"More and more, however, these one-time hobbyists are turning their craft into full-time money-making enterprises as demand for natural body care products has soared in recent years." - CNN Money, March 2001 That was nearly five years ago - demand continues to soar! Most of the "Top Ten Gift Lists" I saw for 2005 included hand crafted soaps and/or candles on them. People are drawn to the quality of our hand crafted goods, drawn to things that are simpler (or that they can make themselves.) And they are savvy to the health benefits of using more natural products. The CNN Money article talks about starting your own soap making business. Here's another article about Anne-Marie Faiola who has had great success and whose business, Brambleberry, is one of my favorite soap and candle making supply vendors.