Making Skin Care Products Offers More Benefits Than Purchasing Off The Shelf Products

Creating your own cosmetics and skin creams allows you to avoid harmful Ingredients.

It’s actually very easy to make skin care  products.  It’s similar to baking.  If you can bake a cake from scratch, you will have no problems with making your own skin products.
Over 90% of all ingredients in commercial cosmetic products are synthetic.
The problem with using commercial products with synthetic ingredients is that contaminates can be created during the manufacturing process.
Synthetic fragrances, emulsifiers and surfactants can contain contaminants.
They also fail to tell you what each ingredient is and its purpose in the product.

Cosmetics on the market are formulated to have a shelf life of over 3 years.  These cosmetics would have to contain major amounts of preservatives.

All preservatives are cellular toxins (if they weren’t, they would not be able to kill microbes).

By keeping your creams refrigerated and replace them every 2 weeks, you actually don’t need any preservatives.

There are no products that can satisfy the needs of everyone, since we are all different when it comes to our skins needs.

Cosmetic companies cannot give you this individualized attention, but you can customize any skin care product once you know what your needs are.

Many beneficial ingredients are banned from cosmetics by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration).

The CRF (Code of Federal Regulations) defines cosmetics as substances applied to the skin for cleansing,
beautifying and promoting attractiveness without effecting the body’s function or structure.

What does this mean???

The cosmetics that have ingredients with actual skin altering benefits, fall under the strict drug industry.

In order to comply with these regulations, cosmetics are not allowed to have enough of the beneficial
ingredient in the product to change or cause a change in your skin.

The amount of the ingredient added is so minimal or insufficient that might as well not even be present.  This is also another reason to make your own skin care.  The cosmetic companies are actually not allowed to affect your skin.

Any type of cosmetic that actually has enough ingredients to help with anti aging and wrinkle removal would have to be sold over the counter as a drug.

In other words, don’t waste your money thinking that the $80 or even the $180 cream that you just bought
is going to cause a change.  By law, it is not allowed to.
When you make your own, you do not have to follow the CFR, and you can use ingredients that will actually help your skin.  You no longer need to waste a fortune on false promises.
There is so much information and knowledge about natural ingredients because we have been using them since the beginning of time.
Individualize and make your own skin care products to your specific skin needs.

You have choices when you make your own products.
Much more control than if you are purchasing off the shelf.

Choosing to make your own soap and other beauty products might be one of the best, most intelligent decisions you could ever make.
You would have the softest, healthiest skin possible.

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Take care and happy soaping



Soap Making Blogging, moving and painting

Hi everyone

It feels like forever since I have been able to blog and get myself back into the soaping mode.

Other than keeping up with my wholesale accounts, I have been getting my new home fixed up and ready to live in.

Painting, fixing, sorting and beautifying.  I am now ready to jump back into the videos and the blogging.   This is my soap making kitchen before I got into the painting and cleaning.  It looks much fresher now that it has a new coat of paint.

Stay tuned for some new soap making videos and cosmetic making videos that I am working on.

Take care and keep soaping.



A Bath Bomb Video From Soap Making School

Hey everyone, here is a link to a new Bath Bomb Video that I made.  Hope you like it.

I love to mix and match the bombs, Vanilla with Lavender, or Grapefruit with Vanilla is yummy.

Have fun with these and let me know what you think.


The 2 Most Important Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Begin Your Natural Soap Making Business

There are many important questions that you will need to ask yourself before you are ready to start up your soap making business.

Once you have these questions answered, you will have a much better idea of how to proceed.  There are 2 essential questions to ask yourself, and the answers will be the foundation and base to launch your soap making business.

The first question you need to ask is why you like natural soap making.

This doesn’t sound like a very important question right now, but when it’s 3 am and you are still putting together a rush order with just a few hours of sleep, and feeling like a zombie, you are going to need to remind yourself why you like to make soap and why you are starting this soap making business.

The second question would be to ask yourself why you want to sell your soap.

The reason you need to know this is because you are trying to build a market presence for yourself.  What is it about your soap that others will find unique?  How do you think the world will feel about your soap? What benefit will the user of your natural soap receive?

You need to figure out what it is about your soap that will make others want to buy it.  Not too long from now, you will have the job of convincing those prospective customers to buy your soap.  You need to believe in your product first.

If your answer to this question is because you want to make money, this is not going to be a strong enough reason to get you through those long nights of working on your soap orders.

I started my natural soap making business in 1997.  My reason for selling soap was because I saw such fantastic changes in my skin from the natural soap I was making that I had to spread the word.  I had to show as many people as possible that changing one simple essential item in their life can make a big difference in how they felt about themselves.

The answer to these 2 questions should keep you motivate and fired up to keep your soap making business on the right track.

Next time I will talk about how to get ready to organize and set up your natural soap making business including a mission statement and many more important questions that will set you up for success.


Turning Your Soap Making Skills into a Business

So you want to make soap for a living.  So many people have asked me how to start a soap making business.

It’s like any other business to a point.  You need to decide on a name to begin with.  Your name should reflect how you want the world to see you.  Take your time with this.  You will need a few backup choices too, in case the name is taken.

Take these names to your local business registry department.  You can find this information in the phone book or from your city hall.

A name search will begin and this will take a few days to get the results.  There are a few fees involved.  One for the name search and another for the name registration.

Take your new business name and paper work to your city hall and apply for a business license.  Depending on where you live, you may also need to apply for a tax number.  All of this information will be available once you register for the business license.

Once you have all the paperwork you need, you will be able to purchase your ingredients and supplies through wholesale sources.  This is important because it will bring down your costs.

Next step is all about how you will present yourself.  Do you want to have a logo made?  This sounds like an expensive luxury, but it sets you apart from hobbyists and gives you a professional image. You should sit down and figure out what you want this logo to represent.  Is it all about your soap making or are you going to expand into other crafts too?   You can get a logo made up easily for around $50.  It’s well worth it.

Once you have your logo made, or create your own, it’s time to get your business cards printed.  There are good deals all over.  Shop around or print them yourself.  You can pick up a pack of printable business card sheets and the templates are usually available on line or with an attached cd.

Be sure you have the proper home insurance to cover you and your equipment.  You will need to talk to your insurance broker for details.

Once all of the paperwork is out of the way, it’s down to the fun business and deciding on your business plan.

The business plan should be written out and over time will be revised several times.  A business plan needs to grow and change along with you and you business.  You need to be flexible; things don’t always go exactly as planned.  To me, this is a good thing.  It allows me to grow and change with my experiences and I really hope you are able to take on this perspective.  For some, this will be the most difficult part, putting everything down on paper.  Most crafters and soap makers are dreamers.  We like to visualize and strategize in our heads.  Putting it down on paper seems so mundane, but it needs to be done.

You need to be creative and logical at the same time.  Asking yourself some key questions will help you put everything into perspective.

Next time, we can look closer at those key questions we need to ask ourselves when we are writing up the business plan.


When It All Began – A Soap Making History

Soap making traces it’s way back to prehistoric times.

The Babylons made soap during 2000 BC. It was formed from ashes and fats from the food they ate. During the Roman era, soap was made from Goat and Wood Ash. Throughout history, each era brought its own different soap making methods.

Sodium based alkali is now the method we use today for true soap making.

Once it caught on, it was no longer a novel idea to use for cleaning. It became a necessity. The industry began in Italy and France. It later spread throughout Europe after the French discovered the use of olive oil instead of animal fat.

A Swedish chemist, Carl Wilhelm Scheele, discovered how to make and extract the glycerine from the soap by cooking it. Glycerine is extracted and used in countless products today. In fact it is considered to be more valuable than the soap itself. Read more »


Follow Your Passion in Soap Making to Find Your Perfect Soap Market Niche

When it comes to soap making, there is a niche market for everyone and room for everyone who makes soap.

Soap Making is a very general term. There are so many routes to take in the craft, so the niche market choices are endless.

Let’s look at the different types of modern soap. There is cold process, hot process, French milled, cream soap making, liquid soap making and melt and pour.

From here the options are endless too. Here are just a few soap making options you could look at when you are deciding on your target market. Read more »


Give Your Skin a Fighting Chance by Avoiding Damaging Chemicals in Your Lotions and Soap Making

Creating your own cosmetics allows you to avoid harmful ingredients. It’s actually very easy to make your own products. It’s similar to baking. If you can bake a cake from scratch, you will have no problems with making your own skin products. Over 90% of all ingredients in commercial cosmetic products are synthetic.

The problem with using commercial products with synthetic ingredients is that contaminates can be created during the manufacturing process.
Synthetic fragrances, emulsifiers and surfactants can contain contaminants. They also fail to tell you what each ingredient is and its purpose in the product.  You can avoid this in your own soap making and cosmetic making.

Cosmetics on the market are formulated to have a shelf life of over 3 years. These cosmetics would have to contain major amounts of preservatives. Read more »


The Choices You Make During Soap Making Can Ruin Your Natural Soap

scratching because of chemicals added to soap makingAre you drawn to commercial soap thinking that the claims they make for healthy looking natural skin will benefit you, then you find that the soap is just as drying as the others? Don’t feel alone in your struggles, most people feel this way about soap and the fact that it strips your skin of its natural oils and leaves it feeling dry.

Many people have turned to natural soap after reporting these effects on their skin. More and more people are making their own too. Soap Making allows you to avoid those synthetic chemicals that are found in most commercial brands.

Though most natural handmade soap does not contain the same chemicals that commercial ones do, there are still some soap makers that add chemicals to their soap. Some of the worst chemicals that are found in soap making are included in the fragrance oils that are added. There can be up to 600 different chemicals in one fragrance oil. It is unfortunate that some soap makers take a beautiful natural soap and then add the fragrance oil to make it smell like “fresh rain”or a summer fruit. Read more »


Soap Making School – Soap Grad Status

students who graduated from week 12 of soap making school are put into soap grad status.Hi Everyone

I have just completed and posted week 12 of Soap Making School classes.  Week # 12 is the final week.   That means that every member who began in the first week will be moving into Soap Grad Status.

So what is Soap Grad Status?

Once you have completed week 12, you will be given access to the  Soap Grad Page.  You will also no longer be charged a membership fee.  You have earned a lifetime membership.

You will be given your own personal password and you can access all 12 weeks of classes from that one page. Read more »

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