How To Start A Soap Making Business In Nigeria

Do you want to turn your soap-making hobby into a serious business but don’t know how to start?

Here is the right place for you.

Soap is a commodity that is a necessity daily. Everybody needs to get clean. Amidst the increased need to clean more, sanitize and be healthy, the soap industry has increased tremendously over the years.

There is a lot of competition in the soap-making industry. Therefore, if you want to make it in this industry, you need to up your game by producing quality soaps and controlling your inventory and price.

In this article, I have listed some of the things that you need to do before you start your own soap company.

How To Start A Soap-Making Business

Below are some of the steps to starting a soap company;


One of the most important things that need to be done before venturing into the soap business is to research the competition.

You need to know who your competitors are, the type of soap they make, and how they make sales.

Know how to make soaps cheaper to attract more customers and how to make your soaps unique.

Know Your Target Market

You should know the kind of people you are planning on selling to. Is it to the local stores, online stores, or big stores?

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Carefully study the demographics of your target buyers to know what will work best for you.

Create A Business Plan

You should have a business plan that contains the mission statement of the business, the vision, and the total cost you are ready to spend.

Total management of the business, features of the business, accounts needs, and shipment needs should all be stated.

Learn The Soap Making Skill

Before you start a soap business, you must learn how to make soap, how to refine soap formulas, and also how to techniques.

Consider taking classes to learn the ingredients, the quantity, and the correct mixture for making soap.

You also need to learn the different processes involved in soap making, the different shapes, and the colors appropriate for soap.

Register And Brand Your Business

Next, find a unique name that has not been taken by anybody, a name that will not hinder your business from expanding, and a name that identifies your business.

After getting a suitable name, the next is to register your business. The most popular one is registering with Cooperate Affair Commission with the required documents.

For business branding, you need a logo designed specifically for you with colors that are suitable.

Get The Equipment Needed

After learning the skill, the next step is to get the most important equipment needed for startup.

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Some of this equipment can be gotten secondhand if you are short on cash and can also buy new equipment if you have all the cash needed.

Some of the basic equipment includes:

  • Blender
  • Mixing kettle
  • Microwave
  • Molds
  • Wrapper
  • Labeler

Source For Ingredient Suppliers

The truth of the matter is if you don’t have the supplies, then you won’t be able to make soap.

For that reason, you need to find suppliers that are trustworthy, that sell cheaper since you are just starting, and also give quality products.

Market Your Business

The next step is to get your business out there.

First, you need to start with having very nice videos and pictures that you will upload to your website and your social media platforms.

In the long run, you can hire professionals to link your website to search engines and also add a section on your website for comments and reviews.


Now that you have learned the step involved in starting a soap business, it Is time for you to get your business running.

Start small to taste the waters and also Rember that you do not need much capital, space or investment to get started.