How to Complete Your Cosmetic Notification Forms (Canada)

INCI ingredient names are needed for CNF and labels

Are you feeling overwhelmed at the thought of filling out your Cosmetic Notification Forms? If you’ve spent any time listening to other soapmakers going through the process, you might be. I’ve been through the process myself, so I get it. If you’ve found yourself staring at the Health Canada website with your eyes glazing over, […]

Q+A with a CPA: How to Handle Home Business Taxes Like a Professional

Soap Business Tax Answers

A lot of great soap companies got their start in home kitchens, spare bedrooms, and garages. And we think that’s awesome! Creating great products in the comfort of your own home is totally doable. But, it also leads to a lot of questions to make sure you don’t have any nasty surprises come tax time. […]

Soap Visor Review: A New Kind of Safety Gear

Wearing Op-d-Op visor for soap making

Safety gear in soapmaking is an absolute necessity, but goggles can be a huge pain. Especially for those of us who sport glasses. Is there another option? There is now with the Soap Visor! When Alegna Soap approached Modern Soapmaking to review this new product, I wasn’t sure what to expect. 100% of the time […]

4 Ways to Extend the Shelf Life of Your Essential Oils

Do essential oils expire?

Essential oils are a pricey investment for any soap and cosmetic formulator. It’s one of the biggest complaints we see among makers who first tackle using them. And if you want to get the most bang for your buck, you need to know how to care for your essential oil collection so that they last […]

Sneak Peek Tutorial: Citrus Breeze Brine Soap by The Nerdy Farm Wife

Citrus Breeze Brine Bars

A few months ago, I received an email from Jan Berry, the rockstar creator behind TheNerdyFarmWife.com, regarding her upcoming book. She wanted to be sure she credited me with the creation of the tiger stripe technique and asked if I knew the creators behind other techniques she used in the book. I was so impressed […]

Q+A with a CPA: Keeping Track of Your Inventory for Tax Purposes

Cut Bars of Obsidian Soap

This time of year, folks tend to ask a whole lotta questions about managing their inventory, what to count and what not to count, and the best practices to keeping track of inventory throughout the year. Since I’m not a bookkeeper or CPA by trade, I try not to touch those questions with a ten foot […]

Easy & Quick Tips for Making Liquid Soap Successfully

When soapmakers jump into making liquid soap, they often have trouble with the process because it’s quite different from bar soapmaking! Boundaries cannot be pushed in liquid soapmaking as easily as in cold process or hot process soapmaking, but there are certain tips and tricks that can help you make awesome liquid soap! I typically write articles […]

Tutorial: Chocolate Covered Strawberry Soap Recipe

Tutorial: Chocolate Covered Strawberry Soap

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and with it comes all of the sweets and treats! To celebrate the season, I’m sharing my take on a chocolate covered strawberry in soap form! (Chocolate covered strawberries are my very favorite thing to say “Be my Valentine!!” – Perfection!) This chocolate covered strawberry soap involves making your own […]

Tutorial: Modern Sandalwood Ombré Soap Recipe

Finished Modern Sandalwood Ombre Soap!

The ombré trend is popular for good reason. It’s timeless, a show stopper and looks so effortless, especially as a soap design. It is also a good way to see your colorant in action. I know I am not the only one that wonders how my new mica will look in cold process soap. Sometimes […]

Tutorial: Midnight Star Melt and Pour Soap Cake Recipe

Ariane & Her Finished Melt and Pour Soap Cake with Star Embeds!

In my shop, I always have a Cake of the Day soap sitting on the counter by the cash register. My regular clients love to come back weekly to check what’s new on the cake plate! Melt and pour soap cakes are a wonderful way to test new fragrance oils, as you will know right away […]