soap makers, where do I start?

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I want to try making my own soap as gifts for christmas, I've bought caustic soda but what else do I need? What do you add for the colour and smell? And what steps do you take? Thanks :)

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  • summerspring
    summerspring Posts: 1,236 Forumite
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    Hi bargainfinder

    Have a read of this lady's soap-making tutorial:

    http://down---to---earth.blogspot.co.uk/2007/07/how-to-make-cold-pressed-soap.html

    It shows you how to make cold-processed soap. There are other methods, too, which I am not familiar with, but if you don't mind waiting a few weeks for the soaps to harden/cure I find this method works well.

    There are also videos on YouTube, I think.
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  • babyshoes
    babyshoes Posts: 1,771 Forumite
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    As a beginner, you might like to try melt and pour soap - you get to be creative with the scent, shape and colour, but don't have to deal with potentially dangerous caustic soda or worry about getting accurate proportions etc.
    Trust me - I'm NOT a doctor!
  • mrs_baggins
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    I want to try making my own soap as gifts for christmas, I've bought caustic soda but what else do I need? What do you add for the colour and smell? And what steps do you take? Thanks :)


    i know its an old post.......

    I used to make my own and as long as you take simple precautions and are careful its not an issue-but would do it when there are no children about! you cant use the soap straight away and it does need a couple of weeks or so to cure. I have a book somewhere so I could copy you a basic recipie if you pm me . With regards to fragrance the oils you use must be suitable for cosmetics. I used to buy in bulk essential oils which are available from some companies. To be honest the outlay can be quite expensive but is quite satisying when its done.
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