Tuesday, February 20, 2018

What Do You Want to Know?

Hey Everyone,

I’ve been thinking about making a small course for some time now.  It would be a course that was slightly more advanced than “how to make soap” but would still be easy for beginners to pick up.  But I have a problem…

I don’t know what to make the course about=)

So, I wanted to ask you!  What do you want to know?  All you have to do is send in your comments below and let me know what you would like to know more about.

Thanks, I really appreciate it!


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May 20, 2011 by  
Filed under Making Homemade Soap


38 Responses to “What Do You Want to Know?”
  1. Jeanene Miller says:

    I hate to be negative, but there are enough how-to’s on soapmaking and even more advanced stuff. I have enjoyed the way you seek out some of the best to highlight for us, that has been helpful. Actually, what we could use would be more along the line of what FDA regs are, how to label, packaging, that sort of thing. Not so much how to make the soap but what to do to prepare it for sale in a legal, professional manner. I know this varies state to state and changes have been made recently. So this would really be a helpful direction to go, to help beginners and well as advanced soapmakers. Thanks.

    • Vanessa says:

      Myself and others I’m sure will disagree with you on the point that there’s enough information on soapmaking – perhaps for advanced soapers that have been soaping all methods and know everything there is to know – but not everyone is that advanced.

      I do like the idea of rules and regulations associated with soapmaking/selling/setting up shop etc. for each country/state – OMG!!! I think the Soap Making Fun Team would never sleep if they had to find out all this information for us, this site isn’t just Texas, it’s the World!!! – this “Speak Your Mind” section is great as I’m certain there’s others out there willing to help with this and know where to look.

      There is a wealth of information everyone has if only you guys would share, so ‘come on soapers, share some information – and if you want to keep your secret, that’s fine but isn’t there something you could share????

      • soapmakerj says:

        I totally agree with sharing!=) If any of you want to contribute an article or video to be added to the site, please let me know.

        As for regulations, that is a tough one because they can be so diverse. However, I can tell you that one of the modules of the Soap Business Course deals completely with the topics of regulations, insurance, and all of those necessary legal aspects you need to know.


        It will at least give you a jumpstart on knowing where to look for the legal considerations that apply to you.

  2. Henrietta says:

    I suggest different ways to color,molds (things from around ur kitchen)
    things to do with noodles, or different additives and their substitue..

  3. Donna Witherow says:

    I would love to see a tutorial of how to make the top of your soap have the whipped effect..

  4. flor says:

    I would say a little of everything, but it doesnt help you. one thing I would like to know is if youre just starting out, dont want to set up a website or a shop, can you sell at craft shows? and if you can, do you have to register a company name in order to sign up to sell at craft shows? I have been making some soap, I do hot process and Im having so much fun with it. I have done probably 10 or more diferent soaps, some with goats milk,I’ve also made a lot of melt and pour. Im really enjoying this, but would like to set up at a craft show and dont know how to go about doing it. I would like to learn also about perfume making, its so interesting. I made some with sweet almond oil and some perfume oil. I made it for me and my sister.

    • Vanessa says:

      Hi Flor,

      Don’t know where you are in the world and I’m sure different laws would apply. I’m in Australia where to sell at markets all you need is public liability insurance to cover your stall. But if you’re selling soaps made by yourself, in Australia you need to be registered with NICNAS (National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme)that is if you’re making soaps from scratch and not re-batching or using pre-made bases, then running your market stall as a “hobby” and not a business as if you run it as a business you then need to be registered with the Taxation Department – but as I said before, it depends on where in the world you live!!!!

      It would be interesting to learn from other soapers in different parts what they need to do????

      • FLOR says:

        I live in texas. It would be nice to know how to go about registering as a “hobby” stall. I’ve never been in a craft show before or sold anything other than cosmetics from diferent companies, and I did that from home and with friends. I would like to start out small and try to make it a business later on. I want to try my luck at it. I do love making soap. its so exciting and you can get so creative with it. I make hot process soaps from scratch and some melt and pour.

        • Vanessa says:

          Hi Again Flor,

          Type into your search engine “Soap Nuts March 1999” there a good article called “The FDA And Your Bath Biz”

          You can also search for these headings below for your state – I put “for Texas” at the end of each and came up with a wealth of info you may like to read up on yep!!! heaps of reading.

          Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act
          Fair Product and Labeling Act
          Uniform Weights & Measures Law
          Uniform Packaging and Labeling Regulations State Laws

  5. kathy Olivieri says:

    Hi, I would like to know the art of senting soap. How much essential oil to how much soap. I tend to under sent and my friend tends to over sent. thank you!

  6. Rene says:

    I am looking for how to make clear melt and pour soap. A lot of the recipes I have found say that the end result is an amber transparent soap. Is not the idea of making transparent soap is to have a base and then add to it? I would greatly appreciate this!

  7. Vanessa says:

    Making soap is fun but it’s the little “hints ‘n’ tricks” that help and make it so much more easier. One type of process I’ve just read about is Room Temperature Process, I think this should go under a heading “hints ‘n’ tricks”, makes the cold process easier. Also packaging for soaps, I’ve just found a very cheap and safe way to package – Organza Bags – they allow your soaps to breath so they don’t sweat in shrink wrapping, allows your soaps to be handled without a high risk of getting germs on them from direct touching of peoples hands (and noses) and still allows the fragrance to come through – I get the bags from China and all they cost is 6cents per bag which includes freight!!!!! Labeling is easy with a tag on the drawstring.

    Yep!! A “Hints ‘n’ Tricks” section which others can contribute to would be helpful to not only beginners but also seasoned soapers!!!!

    • Zweli says:

      how do you order these bags and where excatly im in South Africa?

      • Vanessa says:

        Hi Zweli,

        The Organza Bags I found through eBay – China has the monopoly on these bags but they do make such pretty one’s and are very cheap – make sure you know the exact size you “need” then look for a slightly larger size, this is because the bags do not have a gusset and when you put something into the bag that is much wider than the bag itself, this makes the bag smaller – hence look for a slightly larger size bag. Also be prepared to accept any colour/size on offer if you do find a cheap bag, asking for a specific colour/size will increase the price. If you find a seller, don’t be afraid to email and ask if they have what you want. There are several places in the US and Australia that sell the Organza Bags but they are so expensive.

  8. Michelle says:

    Hi i really want to know how to make soap without any LYE or SLS’S at all in it, can you please run a course for this.

    Thank you


    • Nic says:

      You absolutely need lye to make soap as it is the product that saponifies your oils into soap. But once it is mixed, it becomes neutralized and does not irritate skin.
      SLS = sodium lauryl sulphate is a cheap detergent added to liquids to make them foam up….such as shampoos, shower gels, bubble baths. Now this product will strip skin of oil and is irritating and most likely the cause of eczema etc. They actually use this product in garages to remove oil from the floors….yuch! Most commercial products contain this….check out the labels in the shampoo, shower gel aisles. As soapmakers, we do not need this product, using coconut oil will add lather to our products. The more we make people aware of SLS, the more they will appreciate handmade soap products.

    • FLOR says:

      hi Michelle, the only way to make soap without lye would be to buy premade soap in bulk and rebatch it or use glycerin soap (melt and pour soap) and about the sls, there are some melt and pour bases that are sold without it. there is a company called wholesale supplies plus that has it. and there are some companies online that sell the soap premade without scent and you just rebatch it and scent and color it as you wish. I hope this helps.

  9. soapmakerj says:

    Wow, there are some great suggestions here. Keep them coming!=)

  10. Robert McKay says:

    Dyed soap looks pretty, but they all run and leave a mess on your sink. Are there any dyes that don’t run. Or how do you prevent it from running?

    • flor says:

      hi, yes there are dyes that dont run or “bleed” is another therm for it. I have read so many things about the dyes. the best ones to use, even though a little more expensive, are non-bleeding dyes. another reason why your soap might be doing that is too much dye, I know I’ve done it myself. its okay if you’re doing color shaped soaps for kids its cool, they will have a blast. but for grown ups, they dont enjoy it too much..haha. I know my boyfriend’s washcloth turned black with a soap I made for him. hope this helps.

  11. cathy says:

    Testing ph of soap
    Is it okay if i can just sell my soap after 4 weeks without testing for ph

    • soapmakerj says:


      I think that would be a bad practice. Testing the pH doesn’t take long, is inexpensive and it makes sure that your soap is safe for use. This is even more important if you are selling your soap.

      ~ J

  12. mary says:

    I agree the legals of soap making ,pricing of products, conversion of oils i/e.,ounces , also using dry powered goats milk instead of frozen/slushie goats milk, i have asked a lot of people and cant get a straight answer, when to add the powered milk @ trace or what?????????????????????
    thanks a bunch
    Mary :)

  13. Cindy says:

    I know that you need to wait 4 to 6 weeks for your cold process soap to cure to perge the water out, but how long does it take for it to be safe to use regarding the lye in it?

  14. Ashley says:

    I think to use any one suggestion alone would be a bit difficult. Suggestions, hints & tips for everything from the most necessary items needed depending on the type of soap being made is a good start. Sharing tips for beginner to advanced level soapers.

    Research & development is also important. Also, things like packaging, sitebuilding, marketing, and other business related information. I think it’s safe to say that to offer a little of everything here and there, would likely help out everyone in different ways. I also feel like if more information on resources (broken down by country, state/province) would be great. It would save alot of time from searching all over the web and leave more time for soapmaking! Thanks for caring enough to ask people and offer something different J!

    Ashley P.

  15. Nic says:

    I am looking for an easier recipe and instructions to making liquid soap from scratch. For shower gels or liquid hand soap. I have difficulty with acheiving a consistent consistency in my liquid soaps.

  16. Zweli says:

    any suggestion of transfering scent from a plant to make soap smell like one and candles. this plant is usually used for traditional purposes and want to take to the next level. but i cant figure out how to do the transfer of its smell to be a scent on my soap and candles..

  17. Julia says:

    Out of interest, I’d really like to know how to rebatch soap! I often hear it spoken about but have not met anyone who has ever tried it… Hints and tips gratefully received.

    • Vanessa says:

      Hi Julia,

      I always rebatch all of my mishaps, off cuts, mistakes or whatever – I never waste soap and to rebatch is just so easy!!!!!! the larger chunks of soap I grate and the end bits’n’pieces I just break up, put whatever I can fit into a double boiler, get the water bubbling to just a “shiver” stir now and then but I try not to fiddle with it too much – I also top up with more grated soap in the first 10mins – I then add 1/4 cup of water, you may need less or a tad more but you will be able to tell – if you add too much water top up with more grated soap – when consistency is like mashed potatoes I then add my EO’s to match whichever soap I’m rebatching – to make it interesting, when the soap is at that mashed potato stage and before you add the oil, put into the mix a larger size grating of different coloured soap but don’t let this melt all the way down, leaving larger “bits” visible in the soap, depending of how much extra water, milk and/or oils you use in your rebatch will depend on how long you leave your rebatch in the moulds, if unsure for the first try, leave it about 2-3 days “just to be sure”!!!!! – yesterday I rebatched a lavender soap (which originally turned out too “purple”!!!!!) and put larger gratings of a lemon soap in, I’ll take it out of the mould tomorrow because I added more water and Lavender EO – finished product looks good with different colours. Another idea is to melt down a different coloured soap while you’re melting down your main rebatch, when you’ve put the main mix into your mould, get a piping bag and put the other smaller melted down batch into the bag and pipe some dollops/ flowers or whatever on top of you main batch – or on your main batch, get a knife and hit the flat of blade up and down on the top of the main batch – when you take it out of your mould, it looks like topping whip!!!! The main thing is to be careful as the rebatch soap mix gets very hot and have fun!!!!!

      • Vanessa says:

        Sorry……forgot the “tips”!!!!!!!

        When your batch is in the mould, drop it several times onto your table surface (carefully) as this will get any air bubbles out and pack the rebatch down.

        When using a smaller basin in a large pot to melt your soap, put a wire cake rack in the bottom of the large pot and sit your small pot/basin on that – this will ensure your rebatch soap doesn’t burn – but a double boiler or crock pot on the low setting is a great tool.

        Be patient, sometimes it can take what seems like hours before your soap melts down and other times just a short time – you will see it’s smoother and easier to drop into your mould – if not leave it longer and towards the end of the melting, you can afford to stir more – to stir too much at the beginning will only give you froth and bubbles and you don’t want that to happen.

  18. Beatrice says:

    I think there are many soap making sites, but there is always that one info you could do with. On the otherhand natural Bio/Eco packaging is very difficult to find.
    I am also a natural perfumer, I would advice you to blend the EO with an oil of your choice, put into air tight container in fridge for 24hrs and then place in cool dark place for at least 3 weeks to mature. Make sure the temp is moderate when mixing into soap just before pouring to set.

    let me know the response, many thanks

  19. Ioannis (John) -Greece says:

    Vanessa need contact detaisl for the bags from China to order since they cost 6 cents including freight. Is it possible? Ask from Jon my e-mail.
    Folks, here in EU to sell legally a soap maker must be certified (his/her reeipes) by an accredited acessor.
    Think the most important in CP soap is the use of natural colorants and scents.
    Ioannis (John)

    • Vanessa says:

      Hi John,

      I would love to give everyone the contact of where I got the organza bags for 6.005cents (yes!!! exactly) incl. postage -Australian currency- but I may find when I go to re-order there won’t be any left or because I’ve made this lady so popular the price will increase. What I’ll do is send these people an email and ask if they can supply or be willing for me to send their contact details to this site or perhaps send the details to this site – J ????

      I don’t mind telling everyone I’m scared to lose this supplier and I’m sure people will understand but I promise to email now and ask.

      • Vanessa says:

        Hi John,

        I just went onto the eBay site where I originally got the Organza Bags – they had “more than 10 available” but didn’t have any left, so I did a search for the size I wanted for my soaps and found a site in Hong Kong selling the bags for (remember this is Australian currency) 0.0577cents including postage so I ordered another 500 bags – this now gives me 1000 bags – on their site they say the sale ends in 2 days so here is their email address lilyebayonline@gmail.com and their store name on eBay is called “lilyyangstore”. This was not the only eBay site that was selling the organza bags for such a cheap price so get the size of the bag you want making sure you remember that these bags do not have any gusset so you may need to try for a larger size, then search till your hearts content!!!!!!

  20. Joni says:

    I would really like to know more about oils. I get how to make soap, but I pretty much use olive oil. I would like to make my own recipes but don’t know much about the different oils I could use in addition to or instead of olive oil. I really like my castile base soap. I would like some variety in the base also, not just in the milling. I don’t like to use tallow, so that kind of limits me in recipes. Basically a how to on which oils are good for base and which are only for milling would be nice.
    Thank you,
    Joni Sadler

  21. jan says:

    lots of good ideas here,
    i could use help with, fragrances and e/o mixing combinations, and to understand notes and that jardon.
    more info on making liquid soaping,

  22. sandy says:

    I would like more recipes for hot process soap making , also recipes with more skin softening emollients !!!

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