Soap Making Business Online Certificate Course

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Study Soap Making Business Online Course; Develop your creative talents and learn how to start a successful business

Our Soap Making Business Online Course is specifically designed to help develop both your creative talents and your business skills. The aim of the course is to lay a foundation in these two primary functions, necessary for succeeding in a craft-centered enterprise.

The first five modules concentrate on how to make soap products - looking at the different soap-making processes, the various design techniques used and what additives are generally included in soap.

The next five modules focus on the business aspect of your company. Here you will learn how to set up your business, create a brand and market and sell your products.

The course starts with an introduction to what soap is, giving you a practical definition and a little history of soap. You’ll learn the most common processes in soap making and be provided with a useful glossary of terms.

Ingredients! You need to know the specific ingredients used in making good soap. The Soap Making Business Course covers the materials you’ll be using and how to work with them safely, before going on to explaining the four most popular soap making methods among serious handmade soap-makers: the cold process, the hot process, the melt and pour method and re-batching.

You’ll learn how to get creative with the kinds of additives you can add to your soaps, including natural and synthetic scents, botanicals (such as herbs and flowers), therapeutic ingredients, and more. You will learn the different fragrance notes and how to use them in your soap creations; you will also be advised on the best botanicals to include. There are also a couple of related soap recipes for you to try out.

You’ll be guided through various techniques for adding color – creating layers, swirls and stripes in your soap bars. You will also learn the difference between pigments, micas and natural colorants that can be found in the foods that you eat and the flowers that you grow.

With your soap making skills honed, now is the time to match your creativity with business acumen. The Soap Making Business Course guides you through creating your own feasibility study so that you can determine exactly what to expect from building and running your business and what you need to do to ensure that it grows and succeeds.

With the foundations laid, you will go on to learn how to set up your business – deciding on its structure, obtaining insurance, choosing a name, and joining industry groups and associations that will provide support as you build your business up. You’ll also learn about trademark and copyright protection and the best ways to source suppliers.

When selling a product such as soap, there are legal considerations that must be met. We take the worry out of this by guiding you step-by-step through what must be done to comply with EU cosmetic legislation, particularly when it comes to labelling your products. You’ll also learn how to follow Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), in relation to production processes and procedures, all of which is crucial in ensuring an efficient and effective business.

Branding and marketing your soap correctly are incredibly important to the success of your business. These Beauty Online Courses explains why, before guiding you through what should go into your marketing plan and the different tactics you can use.

Finally, you will learn how to price your products, find the various places that you can sell your soaps, and discover how to go about raising your profits and expanding your business.

What will you learn with the Soap Making Business Course?

  • Have been introduced to the history of soap
  • Be familiar with the four most popular ways to make handmade soap
  • Understand how to use additives in soap making
  • Have an in-depth appreciation and knowledge of how to blend scent
  • Know how to use exciting layer and swirl design techniques in your soap creations
  • Have a number of recipes to start you off on your soap making journey
  • Have a comprehensive overview of the legal aspects of selling soaps
  • Understand the importance of creating a brand and know how to do it
  • Know how and why to write a feasibility study about your business
  • Have the tools to market your products effectively
  • Be able to price your products confidently and accurately

Soap Making Business Online Course - Requirements

The Soap Making Business Course is delivered 100 percent online 24/7.

To successfully complete this course, a student must:

  • Have access to the internet and the necessary technical skills to navigate the online learning resources
  • Have access to any mobile device with internet connectivity (laptop, desktop, tablet)
  • Be a self-directed learner
  • Possess sound language and literacy skills

Quick Course Facts

  1. Course content is structured for easy comprehension
  2. Registered students gain unrestricted access to the Soap Making Business Course
  3. All course material is available online 24/7 and can be accessed using any device
  4. Study online from anywhere in your own time at your own pace
  5. All students who complete the course will be awarded with a certificate of completion

For any additional questions please see our comprehensive FAQS tab above.

Soap Making Business Online Course Outline

Module 1: Understanding Soap Making

Introduction

Soap is a hugely popular product due to its many uses mainly being a cleaning product. It has been a staple in households for a long time and as you will learn in this course, thousands of years.

Part 1: What is Soap?

Soap is defined as a substance used with water for washing and cleaning. It can be made from a compound of natural oils or fats with sodium hydroxide or another strong alkali, and typically having perfume and coloring added.

  • The first soaps
  • Europe and the rest of the world
  • Modern soap making

Four Methods of Making Soap

There are four methods for making soap at home which we will look at in more detail in the succeeding modules.

  • Cold process
  • Hot process
  • Melt and pour
  • Re-batching

Part 2: Glossary of Soap-Making Terms

Module 2: What You Need

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the importance of working safely with lye
  • Be aware of the equipment needed to make soap
  • Know the difference between hard and soft oils

This module introduces you to the specific ingredients, including lye and hard and soft oils, needed for making soap. It will teach you how to create your lye solution along with safety precautions you will need to take when working with these substances

Part 1: The Importance of Lye

We will take a look at the importance of Lye and why without lye the chemical reaction that has to occur to make soap will not be prompted.

  • Taking precautions when using lye
  • How to mix the lye solution
  • Using Glycerin using lye

Part 2: Soap-Making Equipment

Before you start making soap you need to ensure that you have all the right equipment. This part will discuss the different equipment needed to manufacture soap.

  • Protective clothing
  • Scales
  • Thermometer
  • Stick blender
  • Container
  • Spoons and spatulas
  • Soap molds

Part 3: Oils in Soap Making

You can use a wide selection of oils for creating your soap. This depends on the recipe and what type of soap you’re trying to make.

Hard oils

These are solid or semi-solid at room temperature. Examples of these include coconut oil, argan oil, and palm kernel oil

Soft oils

These are great conditioning oils and are liquid at room temperature. Soft oils include canola oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, and avocado oil.

Module 3: Soap-Making Processes

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the four different processes and how to make soap with each
  • Be aware of the challenges and benefits of each method
  • Know how to prepare lye

We will look at four of the most popular soap making methods among professional soap makers. These include the cold process, hot process, the melt and pour method and re-batching.

Part 1: Cold Process

This is the most important and complex method in making soap

  • Prepare the lye
  • Prepare the base oils
  • Check temperatures
  • Mixing the lye and oils
  • Mixing in additives
  • Pouring the soap
  • Cutting the soap
  • Curing

Part 2: Hot Process

This is similar to the cold process except heat is used to hasten the process

  • Mixing the lye and oils
  • Cooking the soap
  • Adding additional ingredients
  • Scooping rather than pouring
  • Cutting and curing

Part 3: Melt and Pour Process Re-batching

With this process, you will be using pre-made blocks of soap from a craft store or soap supplier. These are unscented and uncolored.

Module 4: Soap Additives

Learning objectives:

  • Know how to choose the right additive for your soap
  • Understand the different scent ‘tones’
  • Be aware of the various botanicals you can use in soap making

This module will explore all the kind of additives you can add to your soap, including scents, botanicals, therapeutic agents and more. How you can add both natural and synthetic scents, and other ingredients.

Part 1: How to Choose the Right Additives

It is important to remember that soap is a product that comes in contact with skin. This is why using high quality ingredients is a must

Fragrance oils

These are synthetically made aromas that may include natural ingredients such as essential oils but not limited to them.

Essential oils

Oils extracted from herbs, flowers, and plants often using the process of distillation.

Part 2: Blending Essential Oils

Soap making usually involves using two or more essential oils together in their soap batches. This helps them balance aroma while giving therapeutic benefits for example.

Classification of Scent Notes

  • Top notes
  • Middle notes
  • Base notes

Part 3: Botanicals and Other Natural Additives

These refer to anything plant or anything plan related used in soap making. It is important that botanicals may be affected by the lye. In this section we will look at some of the botanicals you can use in your soap and how to use them.

Part 4: Recipes

Module 5: Color and Soap Making Techniques

Learning objectives

  • Be familiar with the different forms of colorant
  • How to find colorants in your own kitchen cabinets
  • Have recipes for making colorful and multi-colored soaps

We will continue to explore additives, specifically color, and how it can be used in creative soap making techniques. These include layering, swirling, and creating stripes in you soap bars.

Part 1: Soap Colorants

You can color your soap with artificial colors and natural colors. Although natural colors do not give the same bright and vibrant hues of their counterparts.

  • Soap colorants
  • Oxides and pigments
  • Using pigments in the cold process
  • Using pigment in melt and pour
  • Micas
  • Using micas for cold process
  • Using micas for melt and pour

Part 2: Natural Soap Colorants

If you’re trying to create a 100 percent natural or organic soap, then you can use colors from natural sources. Being a natural ingredient, it could also give your soap added benefits and health-related properties.

  • Clays
  • Colors from your kitchen cabinet

Part 3: Soap Colorants: For Adding Color Swirls

This helps you create something special for your customers. It can be made through different processes, but the cold process works best.

  • How to add color swirls
  • Ladling in color
  • Hanger swirls
  • Marble cake swirls
  • Marble cake swirls
  • Colum pours and funnel swirls
  • In the pot swirl

Part 4: Soap Layering Technique and Top Decorations

Using the melt and pour method can give you cleaner, straighter layered lines. This is possible because you can wait for each layer to harder before adding another layer.

Module 6: Just How Feasible is Your Business?

Learning objectives:

  • Know how to write a feasibility study for your business
  • Have the recipes for making colorful and multi-colored soaps

This will guide you in creating a feasibility study so that you could determine what you can expect from your business and to ensure that it becomes successful.

Part 1: The Popularity of Handmade Soap Businesses

Starting a new business can be a rewarding and exciting experience. But without the right planning this can be a very frustrating endeavor.

Part 2: Creating a Feasibility Study

A feasibility study is an evaluation of the practicality of a particular plan or idea. This gives you the best chances of setting up a successful business.

  • Description of your business
  • Market feasibility
  • Technical feasibility
  • Financial feasibility
  • Organizational feasibility

Part 3: Developing a SWOT Analysis

A SWOT Analysis is a fantastic tool to use in all areas of your business and marketing. It gives you a clearer picture of your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and strengths. Once you know your strengths and weak areas, you are able to plan more effectively.

Defining SMART Goals

Once you’ve got your SWOT Analysis it is now time to create your SMART goals. This will help define the goals of your business

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Relevant
  • Timed

Module 7: Getting Down to Business – Setting Up

Learning objectives:

  • Understand which busines structure suits you best
  • Comprehend the importance of insurance
  • Know how to setup your business

You will learn how to setup your soap business including the structure of your business, sorting out insurance, selecting a name, and joining industry groups.

Part 1: Deciding on a Business Structure

Another important step in starting your business is to decide what type of business you are setting up. This is critical since it would be difficult to change your business structure later.

  • Sole traders
  • Partnership
  • Limited company

Part 2: Insurance and Trademarks

It is important for any busines to invest in liability insurance and this goes the same for your soap business. It will help protect your assets in case your soaps cause injury to any third party.

  • Trademark and copyright protection
  • Trademark stipulations

Part 3: Suppliers and Trade Associations

You will need suppliers for your soap making business and have access to trusted suppliers is a must. This ensures that you only get the best ingredients and all supplies arrive on time.

Module 8: Legal Considerations and Labelling

Learning objectives:

  • Be familiar with the legal considerations of starting a soap business
  • Understand what is contained in the EU Cosmetic Regulations
  • Fully comprehend the importance of labelling

This module will center primarily on all that must be done to comply with EU cosmetic regulations. Its primary functions with particular emphasis on the necessity of accurate labelling.

Part 1: The Importance of the EU Cosmetic Regulations

Consumers buy products in good faith. This is because they know that all manufacturers are compliant with industry standards and regulations.

  • Safeguard public health
  • Simplify procedures
  • Ensure the latest technological advancement are addressed
  • Maintaining the ban on animal testing

Part 2: Safeguarding Public Health

Health and safety will always be a major concern for any consumer product. For this reason, all cosmetic products in the European market have to be tested and proven safe to use.

Part 3: Addressing Latest Technology Advancements

Technology has always taken a leading role in creating better products. These advancements also include soap making.

Part 4: Good Manufacturing Practice

Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) is a system for ensuring that products are continuously produced and controlled according to quality standards.

Module 9: Branding and Marketing

Learning objectives

  • Know how to determine your brand and why this is so crucial
  • Know what to include in your marketing plan
  • Be familiar with the different marketing tactics you can use

This module will teach you how to unearth your brand and devise a plan that will help you stand out from the competition. It will also teach you about the importance of marketing and marketing plan.

Part 1: The Importance of Branding

Part 2: Creating a Marketing Strategy

Module 10: Sales and Selling

Learning objectives:

  • Know how to price for the soap market
  • Understand the different places you can sell your soap
  • Be mindful of how you can expand your business once it starts to grow

You will learn how to price your products and the various locations you can sell your products and raise your profits.

Part 1: How to Price Your Products

Part 2: Where to Sell Your Soaps

Course Delivery

Courses are accessed online via our learning management system by any device including PC, tablet or Smart Phone. Upon purchase an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. 

Recognition & Accreditation

Upon completion of your course assessment, you will receive 3 certificates. An accredited certificate from the awarding body relating to your course, a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course and a certificate.

Module 1: Understanding Soap Making

  • Introduction
  • Part 1: What is Soap?
  • Part 2: Glossary of Soap-Making Terms
  • Module 1 Assessment

Module 2: What You Need

  • Part 1: The Importance of Lye
  • Part 2: Soap-Making Equipment
  • Part 3: Oils in Soap Making
  • Module 2 Assessment

Module 3: Soap-Making Processes

  • Part 1: Cold Process
  • Part 2: Hot Process
  • Part 3: Melt and Pour Process Rebatching
  • Module 3 Assessment

Module 4: Soap Additives

  • Part 1: How to Choose the Right
  • Additives
  • Part 2: Blending Essential Oils
  • Part 3: Botanicals and Other Natural
  • Additives
  • Part 4: Recipes
  • Module 4 Assessment

Module 5: Colour and SoapMaking Techniques

  • Part 1: Soap Colourants
  • Part 2: Natural Soap Colourants
  • Part 3: Soap Colourants: For Adding Colour Swirls
  • Part 4: Soap Layering Technique and Top Decorations
  • Module 5 Assessment

Module 6: Just How Feasible is Your Business?

  • Part 1: The Popularity of Handmade Soap Businesses
  • Part 2: Creating a Feasibility
  • Part 3: Developing a SWOT
  • Module 6 Assessment

Module 7: Getting Down to Business – Setting Up

  • Part 1: Deciding on a Business Structure
  • Part 2: Insurance and Trademarks
  • Part 3: Suppliers and Trade Associations
  • Module 7 Assessment

Module 8: Legal Considerations and Labelling

  • Part 1: The Importance of the EU Cosmetic Regulations
  • Part 2: Safeguarding Public Health
  • Part 3: Addressing Latest Technology Advancements
  • Part 4: Good Manufacturing Practice
  • Module 8 Assessment

Module 9: Branding and Marketing

  • Part 1: The Importance of Branding
  • Part 2: Creating a Marketing Strategy
  • Module 9 Assessment

Module 10: Sales and Selling

  • Part 1: How to Price Your Products
  • Part 2: Where to Sell Your Soaps
  • Conclusion
  • Module 10 Assessment

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

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About this Course

Study Soap Making Business Online Course; Develop your creative talents and learn how to start a successful business

Our Soap Making Business Online Course is specifically designed to help develop both your creative talents and your business skills. The aim of the course is to lay a foundation in these two primary functions, necessary for succeeding in a craft-centered enterprise.

The first five modules concentrate on how to make soap products - looking at the different soap-making processes, the various design techniques used and what additives are generally included in soap.

The next five modules focus on the business aspect of your company. Here you will learn how to set up your business, create a brand and market and sell your products.

The course starts with an introduction to what soap is, giving you a practical definition and a little history of soap. You’ll learn the most common processes in soap making and be provided with a useful glossary of terms.

Ingredients! You need to know the specific ingredients used in making good soap. The Soap Making Business Course covers the materials you’ll be using and how to work with them safely, before going on to explaining the four most popular soap making methods among serious handmade soap-makers: the cold process, the hot process, the melt and pour method and re-batching.

You’ll learn how to get creative with the kinds of additives you can add to your soaps, including natural and synthetic scents, botanicals (such as herbs and flowers), therapeutic ingredients, and more. You will learn the different fragrance notes and how to use them in your soap creations; you will also be advised on the best botanicals to include. There are also a couple of related soap recipes for you to try out.

You’ll be guided through various techniques for adding color – creating layers, swirls and stripes in your soap bars. You will also learn the difference between pigments, micas and natural colorants that can be found in the foods that you eat and the flowers that you grow.

With your soap making skills honed, now is the time to match your creativity with business acumen. The Soap Making Business Course guides you through creating your own feasibility study so that you can determine exactly what to expect from building and running your business and what you need to do to ensure that it grows and succeeds.

With the foundations laid, you will go on to learn how to set up your business – deciding on its structure, obtaining insurance, choosing a name, and joining industry groups and associations that will provide support as you build your business up. You’ll also learn about trademark and copyright protection and the best ways to source suppliers.

When selling a product such as soap, there are legal considerations that must be met. We take the worry out of this by guiding you step-by-step through what must be done to comply with EU cosmetic legislation, particularly when it comes to labelling your products. You’ll also learn how to follow Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), in relation to production processes and procedures, all of which is crucial in ensuring an efficient and effective business.

Branding and marketing your soap correctly are incredibly important to the success of your business. These Beauty Online Courses explains why, before guiding you through what should go into your marketing plan and the different tactics you can use.

Finally, you will learn how to price your products, find the various places that you can sell your soaps, and discover how to go about raising your profits and expanding your business.

What will you learn with the Soap Making Business Course?

  • Have been introduced to the history of soap
  • Be familiar with the four most popular ways to make handmade soap
  • Understand how to use additives in soap making
  • Have an in-depth appreciation and knowledge of how to blend scent
  • Know how to use exciting layer and swirl design techniques in your soap creations
  • Have a number of recipes to start you off on your soap making journey
  • Have a comprehensive overview of the legal aspects of selling soaps
  • Understand the importance of creating a brand and know how to do it
  • Know how and why to write a feasibility study about your business
  • Have the tools to market your products effectively
  • Be able to price your products confidently and accurately

Soap Making Business Online Course - Requirements

The Soap Making Business Course is delivered 100 percent online 24/7.

To successfully complete this course, a student must:

  • Have access to the internet and the necessary technical skills to navigate the online learning resources
  • Have access to any mobile device with internet connectivity (laptop, desktop, tablet)
  • Be a self-directed learner
  • Possess sound language and literacy skills

Quick Course Facts

  1. Course content is structured for easy comprehension
  2. Registered students gain unrestricted access to the Soap Making Business Course
  3. All course material is available online 24/7 and can be accessed using any device
  4. Study online from anywhere in your own time at your own pace
  5. All students who complete the course will be awarded with a certificate of completion

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Soap Making Business Online Course Outline

Module 1: Understanding Soap Making

Introduction

Soap is a hugely popular product due to its many uses mainly being a cleaning product. It has been a staple in households for a long time and as you will learn in this course, thousands of years.

Part 1: What is Soap?

Soap is defined as a substance used with water for washing and cleaning. It can be made from a compound of natural oils or fats with sodium hydroxide or another strong alkali, and typically having perfume and coloring added.

  • The first soaps
  • Europe and the rest of the world
  • Modern soap making

Four Methods of Making Soap

There are four methods for making soap at home which we will look at in more detail in the succeeding modules.

  • Cold process
  • Hot process
  • Melt and pour
  • Re-batching

Part 2: Glossary of Soap-Making Terms

Module 2: What You Need

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the importance of working safely with lye
  • Be aware of the equipment needed to make soap
  • Know the difference between hard and soft oils

This module introduces you to the specific ingredients, including lye and hard and soft oils, needed for making soap. It will teach you how to create your lye solution along with safety precautions you will need to take when working with these substances

Part 1: The Importance of Lye

We will take a look at the importance of Lye and why without lye the chemical reaction that has to occur to make soap will not be prompted.

  • Taking precautions when using lye
  • How to mix the lye solution
  • Using Glycerin using lye

Part 2: Soap-Making Equipment

Before you start making soap you need to ensure that you have all the right equipment. This part will discuss the different equipment needed to manufacture soap.

  • Protective clothing
  • Scales
  • Thermometer
  • Stick blender
  • Container
  • Spoons and spatulas
  • Soap molds

Part 3: Oils in Soap Making

You can use a wide selection of oils for creating your soap. This depends on the recipe and what type of soap you’re trying to make.

Hard oils

These are solid or semi-solid at room temperature. Examples of these include coconut oil, argan oil, and palm kernel oil

Soft oils

These are great conditioning oils and are liquid at room temperature. Soft oils include canola oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, and avocado oil.

Module 3: Soap-Making Processes

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the four different processes and how to make soap with each
  • Be aware of the challenges and benefits of each method
  • Know how to prepare lye

We will look at four of the most popular soap making methods among professional soap makers. These include the cold process, hot process, the melt and pour method and re-batching.

Part 1: Cold Process

This is the most important and complex method in making soap

  • Prepare the lye
  • Prepare the base oils
  • Check temperatures
  • Mixing the lye and oils
  • Mixing in additives
  • Pouring the soap
  • Cutting the soap
  • Curing

Part 2: Hot Process

This is similar to the cold process except heat is used to hasten the process

  • Mixing the lye and oils
  • Cooking the soap
  • Adding additional ingredients
  • Scooping rather than pouring
  • Cutting and curing

Part 3: Melt and Pour Process Re-batching

With this process, you will be using pre-made blocks of soap from a craft store or soap supplier. These are unscented and uncolored.

Module 4: Soap Additives

Learning objectives:

  • Know how to choose the right additive for your soap
  • Understand the different scent ‘tones’
  • Be aware of the various botanicals you can use in soap making

This module will explore all the kind of additives you can add to your soap, including scents, botanicals, therapeutic agents and more. How you can add both natural and synthetic scents, and other ingredients.

Part 1: How to Choose the Right Additives

It is important to remember that soap is a product that comes in contact with skin. This is why using high quality ingredients is a must

Fragrance oils

These are synthetically made aromas that may include natural ingredients such as essential oils but not limited to them.

Essential oils

Oils extracted from herbs, flowers, and plants often using the process of distillation.

Part 2: Blending Essential Oils

Soap making usually involves using two or more essential oils together in their soap batches. This helps them balance aroma while giving therapeutic benefits for example.

Classification of Scent Notes

  • Top notes
  • Middle notes
  • Base notes

Part 3: Botanicals and Other Natural Additives

These refer to anything plant or anything plan related used in soap making. It is important that botanicals may be affected by the lye. In this section we will look at some of the botanicals you can use in your soap and how to use them.

Part 4: Recipes

Module 5: Color and Soap Making Techniques

Learning objectives

  • Be familiar with the different forms of colorant
  • How to find colorants in your own kitchen cabinets
  • Have recipes for making colorful and multi-colored soaps

We will continue to explore additives, specifically color, and how it can be used in creative soap making techniques. These include layering, swirling, and creating stripes in you soap bars.

Part 1: Soap Colorants

You can color your soap with artificial colors and natural colors. Although natural colors do not give the same bright and vibrant hues of their counterparts.

  • Soap colorants
  • Oxides and pigments
  • Using pigments in the cold process
  • Using pigment in melt and pour
  • Micas
  • Using micas for cold process
  • Using micas for melt and pour

Part 2: Natural Soap Colorants

If you’re trying to create a 100 percent natural or organic soap, then you can use colors from natural sources. Being a natural ingredient, it could also give your soap added benefits and health-related properties.

  • Clays
  • Colors from your kitchen cabinet

Part 3: Soap Colorants: For Adding Color Swirls

This helps you create something special for your customers. It can be made through different processes, but the cold process works best.

  • How to add color swirls
  • Ladling in color
  • Hanger swirls
  • Marble cake swirls
  • Marble cake swirls
  • Colum pours and funnel swirls
  • In the pot swirl

Part 4: Soap Layering Technique and Top Decorations

Using the melt and pour method can give you cleaner, straighter layered lines. This is possible because you can wait for each layer to harder before adding another layer.

Module 6: Just How Feasible is Your Business?

Learning objectives:

  • Know how to write a feasibility study for your business
  • Have the recipes for making colorful and multi-colored soaps

This will guide you in creating a feasibility study so that you could determine what you can expect from your business and to ensure that it becomes successful.

Part 1: The Popularity of Handmade Soap Businesses

Starting a new business can be a rewarding and exciting experience. But without the right planning this can be a very frustrating endeavor.

Part 2: Creating a Feasibility Study

A feasibility study is an evaluation of the practicality of a particular plan or idea. This gives you the best chances of setting up a successful business.

  • Description of your business
  • Market feasibility
  • Technical feasibility
  • Financial feasibility
  • Organizational feasibility

Part 3: Developing a SWOT Analysis

A SWOT Analysis is a fantastic tool to use in all areas of your business and marketing. It gives you a clearer picture of your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and strengths. Once you know your strengths and weak areas, you are able to plan more effectively.

Defining SMART Goals

Once you’ve got your SWOT Analysis it is now time to create your SMART goals. This will help define the goals of your business

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Relevant
  • Timed

Module 7: Getting Down to Business – Setting Up

Learning objectives:

  • Understand which busines structure suits you best
  • Comprehend the importance of insurance
  • Know how to setup your business

You will learn how to setup your soap business including the structure of your business, sorting out insurance, selecting a name, and joining industry groups.

Part 1: Deciding on a Business Structure

Another important step in starting your business is to decide what type of business you are setting up. This is critical since it would be difficult to change your business structure later.

  • Sole traders
  • Partnership
  • Limited company

Part 2: Insurance and Trademarks

It is important for any busines to invest in liability insurance and this goes the same for your soap business. It will help protect your assets in case your soaps cause injury to any third party.

  • Trademark and copyright protection
  • Trademark stipulations

Part 3: Suppliers and Trade Associations

You will need suppliers for your soap making business and have access to trusted suppliers is a must. This ensures that you only get the best ingredients and all supplies arrive on time.

Module 8: Legal Considerations and Labelling

Learning objectives:

  • Be familiar with the legal considerations of starting a soap business
  • Understand what is contained in the EU Cosmetic Regulations
  • Fully comprehend the importance of labelling

This module will center primarily on all that must be done to comply with EU cosmetic regulations. Its primary functions with particular emphasis on the necessity of accurate labelling.

Part 1: The Importance of the EU Cosmetic Regulations

Consumers buy products in good faith. This is because they know that all manufacturers are compliant with industry standards and regulations.

  • Safeguard public health
  • Simplify procedures
  • Ensure the latest technological advancement are addressed
  • Maintaining the ban on animal testing

Part 2: Safeguarding Public Health

Health and safety will always be a major concern for any consumer product. For this reason, all cosmetic products in the European market have to be tested and proven safe to use.

Part 3: Addressing Latest Technology Advancements

Technology has always taken a leading role in creating better products. These advancements also include soap making.

Part 4: Good Manufacturing Practice

Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) is a system for ensuring that products are continuously produced and controlled according to quality standards.

Module 9: Branding and Marketing

Learning objectives

  • Know how to determine your brand and why this is so crucial
  • Know what to include in your marketing plan
  • Be familiar with the different marketing tactics you can use

This module will teach you how to unearth your brand and devise a plan that will help you stand out from the competition. It will also teach you about the importance of marketing and marketing plan.

Part 1: The Importance of Branding

Part 2: Creating a Marketing Strategy

Module 10: Sales and Selling

Learning objectives:

  • Know how to price for the soap market
  • Understand the different places you can sell your soap
  • Be mindful of how you can expand your business once it starts to grow

You will learn how to price your products and the various locations you can sell your products and raise your profits.

Part 1: How to Price Your Products

Part 2: Where to Sell Your Soaps

Course Delivery

Courses are accessed online via our learning management system by any device including PC, tablet or Smart Phone. Upon purchase an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. 

Recognition & Accreditation

Upon completion of your course assessment, you will receive 3 certificates. An accredited certificate from the awarding body relating to your course, a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course and a certificate.

Module 1: Understanding Soap Making

  • Introduction
  • Part 1: What is Soap?
  • Part 2: Glossary of Soap-Making Terms
  • Module 1 Assessment

Module 2: What You Need

  • Part 1: The Importance of Lye
  • Part 2: Soap-Making Equipment
  • Part 3: Oils in Soap Making
  • Module 2 Assessment

Module 3: Soap-Making Processes

  • Part 1: Cold Process
  • Part 2: Hot Process
  • Part 3: Melt and Pour Process Rebatching
  • Module 3 Assessment

Module 4: Soap Additives

  • Part 1: How to Choose the Right
  • Additives
  • Part 2: Blending Essential Oils
  • Part 3: Botanicals and Other Natural
  • Additives
  • Part 4: Recipes
  • Module 4 Assessment

Module 5: Colour and SoapMaking Techniques

  • Part 1: Soap Colourants
  • Part 2: Natural Soap Colourants
  • Part 3: Soap Colourants: For Adding Colour Swirls
  • Part 4: Soap Layering Technique and Top Decorations
  • Module 5 Assessment

Module 6: Just How Feasible is Your Business?

  • Part 1: The Popularity of Handmade Soap Businesses
  • Part 2: Creating a Feasibility
  • Part 3: Developing a SWOT
  • Module 6 Assessment

Module 7: Getting Down to Business – Setting Up

  • Part 1: Deciding on a Business Structure
  • Part 2: Insurance and Trademarks
  • Part 3: Suppliers and Trade Associations
  • Module 7 Assessment

Module 8: Legal Considerations and Labelling

  • Part 1: The Importance of the EU Cosmetic Regulations
  • Part 2: Safeguarding Public Health
  • Part 3: Addressing Latest Technology Advancements
  • Part 4: Good Manufacturing Practice
  • Module 8 Assessment

Module 9: Branding and Marketing

  • Part 1: The Importance of Branding
  • Part 2: Creating a Marketing Strategy
  • Module 9 Assessment

Module 10: Sales and Selling

  • Part 1: How to Price Your Products
  • Part 2: Where to Sell Your Soaps
  • Conclusion
  • Module 10 Assessment

Entry requirements

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Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

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