Soap Making


Soap Making

This group is for those who practice or are interested in soap-making! Here we can share our tips, processes, ingredient ideas, etc. All things soap-making welcome!

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Natural Olive-Oil Soap (Basic)

Started by SIN JONES. Last reply by Kelly Wolff Apr 14. 6 Replies


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Tallow-based Soap

Started by SIN JONES. Last reply by SIN JONES Feb 23, 2016. 9 Replies

Borax Soap

Started by SIN JONES. Last reply by SIN JONES Feb 17, 2016. 3 Replies

Goats Milk Soap

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Comment by Erie on November 8, 2008 at 4:52pm
Thank you so much Shadow Stryder.This is exciting. I'm going to go and look for the books you suggested right now. Thanks again :)
Comment by Shadow Stryder on November 8, 2008 at 4:30pm
Merry Meet Erie,
in that case, I would suggest "Melt & Mold Soap Crafting" by C.Kaila Westerman. ISBN 1-58017-293-8. It deals with just Melt and pour and lots of ideas and fun recipies. It is an excellent book for beginners who want to experiment with soap making, but are not sure where to start. :)
A good book for the entire soap making process, is "The Complete Soapmaker, Tips, Techniques & recipes for Luxurious Handmade Soaps" by Norma Coney. ISBN 0-8069-4869-8 for the paperback or for the trade copy ISBN 0-8069-4868-X. Great book that walks you step by step through the entire process from rendering your solids through recipes for handcrafting your finished soap.

Merry Part,
Shadow Stryder
Comment by Erie on November 8, 2008 at 1:57pm
Merry Meet Shadow Stryder,
I think I will probably do the melt and pour method then.It sounds alot easier. I wouldnt know the first thing about lyes and such. Thanks for your help,I really appreciate it,
Merry Part ,
Comment by Shadow Stryder on November 8, 2008 at 12:29pm
Erie, are your interests in the full soap making process, or are you more interested in Melt and pour? Melt and pour is easier for the beginner, as it doesn't require caustic soda (Lye). You start with a base soap (Available many places online) and from there you just melt it, add additional ingredients, (Scents, oils and or herbs and colors) then pour it into a mold. It is then usable as soon as it dries. Otherwise you have to let the soap you make (Oils and or fats mixed with Lye) cure for quite a while, then hand mill those afterwards. Lye can be made at home with water and Hard wood ashes. (rain or "soft" water being prefered.) Most hardware stores will carry Lye of some sort, though I have found it is usually a lot cheaper to buy that type of product online. There are many good books on the subject as well. If you are using rendered fats, for making soap (At least in my experience) there tends to be an (to some, unpleasant) odor, however you can pretty much eliminate that in the hand milling process.
Comment by Shadow Stryder on November 8, 2008 at 1:46am
MM all, Will have to check, but there is another version of lye (Since Red-Devil no longer makes it) For around 17 dollars for 2 lbs at my local hardware store, but I managed to find it online for 5 dollars for the same 2 lbs. Will post in the next few days with the brand if anyone is interested.
Comment by Erie on October 25, 2008 at 1:43pm
Thanks ShadowDancer for your info.I think I will look for a beginners book at thengo from there.
Comment by Rayn on October 22, 2008 at 10:40pm
Hello everyone! I just joined another group so I could talk to people who like to make soaps and stuff. i hope to learn a lot and get to know you guys!!! Blessed Be
Comment by ShadowDancer on October 19, 2008 at 6:58pm
Red Devil is no longer available but Lowes carries the Roebic drain cleaner that is 100% lye. It runs about $7 a bottle and is good for small batches.
Comment by Erie on October 19, 2008 at 3:36pm
Merry Meet all,
I know a few of you are very good at making your homemade soaps. I need like a book that says " Soap making or dummies" If I decide to really try my talent at making my own soap, where in the heck do you buy things like Lye? I'm not sure I spelled that right. We live far away from any town and I dont think the stores around here would sell lye. Isnt lye kind of dangerous? Do you folks buy your ingredients online? I could use some help here,lol,
Merry Part, Erie
Comment by Autumn Illusion on October 17, 2008 at 12:25pm
Merry Meet! Glad to have found you. I also belong to a group at yahoo called lotionspotionsandsoaps, you should check them out.
Autumn Illusion

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