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Ever wanted to learn to make homemade soap? Are you interested in selling it at craft venues or farmer's markets? Making and Selling Soap: A Hacker's Guide explains how to make natural, homemade soap in simple terms with pictures to show you every step of the way. For those interested in turning their hobby into a business, this book explains in simple terms how to keep your costs down, make sure you are charging the right amount for your product and how to maximize sales by "bundling" deals for the buyer. Written by a successful farmers' market hobbyist with a humorous tone, this book includes 15 original recipes, detailed but easy instructions and lots of pictures of hot process soap making. A checklist for easy reference is included.

Publicado: Michele Simmons el
ISBN: 9781310702358
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There I was, standing in the middle of what appeared to be a makeshift lab in my suburban kitchen. Kids were yelling from the other room, If it's peppermint, I'm outta here. My two oldest offspring discussed the merits of House Blend versus Sweet Orange. Even the dog developed preferences, occasionally stealing a bite of lavender soap. I worked at a furious pace toward the goal of hauling 200 bars to the market on Saturday. How did I get into this?

During one of her visits, my mother surprised me with an ugly yellow bar of slightly odorous soap that she was sure I would love. I promised to try it, all the while wondering if I would smell like an old biscuit. At the time, I had three small children with very dry skin. My plan was to use the ugly soap on them until it was gone. Later, I reached for a kid's arms to help him out of the bath. He felt soft. That week, my toddler stopped scratching her legs raw.

Happily, there was no odor left at all from the ugly bar of soap. It didn't lather much but still worked for shaving. I used it up then grabbed my grocery store bar. One swipe across my arm was enough to convince me that it must surely contain recycled sandpaper.

Eventually, I found that same old-fashioned soap at a locally owned hardware store. I believe the price was seven dollars a bar. Seven dollar soap would require its own line item on the family budget. What was a girl to do?

Fortunately, I wasn't the first person in my family to try something new. I wasn't the first person in my family to make soap either! I grew up with parents who raised me to figure things out for myself. They were great examples of ingenuity, creativity, and lifelong learning.

The economics of a seven dollar bar of soap created a problem. The answer is found in the following formula: my mother's gift for finding new and wonderful things plus a background of lifelong learning equals a trip to the local library. I learned to make soap from reading a book, or maybe five.

None of this obsessive reading would have turned into anything at all if it weren't for one more person. My husband is a good man who knows something really important. He knows how to encourage. Thanks Bob, for saying, You should just do it! Your faith in me means the world.

Chapter 2: A Farmers' Market Hobby

When you start a project like this, it's always wise to find