A Beginner's Guide to Soap Making
What tools and supplies must you have in order to begin soap-making? Where can moms get all these supplies if they don’t already have them on hand? The only thing you MUST have for meltable soap-making are the soap bases. Consumer Crafts has four good bases that I love! I have also worked with Stephenson's natural care and their melt and pour bases are very easy to work with as well! For easy ordering, you can pick them up on amazon HERE! (<<
You will also need some type of mold and then any colors and scents you would like to add. Molds can be purchased, but I like to use kitchen pans like the bundt pan above and this brownie pan for the cute little square soaps. It is that cool "stretchy" silicone so getting the soap out is REALLY easy.
How long does it take to make one bar of soap (or one batch of soaps)? It only takes 5-10 minutes to actually make the soap, but allowing it to cool fully takes around an hour. Then you simply pop the soaps out of molds and cut them up (if you are making bars from a loaf pan, etc.). Wrap them up and you are good to go!
How do you get different fragrances and scents into soaps and what are some good scents for beginners to start with? I like to use natural scents, so I typically just raid my garden and my pantry :) I used lavender for THIS SOAP RECIPE, allspice for a gardener's soap and cut up herbs like basil and lemon balm often make their way into my soaps.
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