Are you planning to make Cold Process soap?

Then it is a good idea, to try to keep your soap making supplies to a minimum.

That way you can get started with very little overheads.

Once you have your supplies, you may find this guide on how to get started making soap useful.

Soap Making Supplies

Electric Blender: A stick blender helps to speed up the stirring process.

Fork: For creating swirls in soap.

Goggles: Either plastic goggles or perspex glasses.

Knife: This needs to have a smooth sharp edge, for cutting fat and soap.

Measuring Jugs: At least six, you will find plenty of uses for them when making soap.

Plastic Bucket: Two rubber buckets for mixing the lye solution.

Plastic Wrapping: For covering the fresh soap.

Plastic containers: A selection of beakers, for mixing essential oils and colourants.

Rubber Gloves: A must especially when you are handling such a caustic ingredient as Sodium Hydroxide.

Sodium hydroxide: Otherwise known as caustic soda, NaOH or Lye, this needs to be 95% pure.

Soap moulds: Wooden, plastic or rubber moulds will work fine, it all comes down to personal choice.

Spoons: These are required for measuring out the ingredients.

Spatulas: For scraping the residue of soap out of the bucket.

Stainless Steel Spoon: Ideally one with a long handle, so you don’t come into contact with the lye solution.

Sugar thermometers: For measuring the temperature of oils and diluted lye.

Before you purchase any equipment, it is worth mentioning, that any utensils or pots you are planning to use must be stainless steel.

This is because aluminium does have a tendency to react with lye and could flake off into the soap.

That’s it, now you have all your soap making supplies, there really is no excuse not to get started, happy soaping.

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