All About Soap and the Soap Biz

These articles provide a wealth of information from soap making methods, the history of fragrance oils, how to make a soap cutter, to finding good craft shows, and all about business insurance and keeping organized. There’s some valuable reading here, and we hope you’ll find it both fun and informative. Articles listed from newest (top) to oldest.

History of Fragrance Oils

March 14, 2012

Fragrance Oils are widely used in soapmaking and for many other products, including candles, lotions and bath bombs to name a few. They are a cost effective, reliable method to use when scenting your product. However, not all fragrance oils are created equal… Test your Oils! Not all fragrance oils are created equal. What may […]

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Men’s Fragrances

March 14, 2012

Perfume for women is big business. Often, men’s fragrances are pushed into the background, sometimes not considered a viable market. This appearance is deceptive and simply not correct…. Roots of Men’s Fragrances Even the most virile of history’s men perfumed themselves – Nero had a passion for roses and even had his banquets strewn with […]

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Finding a Craft Show

March 6, 2012

Originally prepared for The Saponifier by Anne-Marie Faiola and was published in Volume 2, Issue 3. Now that you’ve created a beautiful batch of soaps, how do you share them and sell them to the public? Craft shows are an excellent place to start. Here are some tips for making your craft show experience a […]

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Pricing Your Melt and Pour Soaps

March 6, 2012

Pricing Your Melt and Pour Soaps Originally prepared for The Saponifier by Anne-Marie Faiola;  published in Volume 2, Issue 1 As a small business owner, you’re faced with all kinds of decisions from what brand of olive oil to use to whether to have a graphic designer design your logo. There are a whole lot […]

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Soap Making Methods

March 6, 2012

There are many ways to make soap. When people talk about the soap “Grandma used to make,” they’re not talking about the pretty and colorful creations you see lining the windows of upscale salons and boutiques today. This article will discuss the basic types of soap; it is not meant to be a “How To” […]

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Keeping Organized

March 6, 2012

10 Frugal and Thrifty Tips to Keep Organized by Anne-Marie Faiola, Teach Soap Not all of us can go to The Container Store and get their $967 crafters organization system (but wouldn’t it be nice if we could?) With that in mind, here are things we do at Bramble Berry and our retail store Otion […]

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Using Essential Oil Safely

March 5, 2012

Essential Oils are volatile and are highly flammable. When using essential oils, please follow these general safety guidelines: • Keep away from fire or open flame • Store in a cool place • Keep out of sunlight • Plastic bottles are a no as they allow the essential oil to evaporate and take on the […]

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Using Emulsifying Wax

February 17, 2012

Emulsifying Wax: What is it and how does it work? Emulsifying wax is one of the essential ingredients in making lotions and creams. Think of it as the “glue” that will hold your recipe together. We’ve all seen how oily salad dressings separate after sitting for a while. You then shake the bottle until it […]

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