You’re not alone if you’re wondering how to start your own soap-making business. Thousands of individuals earn a living by creating and selling soap and other spa products all around the world.

It’s a low-cost home-based business to start, as long as you start with three or four things. Taking this path also ensures that you will be producing the greatest quality product possible. The more distinctive your soap is, the more attention it will receive.

Many soapmakers get their supplies from the internet. Hundreds of websites sell everything you’ll need to get started, including a large range of instructive books and videos. There is a slew of websites that offer free tutorials as well.

Getting started

Beginning soap makers sometimes start out with melt and pour soap. This glycerin-based soap, which is both easy and fun to create, can even be processed in the microwave.

In a nutshell, you simply melt the soap base, add coloring and scent and pour it into soap or candy molds.  At this point, other ingredients such as desiccated coconut or oatmeal can be added, for exfoliating purposes.

Once it hardens, package as desired and it is ready to sell to the public. There is no curing period necessary, as with cold process soap making.

Get Advertised

There are many ways to promote a soap-making business.  One of the least expensive ways is to advertise on a site such as Posting an ad, in this category, is currently free and there is a very good chance it will be viewed by a large number of people… especially if you post on Saturday or Sunday.

You can sell your soap products to friends and relatives. Other options include selling at a flea market, setting up a website, scheduling home parties, and wholesaling to small hotels or bed-and-breakfast establishments, who in turn can either re-sell it in their gift shops or use it as a complementary toiletry item.

If you are a creative person there is no better time to start a soap-making business. They will always be a demand for it, which translates into a good potential for profit.

Susan Ranford

My name is Susan Ranford. I am an expert on job market trends, hiring, and business management. I often write about issues related to employment and business.