Soap Making questions

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  1. buckethat

    buckethat New Member

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    I am thinking about starting to get into soap making and was wondering if anyone out there makes soap. I am thinking i am going to get a starter kit so i was wondering were people get there supplies and if they have starter kits. I am looking for doing the cold process i think unless someone has a a reason not to do that. Thanks in advance
    Sam
     
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    Iddee snippet: "Definitely start with cold process."


    I agree with Iddee.
    My limited experience with soap making consists of a class given by my local bee club. We made both hot and cold processed soap.
    Here are some links that were given out with take home literature from that class:http://www.elementsbathandbody.com, http://www.glorybeefoods.com, http://www.thesage.com, http://www.soaperschoice.com, http://www.soapgoods.com. Also Frontier Cooperative Herbs-Organic and bulk herbs and herbal products, Norway, IA 52318.
    Some books recommended are Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs, edited by Claire Kowalchik and Super Formulas Arts and Crafts by Elaine C. White.
     
  4. beewitched

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    I make cold-process. Here are some of the places I get my supplies. Brambleberry also has a handy lye/fat calculator. You can find them elsewhere on the web as well. I believe brambleberry may have some sort of kit, but it may be for melt and pour. They do have links to recipes and tips for cp soaps, lip balms, lotions, and other cosmetics.

    Iddee and srvfantexasflood both have great links listed. A good book to start with might be Smart Soapmaking by Anne L. Watson. I liked her recipes. Some advice...if you don't have one, a stick blender is great. You have to stir your lye, water, and fats together- depending on what kind of oils you're using, you might be stirring for a very long time. A stick blender makes short work of it. Start slow and small; My first attempt I made about 40 bars of soap with a scent that my kids didn't care for. It lathered and cleaned great, but it still took forever for those bars to disappear. Also, If you start with smaller batches it gives you a chance to experiment with scents and colors. Make sure you've got a good scale for measuring. If you are off on your lye to fat ratio it makes a difference in how strong or weak your soap will be. Lastly, make sure you wear protective gear. rubber gloves, long sleeves and glasses to protect from splashes. :smile:

    -Bee
    here's some links (if i did it right)

    http://www.brambleberry.com soap/lotion supplies as well as "how-to" links
    http://www.lorannoils.com they sell essential oils as well as some fixed oils for soapmaking
    newdirectionsaromatics.com/ I get many of the oils I use for soapmaking here.
    mountainroseherbs.com/ another good place for essential oils.
    soapcalc.net/calc/SoapCalcWP.asp this was the calculator I used before. They help if you're making your own recipes.