There are a number of fragrance oils to choose from that can add lovely scents to your soap. However, many fragrance oils can alter the color of your soap to a less appealing hue. What can be done about this?
The majority of fragrance oil discoloration is due the oil having notes of vanilla in it. The vanilla naturally darkens most soaps into a shade of brown over time. There are some color stabilizers for melt and pour soap, but it will only delay the browning for a short time. Your best bet is to double-check the ingredients of your fragrance oil to prevent discoloration from happening. For a full article about soap discoloration and solutions, click here:: Best Selling Bramble Berry Fragrance Oils and Discoloration
You can make a lovely aqua soap that has the shimmer scales of a mermaid’s tail! Using coconut oil, jojoba oil, crisp cotton fragrance oil, and a soap base you’ll make a great soap that kids and adults alike will love. Get the full recipe for this colorful, fresh soap here:: Mermaid Tail Cold Process Soap
You can make a fantastic body scrub at home using coconut oil and blue-green algae. Both ingredients are praised for their antioxidant properties and the scrub is rich with vitamins, minerals, and enzymes to keep skin healthy and moisturized. Make some for yourself or your soap customers by following the recipe here:: Blue-Green Algae Body Scrub Recipe
Friends and family have complimented your soap enough that you decided to open an online soap shop. You spent a pretty penny on quality ingredients and hours to make the best soap out there. So in the end, how much should you charge for your handcrafted soap?
It is important not to overcharge or else you’ll shy away customers, but at the same time you have to be able to pay for your materials and profit something for yourself. Basically, follow the formula:
Materials + Labor + Expenses + Profit = Wholesale x 2 = Retail
Take the total price above and divide by the number of bars of soap you’ve made. This will give you a good pricing starting point. For more details and suggestions on soap pricing, click here:: How to Price Your Products for Profit
As spring approaches and hiking season returns, many will want to have a quality lip balm to protect their lips from the dry air. Make some at home and sell it online by merely using Shea butter, vanilla bean jojoba oil, beeswax, and vitamin E. Get the full recipe for this lip balm here:: Vanilla Neroli Lip Balm Recipe
If you have a collection of old glass soda bottles, you can put them to better use by making them into colorful vases for flowers. Just take some white spray paint, Mod Podge Matte, confetti, and a paintbrush to make a vase that’ll brighten up any room in the house. Get a full tutorial here:: DIY Confetti Vases Made From Bottles
Running an online soap shop can be rewarding, but is far from easy. Making the soap you want at a high quality, interacting with customers online, and shipping out orders can be taxing. It is easy to fall short, even when you try your hardest. However, ask yourself if your “trying” is effective.
Ask yourself what “trying” really looks like. Not internal struggle or stress, but what physical evidence or visible efforts can you display to prove your effort? If you can point to a pile of made soap, a list of orders, or a Facebook post with a myriad of comments, then you can rest easy to know that you tried your best and there is no need to question your work ethic. For a full article on trying, click here:: What If You Tried Really Hard?
With some brown sugar, ground coffee, lavender buds, and grapeseed oil, you can make a wonderfully scented body scrub. The caffeine in the coffee boosts your energy while the lavender scent calms as you shower. It makes a fine product to sell on your online soap shop or to just have at home. Get the full recipe here:: Lavender Coffee Scrub Recipe
If you want to go all out for your kids this Easter, why not make an Easter basket the size of a kiddie pool? In fact, why not use a kiddie pool as an Easter basket! Just fill the pool with candy and toys while using a hula-hoop as the basket’s handle. Get a full tutorial with pictures here:: Need an Easter Basket Idea?
You want to add lotions to your list of products on your online soap shops, but there’s a snag. You want to create a lotion that will last longer than your competitors and lock-in moisture on the skin and keep it hydrated. How can you make that happen and get ahead of the game?
Take a look at your lotion recipe and see if you can add in a humectant like glycerin or sodium lactate while adding an occlusive ingredient in order to trap in the moisture. Some quality humectants include cocoa butter, allantoin, or dimethicone. For more suggestions on how to make your lotion more effective for longer periods of time, click here:: How to make a longer lasting lotion?