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Razz
June 19th, 2005, 10:25 AM
Hi!

Any advice on soap making?

I would like some info on beginning if anyone would like to
share their thoughts.
I have looked on various sites but don't know where
to begin.

Do I just buy a kit and start with a tupperware bowl for a mold?

redring
June 19th, 2005, 11:56 PM
Just depends really. What kind of soap do you want to make?? I sujest to start with Melt & Pour. Get the hang of adding to it and molding. then chose what you want from there . There are really a good deal of ways to soap.Be sure to get a good soaping book too. It really helps. Also keep in mind Are these for youre self, friends or sale???? For sale tends on a lot of laws you need to study. Friends and self is just for fun. Good luck!!

Razz
June 20th, 2005, 01:22 PM
Luck I'll need lots! LOL

Thanks,
Razz

banondraig
July 5th, 2005, 03:37 PM
you can also cut off the bottom of a plastic soda bottle and use it for a mold. it makes a pretty round flower shape. they're small though, you can only make a little bit of soap at a time that way.

Ravensnest
July 14th, 2005, 06:20 PM
Hi!

Any advice on soap making?

I would like some info on beginning if anyone would like to
share their thoughts.
I have looked on various sites but don't know where
to begin.

Do I just buy a kit and start with a tupperware bowl for a mold?


It all really depends on what kind of soap you want to make.
Do you want to make M&P (Melt & Pour Glycerin) soap? Or old fashioned lye soap?
Are you wanting to make soap for yourself or are you considering doing it for sale?

I've done both M&P and CP (lye soap) and tend to like CP soaping better though there are sometimes I like M&P better. I sell CP soap. There are some legalities to selling soap. Most of it has to do with labeling. You cannot call it anything other than "soap" meaning you cannot make any claims such as "healing", "moisturizing" and the like. You cannot claim the soap has any special properties for things like acne, or any other skin disorders. Once you make a claim it goes from being soap to being a cosmetic or a medication and you get into all kinds of FDA hooey.

If you want to do either type of soap for yourself or for sale I'd suggest reading as much as you can. Susan Miller Cavitch's "the soapmakers companion" tends to be almost a "bible" for soapmaking. Personally, I think it has some helpful information especially if you're just learning but I must admit, I don't really care for most of her recipes. It's still a good book to learn by. Catherine Failor is one of the big M&P soapers. She's got several books which again, have a lot of good information in them.

There are also a host of sites like Kathy Miller's site http://www.millersoap.com/ (http://www.millersoap.com/) Lots of good information and a lot of good recipes.

The main thing is to do the research and be prepared before you start making it. Much as a lot of people think even M&P is simply melting and pouring soap, those who do it well and do it for a living know it's much more than that. Good luck and if you have any questions feel free to PM me.

aura_reincarnation
July 28th, 2005, 05:00 PM
I was about to make a thread about soap making help then i ran across this one!What luck!!! I just went to my local craft store (H.L.) and got two 32 oz bags of Pure Glycerin Soap and some liquid soap dye and also one thing of Lavender soap scent.I then went and bought The Everything Soap making Book.
I realy want to make some soap but im so confused.Can i just heat the Soap that i got and when it melts all the way add the color and the scent and just pour it in the molds?Or do i have to add something to the Soap?Do i have to heat it to a certain temp before i add anything to it?Do i have to put it in the crock pot for 4 hours?Can I put a S.S. bowl over a pot of water and melt it that way?.......
See i have many questions.If someone could please contact me it would be a huge helper!
TY Nacole

Branwyn
August 5th, 2005, 12:58 AM
I was about to make a thread about soap making help then i ran across this one!What luck!!! I just went to my local craft store (H.L.) and got two 32 oz bags of Pure Glycerin Soap and some liquid soap dye and also one thing of Lavender soap scent.I then went and bought The Everything Soap making Book.
I realy want to make some soap but im so confused.Can i just heat the Soap that i got and when it melts all the way add the color and the scent and just pour it in the molds?Or do i have to add something to the Soap?Do i have to heat it to a certain temp before i add anything to it?Do i have to put it in the crock pot for 4 hours?Can I put a S.S. bowl over a pot of water and melt it that way?.......
See i have many questions.If someone could please contact me it would be a huge helper!
TY Nacole


I have the book you have, The Everything Soapmaking Book, and the chapter that talks about MP (melt and pour) is 13, "Soap Casting". Chapter 14 "Soap-Casting Projects" also talks about MP soaping. = )

Other than that, I don't know anything about Melt and Pour processing, as I do Cold Processing for soaps.

Branwyn

redring
August 5th, 2005, 03:19 AM
You can melt M&P any way you chose. Crock pot, double boiler, microwave.... Just go slowly and pay close attention. M&P is really the easyest form of soaping. Once melted add youre ingreadents ( be carfull M&P sets up fast). Pour into mold and youre don. When its hard flex mold and remove. * A tip, If you have trouble unmolding just toss into the mold into the freezer a bit soap and all. Let chill then unmold. Good luck and happy soaping!!!! Be sure to post some pics if you can of youre finished work. I love soap porn! :)

redring
August 5th, 2005, 03:25 AM
Other than that, I don't know anything about Melt and Pour processing, as I do Cold Processing for soaps.

Branwyn



He he!!! :hehehehe: another soaper! May I ask if you make for youre self or sale? Just a curiousity. I really dont meet meany soapers who make just for private use.

Branwyn
August 5th, 2005, 08:44 PM
He he!!! :hehehehe: another soaper! May I ask if you make for youre self or sale? Just a curiousity. I really dont meet meany soapers who make just for private use.


I'm doing it for sale, but just recently have gotten back into it, so it's going to take a bit to build up stock =).

I'm getting a BIG BOX of supplies from Brambleberry tomorrow. Oh, I'm going to have a hard time sleeping tonight! LOL
:crazy: :boing: :boing:

aura_reincarnation
August 5th, 2005, 09:55 PM
Hey I would love to sale my soap online.But i dont know how to go about it! :whatgives Also I need to work out a problem I have with my soap I made.It doesnt lather so well. What can i do for that?? :hmmmmm:
So right now im making soap for family! lol if anyone can help please let me know! Ty Nacole

I'm doing it for sale, but just recently have gotten back into it, so it's going to take a bit to build up stock =).

I'm getting a BIG BOX of supplies from Brambleberry tomorrow. Oh, I'm going to have a hard time sleeping tonight! LOL
:crazy: :boing: :boing:

redring
August 6th, 2005, 12:46 AM
Lather in M&P? As far as I have ever heard you can add a bit more glycerin but there is not much that can improve the lather. Even so, I hear a lot of soapers say there M&P sales better than there cold process.

redring
August 6th, 2005, 12:50 AM
I'm doing it for sale, but just recently have gotten back into it, so it's going to take a bit to build up stock =).

I'm getting a BIG BOX of supplies from Brambleberry tomorrow. Oh, I'm going to have a hard time sleeping tonight! LOL
:crazy: :boing: :boing:

OOOHHH !! I hear ya! I have a big confrence next week. Im all like :drool: "are we there yet?"

Branwyn
August 6th, 2005, 12:27 PM
OOOHHH !! I hear ya! I have a big confrence next week. Im all like :drool: "are we there yet?"


Where's the conference?

I so hope to be able to do well with this.

Right now, I have a couple batches of CP soap curing in my step-daughter's bedroom (she's away with her mother now) and it's "stinking" up the house LOL.

When I get my stuff from Brambleberry, I'll be able to stink up the house with other scents = ).

VelvetBlade
August 6th, 2005, 12:47 PM
I do M & P soaps...alot of them. And I do them for sale. I started melting in the micro but found it's too difficult to control the temperature, so I bought a stainless double boiler and it's been wonderful. One thing you have to note is the flash point of whatever fragrance oil you're using. If the soap is too hot when you add your oil, the scent will dissipate. I use a candy thermometer to keep track of the temperature. Also, just a tip....when you pour into your mold...spray the top of the liquid soap with rubbing alcohol...it'll help stop the bubbles that form on the top.

M&P is great fun....I hope you enjoy !!

~VB

redring
August 6th, 2005, 01:56 PM
This one is in chicago. They hold them all over though.

Branwyn
August 7th, 2005, 11:37 AM
This one is in chicago. They hold them all over though.

Awwww maaaann! I really wanted to go there. (It's right near "home", so I could have gotten cheep lodging LOL.)

My stuff came in from Brambleberry yesterday!!!! Woohooo!

If I'd not been concentrating on getting a sewing commission done, I'd have been soaping all day yesterday after it came. = )

Well, ok, I took time out to mix a couple of essential oil fragrences from the EO's I got. But that only took a few minutes while I was waiting for dinner to finish up.

Branwyn,
only about 3 more hours of sewing left to do... maybe less