Good Manufacturing Practices by Marie Gale
For Soap and Cosmetic Handcrafters
Good Manufacturing Practices for Soap and Cosmetic Handcrafters shows how to take your desire for the best product possible, and use it as the basis for implementing good manufacturing practices that follow US and international guidelines.
Most people who make handcrafted soaps and cosmetics do so because they want better, safer or more natural products and have a personal passion for what they are doing. They are conscientious in their selection of suppliers and raw materials, creative in their formulations, careful in their production and, in the end, proud of the finished products. They have control over every phase and aspect of the production cycle, from beginning to end, and are frequently hands-on during the entire process.
Large companies, with many employees involved in manufacturing tens or hundreds of thousands of product units at a time, don't have that same level of "hands-on" or personal passion. With increased levels of automation and numerous people in the process comes increased possibility for mix-ups or contamination of products—hence the need for detailed and exact procedures that can be double-checked and documented throughout the manufacturing cycle. Out of that need comes the concept of "good manufacturing practices".
About the Author
Marie Gale is a soapmaker with over 10 years experience and owner of Chandler's Soaps. She served as President of the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild and has been awarded the status of Honorary Lifetime Member for her contributions to the Soap Guild. Marie speaks about labeling and soap history to soapmaker gatherings around the country.
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