Should You Be Starting a Soap Business in 2020?

What do you need to think about if you want to start a soap business? How do you know if you are ready to sell your natural soap? Can you sell your homemade soap? How can you sell your soap legally? These are just a few of the questions to think about before starting a home based business in 2020.

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  1. Mountain Evergreen

    I give this lady so much credit, she is on all platforms and keeps working hard!

    • Zakia Ringgold

      Mountain Evergreen THANK YOU!!!!

  2. Miss Sha

    looool i can relate to everything you said

    • Zakia Ringgold

      It’s such a common question with so many variables to the answer.

  3. Miss Sha

    pls more vedios on pricing

    • Zakia Ringgold

      I will put one together for the next video. Thanks for the suggestion.

  4. Earthly Kisses

    Don’t ask in a facebook group…..this is the truth…

  5. Brianna Weldon

    If you make products from home do you have to put your address on the label. I also don’t understand the choices when registering as a business. Also I’d rather start off with body butters and scrubs

    • Zakia Ringgold

      Great question, if you make products the labeling requirements are such that you need to have the physical address on the label. There is a small exception where if you have the physical address listed in an online directory you wouldn’t need to put it on the label. Very understandable where you don’t want people knocking on your door at home. The best place to start with registering your business is your states commerce department. They will have the rules spelled out and the steps to do it yourself. Also check with an accountant to help you decide if you want an LLC etc. Body Butters and scrubs are great when getting started! Good luck

    • Brianna Weldon

      Zakia Ringgold thank you

  6. Ma’Shira

    Great video! This is exactly what I needed

    • Zakia Ringgold

      Thanks for watching so glad you found it helpful.

  7. Jumie Anne

    You are just too awesome! What a breath of fresh air. Thank you!

  8. Gabriella Verhaeg

    Great video!

    • Zakia Ringgold

      Gabriella Verhaeg thanks so glad you enjoyed it

  9. Mihir

    If i can hug you .

  10. Shawna Rust

    I see some many people ask FB groups, and you’re right… Some of the responses are ruthless! I did my research, made sure I priced Right, labeled right, and made a great product. I didn’t care what others (namely FB groups) said…. Most of those nay-sayers are actually labeling their products wrong anyway – lol
    I wish more people could see this video – thanks for sharing!

    • Zakia Ringgold

      I always cringe when I see the question posted because it’s really innocent. We often forget that the tongue can give life or death my hope is this video encourages more makers and would be makers to operate in a spirit of grace. We’ve all been new at some point. Thanks for watching

    • Julie C

      why are people so against it im confused?

    • Zakia Ringgold

      I’m not sure Julie I think it’s a mindset thing but there are many of us who are not against it. We all started somewhere

    • Katie X

      In what way labelled wrong? X

    • Zakia Ringgold

      Katie X many people will say their soap will help acne or eczema wrong wrong wrong unless the FDA has approved it they have just made their soap an unapproved drug

  11. Mireille MAROZZO


  12. Zakia Ringgold

    Elizabeth H welcome aboard

  13. Rusty Nails

    Good video, I especially appreciate your stating that the way face book advise is given with good intentions but doesnt alway come across that way. Only one small thing wished you would have touched on, have a financial system or an accountant and a marketing concept. Totally agree with you, that the timing of starting a biz is highly individual

    • Zakia Ringgold

      Rusty Nails Thanks for watching and I completely agree about the accounting system. I’ll add it to the “videos to record” list.

  14. Zakia Ringgold

    Katie Robbins thanks Katie!!! Glad you enjoyed it and found it informative. ❤️

  15. Marcos Burgos

    First rule of fight club

  16. Dee Vee

    Great energy! Thank you!

  17. RM tuition

    I love your advice , such humour

  18. Shirley A Daniels

    Good info. Thank you.

  19. Daughter of Sarah

    Thank you!

  20. Marcia Eggleston

    Great video and good information. Thank you for sharing.

    • Zakia Ringgold

      Thanks for watching Marcia and I’m glad you found it useful

  21. Nichelle's Notes

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  22. Radiant Light

    I love you!!! You are so real….lol. I haven’t even made soap yet. Ordered my products to make it already. Will be experimenting and going from there. Very useful information, thank you.

    • Zakia Ringgold

      Radiant Light so glad you found it useful and good luck on your soap making adventure!

  23. Londyn King Co.

    Thanks for sharing! I am not in “soap” but I am in homemade and I am launching next month. I’ve been coming on youtube watching videos for last minute things that I haven’t thought of before launching. 2 years ago… if I had searched for this video, it would have been really been really informative and comforting, lol. It’s amazing what can happen when you break things down in to small pieces and small goals. Believing in yourself and not settling for limitations is really the key!

    • Zakia Ringgold

      Good luck on your launch and thank you for launching.

  24. Octavia Symone

    Thank you so much, this is great advice!

    • Zakia Ringgold

      Octavia Symone so glad you found it useful

  25. Elenor by Design

    This is so helpful. Thanks so much!

    • Zakia Ringgold

      Elenor by Design you are very welcome. Thank you for watching

  26. Joude Chwikha

    Am happy that I come across your video

  27. Dareen Paudel

    can I do soap while in college ?

    • Zakia Ringgold

      Dareen Paudel absolutely many people do to supplement their income!

    • Dareen Paudel

      @Zakia Ringgold thank you so much for replying u so nice .

  28. Marinel Javier

    Love ya

  29. TheHeadwrap

    You are amazing, Zakia.

  30. Zakia Ringgold

    Wow that takes dedication and I’m sure whenever you decided to put your “open for business” sign up you will be very successful! Hats off to you for going about it in your way to dot all of your I’s and crossing all of your t’s. Continue to enjoy the journey and please do let me know when you officially open. I would love to try your soap

  31. Zakia Ringgold

    G’Day Mate thank you for tuning in and leaving a comment ❤️

  32. ParaQuinthy

    My friends and i make soap for 1 month now and we really want to start a buisiness thanks for this video!

  33. Ashley Banks

    I watched this 3 months ago after I made my first batch, yesterday I signed a contract to sell at a local business that noticed me because my soaps were selling so much, this video helped me immensely in the beginning when a lot of people doubted me (including myself) and I was told by another soap maker that I had wasted my time and money the minute I ordered my first mold when I asked for advice.. Thank you!

    • Zakia Ringgold

      Ashley Banks continues success to you Ashley. I’m glad it helped

    • BehindTheThrone

      I was discouraged by my family and eventually threw out all my supplies in frustration. Now I’m buying all over again to reboot. Advice from like-minded ppl is great but you really have to fan out for support which is completely different.

    • Strange Watch

      Cody & Brooke Hanson I wish you and ur family success and yeah I see what you mean. I can’t believe even family will try to bring you down like that. It’s mess up but you keep moving forward and be successful!!

    • Lori J

      Wow. I can’t believe another soap maker would say that to someone. Not a successful one. Many of us have been making soap long before YouTube and can tell you it is not easy but no business is. You just have to be financially able to support it until you “make it”. It’s not cheap and you want to make a really good soap. It took me three years before there was money I could keep!

  34. M. Sheridan

    I love your attitude, and personality.

    • Zakia Ringgold


  35. Rosita Jaafar

    very true indeed… spot on..! 🙂 thank you..

  36. Agnieszka Singh

    you are amazing! it helped me with my decision in a positive way

    • Zakia Ringgold

      I’m so happy to hear that. Enjoy the journey and avoid naysayers ❤️

  37. Tiny To Tall

    Anyone know if PH test strips are reliable for safety testing? I heard we cant even give soap away for free without insurance, inspections, 3rd party product testing etc. I don’t get how so many people start selling at markets or online before they get license and stuff unless its done illegally. Im in WA and so far as long as crazy claims about the product are not made than its not considered a cosmetic from what I have read. Feels like a lot of yt soaper videos are geared toward telling people not to sell or makes it sound terrible difficult and worthless. Kinda makes me think those people feel threatened by new soapers or something or else why would they be doing it… Glad your honest and not negative lol. I guess my only fear is I jump through all these legal hoops only to find out nobody likes my soaps lol.

    • Zakia Ringgold

      Tiny To Tall pH test strips are a start you can use them to get a range but they aren’t that dependable. Giving soap away for free without insurance or inspections is possible. Most people in business have NEVER been inspected. Most of what you see or hear around the internet are people whispering down the lane and regurgitating something they have heard which may or may not even be true. Go to the source which is the FDA they have very clear information on what you can or cannot do. You are correct in assuming it’s a mindset thing but you can ignore all of that and operate based on your understanding of the Facts not he say she say. Most of the time it’s just that gossip. Ignore it and research from trusted sources. Start with your county and then your state. Ask what’s required to sell soap or cosmetics where you live. Then go to the FDA website to understand the rules and regulations relative to labeling, marketing and ingredients you can use.

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  39. Zakia Ringgold

    Kalifornia Sol much love right back to you. Those comments burn me up like really who are you to tell someone “they can’t”. I hope this video gives a different perspective to people considering starting their own business.

  40. J R

    You’re amazing <3

    • Zakia Ringgold


  41. BehindTheThrone

    Loved this video. Some of the fees and cost you mentioned I had not even thought of, thx!

    • Zakia Ringgold

      So glad you found it useful!! Yeah those fees start to creep up if you aren’t careful all of which need to be accounted for in your pricing

  42. Tiffany Makes Soap

    As a lawyer (who happens to also practice products liability) and a soap maker, thank you for this video! So so much. Thank you.

  43. Tacarra M

    This is so appreciated, thank you!

    • Zakia Ringgold

      You are very welcome❤️

  44. Michelle Coombs

    Thank you needed some confidence to continue just started my journey to soap making.

  45. Catherine

    Excellent video!

  46. Bongbae Park

    Overjoyed to see your video clips.
    Very nice information.
    Thank and regards,

  47. Anna Paulinov

    anti corona virus vaccines are soap and detargents.

  48. It's SylveonYT!

    Thank you so much for this video! I’m starting a soap business this year, and this video helped me go in the right direction with my business! Thank you!

    • Zakia Ringgold

      Congratulations on starting your new business and much success to you. Enjoy the journey

    • It's SylveonYT!

      @Zakia Ringgold Thank you! God bless you for all you do to help out the world.

  49. Big Grime

    Great video.. You covered the basics

    • Zakia Ringgold

      Thanks this is filed under the category of “things I wish people would have told me”

    • Big Grime

      @Zakia Ringgold yea a lot need to hear this. I’m getting back into making soap. Ised to do it on a small scale. This time im going to do it on a mich larger scale. Working my way upnto that and not just jump out there big.

  50. Zakia Ringgold

    Thanks Queen

  51. K D

    1:07 is what made me instantly subscribe.

  52. K D

    2:57, I appreciate your energy, like I laughed.

  53. K D

    This video is so informative.

  54. Victoria N

    Thank you for this video! I just started selling soap on Etsy: MysaSoap and waiting on my first sale.

  55. ida leung

    I was doing so research & this video pop up.
    Here is my story:
    I went to learn soap making Nov last year all the sudden & fall in love with handmade soap since.
    Working on a full time job, I always wanna make some extra if possible & I saw the chance on this soap business.
    Since then I keep making soap to practice my skill & hope I can find a good recipe.
    My investment is small, using whatever is available around me to start with. I make some & gave away to friends to try, hopefully to receive some feedback.
    Anyway, I start this month to put some in my friend’s shop to sell & see how the market response.
    Even it just a small step & slow move, I hope I can learn something at the end of the day.

    After watching your video, I feel more encourage on working toward to my dream.

  56. Cassandra Amore

    Great questions

  57. Onyinye Judith Onyeama

    I don’t know how to thank you but God bless you real good. I just started making soap and my mum loved the bar I made her and thinks I should market it. Thank you for this

  58. Cierra Smith

    Thanks for information great info.

  59. Ronald Mayland

    She cute

  60. Joyanna Hamann

    I’ve been making soap for a few years now. I just need to get my name out there.

  61. Life Skills Academy

    Thank you so much! I will not be making soap but have found credible wholesalers. However, I will be following your advice legally – getting my LLC, local and state licenses. product liability insurance and I’m learning the soap business to know my product. Thank you so very much!

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