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What are the ingredients for soap making?

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What are the ingredients for soap making?What are the ingredients for soap making?

Here at Natures Garden, we are often asked, “What are the ingredients for soap making?”.  We know it can be overwhelming at first.  Whether you have never made soap before or transitioning from creating melt and pour soap to taking on cold process soap.  Anything new can be a challenge at first and we are here to help you along the way.  Below, we will go through what ingredients and supplies are needed for each type of soap

What are the ingredients for soap making?: Melt and Pour Soap

First, we will talk about melt and pour soap.  This is a basic soap making method.  When using melt and pour soap, the saponification process is already done for you.  Natures Garden carries two pound slabs in several varieties.  Each slab is easy to cut and easy to use.

Melt and Pour Soap: Types of Melt and Pour Soap Bases

Goat’s Milk
Cocoa Butter
Soya Milk
Shea Butter
Hemp Oil
Diamond Clear
SLS Free Clear Glycerin

Melt and Pour Soap: Melting the Soap

So, melt and pour soap, or mp soap will first need to be cut.  We cut the soap into small pieces prior to adding it to a bowl and melting it.  This will allow the soap to melt evenly.  Melt and pour soap can be melted in a microwave oven or in a double boiler.  So, you will need to either have a microwave or a double boiler to make melt and pour soap.  You will also need a cutting board, knife, and at least one mixing bowl.  Once melted, it is ready to be scented and colored.

Melt and Pour Soap: Adding Color

While you can simply melt the soap and pour it into a mold, many choose to add color.  There are a few ways you can color your handmade soap.  Which colorant you choose is a personal choice.  Once your soap is melted, you simply add the color and stir.  Read below for more information on a couple of the types of colorants that you can use.

Adding Color: FUN Soap Colorants

First, Natures Garden’s FUN Soap Colorants can be used.  These colorants are pigments dispersed in vegetable glycerin.  These colorants will give you a nice vibrant color in both clear soap bases and white soap bases.

Adding Color: Da Bomb Soap Dyes

Next, we will take a closer look at the Da Bomb Soap Dyes.  These handmade soap dyes are water based.  These soap colorants work wonderfully in melt and pour soap.  In a white base, they will give you a nice pastel-like color.  However, in a clear base, they are true to color and very bright.

Melt and Pour Soap: Scenting the Soap

You have a couple of options when scenting your soap.  The first choice is whether or not to scent your soap.  You can leave it unscented if you would like.  Although, you can also add a wonderful aroma to the soap.  This aroma can either come in the form of body safe fragrance oil or body safe essential oil.  Either way, you choose to go, the scent simply can be added to the melted soap and mixed right in.  You will find more details on scenting options below.

Scenting the Soap: Essential Oils

Essential oils are natural oils that are plant based.  Natures Garden carries pure essential oils that pure and unadulterated.  They are not diluted in any way.  This option is a perfect addition to your handmade soaps.  While essential oils will be single note scents, you can always create your own blend by mixing them together.  This will make the scent a little more complex.

Melt and Pour Soap: Choosing a mold

Once you have melted, scented and colored your soap, you will simply need to pour it into the mold and allow it to setup.  It is just that simple.  Let’s look at some of your mold options in a little more detail.

Choosing a Mold: Embed Molds

Embed molds will be smaller molds just like the molds that you would use when making chocolate candies.  They are the perfect size for creating guest soaps.  They are also the perfect size to use for embeds or even to top a soap loaf.

Choosing a Mold: Silicone Molds

Silicone molds are really easy to work with.  Since they are super flexible, removing the soap from the mold is a breeze.  They are durable and withstand high heat.

Choosing a Mold: Mold Market Molds

Natures Garden also carries Mold Market Molds.  These molds are made of a heavy duty plastic.  So, they will hold up pretty well.  They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and will help you create some unique handmade soap.

Melt and Pour Soap: Additional Options

When it comes to melt and pour soap, we have technically answered the question, “What are the ingredients for soap making?”.  However, there are a few additional options that you may like to know about.

First, let’s talk about rubbing alcohol.  This can be a melt and pour soap maker’s best friend.  Rubbing alcohol can be sprayed on melt and pour soap to release air bubbles once it is poured into the mold.  It can also be sprayed in between layers of soap to help them adhere to each other.

Next, herbs and clays can be added to soap.  These can be powdered or cut.  While herbs will oxidize over time, each herb will bring a different benefit to your soap.  The powdered herbs can be mixed with vegetable glycerin before being added to your soap.  Many will often use the powdered herbs or clays not only for the benefits of the powder but also as a natural colorant.  The cut herbs are often used not only for the benefits the herbs possess, but also for exfoliation or to add decorative touches.

What are the ingredients for soap making?: Cold Process Soap

Cold process soap is a method in which you are starting completely from scratch.  If you are new to making soap from scratch, you will want to read our soap making safety class.  This will walk you through the basics, as well as safety precautions.   You will also want to read over our beginner’s soap making class, Cold Process Soap Class 101.  You always want to wear safety gear and have vinegar close by when making soap from scratch.  So, now that you have read about soap making safety and read our soap making 101 class, let’s look at the ingredients and supplies needed.

Cold Process Soap: Supplies

While there are several ingredients needed for cold process soap making, you will also need supplies and safety gear.  So, below, is a list of supplies you will need for cold process soap making.  However, you want these supplies to be dedicated only to soap making.  You never want to use any of these supplies to come into contact with your food once they have been used for soap making.

Safety Gloves
Plastic Safety Goggles
Digital Scale
Stick Blender
Stainless Steel Stock Pot or Bowl
Small container or bowl to mix colorants
Long handled plastic spoon or spatula
Mixing bowls (dishwasher safe so you know it withstands heat)
A kitchen thermometer
Freezer Paper (used to line molds and protect your work surface)
Paper towels (to clean up small spills)
Bottle of Vinegar (used in case of lye or raw soap coming in contact with skin)
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Cold Process Soap: Ingredients

Next, let’s talk about the actual ingredients used for cold process soap making.  Cold process soap is created using lye, water, and a combination of oils.  However, it really isn’t as simple as throwing it all together and hoping for the best.  First, you will prepare a lye solution.  Separately, you will prepare your oils.  Then, wait for them to come to the correct temperature before combining them.  Finally, you will begin pouring the batter into a mold.  Once it has setup up, after 24-48 hours, it can be removed from the mold.  It is then allowed to cure before using. Let’s look a little closer at each of these below, as each phase has to be done in a certain manner.

Ingredients: Lye Solution

In order to create a lye solution, there are two ingredients you will need.  You will need distilled water and lye.  Lye is also known as sodium hydroxide.  The water is first weighed out.  Then, the weighed our lye is added to the water.  It is important that the water is never added to the lye.  You always want to add the lye to the water.  If you do it the other way around, it can create a volcanic effect.  The lye is added slowly, stirring as it is added.  Then, the lye solution is set aside so that it can cool.

Ingredients: Soaping Oils

Next, you will need soaping oils.  However, the combination of oils you use is extremely important.  Each oil will saponify a certain amount of lye.  If you use the wrong combination of oils, you could end up with a lye heavy bar of soap.  So, before creating your soap and choosing your oils, you will need to determine your recipe.  You can use one of Natures Garden’s soap making recipes, or create your own.  However, if you choose to create your own, make sure you run the recipe through a soap calculator to make sure that the recipe will work.  We recommend using soapcalc.  You should know that some oils will create a harder bar, others softer.  In addition, some oils will slow trace, others will speed up trace.

Once you choose and weigh out your oils, you melt them and allow them to cool a bit.  You can melt the oils using a double boiler.  We recommend allowing both your lye solution and soap oils to come to around 100 degrees Fahrenheit before combining them.

Ingredients: Scenting the Soap

You can also choose to scent your soap with either a body safe fragrance oils or essential oil.  However, the scent you choose can affect your soap batter.  So, we have created videos to show you exactly how each of Natures Garden’s fragrance oils will perform in cold process soap.  In addition, you can find our most popular cp soap scents here.  You can also use essential oils in your soap.

Ingredients: Coloring the Soap

When it comes to coloring your soap, we recommend using the FUN Soap Colorants.  These colorants will come through beautifully in cold process soap.  We have also created videos showing you the range of shades you can get with the FUN Soap Colorants.  While we talked about the Da Bomb Soap Dyes for melt and pour soap, we don’t recommend them for cp soap.  While, yes, they are safe to use in any type of soap, they will morph, or change color during the saponification process.  During saponification, the cp soap batter reaches high temperatures and the Da Bomb Dyes will not stay true to color.

Ingredients: Choosing a Mold

You have a few options when it comes to a soap mold.  I like silicone molds.  They are easy to work with and hold up extremely well to the high temperatures of the saponification process.  Also, the soap comes out of the molds very easily.  However, you can also use a wooden mold.  In addition, some heavier plastic molds will work.  Although this isn’t true of all plastic molds, they must be able to withstand the high temperatures.

What are the ingredients for soap making?: Hot Process Soap

The last method we will talk about is hot process soap, also known as hp soap.  This method is also done from scratch.  The same safety precautions taken when making cold process soap should be taken when creating hp soap.  So, make sure you read both the cold process 101 class and the safety precautions I linked to above in the cold process section.

So, what is the difference?  Hot process soap can be created using a crockpot.  Of course, this would need to be a crockpot used only for soapmaking, not food once it used for soap.  Crockpot soap will not have as long of a cure time as cold process soap.  This is because the heat from the crockpot speeds up the saponification process.  However, the same recipes, fragrance oils, molds, and colorants can be used.

What are the ingredients for soap making?:  Additional Ingredients

There are a few ingredients that can be used in any type of soap.  First, Vanilla White Color Stabilizer.  This ingredient will lessen the discoloration that can be caused by vanillin that is in some fragrance oils.  Sodium lactate is often used in various soap making methods as well.  It is a natural moisturizer that will help harden the soap.  Sodium lactate is used in both cold process and hot process soap.  We also talked earlier about herbs and clay in melt and pour soap.  They can also be used when making soap from scratch.


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Soap Making MoldsSoap Making Molds

Are you new to soapmaking or just looking for something new to do with your craft? Sometimes a new type of soap mold is just the creative touch you need to get going. We at Natures Garden have many different kinds of Soap Making Molds that you can use to make unique handmade soaps! Regardless of what method you use for soaping we have just the mold for you.

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First, we have a perfect mold for all kinds of soapmaking methods. These soap molds are sturdy enough for cold process soaps and still perfect for melt and pour soap. If you like to make soap loaves, then this is the mold for you! You can create swirls, embed, and anything else you can imagine. Then, you just cut your slices and you have bars ready to use. It is so easy!


Soap Making Molds Silicone Soap Mold - 4 Loaf Molds Energize


We used this mold to create our very pretty Energize Cold Process Soap Recipe! This loaf mold was used to create this vibrant in the pot swirl soap and it is perfect!


Soap Making Molds Silicone Soap Mold - 4 Loaf Molds Sunflower


Also, our Sunflower and Sunshine Soap Recipe was created using this soap mold! We layered three different colors in the loaf and cut the bars to get this pretty design.



Soap Making Mold Cupcakes- Mold Market MoldsSoap Making Mold Cupcakes- Mold Market Molds

Also, you can use this cupcake shaped mold to create some really adorable soap! This mold has two cavities where the cupcake bottom is 2 3/4″ in diameter (top of cupcake base) x 1 1/4″ deep. So, it is a pretty good sized cupcake soap. Plus, it is perfect for adding whipped topping to create a more realistic design!



Our Peeps Bunny Cupcake Soap Recipe Is a bright, fun soap that perfectly uses this cupcake mold! Plus, this recipe uses the Silicone Soap Mold- 12 Peeps Bunny Mold to create perfect peeps to top the cupcake!

Soap Making Molds 6 Cavity Star - Silicone Soap MoldSoap Making Molds 6 Cavity Star – Silicone Soap Mold

Also, you can use one of our fun shaped silicone molds for soaping.  This mold creates six 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1 1/4″ star-shaped soaps. This mold would work perfectly for any kind of soap making method. Plus, they are freezer, refrigerator, oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe. So, you can cool your soap quicker and cleanup is easy!



Soap Making Molds 6 Cavity Star - Silicone Soap Mold Layered


Also, this soap mold is perfect for Fourth of July creations, which you can see with our Layered Melt and Pour Soap Recipe! These awesome starts are striped with the signature red, white and blue to create perfect soaps for the fourth.

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While you may need to watch the temperature at which you pour your soap, this mold can be used for all methods of soap making. As long as you pour below 145 degrees Fahrenheit, your mold will hold up. These pretty lips have three cavities that are each  4″ X 2.4″ X 1.3″ deep so they will make some pretty good sized soap.



Soap Making Molds Lips - Mold Market Molds Kiss Soap


Further, you can use this soap mold to create the Metallic Kiss Soap Recipe. Not only are these soaps kissy lips, but they have shimmery mica, too! These are too cute to not have!

Soap Making Molds Basic Rectangle - Mold Market MoldsSoap Making Molds Basic Rectangle – Mold Market Molds

Next, we have a mold that is perfect for making smooth bars of soap. The mold has three cavities that are 3.4 ” X 2.3 ” X 1″ deep. Unlike bars form a loaf, this mold provides you with a more even bar. Plus, you don’t have to worry about cutting smooth or straight because they are already individual bars!



Soap Making Molds Basic Rectangle - Mold Market Molds Graffiti


One fun recipe for this mold is the Graffiti Melt and Pour Soap Recipe! This fun soap recipe uses drizzled soap to add various colors to a white bar of SHEA BUTTER Melt and Pour SOAP.


Soap Making Molds Basic Rectangle - Mold Market Molds Honeycomb


Also, the Honeycomb Soap Recipe is another awesome idea for this soap mold. We used some bubble wrap to create an appearance of a honeycomb to perfectly match this scent!

Soap Making Molds Basic Oval -Mold Market MoldsSoap Making Molds Basic Oval -Mold Market Molds

Another great mold for making nice bars of soap. This mold has three cavities that are each 3.7″ X 2.5″ X 1″ deep. Also, make sure to watch the temperature that you are pouring. Once your soap sets up you will have perfectly rounded bars of soap that are ready to use!




Plus, you can use this mold to create our Tea Tree Soap Recipe! This recipe uses real tea tree essential oil that is perfect for defeating fungus and other skin issues!

Soap Making Mold 6 Cavity Flower - Silicone Soap MoldSoap Making Mold 6 Cavity Flower – Silicone Soap Mold

Further, you can try a mold that shapes your soap like flowers! This mold has six 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1 1/4″ deep cavities. Plus, the mold is made of silicone, which makes removing your soap easier.





One soap recipe that demonstrates the cute, flower shape is our Peppered Poppy Seed Cold Process Soap Recipe. Further, all of our soap testing for every fragrance oil used this very same soap mold, which you can see on our YouTube Channel. It was easy to use and removing the soap was super simple!


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Alternatively, you can use the Peace Sign soap mold for your creations. This mold has three cavities that are 3 x 3 x 1 1/8 inch deep. Also, this mold is made of a high-quality plastic that will hold up to all types of soap, as long as you pour below 145 degrees Fahrenheit.



Soap Making Molds Peace Sign - Molds Market Molds Recipe


Our World Peace Cold Process Soap Recipe uses this soap mold wonderfully and would be perfect for celebrating the International Day of Peace! Plus, they almost look like tie dye soap from our fun in the pot swirl!

Soap Making Molds Square Loaf - Mold Market MoldsSoap Making Molds Square Loaf – Mold Market Molds

Another mold you can try is our classic square loaf mold. Whether you are making cp soap, hp soap, or melt and pour soap, this mold is a nice choice as it is a high quality plastic soap. Also, it is 9 1/4 inches long, 2 3/4 deep, 3 1/4 at widest point.





One Melt and Pour Recipe that uses this mold perfectly is the Psychedelic Suds Soap Recipe! Each bar has this wild, colorful appearance and you get quite a few bars of soap out of a single loaf


Soap Making Molds Square Loaf - Mold Market Molds Lavender Soap


Also, the Lavender Cold Process Soap Recipe works out perfect with this soap making mold. These bars are gorgeously swirled and topped with fluffy whipped soap and real lavender!


Soap Making Molds Square Loaf - Mold Market Molds Cinnanut Coffee Soap


Another super cute melt and pour soap recipe that uses this soap mold is the Cinnanut Coffee Soap Recipe. This soap has coffee layers with a creamy, foam topping and has a sprinkling of real cinnamon on top! Plus, this soap looks super cute!


Soap Making Molds Shamrock - Silicone Soap MoldSoap Making Molds Shamrock – Silicone Soap Mold

Also, you can you this shamrock-shaped silicone mold to create some creative soaps! This mold has six 2.5 x 2.75 x 1.5″ deep that are all shaped like clovers! Plus, the silicone is easy to work with for soap makers.




Soap Making Molds Shamrock - Silicone Soap Mold layered Soap


Our 4 Leaf Clover Layered Soap Recipe is great for this mold! Also, they are super cute for St. Patrick’s Day!

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If you are making soap with honey, you may want to consider using the honey bee mold. It would be a perfect match! This mold is a high quality plastic soap mold with three cavities. Each cavity is 3 1/2 inch diameter x 1 inch deep.





Our Loofah Honey Melt and Pour Soap Recipe is a great soap recipe for this mold. It uses our Honey Melt and Pour Soap, which contains real honey!

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Another unique mold that you can use is the silicone bundt cake! This mold can be used for any method of soap to create four 1/2 pound soap loafs. Plus, the silicone material makes it super easy to use and clean!




Soap Making Molds 4 Bundt Cake  Molds - Silicone Soap Mold Cake


The 7 Up Bundt Cake Soap Recipe is a perfect recipe for making these cake shaped soap! This recipe even uses a soap based glaze to make it really look like cake!


Soap Making Molds Dome Top Oval - Mold Market MoldsSoap Making Molds Dome Top Oval – Mold Market Molds

Furthermore, you can create some rounded soaps with this dome top oval mold. This soap mold will create three individual bars with its 4.2″ x 2.8″ x 1.4″ deep cavities. Plus, it is made from high-quality plastic, which can withstand cp and hp soap at temperatures lower than 145 degrees Fahrenheit.




Soap Making Molds Dome Top Oval - Mold Market Molds Beet


This Beet Root Facial Soap Recipe can be created with this mold. Each bar is a sensitive, natural, and smooth soap that will truly care for your soap!


Soap Making Molds Dome Top Oval - Mold Market Molds Easter


Also, our Easter Egg Soap Recipe is a cute soap idea for colorful, individual bars of rounded melt and pour soaps.

Soap Making Molds Silicone Soap Mold - Round CupcakesSoap Making Molds Silicone Soap Mold – Round Cupcakes

Additionally, you can use these silicone cupcake soap molds for your recipes. This soap mold comes in a set of twelve, easy release molds that are great for making cupcake soaps! Also, each individual silicone cupcake wrapper is  2 x 2 x 1.25″ deep.



Soap Making Molds Silicone Soap Mold - Round Cupcakes Lime Cupcake


Now, check out a cold process soap cupcake recipe. The Lime Cupcake CP Soap Recipe is made with an entirely cp soap base and melt and pour topping.



Soap Making Molds Basic Circle - Mold Market MoldsSoap Making Molds Basic Circle – Mold Market Molds

Also, this basic circle mold can be used to make some creative soaps! Whether you just want a soap that has a different shape or you have a super cool idea in mind, this circle is a perfect mold to get started on your craft.




Soap Making Molds Basic Circle - Mold Market Molds Loofah


The Mango Loofah Melt and Pour Soap Recipe is a fun soap that has part of a loofah embedded inside. Since the loofah was circular, this was a perfect match for creating soap!



Also, we used this soap mold to create the Lollipop Soap Recipe! We thought that this basic circle was the perfect shape for lollipops, so we added a soap swirl and it turned out perfect!


Soap Making Molds Small Rectangle Tray - Mold Market MoldsSoap Making Molds Small Rectangle Tray – Mold Market Molds

Also, you can use this mold to create fifteen sections of soap that you can easily cut into separate 2 oz square bars. This large square is  8″ X 8″ X .75″ deep total and is made of high-quality plastic. So, make sure to watch your temperatures when pouring the soap.




Soap Making Molds Small Rectangle Tray - Mold Market Molds Activated Charcoal


We created the Activated Charcoal Soap Recipe with this mold. This soap uses melt and pour soap and some fresh herbs to create a simple soap bar that is very cleansing!



Soap Making Molds Just For Melt and Pour Soap

While you can use any method of soap in the molds above, the next type of molds will only work for melt and pour soap. This is because the embed molds are made of a thinner plastic that can be melted easier than other molds. So, hot process soap and cold process soap both get too hot for these molds. However, you can use these cute melt and pour shapes to top or decorate your other soapmaking creations.

Soap Making Molds Love Hearts - Embed MoldSoap Making Molds Love Hearts – Embed Mold

There are many different ways to use melt and pour embed soaps. While you can simply use them as cute guest soaps, it can be fun to use them to top soap, too. Especially, when the soaps are cute little hearts! Whether you are making cp soap or easy melt and pour soap recipes, you can totally top your creation with these Love Heart Embed soaps!




The Hearts a Flutter Soap Recipe was a creative melt and pour loaf where we added a cute topping and a heart inside. Plus, the topping used adorable pink fluff and these cute embed heart soaps!

Soap Making Molds Peanut Butter Cup Molds - Embed MoldSoap Making Molds Peanut Butter Cup Molds – Embed Mold

This embed soap mold is perfect for both making mini peanut butter cups and cute little soap cupcakes! We have loved using this mold to create tiny cupcakes with whipped soap topping! They are so adorable! Plus, one of these molds contains 10 of these little cups so, you can make quite a few of these little cuties at once!



Soap Making Molds Peanut Butter Cup Molds - Embed Mold Chocolate Cupcake

One recipe that you can use this mold to create is the Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcake Soap Recipe! These super cute cupcakes use the delicious Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcake Fragrance Oil to create the perfect soap recipe. Plus, these soaps are topped with real cocoa powder to create a more real chocolate cupcake!


Soap Making Molds Peanut Butter Cup Molds - Embed Mold Orange Cupcake


The Orange Cream Cupcake Soap Recipe is another of the many different kinds of mini cupcakes that you can create with this mold. While you could use the larger cupcake mold to make these, the miniature cupcake soaps are so much cuter!

Soap Making Molds Smile Faces - Embed MoldSoap Making Molds Smile Faces – Embed Mold 

Also, you can use these super cute smiley embed soaps to decorate your soaps, too! These happy little embed soaps are a perfect way to brighten up your soapmaking! Plus, you could use this mold to create single use soaps. They would be a cute way to use bar soap without the worry of gathering germs between uses. So, there are a few different way that you can use this soap.



Our Herbal Soap Recipe perfectly uses these little smile face soaps to create a fun, natural bar of cold process soap topped with cute melt and pour.



Soap Making Molds More Fun Soap Molds

While we shared a variety of our best soap molds, there are still a ton of great molds that you can use for soapmaking! Check out the rest of our selection at the Natures Garden website on our Soap Molds page.