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.
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)
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.
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".