Basic Soapmaking References 

These are basic soapmaking references which should provide a soapmaker with the knowledge necessary to prepare for the HSCG Basic Soapmaker Certification Exam. NOTE: Links generally open in a new window or tab.

CP/HP Soapmaking

Cavitch, Susan Miller. Soapmaker's Companion: A Comprehensive Guide with Recipes, Techniques, and Know-How. Storey Publishing: Vermont, 1997.

Grosso, Alicia. The Everything Soapmaking Book, 3rd Edition. Adams Media Corporation: Massachusetts, 2012.

HSCG Learning Library. The Beginner's Guide to Making CP Soap

_______. My First Cold Process Soap (Video)

_______. Math for Soap & Cosmetic Handcrafters (Video)

Letcavage, Elizabeth and Harden, Melissa. Natural Soap Making. Stackpole Books: Pennsylvania, 2013.

Moenck, Tina. The Soap Making Handbook Vol. 1, 3rd Edition, Tina Moenck: 2016.

Watson, Anne. Smart Soapmaking. Shepard Publications: Washington, 2016.

Purple Math. Basic "Percent of" Word Problems.

MP Soapmaking

Chialtas, Debbie. Soapylove. North Light Books: Ohio, 2009.

Faiola, Anne-Marie. Soap Queen Melt & Pour Soap: The Early Years. Soap Queen Press: 2015.

Westerman, Kaila C. Melt and Mold Soap Crafting. Storey Publishing: Vermont, 2000.

Safety, Health, and Environmental

Certified Lye Company. "MSDS for Sodium Hydroxide, Solid".

Certified Lye Company. "Lye Safety, Handling, Storage, & First Aid".

Environment, Health, and Safety Online. "Definition of Terms Used in Material Safety Data Sheets".

HSCG Learning Library: Handcrafted Soapmaking Safety (Video)

Interactive Learning Paradigms Incorporated. "Definition of Hazardous Materials Identification System (HMIS) Terms".

_______. "MSDS Hyper Glossary Index".

_______ . "MSDS FAQs: Regulations".

Good Manufacturing Practices

Gale, Marie. Good Manufacturing Practices for Soap and Cosmetic Handrafters. Cinnabar Press: Broadbent, Oregon, 2012. (Available in the HSCG Store; click here)

ASEAN Cosmetics Association. "Good Manufacturing Practices Training Modules".

U.S. FDA/CFSAN. Cosmetic Good Manufacturing Practice Inspection Checklist (2008).

U.S. FDA/CFSAN. Draft Guidance: Cosmetic Good Manufacturing Practice (2013).

ISO. ISO 22716:2007 Cosmetics -- Good Manufacturing Practices. ((Available from; click here)

HSCG How-To Library: Legal Compliance

Labeling, Cosmetic Regulations

US FDA. FDA Authority Over Cosmetics

US FDA. Color Additives Permitted for Use in Cosmetics

US FDA. Key Legal Concepts: Interstate Commerce, Adulterated, and Misbranded

US FDA. Cosmetic Labeling Guide

US FDA. Small Businesses & Homemade Cosmetics: Fact Sheet

US FDA. Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act)

US FDA. Labeling Regulations: CFR Title 21, Part 701

US FDA. Fragrances in Cosmetics

US Consumer Product Safety Commission. "CPSC Home Page".

Health Canada/Consumer Product Safety. Labelling of Cosmetics

Health Canada/Consumer Product Safety. Guide to Cosmetic Ingredient Labelling

Health Canada/Consumer Product Safety. Cosmetics. Regulatory Information

Competition Bureau Canada. Guide to the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act and Regulations

European Commission/Enterprise and Industry. Cosmetic Ingredients

European Commission/Enterprise and Industry. Regulation (ED) No 1223/2009 on Cosmetic Products

Additional Materials:

More materials will be developed as time permits. Suggestions for additional certification study materials should be sent to the Certification Committee at