How Do You Make Homemade Soap?
Are you a new soap maker? If so, then this is going to be a great blog for you! Today we are answering the following question; How Do You Make Homemade Soap? Since there are a few different ways to make soap, we are going to talk about the two basic methods for soap making. First, we will talk about Melt and Pour Soap, which will include things like adding colorant, choosing scents, and finding the right mold. Then, we will talk about how to make Cold Process Soap, which includes formulating the recipe, choosing a mold, scenting, and adding colorant. While these two methods are similar in a few ways, there are many differences between the two and ether one can be a better option depending on the situation. So, let’s get started in learning all about soap!
How Do You Make Homemade Soap?: What are the Different Types of Soap?
Before we introduce you to soap making, we need to talk about the difference between Melt and Pour Soap and Cold Process Soap. Both can be made at home, but they each require different steps. Melt and Pour soap is the simplest option of the two, as soap batch has already been created. Plus, the lye has already cured and you can use the soap immediately. All you have to do is melt your soap base and create the appearance you want for your batch. The other option is Cold Process Soap, which allows you to formulate your bars to be perfect for your needs. While this method has a bit more time invested, there is a lot more that you can do creatively with CP Soap.
How Do You Make Homemade Soap?: Melt and Pour Soap Making
If you are just ready to get to making cute soaps, then you may want to start with melt and pour soap. While you can’t change the properties of the soap base too much, this method of soap making gives you the freedom to make some pretty amazing soaps.
While you can’t choose every ingredient, you can choose between several quality soap bases that will be sure to clean and moisturize your skin. We have soap bases that contain real honey, skin loving goats milk melt and pour soap base, and so many more. Regardless of what you are looking for in a bar of soap, you will find that all of our soap bases have quality ingredients that are hard to beat. You can look though all of the melt and pour soap bases available at Natures Garden.
How Do You Make Homemade Soap?: Coloring MP Soap
There are a few different routes you can take with coloring your melt and pour soap. If you are trying to create a more natural bar of soap, then you may want to use herbs to color your soap. This is a good idea for face soaps, as well. So, you soap will have a more natural hue and will have the added beneficial properties of the herb. You can find suggested herbs for colorants on our Soap Coloring Class. Another great option for coloring are Da Bomb of FUN Soap Colorants, which will provide bright colors that are perfect for creating vibrant hues.
How Do You Make Homemade Soap?: Scenting MP Soap
There are a few ways to scent your homemade soaps. Some people are curious about how to scent soap naturally. Of course, we could use essential oils, which are all derived from natural sources. You can find your favorite natural scent on the Essential Oils page of our website. Since there is more variety, other people have turned to fragrance oils. We at Natures Garden have hundreds of diverse fragrance oils, which you can find alphabetically by clicking here. For each scent you will find whether it can be used for soap and what amount you can use. So, there is no need to worry whether the scent you are getting won’t work for melt and pour soap.
Finally, you are going to want to choose the soap mold for your recipe. This will depend on how big you want you soap to be. If you are going to be creating an embed or want to make small soaps for guests, then you may want to look at our Guest Soap Molds. For larger bars, you can look through the Mold Market Soap Molds or the Silicone Soap Molds. These sections have larger shapes and even a loaf mold, which is perfect for creating a big loaf from which you can cut bars of soap.
If you are looking to get inspired, then you may want to check out our Melt & Pour Soap Recipes. There are many different types of soaps that we have created and there are step by step instructions available for each one. We have soap that looks like cupcakes, candy, flowers, and so many more gorgeous designs! One fun recipe that we have is the Rainbow MP Soap Recipe and is scented with the heavenly scent of Angel Wings Fragrance Oil. With all of these fun recipes available, you are sure to find a recipe that you love!
How Do You Make Homemade Soap? : Cold Process Soap Making
Once you learn the basics, making soap from scratch is such a fun process! You can create a bar that has all the best properties to make a batch that is tailored to be just right for you. All you need to do is choose your favorite ingredients and their amounts to formulate a recipe. Then, you can get creative with scented oils, soap molds, and soap colorants!
How Do You Make Homemade Soap?: Soap Making Safety
One of the most important parts of making soap from scratch is safety, as cp soap uses lye. So, you will want to tie your hair back, wear safety goggles, clothing that covers arms and legs, closed shoes, and a face mask. You can read more about soap making safety and find the soaping safety supplies we offer by clicking here. Also, you will want to have a well ventilated area to create your lye solution. Another very important thing to remember is that you should only pour lye into water and make sure to go slowly while stirring. Don’t let these precautions scare you though. You will be perfectly fine as long as you are wearing your safety gear and are being cautious!
How Do You Make Homemade Soap?: How to Create a Soap Recipe
There are all kinds of properties that you may want to have in your batch of soap. Many people want to know how to make moisturizing soap, how to make sensitive skin soap, or any other properties. The best way to do it is formulate your very own soap recipe and the simplest way to create your very own uniquely perfect soap recipe is the Soap Calculator. All you have to do is enter the oils and butters that you will be using in the recipe and it will tell you all the characteristics of the bar before you even make it. From this point you can tweak the amounts or switch out an ingredient to create a batch that is just right.
How Do You Make Homemade Soap?: Adding Scent to CP Soap
While many of the same scents can be used in both CP and MP soaps, there are more factors to consider for cold process soap. Again, you can either use a fragrance oil or an essential oil. But, the fragrance oil’s have the potential to change the consistency and emulsification of your batch. So, you have to be wary of ricing, where the batch clumps and looks like rice pudding. Also, a scent could cause acceleration. This is when the trace happens sooner, which is when the soap emulsifies. The batch will get thick enough to leave a trace of soap on top of the batch after scooping some out and drizzling it back in. Lastly, you could have separation of the fragrance or discoloration of your finished soap.
Some fragrance oils won’t cause any issues and others may cause a few of these issues, its all about the chemical make up. For instance, vanilla scents will often discolor to a dark color due to the vanillin and may need a Vanilla White Stabilizer. If you are curious about a specific fragrance oil, then head over to the Natures Garden YouTube channel. We have tested every scent in one of our soap recipes to show exactly how the scent performs in soap! While we do have a brief explanation of the scent performance on each Fragrance’s page, this allows you to actually see whats happening to the soap.
Again, you can use either herbs or soap pigments to color you soaps. There a few pigmented herbs that can be used to naturally color your soap. In our coloring class, we have options you can use for creating yellow, green, brown, red, and purple hues. But, we have found that Da Bomb and FUN soap colorants are more stable and vivid in cold process soap. While these colorants are created in a laboratory now, they are able to create versions that are more pure and better than what was previously mined. One example of CP soap that takes the best of both options is the Total Hot Man CP Soap Recipe, which includes Activated Charcoal and Tomato Red FUN Soap Colorant.
Once your batch of cold process soap has reached trace and is ready to pour, it will be hot. So, you are going to need to make sure that your mold can handle it. Otherwise, your soap mold could end up melting and making a big mess. This means that it would be unlikely that you will be able to make small cold process guest soaps. However, most Mold Market Soap Molds will hold up just fine! Also, all of the SIlicone Soap Molds are sturdy enough to handle the soap. If you are looking to create a loaf of soap, then you may want to try the Silicone Soap Mold- 4 Loaf Molds. Alternatively, you can use a mold like the Silicone Soap Mold- 6 Cavity Flower to create individual bars in fun designs.
If you aren’t ready to create your very own formulations yet, then feel free to try out one of Natures Garden’s very own recipes! We have all kinds of different types of Cold Process Soap Recipes that you can choose between. Furthermore, you could enter a batch of soap we have created into the soap calculator and change a few ingredients. This would be a great to practice formulating recipes. Also, you may want to try out our Beginners Cold Process Soap Recipe if this is your first time with CP soap. Whether you make your own recipe or start with ours, you are sure to find what you need to create soap that you will love.
How Do You Make Homemade Soap?: Talk to Us
We hope that this blog has been helpful in getting all of you beginning soap makers started. If you have any more questions about anything regarding soap making, then definitely reach out to us! You can find us at the Natures Garden store or online on any of our social media pages. We can answer any questions on our Facebook page. Also, you can reach out to us on Twitter and Instagram with @ngscents. Plus, we would love to see what fun soap creations you have been able to make. Can’t wait to hear from you!