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Turning Your Resolutions Into Attainable, SMART Goals 2016

Originally written and posted on our blog in 2010 and revised in 2014.  This information is still relevant and important, so we are sharing it here as well.. Now that you have some New Year Resolutions for your business, it’s time to turn those resolutions into business goals. This is how you actually get things accomplished. Here is the SMART method …

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Top 10 Soap and Cosmetic Business Goals 2016

After the holidays, it is only natural to look forward to a fresh start in 2016.  In doing so, it is common to make resolutions for the new year.  The problem that people run into is the lack of follow through.  Let’s take a look at some of the top business goals you may have already added to your list …

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Holly Decorated CP Soap with Hidden Swirl Tutorial

Holiday soaps are some of my favorite soaps to make.  The holiday soap featured in this tutorial has simple holly leaves and berries with a hidden surprise swirl for bathers.  A few simple techniques can make a big impact in this multiple technique soap.  I made this tutorial in 2013 for my newsletter and the Saponifier magazine, but never posted …

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Hot Process Soap Making Saves the Day

Many of you are just like me. While I enjoy making all types of soaps, I typically make cold process. I find that most of the time, this soapmaking approach is the most enjoyable for me, personally. That is until something goes wrong. Then hot process swoops in and saves the batch, becoming the hero of soapmaking methods. There are …

Pantone Fall 2015 Color Trends

Fall Pantone Color Trends 2015 in Soap and Cosmetics

I admit it!  I have a passion for color.  I have hundreds of different colored pages for my scrapbooking, which I horde.  And I have tons of color for soap and cosmetics, some of which I use and others I horde.  I even have Pantone books.  If you are as addicted to all things color like me, you will love …

Fall Term – 14 Week Online Soapmaking Academy Course

Now that the kids are back to school, it’s time to register for the FALL term of the Soapmaking Academy, and begin your dream business. You can learn everything you need to know about making soap, including advanced artisan designs, and how to start your very own soap business. Enrollment is now open for our much anticipated, very limited 14 Week …

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Developing a Line of Skin Care – Designing Your Products

This article is about Developing a Line of Skin Care – Designing Your Products.  If you missed our previous post, Developing a Line of Skin Care – Skin Types and Beauty Routines, click the link. When you first decide to design a new line of products, you must do your research.  Not only do you want to create products that are profitable, but you …

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Developing Skin Care Line – Skin Types, Beauty Routines

 This article, Developing Skin Care Line – Skin Types, Beauty Routines, is part one of two of an article that first appeared in the Saponifier Magazine.From Cleopatra’s luxurious milk baths to the 21st century’s anti-aging craze, people desire beauty.  There are many types of products that people believe will give them what they are looking for from soaps to color cosmetics.  For this article, the …

Jumpstart Your Career with Our 14 Week Summer Soapmaking Academy

It’s that time of year – SUMMER!  You’ve probably set up summer camps and vacations with the kids, coordinated your July 4th cookout, and planned to relax and work on a tan.  Maybe you plan to take some summer courses and learn something new. But, have you given thought to starting a soap business?  Maybe you have dreamed of a …

FREE Startup Costs Worksheet for New Businesses

FREE Startup Costs Worksheet for New Businesses

FREE Startup Costs Worksheet for New Businesses Enjoy this handy worksheet for estimating costs for starting a new business. This could be used for any business, not just soap and cosmetics.  Click on the image above to reach the PDF. Free for personal or commercial use. However, you may not sell this worksheet or claim it is your own. You …