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Are You a Safe Maker?

Are you a safe maker? I know. It isn’t pretty, it doesn’t smell good and we would rather spend money on more exciting things. Still, we need to take a step back and review our processes once in a while to ensure that we are doing what we can to […]

My Soap Isn’t Pretty Enough!

It seems that everyone on the planet has seen endless photos of beautiful, fussy, artistic soap. Multi-color, complex swirls, textured tops, embeds and piped flowers are common. It might also seem that these soaps are the standard for all who sell soap. These photos might have you saying, “My soap […]

Soapmaking Shortcuts

When you first learned to make soap, you did not worry about taking shortcuts or speeding up the process. In fact, you probably proceeded at a slow pace to ensure you did things correctly. After time however, the thought of soapmaking shortcuts likely crossed your mind. If you sell, saving […]

A Maker’s Haven

Whether hobbyist or making a living from soap, cosmetics or candles, we need space. A comfortable, well-organized space helps us get in the “zone” to create and produce. It is a maker’s haven, even if for a short period of time. Some take over the kitchen to learn and create. […]

Is it Time to Upgrade?

When you began your adventure making bath and body products or candles and melts, you probably purchased basic, essential equipment. Perhaps you purchased secondhand, borrowed from the kitchen or improvised. Packaging was handmade, purchased locally or whatever suited the need and appealed to your senses. It was all well and […]

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 […]