Soap making is becoming one of the most popular crafts to do. It’s very easy to make, and there are many great tutorials and recipes around. However, it pays to get a little practice in and good advice to start making perfect bars of soap every time. Lye, however, needs to be used in the making of soap and is a corrosive chemical but disappears when the soap cures, the Lye is used to form a process where fat is turned into soap. Safety when handling Lye it is very important. At my website under “Making Money With Soap” there’s a link to some great safety tips while using Lye.
Soap making can also be a very profitable craft business. Soap is easy to make, small and light to carry to markets and shops or post if selling online and the ingredients can be quite cheap if you hunt around. Especially if you buy them in bulk and it’s good to have a business tax file number to get great discounts on products.
As always it pays to check what insurance you need to cover yourself such as public liability. You also need to display what ingredients you’re using just in case someone has an allergic reaction to something it’s clearly listed. A local business office or local government office or website should be able to help you with information on this.
Selling soap online can also be a profitable craft business. However, you can’t smell nor feel soap via a computer screen! So it would be a good idea to have your soaps for sale in shops or markets etc. as well with your website information on it welcoming orders. Another idea would be to offer small free samples for people to try making sure you don’t blow your budget too much to entice people to buy or even have competitions on your website where people can win free soap again getting your soap out there and known.
There are thousands of different types of soaps you can make and different processes to make it. Often essential oils are used, fruit and plant oils, natural colorings, natural defoliants such as oatmeal and many more ingredients. Then there’s the part of making the soap and letting it cure and the different methods of displaying it from cutting your soap into shapes to using molds for unique shapes to stamping the soap for a unique touch, even having your business name as an emblem on it. This way after someone is repeatedly seeing your business name it may jog their memory to buying from you again. Also attaching a business card with your soap wrapped in pretty cellophane etc. is a great idea for repeat business.