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.
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
Note that the term "MSDS" (Material Data Safety Sheet) has been replaced by "SDS" (Safety Data Sheet).
Certified Lye Company. "SDS 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)
_______. "SDS Hyper Glossary Index".
_______ . "SDS 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 Cosmetic Good Manufacturing Practice Inspection Checklist (Draft Guidance 2013).
U.S. FDA/CFSAN. Draft Guidance: Cosmetic Good Manufacturing Practice (2013).
ISO. ISO 22716:2007 Cosmetics -- Good Manufacturing Practices. ((Available from ISO.org; click here)
HSCG How-To Library: Legal Compliance
Labeling and General Cosmetic Regulations
US FDA/CFSAN. FDA Authority Over Cosmetics
US FDA/CFSAN. Color Additives Permitted for Use in Cosmetics
US FDA/CFSAN. Cosmetic Labeling Guide
US FDA/CFSAN. Small Businesses & Homemade Cosmetics: Fact Sheet
US FDA/CFSAN. Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act)
US FDA/CFSAN. Labeling Regulations: CFR Title 21, Part 701
US FDA/CFSAN. Fragrances in Cosmetics
US FDA/CFSAN. Cosmetic Laws and Regulations
US FDA/CFSAN. Prohibited and Restricted Cosmetic Ingredients
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