Creating a Masterbatch of Oils for Soapmaking in Soapmaker 3

Soapmaker 3 Tutorials

When I originally wrote Efficiency in Scaling: Introduction to Masterbatching, Soapmaker 3 didn't have a lot of the great features it does now, so the workaround for creating a masterbatch of oils for soapmaking in Soapmaker 3 was a little messy. Nowadays, it's super easy to create a masterbatch of oils and account for inventory, all while making your recipes seamless and easy to … [Read more...]

The Latest Soap Design Techniques are Beautiful, But Are They Worth It?

Black-Raspberry-Vanilla

A lot of folks found Modern Soapmaking through one of my tutorials or YouTube videos, and that's fabulous - really, it is! I love playing with new soap design techniques and of course, challenging myself with difficult color schemes (rainbows!) I've noticed lately that there is a hot new soap design technique coming around every month or two, and it will continue to grow and trend as long … [Read more...]

10 Tips & Tricks for Swirling Hot Process Soap

Swirling Hot Process Soap

The most common misconception I hear about hot process soap is that they are "rustic" - I am pretty sure that means plain, simple and a little boring! While I appreciate the elegance of single colored soaps, it is mighty fun to make cool & beautiful designs in most of my soaps! And, you can, without a doubt, make gorgeous hot process soap with beautiful swirls! Tips for Successfully … [Read more...]

What to Do When You Attract a Herd of Copycats: Dealing with Imitation & Theft

What-to-Do-When-You-Attract-Copycats

You know that good ole phrase? Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery? It doesn't stop it from being downright annoying, does it? One of the most common issues that crop up in the maker world is people biting on each other's ideas and designs. Today, we're diving into a topic I'm pretty passionate about: dealing with copycats, imitation, & theft while building your biz (and not letting … [Read more...]

Q+A with a CPA: Ready to Outsource Your Bookkeeping? Here’s What You Need to Know

Q+A with a CPA: Outsource Your Bookkeeping

I'm constantly recommending that other folks outsource the parts of their businesses that they aren't the best at, and for a lot of soapmakers, that's bookkeeping! So, today, we're diving into what you should know to outsource your bookkeeping, straight from a CPA's mouth. ;) Over a year and a half ago, I took that very piece of advice and I've come to the conclusion that I can't live … [Read more...]

A Hot Process Soap Tutorial: How to Hot Process Soap in a Crockpot

How to Make Hot Process Soap in a Crock Pot

When I first started making hot process soap, I searched high and low for a definitive set of steps, like a recipe, that would ensure my hot process soap came out perfectly every time. However, once I understood saponification (the chemical reaction that happens when making soap) and was able to identify the stages of saponification, I became a lot more relaxed about hot process soapmaking. The … [Read more...]

Q+A with a CPA: Getting Started with Bookkeeping for Handmade Businesses

Q+A with a CPA: Getting Started with Bookkeeping

Over a year and a half ago, I was tearing my hair out over the mess of bookkeeping records I had kept in Wave Apps for my first year in business with Modern Soapmaking. After staring blankly at my computer screen for hours on end trying to understand why my numbers weren't adding up, I decided to take my own advice: do what you are good at, and outsource the rest. After a little bit of … [Read more...]

Hot Process Soapmaking for Production Soaping

Swirled Hot Process Soap by Ridgeway Soapworks

Like many of you, I learned how to make soap using the cold process method. My soap story actually started with a large jar of coconut oil that I wanted to find a use for, and after a google search of "uses for coconut oil" learned that it is a wonderful oil to use in soap. Needless to say, I found Soap Queen TV and never looked back. After a few batches of basic cold process soaps, I wanted … [Read more...]