Issue 08-2012

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EZ Way Bath Bomb Press™ - Pneumatic Bath Bomb Press

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EZ Way Bath Bomb Press™EZ Way Bath Bomb Press™ - Pneumatic Bath Bomb Press

The EZ Way Bath Bomb Press™ is the culmination of years of experience in making Bath Bomb equipment.

We invented the Bath Bomb Press and of course, the next step was the first Pneumatic Press, December 18, 2006. Our next step was a press that could utilize every mold we have. We have many products that have yet to make it to our websites. We may spend years perfecting products before putting them on our sites.

So……what will it do?…..Everything, our Bath Spheres (MaxiBalls), our Sculpted Bath Fizzies, our Designer Bath bombs and of course Custom Bath bombs.

The Ultimate in making Bath Bombs. You can use any Bath Fizzy Mold we make... Choose from over 22 Different Bath Bomb Molds!

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Looking for a quick and easy way to change the look of your soap?

Check out these cool tools and pieces of equipment!
Easy Way Soap Stamper

Easy Way Soap Stamper  For a more dramatic way to change the look of your soap check out our Easy Way Soap Stamper and Custom Soap Stamps. You can easily customize the look of your soap bars with unique designs or logos. You can either stamp all of your bars with your logo or maybe you have a special blend that needs that extra flair. The Easy Way soap Stamper is tough and durable, easy and efficient to use allowing you to stamp 200-250 bars an hour. For information and design specifications check out our Stamper Page.

Krinkle Soap CutterKrinkle Blade - One simple way to change the look of your soap is to cut your bars using a Krinkle Blade.

This stainless steel blade with a hardwood handle works well with our Single, Triple and Quadruple Loaf Molds

For more efficient cutting the Krinkle Blade  works best using the Large Cutter Box.

Beveled FaceHANDcraft™ Soap Edger – This is a great way to smooth the edges of your beautiful bars. It doesn’t take as much soap off as a beveller, and gives a cleaner, more professional look. This is a great way to change the look of your specialty lines of soap! Even a beginner can do up to 300 bars an hour! Helpful Tips, Hints & Ideas

Handcrafted Product Packaging Solutions…

You’ve made all of that beautiful soap – maybe it’s Krinkle cut, or beautifully edged, or even has your custom logo stamped in – Now is the time to package it!

Packaging your soap! Now this is the fun part! There are so many options. You’ve put all this work into making these wonderful bars of soap and now you get to decide the best way to package them. There are boxes and sleeves, raffia and twine, cigar bands and shrink wrap…the list goes on.

Not only do we offer great equipment to help you increase production and efficiency....we also offer Packaging Solutions for those awesome products you make.

Two great packaging methods are paper sleeves made from Seeded Paper and Shrink Wrapping…

Seeded Computer PaperHANDcraft™ Plantable Paper – While we don’t supply paper sleeves we do offer HANDcraft™ Plantable Paper that can be used to print your paper sleeves or other marketing materials. Rather than your packaging getting tossed in the waste basket, it can be planted in soil to produce a gift of flowers.





Shrink Wrap System Video

Shrink Wrap System. This is great when you have a lot of soap to package. You can wrap a whole lot of bars in a short time. Our system is a Wand ("Free-Arm") Based Shrink Wrap System with a variety of films to choose from such as films that allow scent to pass through and films that allow your products to "breathe".

For more Packaging Solutions including labelers and label printers

check out our Packaging Page.

Tips for Wanna-Be Soap Teacher

by Lori Nova

Recently I was asked by Donna Maria, of the Indie Beauty Network, what tips & suggestions I had for soapmakers who might want to start teaching soapmaking classes. We did a mini podcast together a few days ago, and I gave a few tips off the top of my head, but the more I thought about it, I had more tips to share than we had time for in the brief podcast. So I thought I would do a more comprehensive blog post on the topic of what to consider if you are considering teaching.


More Tips from Lori Nova for Wanna-Be Soap Teachers:

So you wanna be a soap teacher? Where do you begin? Here are some tips from someone who has been teaching natural soap and bath & body product making classes since 2000.


Start Small. If you have never taught these types of classes before, get some friends and/or family members together and ask them to be your "guinea pigs" for your first few classes. They will be thrilled to help! You can even charge a nominal amount, just to cover your costs if you really need to. They get to learn something new & take home some great products, and at the end, have a feedback form for them to fill out - anonymously - so they can be completely honest. Teaching is HARD work, and not for everyone, so starting small help you decide whether this is something you want to do, and at the same time judge the level of interest in your area.


Know your customer. Who do you plan on teaching to? What are the demographics of the area. Are there schools & a lot of kids nearby? How about stay at home moms? If you have a current customer base, or email list, survey your customers (either in-person or on-line). Find out who they are and what type of classes they would be interested in. For instance, my target customer turned out to be someone who wants to start a business. But this is unusual, and a smaller subset of the market than people who "just want to do something fun on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon." Once you know who your customer is, and what they want, you can give it to them, and everyone is happy!


Consider parties. Related to the tip above, the people in your area may be interested in having a private party in your space. This may be a kid's birthday party, a teenage girl's Bat Mitzvah, a bachelorette party, a baby shower, or anything where people want to celebrate in a unique & non-traditional way. If you are renting a space and have a few fun hands-on projects ready to go where people don't have to learn that much before they can get started, this could turn out to be a great way to make extra money and have people find out about your products/business.


Be sure you are protected (legally). If you are teaching classes, you need a type of insurance called "Professional Liability." This protects you if something happens in one of your classes and someone tries to sue you. You can never predict when something like this might happen, so it's better to be safe and get the insurance, than to be sorry and to have one incident put you out of business completely. Usually this type of insurance is available as an "add on" to regular premises & product liability policy. If you don't currently have insurance for your business, I highly recommend getting the insurance that comes with either an Indie Beauty Network membership (a direct link to their insurance page is HERE), or a (HSMG) Handcrafted Soap Guild Membership (a directly link to their insurance page is HERE). The same insurance company/group handles both groups. The links above will give you all the information you need, including an insurance phone number to call if you have questions. Remember, you have to get the regular policy first, then request the "add on" for teaching.


Be sure you can (legally) teach where plan on teaching. If you have a retail location, it is most likely zoned for a particular type of USE. For instance, if you are going to be selling your products, it needs to be zoned as a retail space. Luckily, the space I moved into 7 years ago was already zoned as a space for teaching classes. It was a dance studio, and the zoning board considered what I was doing "close enough" that I didn't have to go through the hassle & headache of getting a "Conditional Use Permit." Simply put, I got lucky. Getting a conditional use permit (at least in my city) would have delayed me getting started, and could have possibly made it illegal to teach classes in the space I just signed a lease on. Moral of the story: find out about the zoning laws in your city BEFORE you sign any papers. This is especially important if you plan on basing the majority of your business on teaching.


Consider selling supplies. If you have extra space and are purchasing your raw materials & packaging items in bulk to get the best prices, you should consider having at least a small section of your classroom where you sell at least some of the ingredients or equipment that people need to get started. I have a *very small* corner of my studio dedicated to supplies for sale, but I don't like selling anything that has a short shelf life (like carrier oils for example) - because I don't want to have to worry about the freshness - and throwing product old away that I don't sell. Also, since I don't have a ton of extra room in my studio, I stick with supplies that don't take up a lot of space.


BONUS TIP: You can also sell YOUR finished products (soap, scrubs, etc.) to people taking your classes. You might be surprised how many people want to buy something, even though they just learned how to make it!


Well, that's probably enough information in one blog post. I hope these tips are helpful. Feel free to post additional tips or suggestions to would-be teachers below in the comments area. Best of luck to you all!

Tips for Wanna-Be Soap Teachers link to full article

The Nova Studio offers the widest range of education to be found on making soap, and natural bath & body products. While some people take classes just for fun or to make natural gifts, many of our students are interested in making products to sell. The products that we teach people how to make include: Cold Process Soap, Hot Process Soap, Melt & Pour Soap, Transparent Soap, Liquid Soap, Large Production Big Batch Soapmaking, Lotions, Creams, Facial Creams, Face Serums, Facial Steams, Clay Masks, Mineral Makeup, Body Butters, Bath Salts, Body Scrubs, Lip Balm, Bath Melts, Solid Salt Scrubs, Sugar Scrubs, Fizzy Bath Bombs, Herbal Tub Tea, Washbags, Healing Balms & Salves, Herbal Extracts, Hydrosols, Massage Oils, Body Powders, Milk Baths, Natural Baby Products, Natural Perfumes, Natural Dog Products, Natural Cleaning Products, Eco-Friendly Candles and much more!

This article was written and copyrighted by Lori Nova of The Nova Studio and reprinted here with permission.

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By Joan Morais

Good Manufacturing Practices

It is very important to make lotions and creams in a clean and sanitary environment. Good Manufacturing Practices, also called GMP must be used. Sanitize your product making tools and area with alcohol or a bleach solution. Use glass or stainless steel bowls and utensils. To learn about the FDA guidelines for GMP refer to the FDA website:

Preservative System
A preservative system is needed for all lotions and creams. A preservative system includes the preservative, the ingredients, and the container.

Three Basic Phases Making Lotion or Cream

1. Water Phase 175F degrees

The water phase includes distilled water, purified or de-ionized water, floral waters/hydrosols, vegetable glycerin and other water soluble ingredients. Heat the water phase to 175F degrees.

2. Oil Phase 175F degrees

The oil phase includes skin care oils, butters, emulsifiers, waxes, thickeners like stearic acid and cetyl alcohol and other oil soluble ingredients. Heat the oil phase to 175F degrees.

3. Cool Down Phase 100F-120F degrees

The cool down phase includes heat sensitive ingredients such as vitamin E oil, aloe vera gel, some preservatives, heat sensitive ingredients and essential oils. These ingredients are added at lower temperatures. The temperature range depends on the ingredients and the filling method. Example: If the lotion bottles are being filled by hand, the consistency of the lotion must be thin enough to pour into the containers and the cool down ingredients may need to be added at 120F. If a bottle filling machine is used, the temperature of the lotion can be brought down to 100F to add the cool down ingredients since a bottle filler machine can handle thick lotions.

General Mixing Directions

1. The water phase and the oil phase should be combined at approximately the same temperature anywhere from 140-175F degrees, depending on the ingredients used in the formulation.

2. Create a vortex in the water phase with a stick blender, stand blender or homogenizer.

3. Pour the oil phase into the water vortex, never stopping the vortex. For a stable emulsion, gently blend for 10-15 minutes..


Online Class - How to Make Basic Lotions and Creams with Joan Morais 

EBook - How to Make Basic Lotions and Creams by Joan Morais 

EBook -How to Make Professional Natural Lotions and Creams by Joan Morais 

About Joan Morais

Joan Morais is a natural and organic cosmetic formulator and instructor. She teaches live and online courses on making natural products for body, hair, and skin.

Joan has assisted thousands in learning the art and science of making natural products and has taught at top spas and companies. Joan is a certified aroma therapist and herbalist. She is the author of many “how to” books including, How to Make Professional Natural Lotions and Creams. To learn more, visit Quotes & Tid Bits

"This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind...let it be something good."

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HSMG Golden Soap Bubbles…Another great feature of being a member of the Handcrafted SoapMakers Guild – Golden Soap Bubbles. When you refer another soapmaker who becomes a member of the HSMG you’ll receive Golden Soap Bubbles that can be saved and redeemed in the HSMG store for discounts on merchandise, gear, and even conference registration.

For more information check out their Referral Program Page.

Sweet Butternut Squash

2 medium butternut squash

6-8 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Cup packed, light brown sugar

1 teaspoons kosher salt

teaspoon black pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut off the ends of each squash and discard. Peel the squash and cut in half lengthwise – remove the seeds. Cut the squash in cubes and place on baking sheet. Add melted butter, brown sugar, salt and pepper. With clean hands, toss all of the ingredients and spread out in a single layer on the baking sheet. Roast for 45-55 minutes until tender and it starts to caramelize. Turn while roasting a few times with a spatula to be sure it browns evenly. Contact Us

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