After mailing over two thousand packages, I've discovered a few things about shipping within the US, and would like to share them with you.website or Etsy shop, you should never pay in shipping costs more than the cost of a USPS Flat Rate Padded Envelope ($8.45 as of today). I offer free shipping on all orders over $35 and I've priced my products so orders under $35 can fit in a flat rate padded envelope.
On my website, I make sure that you're never charged more than that, however, I don't have that kind of control on my Etsy shop.
On my website, I have set up shipping rules so any purchases under $12 will ship for $5, purchases $12 to $34.99 ship for the cost of a padded flat rate envelope, and purchases over $35 are free to ship.
On Etsy I have to enter the weight of each item individually as it's packaged. So a 5 oz bar of soap with packaging would weigh about 7 oz to ship. Etsy then uses the USPS data to lookup the destination of the package and returns the price to mail the 7 oz package from Portland, OR (where Lora's Beauty is.) Over charges can happen when multiple bars of soap are purchased since they'll be mailed in one box. For example, two 5 oz bars in one box would really weigh approximately 12 oz (5 X 2 + 2) but Etsy figures it as 14 oz. Amazingly, over charges don't happen that often and I refund them when they do.
Now onto some more exciting news! I have new products in my shop!!soap savers that will solve both these problems!
These soap savers are made with 100% cotton yarn and have a tiny loop on the corner so you can hang them to dry between uses. All my soap's sizes and shapes will fit in them.
Also new in my shop are my spirits inspired soaps!
There's one made with whiskey,
one made with gin,
and one made with aquavit!
These soaps aren't just fun, they're also great for your skin. Each bar contains aloe vera gel, silk fibers, and either whiskey, gin, or aquavit spirits, as well as all the wonderful oils and butters found in all my soaps.
Aquavit, being made with vitamin E rich caraway seeds, improves skin appearance.
Gin, thanks to the lovely juniper berry, provides smoother, softer skin.
Whiskey contains wonderful antiseptic capabilities making it a great choice for oily skin and a defense against acne.