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Old 08-13-2017, 06:24 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by IrishLass View Post
Welcome, Spin!

Ditto what Kamahido and cmzaha said- check out the laws in Florida. I've heard from those that live there that it has very strict laws in regard to selling handmade soap and lotions.

Ditto what Susie said, too- make sure you take enough R&D and testing time with your formulas before selling, because handmade lye-based soap is one of those curious things that that can go wonky a few weeks or even a few months down the road after a full cure.

Things to watch out for are DOS (i.e., 'dreaded orange spots', or rancidity), scent morphing and/or fading, color morphing and/or fading. It would be nice if these things showed up right away, but they take their time due to the chemical micro-processes that continue to be active inside lye-based soap over time.

Because of those things^^^, it is recommended to give each of your formulas and scents and colors at least one year of testing and observation before deeming them to be good enough to make for selling purposes. There's been one too many a tale of woe by folks who didn't spend the time testing/observing that sold their soap that looked and smelled great right after cure, but the customer came back a few months later unhappy because they didn't use the soap right away, and in the meantime it developed DOS advice to, or the scent disappeared, etc... It's best to put in the time and have those bases covered before deciding to sell.

Thank you for the advice. Well most likey tinker with some proven recipes from this forum if I can find them. And no doubt we'll be looking into local laws.

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