FAQ – Ordering Information

How long before I receive my order?
We require a minimum 10 day lead time to fill your order for soap loaves. Please keep in mind that, as with most businesses, this is calculated in business days . (Business days equals approx. 2 weeks)
So, if you would like an idea when your order will ship, please start counting from the next business day after your order is placed and exclude Saturdays and Sundays. Please plan for additional time in transit – our zip code is 37217, shipping is standard UPS Ground. NOTE: during the months of July & August, orders are only shipped Monday through Wednesday. We do this to protect your order from the summer heat (on many occasions, your order is completed within just a few days but there may be several orders ahead of your own. Please remember your order is being made especially for you at the time you place it). Keep in mind that the cure time for handmade soap is 3 – 4 weeks. Orders of over 100 loaves may require a longer lead time.

the shipping fees are the only difference you will find in this informational video. While they are still shipped in the same boxes by the U.S. postal service, their rates have slightly changed. See right side of every page on this site for new shipping rates.

How are my loaves shipped to me?
We now use Priority Mail FLAT RATE boxes for shipping soap loaves. This is the most economical way to ship quantities of soap such as: 3 loaves, 6 loaves, 9 loaves, 12 loaves…..For very large BULK orders, we may opt to ship by UPS. We will carefully determine the most affordable means of shipping. See the shipping rate chart below.

How much is shipping?
Soap loaves are shipped using the flat rate priority boxes at USPS (united states postal service). There are two sizes available – one that fits three loaves for only $12.95 and a larger one that fits up to 6 loaves for $17.95. These prices are cheaper than USPS charges us so a discount HAS been included. Shipping is not included in the shopping cart and is added onto your order. See the chart below to calculate exactly how much your shipping rate is based on how many loaves/blocks you ordered.

1 -3 loaves: $12.95
4 – 6 loaves: $17.95
7 – 9 loaves: $29.95
10 – 12 loaves: $35.90
13 -15 loaves: $48.85
16 – 18 loaves: $53.85
19 – 21 loaves: $66.80….etc.

So, you can see from the chart above that shipping is sometimes cheaper in the long-run when you order one or two more loaves. Example: 4 loaves won’t fit in the $12.95 box — they must go into the $17.95 box so you might as well order 6 loaves of soap since the shipping amount is the same. If someone ordered 9 loaves then 3 of them would go in the Medium box (12.95) and 6 of them would go into the Large box (17.95) – a further discounted total of $29.95.

BLOCKS of soap. Remember that blocks of soap are the equivalent of three loaves. So, shipping is calculated for each block as if it were 3 loaves.

1 block: $12.95
2 blocks: $17.95
3 blocks: $29.95
4 blocks: $35.90 …… etc.

How do I CONTACT you?
please read our FAQ before calling with your question. Also, if you thoroughly read our website, every question about soaps and how it is made, shipped, weighed, etc. is right here on the site.

If you still cannot find the answer you are looking for, Email us at info@soapbytheloaf.com. Or, our phone number is 615-360-8089. However, we are usually in the soap making shop or waiting on customers in the retail store, so we may not be able to give you our undivided attention with customers in the store waiting. Email is checked several times a day.

I called your Nashville store and the girl who answered the phone was of NO help at all. What’s up?
The retail store staff is not trained to answer wholesale or soap by the loaf questions and do not have the capability to look up your order. The staff cannot answer your bulk soap questions. The Nashville store is a retail bath and body shop.

Do you have a minimum ordering amount?
Aromagregory wants to make it easy for small business to succeed in the natural market. Our ordering minimum is low — only $50.00. Why a minimum? Soap by the Loaf was designed for business owners wanting to incorporate handmade soap into their line of products — not as a place where retail customers have a place to order good soap (strictly for their own use) at a wholesale price. We also do this to protect our wholesale clients — after all, you need a customer to sell to, right?

What are the ingredients used in your soaps? Are they handmade?
Aromagregory soaps are made completely from scratch with a combination of olive oil, coconut oil, soybean and shea butter. They retain their natural skin-loving glycerin, making for a great homemade bar of soap. Some specialty recipes may also include additional oils such as: castor, cocoa butter, palm, etc. Go to our ingredients page and you will find a listing for all of our soaps.

If I order soap bar in 5-packs, are they on the shelf and ready to ship?
Sometimes, depending on the quantity the customer orders, bar orders ship out faster that loaves and blocks. However, we must stick to our standard 10 business day turnaround time in case the bars you ordered are NOT on the shelf.

Aromagregory soaps are made completely from scratch with a combination of olive oil, coconut oil, soybean and shea butter. They retain their natural skin-loving glycerin, making for a great homemade bar of soap. Some specialty recipes may also include additional oils such as: castor, cocoa butter, palm, etc. Go to our ingredients page and you will find a listing for all of our soaps.

Do you use real essential oils in your soaps?
The majority of them are scented with real essential oils from plants. We also carry of line of soaps scented with fine fragrances. For our essential oil soaps only natural, plant derived essential oils are used for scent as well as for their aromatherapy benefits.

How large are your wholesale soap loaves?
soap logs measure at 11.5″ long, 3″ wide and approx 2.5″ high. With the width we choose to cut our own soaps, we get a return of 10 bars per loaf that weigh in around 3.8 – 4 ounces per bar, depending on the formula and botanical contents.

How large are your soap BLOCKS?
each soap LOAF was cut from a larger BLOCK of soap. A soap BLOCK is 3 loaves of soap that has not been cut into loaves. Soap BLOCKS measure 11.5″ x 9″ x 2.5″ high. Soap blocks give you greater freedom in choosing how to cut your soap into BARS to create your company’s own, unique size of soap. Soap BLOCKS cost around 10% less than buying three loaves.

How do I know if I will like your soap before ordering such a large amount?
there are links on the top of each page where it says SOAP SAMPLES. We encourage you to order samples first from our retail site.

I didn’t like the soap I received. How do I get a refund?
Did you order samples first? Our soaps have been made the same way for almost 17 years. This is why we encourage you to order samples before ordering bulk soap. We do not offer refunds on soaps that were made especially for you. On rare occasion, we will offer you the option of shipping the soap back to us (at your own cost) and a 20% restocking fee will be deducted from your refund.

How much does each loaf weigh?
freshly made, each soap loaf still contains a higher amount of water content which will evaporate as the curing process takes place. Each loaf weighs approx 3 lbs. Soap blocks weigh approximately 9 pounds each.

Can anyone purchase your soap wholesale?
Aromagregory’s Soap by the Loaf sells to large and small businesses alike. If you live in Tennessee and wish to be tax exempt, we must obtain a copy of your reseller’s certificate. If you are a small, home-based business without a reseller certificate, you may still place your order but be aware that residents of the state of Tennessee will be responsible for sales tax. NOTE: We do not sell wholesale soap loaves to anyone living within a 100 mile radius of Nashville, TN. Our own retail soap company, Aromagregory Creative, is Nashville based — competing with our own product would be a silly business move, as we’re sure you understand. However, we do offer retail bars at wholesale prices for you to carry in your store or boutique as well as hosting soap making classes in the Nashville area. Please see our www.aromagregory.com website for more details.

What if I don’t want to wrap my own soap? How can I resell your aromagregory soaps?
if what you are looking for is bars of handmade soap wrapped with the aromagregory label for resale in your shop, please visit our wholesale site at: www.aromagregoryws.com

How do I pay for my order of wholesale soap logs?
aromagregory accepts: Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. Large orders may require a deposit.

I received a discount coupon when I ordered soap bars for sampling at www.aromagregory.com but when I went to order my loaves of soap on soapbytheloaf, the code won’t work. What’s up?
Aromagregory retail customers receive coupons when buying retail, giving them discounts on their next order. Those coupons are for discounts on RETAIL bars of soap on our RETAIL website where bars of soap are $4.50 each. They do not discount WHOLESALE orders on the www.soapbytheloaf.com website where you are already receiving a discount through wholesale pricing.

What if I want a soap that is not listed?
Sorry. We don’t offer custom soap loaves. But, just look at the long list of all the soaps we DO offer.

Do you ship internationally?
Unfortunately, at this time, we only ship orders within the Continental United States.

Do you have much experience in making soap?
We’ve been in business since 1999 and produce 1000’s of pounds of handmade soap per month ….. we must be doing something right.

What are the choices of soap you already make?
Our list of soap logs is listed on our soap loaves page and will guide you through the descriptions of every bar we make.

Who needs soap loaves? The possibilities go on and on. We have a wide variety of businesses that purchase soap by the loaf for resale in their company.

Nearly everyone, everywhere uses soap and they have for centuries. It is a consumable product, meaning that it gets “used up” and your customers must return to you for more. Time and time again we see new customers who had just tried their first bar of aromagregory soap come back and order many different kinds. Our customers know a good thing when they find one.

Adding quality, handmade soaps to your current product line is great for:

natural grocery stores
vitamin / nutrition stores
spas & salons
tea houses
boutiques & gift shops
aromatherapy companies
primitive shops
gift basket companies
bookstores
candle shops
museum gift shops
garden centers
and the list goes on ……. everyone loves luxury, gourmet soap.