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

ASEAN Cosmetics Association. "Guidelines for Good Manufacturing Practices".

U.S. FDA/CFSAN. "Cosmetic Good Manufacturing Practice Guidelines".

HSCG Learning Library: Legal & Compliance

Labeling, Cosmetic Regulations

European Commission/Enterprise and Industry. European Commission - DG Enterprise and Industry Homepage

_______. Cosmetic Ingredients (CosIng)

Gale, Marie. Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, 3rd Edition,. Cinnabar Press: Oregon, 2015.

Health Canada/Department of Justice. "Food and Drugs Act".

Health Canada/Food and Drugs Act. "Cosmetics Regulations".

Health Canada/Consumer Product Safety. "Cosmetics".

U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST Handbook 133: Checking the Net Contents of Packaged Goods. 2017.

U.S. Food & Drug Administration. FDA Home Page

_______. "Fair Packaging and Labeling Act".

_______. "Cosmetic Labeling Guide".

_______. "FDA Authority Over Cosmetics".

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. "CPSC Home Page".

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