soap making

a beginner's guide to making homemade soap

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Delving into the world of handmade soap crafting is an enriching experience that combines creativity with practical skills. This soap making guide is designed to help beginners navigate the soap making process, from understanding the essential tools and ingredients to mastering various techniques and adding personal touches. Whether you're aiming to create soaps for personal use, gifts, or even to start a business, this guide will provide you with the foundational knowledge and inspiration to begin your artisanal soap making journey.

key takeaways

  • Handmade soap crafting is a fulfilling hobby that allows for personal expression and customization of ingredients for unique creations.
  • Understanding the basics of soap chemistry is crucial for safety and success in crafting high-quality, skin-friendly soaps.
  • Incorporating organic and natural ingredients, such as cold-pressed oils and botanicals, enhances the benefits and appeal of homemade soaps.
  • Joining a community of soap enthusiasts can provide support, inspiration, and opportunities for continuous learning and sharing.
  • Starting with a beginner's soap making kit and following comprehensive instructions can lead to consistent results and build confidence in the craft.

essentials for getting started

Alright, future soap-making maven, let's talk gear! Before you can whip up a lather that would make even the most discerning bubble-enthusiast swoon, you'll need to stock up on some soap making supplies. Think of it as your culinary kit for the bath; without the right tools, you're just a duck out of suds!

Here's a quick checklist to get you started:

  • Safety goggles and gloves: Because soap chemistry is fun, but not when it's an eye or skin irritant.
  • A reliable digital scale: Precision is key, so make sure your measurements are on point.
  • Mixing bowls and utensils: Preferably not the ones from your kitchen—soap scents tend to linger!
  • Molds: Get creative with shapes and sizes. Silicone molds are a great choice for beginners.
  • A stick blender: To mix and emulsify your soap to smooth perfection.

Don't forget, the quality of your tools can make or break your soap crafting experience. Invest in good-quality materials and you'll be setting yourself up for success from the very first batch!

mixing magic: the basics of soap chemistry

Dive into the bubbly world of soap making, where chemistry meets creativity! At the heart of this craft is the saponification process, a fancy term for the magical transformation of oils and lye into the soap we all know and love. Choosing the right soap bases is like picking the perfect dance partner – it sets the stage for your soap's performance.

Here's a quick rundown of the soap bases you might encounter:

  • Mango Butter: Super hydrating & moisturizing, it's a hit for making melt and pour soaps.
  • Shea Goat Milk: Luxurious and creamy, ideal for a little extra skin pampering.

Embrace the alchemy of soap making by experimenting with different bases and additives. It's a surefire way to make your bars stand out in the sudsy crowd.

Remember, each base brings its own unique qualities to the table, so mix and match to find your signature blend. And don't let a little thing like 'soap batter acceleration' scare you. With a bit of practice, you'll be swirling and layering like a pro. Just keep that stick blender handy and use it wisely to avoid any hasty thickening!

adding personal touches with scents and colors

Alright, soap aficionados, it's time to jazz up your sudsy creations! Customizing your soap is where you let your personality bubble over. Whether you're aiming for a calming lavender hue or a zesty citrus blast, the possibilities are endless.

When it comes to colors, you've got a palette as wide as your imagination. Here's a quick rundown of colorants you can play with:

  • Natural Soap Colorant: Think clays, and botanicals for a touch of Mother Nature.
  • Micas: For that pop of color, these mineral-based wonders work like a charm.

And let's not forget the scents! Choosing the right fragrance can turn your soap from a mere cleaner to a spa experience. Here's the sniff on scents:

  • Essential Oils: All-natural and plant-based, these oils are the real deal for an authentic aroma.
  • Fragrance Oils: They offer a wider range of scents to suit any nose.

Just a tip: When adding fragrance oils, make sure they're soap-safe to keep your skin happy and irritation-free. Always check the IFRA and SDS.

Remember, the key to a great custom soap is balance. You want to create a symphony of scent and color that delights the senses without overwhelming them. So go ahead, mix, match, and make your soap truly your own!

the allure of all-natural: why go organic?

Ready to dive into the bubbly world of all-natural and organic soap making? Imagine having total control over what caresses your skin – that's the beauty of going organic. You get to kick those harsh chemicals and synthetic additives to the curb, making your soap as gentle on your skin as a butterfly's kiss.

But it's not just about pampering your skin; it's about loving the planet too. By choosing organic, you're saying 'no thanks' to ingredients that can mess with our water systems. Plus, you're giving a high-five to sustainable living and ethical sourcing. It's like a hug for Mother Earth!

  • Eco-friendly: No phthalates, parabens, or sulfates here!
  • Skin-loving: Organic ingredients mean happier, healthier skin.
  • Earth-hugging: Less impact on the environment? Yes, please!

So, why go organic? Because your skin and the Earth deserve the best. It's a win-win where you get to create luscious soaps that are kind to your body and the environment. Now, isn't that something to bubble about?

benefits of botanicals and essential oils

Dive into the world of natural soap making and you'll find a treasure trove of ingredients that do wonders for your skin. Essential oils are not just about the heavenly scents; they're like a spa retreat in every bubble, offering aromatherapy benefits that can soothe or invigorate your senses. Imagine unwinding with the calming aroma of lavender or getting a zesty kick-start with citrus - it's all in your hands!

But wait, there's more! Botanical extracts are the unsung heroes of skincare. Chamomile, calendula, and green tea are just a few of the botanicals that contribute to the aesthetic appeal and skincare qualities, turning your humble bar into a powerhouse of radiance. And let's not forget about the fun part - adding these goodies to your soap mix is like being a wizard in your very own alchemy lab.

Crafting your own soap means you get to play with a palette of fragrances, colors, and textures. It's a creative journey that leaves you with not just soap, but a piece of art that's gentle on the skin and a feast for the senses.

Whether you're a fan of the classics or love to experiment, soap making allows you to infuse your personality into every bar. So go ahead, mix in those botanicals and essential oils, and watch your soaps transform from mere cleaning agents to luxurious skin treats!

incorporating homegrown goodness

Ever thought about taking your green thumb to the next level? Imagine plucking fresh herbs right from your garden and transforming them into your very own soap creations! It's the ultimate farm-to-shower experience.

Here's a quick rundown on how to infuse your soaps with homegrown love:

  • Harvest: Pick your favorite herbs and flowers at their peak freshness.
  • Dry: Patience is key! Let them dry out to concentrate those delightful scents.
  • Infuse: Steep your botanicals in oil to create a potent elixir.
  • Mix: Blend your infused oils with your soap base and watch the magic happen.

Embrace the satisfaction of using something made entirely by your hands, from the ingredients you nurtured yourself. It doesn't get more personal than that!

And hey, if you're looking to jazz up your soap with some wholesale fragrance oils, there's a treasure trove at makesy. We've got everything from the classics to the exotic, perfect for giving your soap that extra oomph!

mastering melt and pour techniques

Dive into the delightful world of melt and pour soap making, where the magic happens without the need for handling lye! This method is perfect for beginners who want to craft custom soaps with ease. Just melt down a pre-made base, stir in your favorite fragrances and colors, and pour into a soap mold. Voila! You've got yourself a bar of soap that's all your own.

With melt and pour, you can get creative with layers and decorations. Imagine crafting a soap with layers as neat as a lasagna or swirls that would make a marble cake jealous. And the best part? You can control the firmness of each layer, ensuring your masterpiece holds together beautifully.

Here's a quick rundown of the steps:

  • Melt your soap base gently until it's smooth and liquid.
  • Mix in your chosen scents, colors, and any other add-ins.
  • Carefully pour the mixture into your soap mold.
  • Wait for it to set, then pop out your new creation!

It's a fun, simple process that yields stunning results every time. So grab your soap mold and let's get melting!

cold process crafting

Ah, the cold process methodThis is where you get to play mad scientist, mixing lye with oils to create something that's truly your own. Using makesy's revolutionary soap making formula, you will have cold process soap that is safe and ready to use in only 48 hours!

Crafting your own cold process soap means you're in control. You choose the oils, the scents, and the additives. It's a personalized skincare masterpiece waiting to happen! 

For a fun how-to: check out this blog here!

Here's a quick checklist to keep you on track:

  • Suit up with safety gear (goggles and gloves are a must!)
  • Measure your ingredients with precision
  • Keep that stick blender handy for short bursts of mixing
  • Pour into molds and let the magic happen
  • Remember, troubleshooting is part of the journey. If your soap could use a little more pizzazz or you're facing some suds snafus, don't fret. There's a whole community of foam fanatics out there ready to share their tips and tricks. So, keep calm and soap on!

cold processed soap making kit

Alright, soap squad, it's time to roll up your sleeves and get to know the tools of the trade! Your soap crafting kit is your best buddy on this sudsy adventure. It's packed with all the goodies you need to transform basic ingredients into bars of bubbly bliss.

  • Lye: Our 50/50 lye solution is an essential soap making ingredient that simplifies cold process soap making. Shake well, ready to mix solution. Safer and easier than using traditional lye flakes.
  • Oils: The Trinity Cold Process Soap Oil Base is the perfect cold-pressed soap formula for your creations. Crafted from an ultra-unique proprietary blend of coconut, palm, and olive oil, this base is specially formulated with ease of use in mind.
  • Molds: Perfect your soap making with the 5lb wooden box soap mold. This pine wood mold comes with a silicone insert for easy soap removal. Notches along the edge help measure 1oz sections for precise cutting.
  • Colorants: Add some major glitz n' glam to your soaps with this sparkly & sustainable eco-glitter! Kit contains 0.2oz of our top six biodegradable eco glitters, made from eucalyptus trees.
  • Thermometer: Keeping things just the right temperature is key.
  • Safety gear: Gloves and goggles aren't just a fashion statement.


With a soap making kit, you can skip the guesswork and dive right into the creative process. Whether you have a preference for natural ingredients or want to experiment with different scents and colors, our kit offers the flexibility to tailor your soaps to your liking.

Remember, each component has its role in the soap symphony, and understanding how they all play together is crucial. So, let's get mixing and make some soap that's as unique as you are!

join the bubbly community of soap makers

Dive into the frothy world of soap circles, where you can connect with other enthusiasts and share your sudsy successes! Whether you're looking to swap stories, exchange tips, or just gab about glycerin, there's a spot for you in the bubbly community.

  • Online forums and social media groups are buzzing hives of activity, perfect for a quick question or a deep dive into soap making lore.
  • Local workshops offer a hands-on approach to learning and mingling. You might just find your soap soulmate!
  • Don't forget to check out sales and discounts on supplies; it's a great way to try new things without breaking the bank. Keep an eye on the makesy sale category for deals that'll make you bubble over with joy!

Embrace the spirit of collaboration and creativity that thrives in soap crafting circles. It's not just about making soap; it's about making connections that last longer than your favorite bar of lavender-infused luxury.

sharing your creations with the world

Once you've crafted your fragrant masterpieces, it's time to let them take center stage! Share your handmade soaps with the world, and watch as your friends and family marvel at your sudsy creations. But why stop there? Join online forums and social media groups to connect with fellow soap enthusiasts. It's a bubbly space to swap stories, tips, and maybe even soap bars!

  • Engage with other crafters in online forums and social media groups.
  • Swap soap stories, tips, and creations with new friends.
  • Attend local workshops to learn and share in person.

Channel your creativity and let your imagination run wild. Experiment with different colors, scents, and textures to make each soap truly one-of-a-kind.

And if you're feeling extra adventurous, why not set up a booth at a local craft fair or farmers market? It's a fantastic way to get feedback, inspire others, and even turn your hobby into a little side hustle. Just remember to have fun with it—after all, soap making is a craft that's meant to be share.

workshops, classes, and online resources

So you've been bitten by the soap-making bug, and now you're ready to take your skills to the next level? Fantastic! Continuous learning is the secret ingredient to becoming a soap-making maestro.

There's a whole world of workshops, classes, and resources just waiting for you to dive in. Whether you're looking to perfect your cold process technique or dreaming about starting your own skincare line, there's something for everyone. Here's a quick rundown of what you might find:

  • Instructor-Led Courses: Get hands-on experience and personalized feedback.
  • Self-Guided Learning: Learn at your own pace with access to a treasure trove of online materials by watching makesy blogs and vlogs.
  • Community Education: Social media groups that bring together soap enthusiasts from all walks of life.
Embrace the journey of learning—each new skill you acquire is a shiny tool in your soap-making toolbox! Remember, the more you learn, the more you can innovate and add that special touch to your creations. So, keep your eyes peeled for local workshops, sign up for online classes, and maybe even check out that masterclass series you've been eyeing. The suds are the limit!


Dive into the effervescent world of soap crafting with our vibrant community of makers at makesy. Whether you're a seasoned artisan or just starting out, you'll find a treasure trove of resources, inspiration, and top-quality supplies to bring your creative visions to life. Don't miss out on our exclusive offers and free domestic shipping on orders over $149. Join us today and elevate your soap-making journey!

conclusion: unleash your inner soap artisan!

And there you have it, folks! You're now ready to dive into the bubbly world of soap crafting with confidence and a dash of whimsy. Remember, whether you're stirring up a storm with cold-pressed oils or designing your own fragrant masterpiece, the most important ingredient is your creativity. So, don your apron, gather your molds, and let your imagination run wild! With the tips and tricks you've learned, you'll be churning out luscious bars of soap that'll have friends and family lining up at your door.

Happy soaping, and don't forget to share your sudsy successes with the vibrant soap crafting community. Be sure to tag us in your finished creations on Instagram using #makesymade for a chance to get featured on our wall of inspo & win a $100 makesy gift card. Happy making!  

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