Calculating the Net Weight of Soap (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this series, we discussed how to calculate the net weight of your soap over time by weighing actual bars and seeing what happened to them. That works if you know where your soap will be and can rely on the fact that the environment won’t change much. If your soap may be in a retail shop somewhere, … Read More

Calculating the Net Weight of Soap (Part 1)

When you are labeling soap, one of the problems is figuring the net weight to put on the label. Since water will continue to evaporate out of the soap making over time it will gradually weigh less, even after the initial “cure time”. The net weight stated on the label may NOT be more than the actual weight of the product … Read More

6 Things to Consider When Printing Your Own Labels

Whether your labels that look “professional” and “homemade” can affect how well your product sells.  When you are printing your own labels, there are some basics that will help your labels achieve that polished, professional look. It doesn’t take much, just some attention to detail and making sure that all the pieces work together.

Determining Text Sizes For Labels

One of the most common labeling errors is using type that is too small on your label.  So how do you determine the right size type? And what font size is that? The right size type is determined by the size of the container (not the size of the label itself), and the placement is determined by the type size … Read More

Five Most Common Labeling Errors

They are all simple to fix – it’s just a matter of putting the right information in the right place, and making sure that it’s the correct information.

Ask your labeling or GMP questions

My website update is finally complete!  I expect to add some more information as time goes on, but I’m happy with the way it’s laid out and the information that’s there now.  There have been some good additions, I think.

Florida Cosmetic Regulations

UPDATE (June 24, 2019) — For a concise summary of the most up-to-date details for Florida, see Florida Regs – 2019 Recap. At the 2011 HSMG Conference in Miami there was discussion amongst the many soapmakers from Florida who had concerns about a “new bill” that passed in the Florida 2010 Legislative Session. It piqued my interest and, knowing that … Read More

Drug Claims and Lip Balm

I just returned from the 2011 Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild Annual Conference in Miami. It was terrific! This year I went as a speaker and a vendor, and had time to enjoy some of the other speakers and presenters. I loved seeing Barbara Corcoran and had the privilege of having breakfast with her and several of the HSMG directors. Barbara is … Read More