soap making ingredients

Take a few minutes to read the soap making ingredients on the label of most “soaps” or “moisturizing bars”…pretty scary stuff.

Learning how to make handmade soap allows you to have more control over what goes into your soap and ultimately your skin. You will realize that it cost more than 50 cents to make a real bar of natural soap. Making your own soap using skin-pampering oils, butters and ingredients makes this healthy life choice affordable and fun. No one will ever be unhappy when you gift them with a handmade soap either.

When you make handmade soap for your kids and family and especially people with skin conditions, you will feel comforted about knowing exactly what they’re putting on their bodies.

This being said, I must be honest that when I started out would sometimes become overwhelmed with all the supplies that were needed for a soap recipe because I did not know anything about them and was unsure about investing the money.

I tried to concentrate on soap making oils that were easily accessible and that I could figure out what was worth ordering bulk and what supplies I would not really use.


This list is just about giving you an idea about what ingredients you can expect to find in handmade soap. It is kinda like the bar run…of soap making ingredients.

COMMON SOAP MAKING OILS

  • Coconut
  • Olive
  • Palm
  • Castor
  • Palm Kernel
  • Almond
  • Avocado
  • Almond
  • Canola
  • Grapeseed
  • Jojoba

COMMON SOAP MAKING FATS

  • Lard
  • Tallow
  • Shortening

COMMON SOAP MAKING BUTTERS

  • Shea
  • Cocoa
  • Mango

COMMON SOAP COLORANTS

COMMON SOAP EXFOLIATORS

  • Citrus peel
  • Coconut shredded
  • Dried flowers (lavender, lemongrass and chamomile)
  • Coffee bean grounds
  • Cornmeal
  • Oats
  • Loofa ground
  • Poppy, apricot, strawberry and raspberry seeds
  • Sugar
  • Pumice powder

COMMON SOAP ADDITIVES

  • Clays and minerals (rose, activated charcoal and bentonite)
  • Beeswax
  • Salts
  • Honey

COMMON SOAP SCENTS

  • Essential oils
  • Fragrances
  • Infused oils

There are typically 2 types of scents a synthetic one and a “natural”one. You can scent your soap with fragrance this is a perfume type one which is synthetic and natural scents come from essential oils. Please beware that essential oils as most soap making supplies have quality grades that vary.

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