If are you planning to make cold process soap, you need to gather some specific pieces of essential equipment.
Below, I’ve assembled a list of soap making supplies, followed by a couple of extras that are also useful to have on hand.
Once you have your supplies, head over to this guide on how to get started making soap.
Soap making supplies
- Electric Blender: A stick blender needs to be used to help to speed up the stirring process
- Fork: For creating swirls in the 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 (Sodium Hydroxide) solution
- Plastic Wrapping: For covering the fresh soap when it has been created
- 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 a 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
- Water (Distilled): When making soap, you must use water that is free of minerals and contaminants. Distilled water is way better than using regular tap water. This will produce the best soap especially if you are able to control as many ingredients as you can in the final product
Water (Regular) You will need water to wash off chemicals and other ingredients you may spill or get on yourself. Remember as discussed above this is different than the water you’ll be using for the actual soap making
- Stainless Steel Pot If you are using the cold process soap method, make sure that you designate one stainless steel pot to use for lye. Do NOT use aluminium, this is because aluminium does have a tendency to react with the lye and could flake off into the soap. Since using the chemical lye can be toxic, you want to make sure that it doesn’t get confused with a pot that you actually cook with
- pH Paper: Phenolphthalein or litmus strips as they are referred to, can be used to check the soap’s pH when you are making soap with the hot process soap method
- Pipettes: They aren’t completely necessary but they are really useful when you are measuring small amounts of ingredients such as essential or fragrances
That’s it; now you have all your soap making supplies, there really is no excuse not to get started. If you are wanting more information on soap making supplies this article will have you covered.