Soapmaking for Absolute Beginners {Free} Mini eMail Course

10 Things to Make With Violets

If you want to try making your own soap, but feel intimidated, scared or unsure of what to do first, I’ve created the perfect mini course for you! Over the span of 6 email lessons, I’m going to teach you: common soapmaking terms all about basic soapmaking equipment what soapmaking ingredients you need why we use lye (and why it deserves respect, but not fear) plus an easy soap recipe, perfect for beginners Throughout the … Continue reading

Pumpkin Soap with Spiced Latte Layer

Pumpkin Soap with Spiced Latte Layer Recipe

This fall favorite soap is made with real pumpkin puree and features a spiced layer that’s deliciously scented with coffee, cinnamon and clove essential oils, and highlighted by two contrasting pencil lines made of cocoa powder. It’s a brand new addition to my Soapmaking Success e-course, but was so well received by local friends and perfect for the season, that I had to share here on my website too!   Since it’s part of the … Continue reading

List of Equipment You Need to Make Soap at Home

List of Equipment You Need to Start Making Soap

Before you can begin making soap at home, you need to gather some specific pieces of essential equipment. Below, I’ve assembled a list of must-have tools for soapmaking, followed by a couple of extras that are also useful to have on hand.   Note: If you want to print this article out, scroll down and look for the green “Print Friendly” button. Some links on this site are affiliate links. These help offset the costs … Continue reading

15+ Pretty Silicone Molds for Making Handmade Soap

Simple & Natural Soapmaking by Jan Berry

After my new book, Simple & Natural Soapmaking, came out, I started getting a lot of questions asking where I bought the variety of molds used to make the soaps in the book. So this week, I rounded up a list of 15+ soap molds that I’ve personally purchased, used, and found to be both pretty and practical. (As I find and try out new molds in the future, I’ll keep adding to this list, … Continue reading

How to Make Apple Cider Soap

How to Make Apple Cider Soap - Cold Process and Palm Free

This soap recipe was inspired by a trip to my local apple orchard on a beautiful fall day. It features freshly pressed apple cider (unsweetened apple juice could work well too), along with the subtle warm spicy scent of essential oils. While the scent of the apple cider won’t make it through to the final soap, try using essential oil option 2 (below) to regain a hint of fruitiness in the finished soap.   Some … Continue reading

Dandelion & Honey Liquid Soap Recipe

Every spring, I look forward to making one of my all-time favorite soaps – Dandelion & Honey. I’ve been making some version of it for about 12 years or so now, changing up the recipe here and there for variety. This year, I decided to switch things up and turn it into a liquid soap, instead of bars. Liquid soap is one of those things that seems complicated, and some methods are overly so, but this … Continue reading

Cedarwood & Oatmeal Soap

Cedarwood & Oatmeal Cold Process Soap Recipe

This simple natural soap features: oatmeal, for visual texture and to soften skin as it gently exfoliates, French green clay, for a natural green color and mild cleansing properties, along with cedarwood “Atlas” essential oil for a clean woodsy scent. According to my favorite reference for essential oils (The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness), cedarwood “Atlas” (Cedrus atlantica) is mildly astringent, antibacterial & antifungal, making it a good addition to products … Continue reading