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.

More about us…

current issue

Making Soap, Cosmetics & Candles

Making Soap Mag  #77
July/Aug 2016

Buy Print | Buy PDF(Re)Subscribe

Packed full of help for those who would like to dip their toes into the selling pool or try new business models, your sure to find plenty of good ideas to try.

Topics this issue cover a multitude of selling ideas, from shipping, selling online, working with distributors and even selling at farmers markets. Also, we continue on with part 2 of our successful preservation of cosmetics and the world of surfactants.


HSCG Conference Review – An Attendee’s Perspective, By Debbie Lamb
The Distribution Game, By Krystal Dawn
HSCG Conference Review: A Vendor’s Perspective, By Amanda Gail
Anna Franca’s Soap Shells, By Marina Tadiello
Selling Online, By Suzanne Finley
Key Considerations for Successful Preservation of Cosmetic Products: Part Two, By Jane Barber
The World of Surfactants, By Chiara Lacchini
Selling up a Storm, By Melinda Coss
Candle shipping Do’s and Don’ts, by Kyli Wolfson
Successful Selling at Farmers Markets, By Jennifer Kleffner

36-pages, 7.3MB
Available in Print & PDF Formats.

view current issue
Our Blog

Latest Updates

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

Continue Reading

Voting has now OPENED! 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 techniques… Read More

Continue Reading

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 and use the promotion code “ANN50.” OFFER ENDS AUGUST 31, 2016 (or when 100 discounts are redeemed) DON’T… Read More

Continue Reading

“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

Continue Reading

The Submissions Process is CLOSED. We trust that many of you have been trying your hand at the designs presented in the May/June 2016 issue, and we’ll bet that you have one or two to show off. Now is the time. Here’s what you do: try the designs if you haven’t already and submit photos… Read More

Continue Reading

Clara Lindberg, 2015 Designer Soapmakers are endlessly showing photos of their work on social media. When someone develops a new swirl or technique that knocks our socks off,

Continue Reading
View Blog

What Our Readers Think

Amazing and awesome magazine, I love it!!! Thanks for everything!!!!

What an impressive magazine and what a lot of work you must do to get this out. I used to edit and know!

I received my Making Soap Magazine in the mail today. Beautiful publication!! Nicely done! I’m so proud Nashville Wraps is a part of this new venture!

Ok THIS is why I subscribe to the Saponifier. Kathy just hit me up on FB after seeing my post and said I had an unused Gift Card and renewed my subscription. How many biz’s are that honest. Aside from the GREAT articles, I love her and her ethics as well. Get yours or give a gift subscription today! You’ll be glad you did.

Coming next issue - Get ready... for our annual soap design issue! DESIGN MANIA!!

Subscribe Today — don't miss the next issue!!

subscribe today!