Learn About Soap & Cosmetics

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. As a science, making soaps and cosmetics follow the laws of chemistry; as an art, the creativity through the unique combination of colors, scents, shapes, sizes, formulations is boundless. Even though there only a few types of Soap and a limited 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 making them individual and unique. Whatever your needs, chances are there is a handcrafter making the 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.

In Focus TV

"In Focus" TV show about handcrafted soap.

How is Soap Made

How is Soap Made
Learn about the different ways that handcrafted soap is made

Soap Ingredients

Soap Ingredients
Learn about the typical ingredients that go into handcrafted soap.

Types of Soap

Types of Soap
Find out about the different types of handcrafted soap.

Where to Purchase

Soap and cosmetic handcrafters can be found just about anywhere! There are HSCG members located all over the US, in Canada and in numerous other countries. You can find their products online, through their own websites and/or retailers such as Etsy and Amazon, in retail stores in many cities and towns, and at craft shows, fairs, bazaars and farmers' markets. Check the links below to find handcrafted soap and cosmetic products near you.

Also check the list of HSCG Certified Soapmakers.

Directory

Directory
Find handcrafted soap and cosmetic makers by location, company name or the type of products made.

Galleries

Galleries
View the Soap and Cosmetic Galleries to see the beautiful and practical artisan products made by HSCG members.

Store Locator

Store Locator
Find brick and mortar stores and locations selling handcrafted soap and cosmetics made by HSCG members.

Special Request

Special Request
Submit a special request to HSCG members if you can't find what you are looking for.