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Announcement of the Give Gratitude Finalists!

Gratitude Soapery's Business Cards

Seventy-six fabulous people submitted applications to Give Gratitude, and I spent a grand total of two days selecting the finalists. On the first pass, I moved potential finalists to another folder. Feeling accomplished, I was like, hey, that should have whittled it down! Yeah... no! I still had 25 applications to dig through at that point! All of the applications shared such personal stories, Continue Reading

Sharing the Love with Mad Oils


This year, a darling friend of mine started on a new adventure in her entrepreneurial life. I'm so proud of her finding her passion and place in this industry, as many others have done before. Jo has gone from soap lover to soap maker to soap supplier in seven years. She started her journey with The Soap Bar in 2007, and has found her precious home with Mad Oils this year. Since Jo launched Mad Continue Reading

Why You Absolutely Need Insurance Before You Sell a Single Bar of Soap

Insurance by Alan Cleaver

Some of the most common questions I get via my contact form here on Modern Soapmaking are: Why do I need insurance to sell my soap? Do I really need insurance before I start my soap company?  Where can I get the right kind of insurance? Hurray! Insurance! It's such a fun topic. (Can someone wipe this sarcasm off me?) Here's the deal. I know insurance is expensive. I sympathize, I Continue Reading

DIY Design: What’s the difference between RGB and CMYK?

CMYK Color Mode

If you choose to DIY your design or hire a graphic designer, you might be a little confused about print and web specifications. When it comes to design, there are many different color modes available, most applications use either RGB or CMYK. It's highly important for a graphic designer (whether that's you or someone you hire!) to know the difference, and know when to use or not to use a color Continue Reading