Making Soap | Tutorials and Resources
I plan to spend this afternoon making a slew of holiday gifts. I have never made my own soap, so I began scouring the web for some DIY soap making project ideas and tutorials. Fortunately I came across no shortage of amazing soap recipes and how to instructions for making your own soap. Here in this post I will share some of the best soap making resources that I came across.
First of all, I learned that there are essentially two popular ways of soap making: cold process soap involves more of a “from scratch” chemical process where you mix ingredients (like lye) and allow the soap to cure over many weeks. There are variations of this process, but just think of this as a more involved and more time consuming approach which also means it is truly handmade. You will have a lot more control over your soap recipe and ingredients. The true soap making craftsperson may prefer this method.
The second (less complicated) way to make soap is to make “melt and pour” soap. Basically you buy the soap base formulation already made in bricks (glycerine, white, olive oil, shea butter or whatever type you prefer), melt it down in the microwave, add your own fragrance and colors and creativity, pour into molds and viola!: soap is made within an hour or two. The video below shows the basics and how easy this is: don’t forget to add a few drops of essential oil and some soap colorant if you want to personalize your soap with fragrance and color.
I am an instant gratification type of girl since I have a Type A personality, so naturally, the Melt and Pour soap making is more my style. If you want to have more of a hand in how handmade your soaps really are, you might prefer the “science project “style of cold process soap making. Here are some links to get you more detailed instructions for how to make soap.
How to Make Soap | Soap Making Instructions and Tutorials
Where to Buy Soap Making Supplies
You can buy melt and pour soap base at your local craft store, but for more options and higher quality you might want to buy your soap supplies from a specialty soap supply site. Once I decided I wanted to make melt and pour soaps, I totally went overboard and ordered a huge box of soap supplies from Brambleberry. The ingredients seem to be high quality and the essential oils and fragrances are awesome.
Now that you’ve got some ideas on how to make soap, here are some fun soap recipes and projects yu might want to try!
Have fun making your own soap!