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DEVELOPING A CRAFT INTO A MONEYSPINNER IS EASIER THAN YOU THINK. TRY THESE IDEAS FOR STARTERS...
Making your own soap at home is easy and fun. Add colour and fragrance to create a personal homemade soap that adds luxury to the bath or shower. It’s a natural alternative to commercial soap and a lovely gift for any occasion.
It’s also costeffective and healthy. Because manufactured soaps often contain petroleum-based detergents, artificial dyes for colouring, and degreasers, they can be harmful to use. Your homemade soap is pure, organic and has the colour and fragrance of your choice.
Soap is the result of a chemical reaction between fats or oils and lye. The difference between the harsh, greasy ‘lye’ soap of the past and your own luxurious handmade soap is in the ingredients you choose and the accuracy of measuring them. But by using melt-andpour blocks (premade blocks of uncoloured, unscented soap), all the guesswork is taken out of the process. Other soap-making processes rely on exact measurements, timing and temperature, which can be complicated. You’ll find melt-andpour soap bases at craft stores and soap suppliers – but make sure you use an allnatural product and only natural additives. Melt-and-pour bases are high in glycerine, which makes them extremely skin-loving (in many commercially produced soaps, most of this ingredient has been removed). You’ll want to make soap that’s good for the skin and won’t react to any artificial ingredients. Your customers will want this, too. Be as creative as you like. An unusual, eyecatching product, beautifully packaged, is sure to do well.