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The Art of Cold Process Soap

The art of making cold process soap has been a fascinating and rewarding craft for me to discover. With some basic materials and safety equipment, you can make your own handcrafted soap. One of the benefits of soap making is to you can control the ingredients that go into the products that you use on your skin every day. You can also tailor the soap to include ingredients that will help with dryness, exfoliation, and other needs that are unique to your skin. Some of the fun elements of soap making are those pertaining to the fragrance that you use. We all know that smells can trigger memories. Your mom’s perfume, the smell of lilacs, fresh baked cookies can all evoke floods of memories in us. With soap making, you can combine fragrances that will soon become your signature fragrance. You can also use colors and soap molds that are tailored to your likes and preferences.

Before you begin, here are a few things that you will need.


  • Digital scale
  • Thermometer
  • Plastic bowls
  • Emersion blender
  • Spatula

Safety Items

The safety items needed are:

  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves
  • Long sleeves, pants, and shoes


The recipe that I use to make soap includes the following ingredients:

  • Palm oil
  • Shea butter
  • Olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Sodium hydroxide
  • Distilled water
  • Fragrance oil

Websites and YouTube Tutorials

Now you are ready to get started on learning how to make soap. My favorite YouTube tutorials on soap making are from The Soap Queen. These are great tutorials for beginners. Also Royalty Soaps is a great resource as well. All the ingredients and supplies can be found at Amazon and Bramble Berry has all the oils, supplies, and is my favorite supplier of fragrance oils.

Happy Soaping!

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