The Sincerest Form of Flattery?

Everyone who complains about a fellow artisan copying their products is told, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” Does that make it acceptable? Is the original maker supposed to feel complimented and let it go? What should the original maker do? Take note that the copying referred to is not the kind where the…

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Voting: NOW CLOSED – ‘Raves for Faves’ – 2018

It is time once again for the Making Soap, Cosmetics & Candle’s (formerly Saponifier) popular Raves for Faves Survey. This is where we take the pulse of our industry to find out what you like to make, what products are trending and how business is for you. We value your participation and thank you for taking the time…

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Surprises of Scent

You order new scents, open the first bottle and take a big sniff. Oh, what a mistake! You hate it and cannot imagine why anyone would ever purchase it intentionally, much less create lotion, soap, candles or anything else with it. So, you stash the bottle, never intending to use it and choose the ones…

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What is the Difference Between a Cosmetic and a Drug?

We love the products we make. We love them so much that we want to share with our friends and family. Some eventually decide to sell to the public, and that is where the trouble often starts.

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