formerly Saponifier Magazine

Making Soap
Cosmetics & Candles

An independent magazine for the makers of handmade soap, cosmetics
and candles. Previously known as Saponifier, we now approach our 18th

year focusing on materials, design, techniques and solutions.
Published bimonthly (6x-yr) available in print and PDF formats.

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Cover photo by – Bhakti “Bee” Iyata, Phoenix, AZ • SorcerySoap.com

Making Soap Mag  #78
Sept/Oct 2016

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Whether you are a beginning artisan on a budget or a new business owner trying to save on costs as you get established, you are probably doing your best to spend as little as possible. Even a long time business owner knows that saving money is like making it.

This issue discusses saving money in a number of ways—the equipment you acquire, the ingredients you use, the efficiency in which you work. If you are on a budget, but don’t want to sacrifice quality, you will appreciate the ideas in this issue of Making Soap, Cosmetics & Candles.

FEATURES:

Design Mania Winner Revealed!
Snowflake Soap Tutorial, by Amy Warden
Beautiful Soaps Sell; Soap packaging ideas on a shoestring, by Sam Covington
Molds on a Shoestring, by Amanda Aaron
Your First Year (ROI), by Sara Golding
Making and Selling Candles on a Budget, by Kyli Wolfson
That Shoestring Thing!, by Melinda Coss
Formulating with Surfactants, by Chiara Lacchini
From Hobbyist to Business Owner: Keeping Expenses to a Minimum, by Sue Finley
The Trouble With Turmeric, by Kendra Hughes

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It is time once again for the Making Soap, Cosmetics & Candle’s (formerly Saponifier) popular Raves for Faves Survey. This is where we take the pulse of our industry to find out what you like to make, what products are trending and how business is for you. We value your participation and thank you for… Read More

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How to make the most of holiday sales The holidays are coming! Although It is solidly summer in my corner of the world–hot, humid weather, gardening, picnics, swimming, vacation, and flowers. The holidays seem so far off. I find it hard to think about red and green soap or even autumn scents, No matter where… Read More

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Far too often, I read, “This is a dumb question, but. . .” Why do we do this? Is it that the answer to the question is truly obvious or could be found with the least bit of research? Or is the person asking afraid they will be chastised by others? I don’t know, but… Read More

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Voting has now OPENED CLOSED! Contest photos have been posted to our Pinterest & Instagram and open for public voting beginning NOW and ending July 31st. The public is invited to vote on their favorite soap. Have a look through the photo’s (noting your favorite) then COME BACK HERE & VOTE!! Our contest this year is based on four (4) design… Read More

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We’re approaching our 18th year with the release of our July/Aug issue, and we want to offer you an anniversary sale deal! We’re giving away 100 discounted subscriptions at 50% off (1, 2, or 3 years). Subscribe at http://makingsoapmag.bigcartel.com and use the promotion code “ANN50.” OFFER ENDS AUGUST 31, 2016 (or when 100 discounts are redeemed) DON’T… Read More

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“I gave soap (insert any handmade product) to my family and no one will use it. Why don’t they like my products?” Nearly everyone I know makes the same complaint. Why, indeed? Let’s look at some of the reasons they might not like what you make. The product is poorly made or presented. No, it’s… Read More

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