We began making soaps in our kitchen in 2013 after discovering that the commercial soaps we’d been using our entire lives were made with detergents, animal fats, sulfates, and other harsh chemicals that can cause irritation, trigger allergies and can have other unpleasant side effects. We started making soaps out of plant oils and other ingredients free of harsh chemicals, gifting them to friends and family, with the dream that one day it could become a business that could make us both proud and successful.
Cut to five years later and we now have 17 locations (soon to be 18!) across nine states, creating incredibly innovative bath and body products that are high-quality, hand-made, free of harsh chemicals, and look and smell amazing!
Now it's time to bring our wonderful creations to the rest of the country – and the world! – and we’re looking for passionate, motivated franchisees to come be a part of the Buff City Soap team.
We handcraft each bar of Buff City soap in what we call our Soap Makeries. Each of our locations makes every product sold right there. It’s a bit of a mad lab stocked with ingredients like gardenia petals, lemon zest, hemp seed oil, shea butter, charcoal, and tea tree oil. Even our body scrubs are squeaky clean with natural exfoliants like chopped loofah bits, crushed walnut shells and poppy seeds. Customers can even customize their products with the scent (or non-scent) of their choice and the ingredients that they prefer. The possibilities are endless!
“I am happy to state that since joining Buff City Soap my expectations have been exceeded. I am impressed by the commitment and support provided by our enthusiastic corporate team!”
- Charli Gorman
The initial cost of opening a Buff City Soap franchise ranges from $209,050 to $349,500. The investment range will vary significantly depending on your market and your location.
Our Initial Franchise Fee is $50,000 for a single unit franchise. For multi-unit developers, there is a discount depending on the number of locations.
Our Royalty Rate is 6% of gross sales. Our current Brand Fund contribution is 2% of gross sales. Additionally, we require all franchisees to spend an additional 2% of gross sales on local advertising.
We’ve spent years in our labs concocting all of our different products before we finally got to the right mix. That is also how we’ve grown Buff City Soap as a business, and over the years we’ve spent developing our business, we’ve tested and tinkered and changed and continuously developed our processes until we got to a point where we were ready to share it with the world.
Buff City Soap’s Franchise Support Team will be there every step of the way to offer guidance, training, and support as you bring your franchise to life.
Over the course of building our existing Buff City Soap stores, we’ve developed the look and feel our locations to match our high-quality yet simple and rustic product offering.How we can help you do the same
Over the course of building our existing Buff City Soap stores, we’ve developed the look and feel our locations to match our high-quality yet simple and rustic product offering. We will provide our franchisees with the guidance needed to open a franchised location that meets our brand standards and upholds the consumer experience that our customers have come to expect, by providing our franchisees with:
Our franchisees will be able to leverage our experience in finding the best site, but we also hope to leverage our franchisees’ knowledge of their own market to select their initial site.
Our field staff will visit a franchisee’s potential site to provide approval if the site meets our stated criteria, as well as provide support throughout the build-out process.
Our comprehensive training program will provide you with all the necessary tools to open and operate your Buff City Soap store. Our program will take up to three-and-a-half weeks and will involve online pre-training, in-classroom training, and on-the-job training.Learn the ways of the soap
Our comprehensive training program will provide you with all the necessary tools to open and operate your Buff City Soap store. Our program will take up to three-and-a-half weeks and will involve online pre-training, in-classroom training, and on-the-job training as well as a Train-The-Trainer program so that franchisees are able to train their own employees.
We will also provide operations manuals that will allow franchisees to operate their stores in keeping with the high standards the Buff City Soap brand has established.
Franchisees will be provided training at the Buff City Soap headquarters in Bartlett, TN, on site at their own location, as well as through online webinars. We will hold a 10-day training session at our Bartlett headquarters, as well as have field staff on the ground at your location for 1 week prior to opening to get you through initial inventory production, and they will remain with you through your first week in business.
In addition to being trained on our special soap blends, our soap-making processes, and the systems of the Buff City Soap “Makery,” franchisees will receive training on what is required to run the business itself.
Our field staff will be in constant contact, offering ongoing support and periodic operation evaluations. Our team can offer creative solutions, advice, and overall support to help your business be as successful as it can possibly be.From launch to beyond
Our marketing and public relations team will assist with creating cohesive and effective campaigns designed to reach and appeal to a broad audience while reinforcing the Buff City Soap brand. Smart advertising, community relations, a robust social media presence, and media exposure will all work in tandem, ultimately achieving customer loyalty and sales!
Our team will provide you with a market introduction plan that includes both a marketing plan for your Grand Opening as well as guidance pertaining to opening inventory and other expenses to ensure that you are fully prepared to meet the demands of operating a Buff City Soap store.
Our field staff will be in constant contact, offering ongoing support and periodic operation evaluations to make sure you are keeping with the standards set by Buff City Soap. Our team has first-hand knowledge of the Buff City Soap business model and can offer creative solutions, advice, and overall support to help your business be as successful as it can possibly be.
Through on-site visits, webinars, phone calls and otherwise, we will stay connected and provide you with the guidance needed to be a success.