View Full Version : Worth starting soap making as a business?

07-12-2008, 08:12 AM
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07-12-2008, 09:36 AM
My Girlfriend makes hand made soaps at our shop - but in your case she would recomend mybe using Melt and pour soup Glycerine Base - which you can pour into various moulds :D

Mark x

07-12-2008, 11:18 AM
It's currently costs around 150 to get certified, whichever soap you make and a recast of the Cosmetics Directive is going before the EU parliament which will mean that assessments will cost much more as each ingredient will have to be fully written up by the assessor.

So it's quitepossible that pre-certified MP soaps may disapppear (it's always been debateable whether they are legal) although some suppliers may offer an assessment package, which may be tied to their ingredients - but will certainly have a small list of ingredients because of the higher costs.

Your best bet for an assessment, whether for melt&pour, cold process or hot process, to get in before the change in regs is via Sarah Janes (http://cart.worldofmoulds.co.uk/index.php?p=catalog&parent=1&pg=1) (she's not well but her husband is helping)

09-12-2008, 10:32 AM
Most home soapers do it in the kitchen (some have a separate room).

You'll need to write a Good Practice Document where you would state that all food and craft items would be cleared from the work area etc.

Trading Standards are more interested in labelling and approved scales and some visit and some don't. If you read some of the soap forums you'd get the impression that TS are always jumping on home soapers.

If you have a Safety Assessment and are well aware of all the regulations you may find that when you first contact TS that you know more than they do OTOH there may be one in your area who is quite obsessional about minor details. It really does vary greatly from one area to another.

There's no hygiene inspection in the way that there is with food production.

But you'll need to move fairly quickly in view of the impending changes - Sarah Janes is now answering emails apparently.

Best of luck if you decide to have a go.

10-12-2008, 01:12 PM
I don't think I can post details of other forums here - there are a number of uk soap/cosmetics forums (but google gets filled up with TV soaps etc.).