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Ten Tips for Shedding Hats in Your Business Life (11-5-2010)
Many small business owners are hat collectors? Is that you?
How many hats are you wearing and what roles are you juggling in your business life? A FREE soap making business article from GoPlanetEarth.com. This article was published in the Handcrafted Soap Makers "The Journal" (September issue).
Wouldn't it be grand if life was perfect? Fat chance! So what does one do when
plans don't turn out as expected, when a business fails, or life just happens?
You make applesauce! A FREE business article from GoPlanetEarth.com.
How to use Mold Market's new 3-D soap molds. This tutorial shows you how to use
the Popsicle and Oval Leaf molds. I'm in love with the Oval Leaf mold. It
produces a classic soap that has a hand-milled look. PLUS... you can insert a
soap rope in the pouring channel to make "soap on the rope". A FREE melt and pour glycerin soap making project from GoPlanetEarth.com.
After spending a weekend in Chicago and seeing all the Fall & Autumn displays, I found the perfect gift. An Autumn soap using our new Water Dissolving Paper. A FREE melt and pour glycerin soap making project from GoPlanetEarth.com.
Ever have one of those Ah-ha moments? It can be both enlightening and frightening,
especially if you’re taking stock of how you have evolved in your business path or career field. A FREE business tip from GoPlanetEarth.com.
Here is a short tutorial on how to use the "Star" tip to create a nicely frosted cupcake soap. We suggest using the Mold Market Original Cupcake base. A FREE tutorial from GoPlanetEarth.com.
I don't care how customer focused a company claims to be, there are certain
customer emails that give pause to this whole "Customer is King" marketing concept and makes you reassess this mantra. A FREE business article from GoPlanetEarth.com.
A marriage of product and customer is all about finding a unique and creative
way to broadcast ourselves to the world. Here are four simple steps to ensure customer engagement. A FREE business article from GoPlanetEarth.com.
These "good enough to eat" cupcakes were made using the base of the Mold Market Cupcake Mold. We added a tuff of whipped soap, a heart, and a sprinkling of glitter. Here's another topper idea used for this same cupcake base. A FREE melt and pour glycerin soap making project from GoPlanetEarth.com.
Looking for some last minute Valentine soap ideas? These cupcake soaps were made
in no time flat using the base of the Mold Market Cupcake Mold. We added our own twist for the toppers. Here's another topper used for this same cupcake base. A FREE melt and pour glycerin soap making project from GoPlanetEarth.com.
This week, while enjoying some down-time, I was able to work on a number of soap projects. This was one of them. This Princess-O soapsicle was designed for my sweet Olivia for Valentine's Day. She loves the girly pink and purple combo, not to mention the "Paradisus" scent is to die for. A FREE melt and pour glycerin soap making project from GoPlanetEarth.com.
Melt and Pour Soap Making: Soap of Many Colors (1-20-2010)
As a child I remember the story about Joseph and his coat of many colors. The other night while reading this favorite Bible story to my grand kids, I was inspired to create a melt and pour soap of many colors using both the basic square and plain heart from the Mold Market mold line. This is my take. A FREE melt and pour glycerin soap making project from GoPlanetEarth.com.
This project features our Miss O Girly Heart soaps. It's part of the Miss O Princess soapsicles tutorial. It's easy and if done at the same time as the soapsicles, it will allow you to use up any leftover soap. We are using lavender and pink, but any coordinating color combination will work. A FREE melt and pour glycerin soap making project from GoPlanetEarth.com.
In this tutorial we will be showing you how to make a Reindeer on an ice pond soap. A simple beginner project that uses Mold Market’s duck pond mold and a bendable reindeer. Add a few sprigs of pine, a sprinkle or two or mica flakes and you’ve got a great soap for holiday gift-giving. Take a look at just how easy it is to make this whimsical soap. A FREE melt and pour glycerin soap making project from GoPlanetEarth.com.
Learn how to make Candy Cane Swirl Loaf soaps. You can use any color for the insert. We are using tomato red and scenting with Christmas Garland. Nothing like a little Christmas cheer in the shower. So sit back and learn how you too can make this soap. The Mold Market square loaf is consistently one of our top sellers. A FREE melt and pour soap making project from GoPlanetEarth.com.
Melt and Pour Soap Making: Agate Soap Spheres (10-28-2009)
In this tutorial we will be showing you how to make Agate Soap Spheres. This is a project that uses many of the embeds used in our Jeweltone Loaf Soap slices. This is a hands-on project in every sense of the word, but the end results are well worth it. It features the Mold Market small bath bomb mold (#065) and Christmas Garland fragrance. A FREE melt and pour soap making project from GoPlanetEarth.com.
In this tutorial we will be showing you how to make bloody, slimy brain soaps. Frightfully fun soaps for kids of all ages. Sealed inside the soap is gooey slim (kid safe, of course). It makes bath time that much more fun while you wait for the soap to finally reveal it's slimy interior. So roll up your soaping sleeves and let's get started! The purchased printed tutorial gives instructions on how to make kid-safe slime. A FREE melt and pour soap making project from GoPlanetEarth.com.
In this tutorial we will be showing you how to make jewel tone loaf soap slices. Its a bit time consuming to make all the colored embeds, but when you are done, this project will yield enough embeds to make two loaves. That's approximately 20 boutique style soaps. We divided the project into 2 sessions. Session one is all about the embeds. In session two we assemble the embeds into the loaf. Follow along and see what lovely jeweled soaps you can make to sell or for gifting. A FREE melt and pour soap making project from GoPlanetEarth.com.
In this tutorial we will be showing you how to make salty watermelon soaps. They look just like the sour watermelon candies but with an added twist… sea salt. A perfect body scrub and exfoliant. Not to mention these soaps are scented with Watermelon Taffy. YUM! Let’s get started. A FREE melt and pour soap making project from GoPlanetEarth.com.
Melt & Pour Soap Making: Autumn Roll-Up Soaps (9-12-2009)
In this soap making tutorial you learn how to make Autumn Roll Ups. These are
layered soaps with punched out shapes. There are countless color and cutout
options for this type of soap. Red and green for Christmas, Red and pink for
Valentines day, or Green and white for St. Patrick's day. A FREE melt and pour soap making project from GoPlanetEarth.com.
In part two of this tutorial we will assembling the embeds to complete the sushi soap log. Follow along and learn just how easy it is to make your own sushi soap slices. A FREE melt and pour soap making project from GoPlanetEarth.com.
Don't Short-Sell Yourself on Success (7-29-2009)
So many individuals are being forced to move outside their career paths and find new ways
to market their skills. You can sell yourself short and come up with reasons why you can’t do what you want. Or, you can identify reasons you can succeed. Check out the many other Soap Making Resources offered.
For those in the soaping community, competition is becoming fierce and staying
afloat and turning a profit is harder than it was a few years ago. Maybe it's time to reinvent yourself. Check out the many other Soap Making Resources offered.
Learn how to make melt & pour retro flower soaps. Part 2 of a tutorial on how to use circle/flower cut-out shapes to make
retro flower embeds. A FREE melt and pour soap making project from GoPlanetEarth.com.
Learn how to make melt & pour retro flower soaps by using punched circle shapes. It's like scrap booking, only soaping style. A FREE melt and pour soap making project from GoPlanetEarth.com.
Melt & Pour Soap Making: Milk & Cookies Soap (6-7-2009)
Here's a soap that is a take-off from those Kindergarten days when dipping
cookies in milk seemed like a novel idea. A FREE melt and pour soap making project from GoPlanetEarth.com.
Four Leaf Clover Soaps (5-30-2009)
Our GPE Soap Paper is a clear 8 1/2 x 11 printable sheet for creating artwork that adheres to the face of finished soaps. The printed artwork stays on the soap after repeated use. A FREE melt and pour soap making project from GoPlanetEarth.com.
Learn how to make adzuki goat's milk soap. Also referred to as Aduki or Azuki Bean, has been used in Japanese skin care regimens for centuries. Ground adzuki beans exfoliate skin leaving a soft, radiant glow. They are probably the closest thing to a face lift without the need to undergo surgery. A FREE melt and pour soap making project from GoPlanetEarth.com.
This advanced melt and pour soap project produces a realistic snail soap using Mold Market's snail mold. It takes some time, but the finished soap is well worth the invested time. A FREE melt and pour soap making project from GoPlanetEarth.com.
Melt & Pour Fudge Soap ~ A Tutorial (4-5-2009)
Soapy-licious fudge. Looks and smells just like chunks of fudge, but they are soaps! Great for wedding and shower thank you gifts, and ideal for teacher gifts. An EZ melt and pour soap making project from GoPlanetEarth.com.
The Springfetti soap slices are a confetti tye-dye blending of colors. We were pleasantly surprised with the color effect once the loaf was sliced. It presented a wonderful splash of Easter colors, perfect for any Easter basket. Click to view instructional...
Learn how to make a leak-proof liner for wooden loaf molds. This tutorial will show you how. These lined molds are for use with both MP (melt and pour) and CP (cold-processed) soaps. Click to view instructional...
How to Make Soap Crayons ~ A Tutorial (2-9-2009)
I continually see recipes and rave reviews about homemade soap bath crayons made from soap flakes, but never see photos from these individuals who boast or post about the success of these soap crayon recipes. I decided to give it a try. This tutorial logs findings based on my initial test.
Make Cupcake Soaps Using Mold Market Soap Mold (1-20-2009)
Make these cupcake soaps using Mold Market's cupcake soap mold (original size or the mini size). Get creative by adding glitter, glow powder, layering colors, or using whipped soap frosting. A simple project to do with kids! Click to view instructional...
How to Make Bath Bomb Fizzies (1-20-2009)
Soooo.... what's a bath bomb? The best way to describe this fizzing bath joy is to think of Plop-Plop, Fizz-Fizz anti-acid. Drop this little guy into your bath and that's what you get. It's a giant, frothing, fragrant, fizzing bath pill. It foams and fizzes like crazy. Fun, fun, fun from GoPlantEarth.com! Click to view instructional...
How to Make Melt and Pour Soapsicles (1-20-2009)
These are such fun melt and pour soaps and a great hit with kids! GoPlanetEarth.com offers you a FREE instructional video on how-to make soapsicles with special tips and pointers. Click to view instructional...
Melt and Pour Christmas Wreath Soap (11-19-2008)
GoPlanetEarth.com melt and pour soap project offers step-by-step (voice narrated) instructions for making melt and pour holiday wreath soaps using Mold Market's wreath mold. Visit GoPlanetEarth for a complete listing of materials needed to complete this project. Click to view instructional...
Monster-Be-Gone Spray (10-10-2008)
This is a fun and easy project to do with young children and GoPlanetarth offers all the necessary supplies. Our brief pictorial instructional will show you how to make a fragrant spray that will fight all those under the bed and closet monsters. We also sell a Monster-Be-Gone kit. Click to view instructional...
How to Make Chocolate Covered Oreo-Type Cookies (9-20-2008)
GoPlantEarth.com offers a nice selection of molds for making chocolate covered cookies. This is a great gift for the upcoming holidays and fun for the whole family. You can find the chocolate wafers (both dark and white chocolate) at local craft stores. I've listed links below on where to find these cool chocolate cookies molds on our web site, PLUS an instructional on how to make them. Remember, these same molds are also ideal for melt and pour soaps and a perfect guest size, approximately 2 ounces. Click to view instructional...
How to Make Autumn Leaf Melt and Pour Soaps (8-19-2008)
Fall is just around the corner in Michigan and the Midwest. View our pictorial video on how to make Autumn melt and pour soaps using the Mold Market Maple Leaf mold. These soaps are scented with Apple Autumn scent (a specialty blend of GoPlanetEarth.com). An awesome scent!! Visit GoPlanetEarth.com for all your soap making supplies. Click to view instructional...
Glossary of Soap Making Terms (8-9-2008)
We've complied a list of soap making terms for our GoPlanetEarth.com customers to assist with product selection. GoPlanetEarth.com offers a comprehensive selection of melt and pour soap making supplies. Check out the many other Soap Making Resources offered. Click to full article...
Sushi Soap Roll (7-12-2008)
Make a nurturing and exfoliating melt and pour Sushi Soap Roll with ground Adzuki beans, oats, sea salts and soy protein. GoPlanetEarth.com offers all the supplies you will need to complete this project. Click to view the instructional...
Soap Kabobs on Bamboo Skewer (6-24-2008)
The staff at GoPlanetEarth.com had fun making these "kabob" soaps. We elected to use three of our top selling soap bases.... hemp oil, olive oil, and organic. We wanted an earthy feel so we used "earthy" pigments such as red, yellow, brown and orange oxide, plus a small amount of kelly green. We picked scents with an Asian appeal, like Teak and Sandalwood, Green Tea, Bamboo & Green Tea. Click to view the instructional...
How to Color Bath Sea Salts (6-3-2008)
It's easy as 1-2-3. Color your bath sea salts with GoPlanetEarth salt dyes. Here are easy instructions. GoPlanetEarth.com offers all the supplies you will need to complete this project. Click to view the instructional...
Melt & Pour Soap Making: Make Sea Shell Embed Soaps (4-23-08-2008)
This shell embed soap is perfect for summer beach houses no matter where you live. And, it's very easy to make. GoPlanetEarth.com offers all the supplies you will need to complete this soap project. Click to view the instructional...
After a long, cold winter, we Northerners are always anxious for signs of Spring. The first spotting of a colorful butterfly signifies that Spring has arrived. This project features a clear glycerine butterfly soap embedded with colorful soap curls. This project can be completed in as little as 60 minutes and makes a wonderful gift for Mother's Day! Click to view the instructional...
The Great Debate: Phthalates (4-15-2008)
There has been much debate in recent years about the use of 'phthalates' in cosmetics, fragrances oils, and medical equipment. Where does the FDA stand and what are your options. Click to full article...
How to Make Melt & Pour Soap Curl Embeds (4-15-2008)
GoPlanetEarth.com gives FREE instructions on how to make these coveted melt & pour embeds. You will first need to view the instructional called "Make Soap Logs & Ribbon Shaped Embeds" before starting this project. finished soap log is necessary to make curl embeds. Curls are best used in molded cavities. Click to view the instructional...
Embedding a Melt & Pour Soap Log in a Loaf Mold (4-12-2008)
Here's a step-by-step instructional on how to make soap log and ribbon shaped embeds. We've also included an instructional on how to use them to make a loaf soap and a bonus instructional on how-to make 'soap curls' for use in molded cavities.
Melt & Pour Soap: A Beginner's Primer (4-7-2008)
I've been in the soaping business for so long that I sometimes forget there's a host of newcomers who are clueless to the basics of melt and pour soap making. Just this week I received an email from a customer wanting to know just that...the basics. A 'primer', so to speak. GoPlanet has put together a no-frills short instructional video for those of just starting out in melt and pour. After viewing the instructions, you should be able to make your first bar of soap without a hitch. Click to view the instructional...
So What is this Ingredient Called Glycerine (3-31-2008)
Melt and Pour soap base is often called "glycerine soap base". So what exactly is glycerine, what does it do, and is it a safe ingredient for the skin? Click to full article...
Melt & Pour Soap Frosting Revisited (3-22-2008)
In a previous soap making instructional we showed how to make soap frosting using MP soap base and whipped soap. There was quite a bit of soap frosting left-over from that project and we weren't sure what to do with it. Could it be re-used, re-mixed, re melted, or was it a total waste? We did some experimenting to find those answers. This video shares some of our initial findings. Click to view the project page and instructional video...
Melt & Pour Soap Frosting (3-21-2008)
What fun! Soap frosting. This instructional video from Squeaky Clean Productions and GoPlanetEarth.com gives the basic instructions for making soap frosting. Use to frost soap cupcakes, decorate the top of loaf soaps, or just do your own creative thing. Click to view the project page and instructional video...
How to Pour Soap in Layers: Part III (3-16-2008)
A step-by-step instructional video from Squeaky Clean Productions and GoPlanetEarth.com. Here is the final segment on pouring soap in layers. There are so many possibilities when working with layered soaps. This three part soap making series provides a basic understanding of the "concept" of layering soap embeds to create dimensional soaps. Hopefully it will inspire you to experiment with new and creative ways to make signature soaps that are both fun and functional. Click to view the instructional video...
How to Pour Soap in Layers: Part II (3-14-2008)
A step-by-step instructional video from Squeaky Clean Productions and GoPlanetEarth.com. This is part 2 of a 3 part series on pouring layered soap. Part 2 shows you how to prepare layers of soap for embedding in a multi-cavity mold . Click to view the instructional video...
How to Pour Soap in Layers: Part I (3-12-2008)
A step-by-step instructional video from Squeaky Clean Productions and GoPlanetEarth.com. This is the first in a melt and pour soap making mini-series on using layered soap as embeds. Part I shows how to pour multiple layers of colored soap. Click to view the instructional video...
Dolphin in the Sea Melt & Pour Soap (2-28-2008)
A step-by-step instructional video from Squeaky Clean Productions and GoPlanetEarth.com. Just as dolphins glide through the earth's oceans, you'll glide through your bath or shower with this handcrafted melt and pour dolphin soap. The Dolphin in the Sea instructional was an inspiration of GoPlanetEarth owner, Denise Marks, to create awareness of dolphins in captivity. If you are creating these soaps for resale, our company encourages you to promote the doplphinproject.org web site. Click to view the project page and instructional video...
Parfait Sea Salts (2-14-2008)
An ideal favor for parties or showers. Layers of colorful sea salt in a plastic champagne glass topped off with a layer of soap. A few sprinkles of colored salt and a bath oil bead add the final finishing touches. An ideal favor for baby or wedding showers. An easy soap making craft for kids. A step-by-step instructional video from Squeaky Clean Productions and GoPlanetEarth.com. Click to view the project page and instructional video...
Hippie Chick Retro Flower Soaps (1-22-2008)
You'll love groovin' in the shower (and not just on a Sunday afternoon) with these far-out and hip retro flower soaps.
Sea Salt Exfoliating Gem Stone Soaps (1-21-2008)
Make jewel tone gem stone soaps using sea salts and melt and pour soap base. This project offers a host of unlimited variation. Another great instructional video from GoPlanetEarth.com and Squeaky Clean Productions. Click to view instructional video...
Soap With a Heart... A Strawberry Heart That Is (1-15-2008)
A whimsical soap made with the large plain heart from the Mold Market mold line. The green stem at top of strawberry is a small 5 point star cut to shape. The white seeds are poured in white soap base and carefully dropped onto the soap surface. A perfect soap for a strawberry festival or anytime of year. Click to view instructional video...
Here's A Soap You Can Really Shake Hands With (1-13-2008)
One thing's for certain; your house guests can't possibly miss this soap in the powder room. For heaven's sake! Why bother displaying all those cutesy little guest soaps when you can put out a friendly, giant size hand soap instead? Click for full article...
How-To Label your Soap for Resale (1-12-2008)
OK, you've made your soap, now what? Both the US Food and Drug (FDA) Administration and US Consumer Product Safety Commission have specific regulations on labeling a bar of soap. Click for full blog article...
Soap Making: How to Make Cupid Heart Soaps (1-10-2008)
If you're looking for a quick and easy Valentine's soap project, this Cupid's Heart Soap might fit the bill. We've even offered a few suggestions for the gift card. Click for full blog article and instructional video...
Soap Making Labels: Here is a unique, inexpensive and simple method for creating banded soap labels using shaving cream. View the easy-to-do instructional video. Click for blog video...
How-To Make Duck Pond Soaps (1-2-2008)
We continually receive emails asking "how-to" make Duck Pond Soaps using the duck pond mold from Mold Market. It's easy! Here are a few pointers, PLUS A NEW 'How-to" VIDEO, to get you started. Click for full article...
2008 Soap Making Trends (12-20-2008)
Keeping up with consumer trends is essential to building a profitable product line for your soap making E-Biz.
Embedding eggs, stars, or any other soap object is a very simple process and though time consuming, it's also a great way to use up those last bits of MP soap when you've melted a bit too much. Click for full article...
To market we go. Starting any new company is hard work. Let no one kid you about that. Tips to help your home soap making business flourish. Click for full article...
Create beautiful iridescent shell soaps (3-20-2007)
Create shell soaps in multi-faceted colors, just like at the beach – no two shells will ever be the same! Every one is uniquely beautiful. Click for full project...
Dispelling the mistruths about Propylene Glycol (3-12-2007)
What is propylene Glycol (PG), what does it do, and is it safe in soap, cosmetics, and toiletry products? Click for full article...
Not every product marketed as soap meets FDA's definition of the term. This article offers an interpretation of FDA regulations for labeling soap and cosmetic products. Click for full article...
Paula from pjsoaps.com offers tips on three different ways to duplicate human skin tones when coloring soap. Click for full article...
Soap is cheap, water plentiful and hand washing doesn't take much time. So why aren't we doing it? (2-20-2007)
Do you always wash your hands after a trip to the rest room? Apparently not. Click for full article...
Spring Fling Butterfly Project (2-19-2007)
How to make melt and pour glycerine butterfly soaps that are embedded with colorful soap curls. This project can be completed in as little as 30 minutes and makes a wonderful gift for Mother's Day, Easter, or just for yourself! Click for full project...
What does the term "color bleeding" really mean? (2-13-2007)
For those new to soap making, there is often confusion about color bleeding. This short article covers the meaning of the term and how to avoid it. Click for full article...
A short article defining the attributes of soap pigments and dyes. A must for anyone new to soap making. Click for full article...
There has been much controversy in the hand-crafted soap world about TEA. This article discusses what it is and dispels some of the mistruths about this soap ingredient. Click for full article...
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