For Consumers

Handcrafted soap and cosmetics are artisanal products, generally created in small batches by handcrafters. Unlike commercial products, handcrafters have the opportunity to create highly unique products using ingredients tailored to the needs of their customers.

Handcrafted soap is a blend of both science and art and comes in a wide array of colors, scents, shapes, sizes and formulations. There are several types of Soap and a number of Common Soap Ingredients. Even a quick glance at the Soap Gallery makes it clear that every soapmaker puts their own touch on their products, thus every handcrafter's soap is individual and unique. Whatever your needs, chances are there is a soapmaker making handcrafted soap that is perfect for you.

Handcrafted cosmetics are generally less artistic and more functional, but because they are made in small batches by artisans who seek to blend the best possible ingredients into unique and high-quality products, the resulting creams, lotions, serums, in-bath fizzies, bombs and salts, scrubs and a myriad of other products tend to be reflect the skill and passion of the handcrafter. Our Cosmetic Gallery pictures some of the many products made by our membership. Because the products are made in small, handcrafted batches, they can take advantage of processes and ingredients that are unworkable in large, commercial manufacturing.

To locate handcrafted soap or cosmetics, check the Searchable Directory of Soap and Cosmetic Handcrafters, view hundreds of different soaps and cosmetics in the Soap Gallery and Cosmetic Gallery, look the the Store Locator for a location carrying handcrafted soap near you, or make a Special Request to the HSCG members.

Grateful thanks to all the members and suppliers who contributed soap and supplies for the making of this video!