Starting A Soap-Making Business At Home

Posted on Sunday 30 May 2010

For people with a flair for crafts and homey arts, soap making might not only be a fun activity, it can also be very rewarding as well. A home soap business requires just a little capital and you may even discover that this business in a great way to have fun, be creative and gain some extra profit at the same time.

Before you can start with this business, you need to gather certain equipments in making soap. Most of these are tools you already use at home, and the others are not hard to find. They are easily available in groceries and hardware stores.

When you have all the right equipments with you, you will have to search for some soap recipes. You can fish some books on making soap from your neighborhood bookstores. These would usually include how to hints and tips. These books also include some sort of glossaries for terms which are related to soap making as well as explanations on the different kinds of oils, essential oils and fats that are used to make soap. There are also lots of recipe on making soap that you can find on the net, but it is advisable for you to buy books when you are just starting with your home business.

When you have the soap recipes with you, you can then experiment and try using different types of oil bases for different soaps. The most common oil or fat used to make soap are lard, shortening, vegetable oil and olive oil, but most type of oil can actually be made into soap. These experiments will help you practice and discover which of the fat and oil bases is easy to use for you.

Be sure to follow instructions carefully when making soap. The ingredient sodium hydroxide is highly flammable and caustic. You should always wear protective gloves and eyewear to prevent burns on the skin or hurting your eyes. When dealing with sodium hydroxide, work in a well-aired space to avoid inhaling dangerous fumes.

Once you’ve mastered the technique, start searching for places to sell your products. Soaps with all-natural and/or organic ingredients are top sellers on craft fairs and health stores. You can sigh up for a table or space at your local trade fair or simply approach the owner of the health store in your neighborhood to see if they would be willing to carry your products.

You may also try checking for venues on the internet. There are a lot of auction sites where you can start selling online. Then you can expand your home soap making business and create a website of your own where you can sell your products.

Whichever method you choose to market your soaps, you sure have a fun and exciting hobby that can also bring in extra profits!

Jen Hopkins has worked in the skin care industry for years. She maintains websites about make soap at home, and how to make soap. If you want to contact her, you can use the contact form at one of her sites.

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