Have you been dreaming about starting you own PROFITABLE SOAP MAKING BUSINESS but aren’t sure where to start? Yes Soap making is a BIG business here in Nigeria. Soap is a daily need commodity for everyone. There is no place you can’t find soap, be it in our homes, offices, hospitals etc.

Soap making business is a lucrative business to invest in, Be it laundry soap, or toilet soap. All are huge are huge necessity. Your production can start from small to large scale. We have local soap producer who have been into this business for long and they are doing greatly well financially through the business.


Do you know you can make a monthly net of over N500,000 in soap making business in Nigeria if you do it well? The key issues in this business has to do with one’s ability to produce quality soaps as good as or even better than what we have in the market. Once you are able to establish yourself as a quality soap maker, you are on your way to becoming a successful soap manufacturer and a respected soap brand owner. So, the secret to success in soap making business is the quality.

A prospective or aspiring entrepreneur can begin this business with N100,000, excluding the cost of renting an operational location or shop. After acquiring the soap making skills from an existing operation, you can also go ahead to buy some basic equipment. You can start in your house, do it in your kitchen, depending on where you go get a space.

What You Will Need For Soap Making

A local welder could help you to do a mould, get a cheap cutting machine for your stamp through which your name can be engrave on your soap. You have started making good money. pay attention to this article as we explore some of the rudiments in soap making business.

Capital: With as little as N50,000 you can start your own soap making business from home. If you are unsure about how much money you will need upfront, discussing with other entrepreneur will be necessary, it could be money from your purse, friends or loan from the bank etc.

Equipment: These are some of the list of the equipment needed in soap making — A Mould, Cutting Machine and a Trimming Machine.

In addition, a Metallic Stamp is required for labeling if you wish to build your brand, a Safety Hand Glove, Stainless Steel or Plastic Spoons, Paper Towel, Stick Blender, Measuring Cup, Plastic Spoons, Iye, Oils, Organic Ingredients, Scents, Colours and other chemicals.


Major Steps

Choose your recipe

Assemble your ingredients

Prepare your mould by lining inside with parchment paper

Start the measuring

Make sure all ingredient is weighed this includes your liquid ingredients

Measure out your Iye. Make sure you have your hand-gloves and your eyes goggles on to protect you from injury.

Pour the Iye into a water or other liquid.

While the Iye solution is cooling, weigh out the oil and butter

Before mixing, make sure your iye and oil are in the same temperature.

Using a stick blender, mix the Iye and the oil together. While mixing, keep on checking the temperature.

Pour the mixture into the prepared mould smoothing the top with a wooden spoon.

Cover with the mould top.

Then leave for about 24 to 36 hours

Unmold your soap – and you have the finished product ready for the market. Isn’t that simple?



Caustic soda is soaked overnight or for a minimum of six hours for fermenting.

Measure out the PKO in a container

Pour the PKO and hardener in another bucket

Pour in the soda solution

Add color of your choice

Add perfume

Add sodium silicate

Pour it into a mold and leave to get solid

Cut and stamp as you please

Always remember to test for acidity using limos paper or hydrometer.

Where And How To Sell Your Soap

There are several sales channels for selling your soaps in Nigeria. If you are just starting, you can start with your family and friends by giving them for free and soliciting them to tell others with word of mouth. Ask them different questions about your products, making inquiries about the products help you make changes and them move to the market proper.

These are some few questions you are expected to ask them:- Find out if the soap lasts long enough? If the fragrance is nice? What they like about the product and what they don’t like? Answers to these questions will help you improve the product before going into the market proper.

Make the color very attractive and nice, have a good marketing skills, sell it online another good place to sell your product is hotels, schools and churches etc.

Naming Your Company

Your name should reflect your line of products, it should be catchy you can also make it memorable, its your brand you are going to live with in day in and day out, you are going to say it day in and day out, on the telephone, and within the neighborhood. So make sure you really love whatever name you are going to give your product.

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