More and more people are learning how satisfying it is to make household items themselves, including personal care items such as soap. With a little practice and the right materials, you can easily start making soap for your household and personalize it to get all the benefits you want. Keep reading to learn about the essential materials for soap making at home.
The most important ingredient for making soap is the soap base. Some people prefer to buy a soap base that they melt and customize, while others prefer to make the soap base from scratch. Making the soap base from scratch might be difficult for beginners. So, if you’re making soap for the first time, we suggest you start with a pre-made soap base.
Once you have your soap base, which is probably white, you can choose additional ingredients to add. Many people use skin-safe colorants such as mica powder, essential oils for fragrance, and fun additives such as dried herbs or flowers. You can also choose to add other ingredients that will benefit your skin, such as aloe vera, honey, and oats.
Check out our pigment information list to ensure whether the mica powder you want to use is suitable for soap making.
Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, you’ll need to gather the other equipment and supplies that will allow you to make your soap. If you’re planning to melt your soap base in the microwave, then you’ll need a glass or other microwave-safe material bowl that can hold all the soap base you plan to use. If you’re planning to melt the soap base on the stove, then you can use a glass bowl over a pot of boiling water or place the soap base into a stove-safe pot.
You’ll also need a utensil to stir the soap base as you melt it. We recommend either a spoon or a spatula so you can easily scrape the melting soap base from the sides of container. When adding your mica powder, fragrance oils, herbs, and honey, you’ll need to use a measuring device. Some people prefer not to measure these ingredients, though, the choice is yours. Lastly, you’ll need a mold that can withstand high temperatures, so the soap has somewhere safe to cool.
As we mentioned above, you can melt your soap base in the microwave or on the stove. Once you choose your melting method, you can use the other essential materials you’ve assembled to finish the process. Melt the soap until it’s a liquid, then add your desired amount of mica powder, oils, herbs, and any other beneficial ingredients. You can stir these in one at a time or all at once, as long as you make sure they’re thoroughly combined. Pour the liquid soap into the mold and allow it to harden for at least 24 hours.
The essential materials for soap making at home are basic ingredients such as a soap base and desired additions, such as gold mica, as well as basic supplies such as a microwave-safe bowl, spatula, and mold. Once you’ve gathered all these materials, you can make your own soap and customize it to fit your skincare needs.