How To Make Soap — Learn tips, tricks, and techniques for making soap from scratch!

Soap Calculator

Welcome to the Soap Calculator! Please feel free to use this calculator any time you want to check the accuracy of your recipes or if you are creating a new one of your own. Step 1: Set Total Recipe Weight This step is optional. This feature is intended for those who want to create your […]

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Soap Making Supplies

Here you can find a list of everything you will need to Start Making Soap!  I’ve included some recommendations and links for good products at decent prices if you’ve been bitten by the soap bug and need to get supplies so you can make all the beautiful bars of soap your heart desires!  Feel Free […]

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Soap Recipes

Submit Your Favorite Soap Recipes and Photos of Your Finished Soap to be posted here! Mail to: submissions@howtomakesoap.org

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There are several ways to make handmade soap artistic and unique.  One popular technique that can create personalized soaps that are full of personality is embedding.  This technique can easily be learned and applied by you for beautiful custom results. Embedding can be used to give a decorative and unexpected unique touch to your soaps.  […]

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Using stamps is a great way to get personalized images or custom messages on your soap.  The great thing about stamps is that there’s a wide variety and they’re so easy to use.  You can find stamps with images of flowers, geometric patterns, cute animals and symbols, words that describe the scent such as lavender or ingredients […]

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When it comes to making soap, adding color is one of the highlights, like the icing on the cake.  It gives your soap visual appeal, and there are several special techniques you can use when coloring your soaps.  One of the many creative techniques that soapers use is called Layering.  Layering involves using 2 or […]

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Most of us were introduced to the notion of swirling colors together as young children when playing with paint.  There’s something truly magical about seeing colors interact with each other, and being able to create something different and unique with beautiful swirly designs. To make swirls in handmade soap, you can use as many colors […]

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Shape and color are two things most people will notice first about a bar of soap.  Through the use of molds you can create the shape you think is best suited for your soap, and through the use of colorants you can create the shade you think best represents your soap’s ingredients, scent, or message. […]

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The sense of smell is so powerful it can affect our thoughts and emotions on a very personal level and become attached to life-long memories.  Soap scent is also one of the most noticeable qualities of good handmade soap.  This mesmerizing aromatherapy effect can be achieved by using essential oils, natural fragrance oils, or fragrances. […]

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Soap Making Techniques

When it comes to making soap, there’s a whole world of ingredients, molds, methods, options, combinations, tips, and techniques.  As you understand and master the basics, you’ll find yourself wanting to explore the more creative side of making soap.  The real fun begins when you let the soap be a blank canvas for your inspiration […]

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