Consumer Information

What is handmade soap?

soap making complex, many steps from creating a recipe or formulation to the final packaging and labelling. designing selling making marketing branding cutting packaging. using raw materials

The NZSMA defines handmade soap as follows:

  1. The soap or soap base is made with lye; and
  2. 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

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Types of soap

Lye based soaps, soap bases, melt and pour soaps, milled soaps, blabla

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About lye

Why lye is necessary, no soap without lye, no lye in end product, chemistry maybe, difference between soap and surfactants blabla

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Consumer safety

What consumers can do to make sure that the products they buy are safe to use. What to look out for blabla

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Making health claims

What is and isn’t allowed. Health claims, therapeutic products and law blabla

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NZSMA accreditation

Accreditation program to ensure soap makers abide by law blabla

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