All posts by Cathy

5 Tips for Unmolding Cold Process Soap

If you are looking to unmold faster than normal, there are a few tips that you can follow to make sure the process goes smoothly. Unmolding is one of the most exciting parts of making soap. You get to see what you have done for the first time when you cut your soap into bars, and the design really shows. The soap mold you use matters, a plastic mold is going to take too long, it’s better to stick with wood or silicon molds. Also make sure you use the right oils that will harden your soap quicker.

Key Takeaways:

  • Waiting is probably the hardest part of soap making, you have to wait until it fully forms into soap.
  • The type of molds you use matter when it comes to curing, plastic molds tend to take the longest.
  • If you are wanting firm soap, then the oils you use are what you want to focus on.

“Wood molds tend to be the fastest option. That’s because they have good airflow and they insulate soap well, which causes it to heat up. Higher temperatures can help you unmold your batch more quickly.”

Read more: https://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/tips-and-tricks/5-tips-for-unmolding-cold-process-soap/

The Hazards of Trying to Please Everyone

You have your business, and your target customers, you also have your products that you stand behind. Then one day, a customer comes up and asks if you have something, and you feel the need to start selling that to please those customers. Not only those customers, but other people must want it if one person is asking for it. This isn’t true most of the time. When you introduce a new product, you have to plan, spend money, create labels, and it might be all for nothing. Focus on your target customers, and know what your company stands for.

Key Takeaways:

  • You can’t please everybody, if you begin to sell what one person asks for, you will end up disappointed.
  • One person asking for something from you, doesn’t mean that you should begin to sell it.
  • Stick to who you are and the right customers will follow. Don’t waste time trying to please everyone.

“Often, makers also rush to make that scent, size or product someone asked for because, if someone is asking about it, surely it will be popular. And if you offer something for everyone, you will sell more.”

Read more: https://makingsoapmagazine.com/2020/10/08/the-hazards-of-trying-to-please-everyone/

Shipping Season is Here!

Shipping season is upon us, and not only that, but with covid upon us, businesses both large and small are shipping a lot of their items. Business has forever been altered with Covid 19 and they are noticing that a lot of their items are being shipped. There are ways that you can make sure the process goes a lot more smoothly than normal. When there are a lot of packages out there more can go wrong. It is best to just communicate with your customers to let them know the status of everything.

Key Takeaways:

  • Shipping season is upon us, and with that means that there might be more mistakes made.
  • If you want it to be smooth, then communicate with the customer about any delays that may occur.
  • Shipping is an important aspect for companies big and small these days, so it’s good to make sure it’s right.

“Covid-19 altered the course of businesses of every size as they moved to online selling and shipping. The larger volume of packages moving through the shipping system results in slower shipping and more mistakes.”

Read more: https://makingsoapmagazine.com/2020/10/29/shipping-season-is-here/

How to make Bath Bombs with Natural Ingredients

You can make bath bombs out of your own personal ingredients that don’t have to involve any of the ingredients that you don’t want in your bath bombs. Baking soda is one of the main ingredients that helps to make it fizz. There is also a special kind of salt that will give you added fizziness to your bath bombs, and you can add whatever natural ingredients to it that you think will make your bath bomb experience even more enjoyable.

Key Takeaways:

  • You can make bath bombs out of natural ingredients, and I am pleased to share one of those recipes with you.
  • You will be able to use this recipe to customize your very own bath bombs with natural ingredients.
  • The oils are what helps the bath bomb keep from fizzing too soon and keep it moist at the same time.

“These are also from the book and show just how versatile the basic bath bomb recipe can be. To make the basic bath bombs seen in the photos, use the basic recipe along with rose kaolin clay, rose petals, and rose geranium essential oil.”

Read more: https://lovelygreens.com/how-to-make-bath-bombs/

Free Beginner’s Guide To Soapmaking: Cold Process

If you are wanting to customize your soap all the way down to the last ingredient, then you will want to go with the cold process of making soap. When you make soap, there are ingredients that are required to ensure the process happens the way it is supposed to. Make sure you have all the safety equipment you will need to protect yourself from some of the harmful processes that lye can produce. Gloves will help keep your hands safe from the chemical process.

Key Takeaways:

  • With cold process soap, you can make sure that you have the soap you want all the way down to the last ingredient.
  • Lye is a substance that is used to turn soap into soap, you will have to be very careful with this chemical.
  • You will also want to make sure you have the right equipment for what you want to make.

“Make sure there are no kids, pets, or other distractions in the room when you’re making soap and always do so in a well-ventilated area”

Read more: https://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/cold-process-soap/free-beginners-guide-to-soapmaking-cold-process/

The Perfect Red Colorant for Soap Making

You could spend a lot of time trying to make your soap have some red coloring in it, only for it to run or for it to mix, and you not have your deep red coloring anymore. The type of oil used in this situation is very important as that will help to set the red coloring. The best coloring to use to get the most vibrant red color for your soap is trial by fire, which is a blend from nurture soap.

Key Takeaways:

  • You will have a hard time finding the right red color that has a perfect blend with the soap.
  • The oils you use as your base matter, make sure to use the right oils that won’t cause it to run.
  • Don’t add too much color at once, you can start small and build to that gradually.

“It can also be hard to find the perfect red that doesn’t bleed or color the lather pink. Almost impossible, actually.”

Read more: https://www.lovinsoap.com/2020/10/the-perfect-red-colorant-for-soap-making/

How to Choose a Target Market that Will Make You Profitable

So you have what you feel is a great product and your are looking to promote it. If you really want to be successful, finding the right arena to advertise can be a challenge. There are very specific steps one must take to get your perfect audience. First of all, find a niche that is unique and sought after that you can promote and be sure this is an area that can meet your financial needs. Not everyone wants what you have, so obviously you must find that pool of people that migrate toward products like yours. There isn’t a perfect market or product, but there is something for someone so go out there and find your buyers!

Key Takeaways:

  • A target market isn’t just people that buy your products, they are people that you feel you know.
  • You will want to choose a market that you have something in common with to start with.
  • You will want to gauge what is popular then you can look to different market trends.

“A target market is a particular group of potential customers. It’s the people to whom you will market and sell your company’s products.”

Read more: https://www.modernsoapmaking.com/choose-a-profitable-target-market/

Find Out How Sweat (and Sex) Inspired a Successful Soap Biz

When your boyfriend comes home after a long day and wants to get busy, you already know that you make him take a shower. When Carina first thought about starting her own soap biz, she wasn’t sure how to get started. She wanted to throw money down to get started but hesitated a bit. The class opened up a short time later and she jumped on it. It was a tough journey, but she was supported through the entire thing and has launched her own business.

Key Takeaways:

  • She is making a new soap that is built specifically for sweaty people to ensure they get clean.
  • She was able to find the information that she needed to speak directly to her target market.
  • We asked her what she learned during the program and she said that a lot of information was summed really well.

“If you’re like most women, you make that stinky man hop in the shower before laying a finger on you.”

Read more: https://www.modernsoapmaking.com/how-sweat-and-sex-inspired-a-successful-soap-biz/

Tips for Swirling Soap with Natural Colors

Creating swirled cold-process soaps can be intimidating, but with a little patience and knowledge, it’s a craft that is fully worth it. Swirling natural colors can involve many techniques, such as towers, hangers, skewers, pouring methods, and a heavy dose of creativity. You can use artificial colors, but natural colors, such as that of a carrot, tend to look better and more organic. You can achieve the colors through powders from root vegetables, activated charcoal, cocoa and coffee, and so much more.

Key Takeaways:

  • Before trying to swirl soap with natural colors, you should be comfortable with cold-process soap making.
  • Natural soap colorants include annatto seeds, cocoa powder, spirulina, turmeric root, and more.
  • The key to success is slowing down trace, so avoid water-discounted recipes and saturated fats.

“Swirling cold-process soap with natural colors is a technique that not many soap makers do.”

Read more: https://lovelygreens.com/tips-for-swirling-soap-with-natural-colors/

The Best Places to Get Stock Photos that Don’t Suck

If you want great stock photos for your business, you might need to spend a little money, you don’t want to use a stock photo that a lot of other businesses have used. It won’t cost as much as a professional photo shoot so it will be worth the money. Also keep in mind that you aren’t doing this for yourself, you are doing it for your business. You might fall in love with an image, but that doesn’t mean it is the best one.

Key Takeaways:

  • The same copyright laws that protect your soapy photos from theft also protect all of those pics that pop up in Google’s image search.
  • Keep records of your downloads. If someone tries to hit you up for cash, claiming you stole a photo, you want proof that you did your due diligence. A screenshot of the download page is insurance.
  • Smart spending on stock photos will help you stand out from the crowd and save money over trying to DIY.

“Quality, on-brand images are a must. But, believe it or not, they don’t always have to be taken exclusively for your company. Stock photography websites can be great resources to pad your stash of marketing images.”

Read more: https://www.modernsoapmaking.com/best-stock-photo-websites/