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How to Deal With Other People's Feedback and Opinions in Business starting a soap business

One of the hardest things to do when you start putting you and your business out there is to handle reviews, feedback, opinions from other people without gallons of wine or a few tears. Scratch...

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Why It's Important to Keep Your Email Subscriber List Clean (& How to Do a Little Housekeeping) promoting your products

When I talk about using email marketing to capture new customers and build relationships with your customer base, I find that a lot of soapmakers are unaware that they should be cleaning up their...

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Being a Mompreneur: Why You Can't Do It All (& How to Do What You Can) starting a soap business

One of my favorite indie perfumists of many years announced yesterday that she would not be returning from her hiatus, so she could focus on raising her baby girl. Meredith acknowledged...

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The Struggle is Real: What to Do When You Don't Feel Like Doing Anything starting a soap business

As an entrepreneur, we all have those times where we don't feel like doing anything. Throw on the stresses of everyday life or a mental illness like depression or bipolar, and sometimes, you...

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My Favorite Cold Process Soap Design Technique: Gradient Layers soap recipes and tutorials

Cold process soaps with gradient layers feature an ombré color styling design that became a huge trend in 2012 in fashion, interior design, and beauty. They are, by far, my favorite design...

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How to Extend the Shelf Life of Base Oils for Soapmaking soap science and info

A couple months ago, I was asked how to extend the shelf life of base oils for soapmaking. Since I realized I haven't ever written about it here on Modern Soapmaking, I made a mental note to...

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Six Business Lessons My Six Year Old Helps Me Remember starting a soap business

It's not often that I get personal about my family here on Modern Soapmaking. Some of my little soapy tribe knows that I'm a mother of three (soon to be four) daughters - a six year old, a...

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Tutorial: Neem Soap with Rosehip & Evening Primrose soap recipes and tutorials

My two favorite facial soap formulas are activated charcoal and tea tree facial soap and neem soap. Everyone and their dog's uncle has an activated charcoal and tea tree soap recipe out there, so I...

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12 Tips to Help Spruce Up Your Website for the Holidays branding your business promoting your products starting a soap business

With the holiday season upon us, there are plenty of things to do as a soapmaker. Between prepping for craft shows, filling orders, and nailing holiday promotions, one big part of your...

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Why No One is Too Small to Follow the Labeling Rules & Cosmetics Regulations starting a soap business

In discussions about the rules and regulations around selling handmade bath and body products in Facebook groups and soapmaking forums, I see it time and time again. Usually, someone asks for...

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25+ Holiday Blog Post Ideas for Handmade Soap & Cosmetics Businesses promoting your products

Whenever I talk about or teach about blogging for business, the big question is always, always, always...

What do I write about? I don't know what I should post.

The holiday season gives...

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Recommended Cosmetics Industry Publications for Indie Business Owners starting a soap business

Soapmakers tend to live in their own little worlds, getting immersed in the latest tutorials and experiments by other soapmakers, as well as blog posts by niche industry writers (like me!...

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