the orders from this weekend tonight and tomorrow, and they'll go out in the mail tomorrow and Tuesday.

This has been a very exciting weekend! I feel like this whole thing just might work.

Friday, 14 March 2014 23:51

Last Minute Productivity Drop

The past few days have been a pretty rotten mix of after hours work and illness on my part. That means that I haven't been able to make any new soap as planned on Thursday and Friday. Never fear, though, we'll still be launching on 3/15! And I intend to make multiple batches this weekend, so even the soaps with fewer bars ready should be available.

Welcome to Dapper Dragon Soaps!

Here at Dapper Dragon, we hand make soaps, lotion bars, and other personal care items using natural, high quality ingredients. Our products are made by hand in small batches, with special care.

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  • Pardon Our Dust - Written on Wednesday, 27 December 2017 12:16

    We're working on reconfiguring our website, so most of our pages are currently unavailable. You can still pick up Dapper Dragon products at our Etsy Store, or one of our retail partners.

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Tuesday, 04 March 2014 23:04

Making progress

I still have some work to do in order to meet my absolute goal before beginning sales, BUT I am making progress. I have at least one batch of each type of soap but one. That one will be in the molds on Thursday or Friday, and I intend to spend as much of the weekend soaping as I can get away with.

Tonight was unscented's turn. I used some to make a small shave stick (.75oz) to test with, as well.

Here's the stash so far:

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