What is handmade soap?
“Handmade” means different things to different people. The processes of making handmade soap involve many different steps, including, but not limited to: formulating the ‘recipe’, designing the soap,
The processes of making and selling handcrafted soap and cosmetics are complex and involve many steps. These may include creating the recipe; measuring and mixing; adding scent and color; creating the shape by molding, cutting and/or trimming; selecting containers and closures, designing and creating packaging; as well as marketing, displaying and selling the final product. Depending on the methodology of the individual, some of these steps are done “by hand” through creative and artistic expression of a pre-fabricated base or all of these steps are done “by hand” beginning with the raw ingredients.
The NZSMA defines handmade soap as follows:
- The soap or soap base is made with lye; and
- the majority of the processes are “by hand” and not by use of mechanised equipment.
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How soap is made
Describe process lye + oils, maybe short history blabla
Types of soap
Lye based soaps, soap bases, melt and pour soaps, milled soaps, blabla
Why lye is necessary, no soap without lye, no lye in end product, chemistry maybe, difference between soap and surfactants blabla
What consumers can do to make sure that the products they buy are safe to use. What to look out for blabla
Making health claims
What is and isn’t allowed. Health claims, therapeutic products and law blabla
Accreditation program to ensure soap makers abide by law blabla