Yankee Candle Goes Manly

I like to keep up with the trends that the big companies set or follow in the bath and candle industries.    Most of the time, I am not usually impressed.  It’s often what everyone else is doing, and I like fresh ideas to talk about.  I was particularly interested to see that Yankee Candle is offering some manly scented candles for …

The Search for Sustainability in Soap Making

The Search for Sustainability in Soap Making

Sustainability Sustainability means “to endure.” A sustainable business is a company that leaves no negative impact on the global or local environment, community, society, or economy. The business strives to ensure that all processes, products, and manufacturing activities adequately address current environmental concerns and that it “meets the needs of the present world without compromising the ability of the future …

2010 HSMG Annual Conference a Huge Success

I’m a little late getting this post out to you all considering the conference was in Apr/May, but I wanted it to be viewed in the Saponifier first. So better late than never, right? The Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild (HSMG) held their annual conference in Denver, Colorado on April 30th – May 2nd of this year to a sold out crowd …

Clean the World – Soap for Haiti

This is was taken from the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild’s blog. I encourage other soapmakers to help those in Haiti (and other parts of the world) by donating their soap to this worthy cause, promoting better hygiene in less privileged countries. HSMG Partners with Clean the World! from Handcrafted Soap Makers Guild by HSMG Pgms and Svcs HSMG Partners with CTW! …

2010 Color and Scent Trends

2010 Color and Scent Trends

While you are thinking of new year resolutions, I thought I would share some of the scent and color trends for 2010. Maybe something in here will spark your creativity and aid in adding a new scent, color, or product to your line up. While Mintel predicted 6 different flavor trends for this year, they only came up with two …

Natural Ingredient Terms, Regulations and Governing Bodies Explained 1

Oppose New Cosmetic Laws That Lack Small Business Exemptions

I don’t usually repost other people’s blog articles, but in an effort to keep facts straight, I’m doing it now. Many of you know about this already, but for those that don’t, please read up on the current issues with continued government regulations that can put small businesses making cosmetics (anything that isn’t soap) out of business. I personally have …

Magazine Survey Rates Top Scents for Soaps

Magazine Survey Rates Top Scents for Soaps

Magazine Survey Rates Top Scents for Soaps – The Saponifier Magazine, a bimonthly, independent magazine for the makers of handmade soap, cosmetics and candles, conducts a yearly survey called Raves for Faves. In their most recent issue of the magazine, they printed the results of the survey. One of the survey questions asks soapmakers what their best selling scents are, and below …

Color and Fragrance Trends for Fall Winter 2009

Color and Fragrance Trends for Fall Winter 2009

Some color inspiration from the fashion industry … a dash of fall Yankee Candle scent trends… Orchard Pear – Pears warmed with notes of jasmine and cognac. Blueberry Scone – Aroma of English quickbread with sweet blueberries, rich cream and a hint of vanilla. Candied Apple – Apples coated with a mix of melted sugar, orange, pear and vanilla. Cinnamon Sugar …