choosing soap making recipes

Soap making recipes are the heart of this creative hobby and on your quest to finding out how to make soap you will read about different soap making supplies and methods.

As you go about wanting to find out more about how to make soap; you will read many soap making recipes.

There are all kinds of soap recipes to choose from…which just confirms the versatility of soap crafting and that anyone no matter what their knowledge or skills can make some wonderfully scented and great looking soap.

Soap-making-at-home.com will guide you to picking the soap making method that best suits you and what you hope to accomplish.There are many soap making recipes to get you started.

We have compiled a list of fun soap making recipes and soap making instructions that will introduce you to how to make soap.

We suggest that you read the soap making instructions before picking a recipe to see if the method matches what you want to do.

melt and pour soap making


choosing soap making recipes, melt and pour method

This method consists of using premade soap products or ready-made blocks (goat’s milk, olive oil, glycerin) and melting them in the microwave or double-boiler.

Once the soap base is hot and liquid you can then add color (comestible dyes or natural colorants), scent (fragrance or essential oils) and even exfoliants (such as oatmeal, dried herbs) as well as butters and oils (jojoba oil, vitamin E or buttermilk) to soften and smooth the skin.

Once the soap has been poured into the molds (candy molds, plastic dishes and containers or purchased soap molds) and allowed to dry, you’re left with usable soaps.

Time Required: Soap can be made in about 60 to 90 minutes.

Skill level and soap making instructions: Everyone can do it! Get your kids involved or Have a glass of wine!

Product: Soap is ready right away and you can be very creative with this method especially if you have access to fun molds.

Soap making supplies: Craft store and your own kitchen equipment should be enough.

Benefits:

  • Ease and simplicity
  • Fast set up and quick clean up
  • Do not need to use lye (sodium hydroxide)
  • Versatile and creative, you can make it personal
  • Product is ready right away; this is the method to use if you want to give your friend something special when you go to her dinner party TOMORROW!

melt and pour soap making recipes

cold process soap making (CP)


This method allows you to make soap from scratch thanks to a process called saponification. The process involves dissolving lye (sodium hydroxide) to liquid (most often water, tea, frozen goat milk). The lye-liquid solution is then added to melted oils (coconut oil, palm, lard).

Working with lye requires some care because of the strong fumes and risk of burning the skin, but overall it is an easy process that allows you the benefit of controlling exactly what goes into your soap. You can add coloring, fragrance, herbs, exotic oils and butter—anything you like. The soap is poured in silicon or wooden molds for larger batches; it is then cut and needs to cure.

Time Required: Soap is made in a two step process, making the soap then unmolding and cutting for curing. This can take a few hours, better to have a half a day or whole evening.

Skill level and soap making instructions: You need to follow the directions to set up. You need to understand and use safety precautions when handling lye (sodium hydroxide). No kids helping out and no wine!

Product: Soap will require 3 to 6 weeks to cure; you need to plan this out if you wish to gift soap to family and friends. You can achieve handmade soaps that are incredible! The process allows you to grow and perfect your own signature soaps.

Soap making supplies: Grocery store, hardware store (lye) and you may need to look into soap making suppliers for certain oils and additives.

Benefits:

  • If you can follow a recipe you can make cold process soap
  • Sky is the limit about personalizing your soaps! You decide how much lather and how long the bubbles should last. You can make products that are handmade with artistic quality.
  • Product last longer than other types of soap and can be tailored to benefit people with skin conditions.

cold process soap making recipes


hot process soap making (HP)


hot process soap making recipes

This is the oldest method is almost identical to the cold process method that we just covered. The only difference is that with this method you use heat in order to speed up the saponification process and get the benefits of making your soap entirely from scratch without the long waiting involved in the cold process method. No complex heating systems are required; a stovetop, a crock pot or microwave will suffice. Within a few hours, the soap may be unmolded, sliced into bars, and used. Hot process soap does not require any time to cure, to dry, or to harden.

Time Required: Soap is made in a two step process, making the soap then unmolding and cutting for curing. This can take a few hours, better to have a half a day or whole evening.

Skill level and soap making instructions: You need to follow the directions and the soap making recipe. jGather all your supplies and set up. You need to understand and use safety precautions when handling lye (sodium hydroxide). No kids helping out and no wine!

Product: All the benefits of cold process soap making without having to wait for your soaps to cure.

Soap making supplies: Grocery store, hardware store (lye) and you may need to look into soap making suppliers for certain oils and additives.

Benefits:

  • If you can follow a recipe you can make hot process soap.You do need to use precautions and some elbow grease is required.
  • You decide how much lather and how long the bubbles should last. You can make products that are handmade with artistic quality.
  • Cold process soap with no (or almost) cure time!
  • Product last longer than other types of soap and can be tailored for benefits for people with skin conditions.

hot process soap making recipes

liquid soap making


Liquid soap is a 2 or 3 step process which uses the hot process method. A paste is created and diluted to become “liquid”. Liquid soap is a different type because the fatty acids of the oils are neutralized by a different type of lye (potassium hydroxide). Fragrance, color and additives can be added to create a whole line of products.

Time Required: This can take a half to a full day of preparation and cooking.

Skill level and soap making instructions: This soap making process needs some planning and reading. It can be a little tricky at first.

Product: Amazing liquid soap that brings you a whole new world of possibilities. You will save a significant amount of money.

Soap making supplies: Soap making suppliers will simplify getting everything you need.

Benefits:

  • Tap into a whole new world of products to give away of sell.
  • Inexpensive to make.Have more natural products for all your needs.
  • Great for sustaining your soap making learning curve.
  • Product last longer than other types of soap and can be tailored for benefits for people with skin conditions.

liquid soap making recipes

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