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All but two (Cucumber & Borage Soap and Carrot & Honey Soap) of these recipes are palm-oil free.
Basic tutorial for cold process soap.
Basic cold process tutorial using cow or goat’s milk, coconut milk, or other non-dairy substitute.
Example of how I create a variety of soaps starting with one plain recipe. (Healing Skin Bar, Springtime Violets Soap & Sunflower Soap recipes included.)
How to add natural ingredients to make a variety of custom herbal soaps, using a ready made melt & pour base.
(Article I wrote for Hobby Farms)
Favorite Source for Lye:
Essential Depot sells the best, most consistent food-grade lye I’ve used for soap making (so far) and can be found HERE on Amazon.
Sources for Soap Making Ingredients:
I buy many of my oils, butters & essential oils HERE from Bramble Berry because of their high quality and affordable prices.
Soaper’s Choice (HERE) has excellent bulk prices and high quality oils, plus super fast service/shipping.
You can find organic and specialty oils at HERE at Mountain Rose Herbs, along with some natural colorants like chlorella, French green clay and alkanet root.
Babassu oil is a little trickier to find, but I like the Dr Adorable brand found HERE on Amazon.
A digital scale is essential for making soap and extremely useful for body care recipes, in addition to its usual kitchen handiness factor. Bramble Berry has several to choose from (HERE) as does Amazon (HERE).
An immersion (or “stick”) blender is highly recommended for making soap. It will save hours of stirring by hand and make success much more likely.
Always use this before making any recipe that you’ve found on the internet (people make typos all the time!) and to adjust your recipe size or swap out one oil type for another.
My favorite, by Majestic Mountain Sage
Calculating Batch and Mold Sizes:
Not sure how big a batch of soap to make for the size of your mold? Here’s a great site at About.com on how to go about figuring it out.
Videos on How to Make Soap:
Other Soap-Making Web Sites You Might Like:
Lovin Soap (also palm free!)
Modern Soap Making (also palm free!)
Humble Bee & Me (also palm free!)