We’re like most people. The holidays sneak up on us. The difference for us and our customers is the holidays arrive well before the leaves turn. In fact, for us, the holidays have been here since the beginning of August. Christmas and holiday events start as early as September for customers selling to stores, meaning their preparations have already begun, and in the case of our custom-soap clients, holiday soap is already in the works.
For the fourth year in a row at Botanie Soap, the holidays mean pumpkin spice bars. We’re not alone, though, trying to capture the essence of the season. Search Amazon for “pumpkin spice soap bars” and you’ll get five pages of results. In the last three years, lots of soap makers have had the same idea. Not all of them are us, though. They don’t all begin with our world-class soap base, and they don’t all have years and years of soapmaking experience behind their soap. When you’re looking for the perfect holiday addition to your soap and skincare line, one that sets you apart, it helps to have our quality on your side. The wonderful reception our bars have received the three years – especially how well we’ve captured the season – is the kind of proof we like to share.
What’s with Pumpkin Spice?
There’s history behind the popularity. Pumpkins themselves are a symbol of the season, of harvest, and they’re the centerpiece – of course – of the Halloween special “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” But it’s pie that makes the real pumpkin difference and drives the popularity.
According to holidayinsights.com, “the peak consumption period for pumpkin pie begins at the fall harvest, and lasts all the way through to the Christmas meal and dessert.” In fact, December 25 is unofficially known as National Pumpkin Pie Day, though its origins seem to be a mystery. Costco sells, on average, nearly two million pumpkin pies during the week before Thanksgiving. There aren’t any official numbers for the month after Thanksgiving but a quick check for December 1 of last year revealed that one admittedly large Costco store (of the 700 out there) sold over 100,00 pumpkin pies. On one day.
Three years have allowed us to refine our recipe. To our world-class base we add pumpkin puree, finely ground pumpkin seeds, and pumpkin pie spice. We scent with cassia, clove bud, and bergamot essential oils. We finish things off with vanilla and we color with annatto seed powder. We’ve also refined our scheduling, acknowledging the reality of when Christmas events actually begin.
Pumpkin spice bars will be available on our web site beginning September 16 and will be available until they sell out.