Cold Process Beginner Soapmaking

Learn to create soap from scratch with confidence using the cold process method
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  • Lectures 23
  • Length 4 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2014 English

Course Description

Ever wanted to learn how to make soap from scratch but didn't know where to start? Now is your chance. This course will teach you everything a beginner should know including how to create your own recipes.

This is a comprehensive, course consisting of slideshow presentations, videos, downloadable PDFs, and quizzes to highlight important information in a professional format. You'll be able to learn everything you would in a traditional classroom and ask any questions along the way all from the comfort of your home. Over 4 hours of content.

Main topics:

  • Basic chemistry of soapmaking
  • Recipe building
  • Supplies & equipment
  • Safety considerations
  • Step by step demonstrations
  • Colorants, scents, and additives
  • Molds and preparations
  • Fats and lye
  • Cutting, curing and storing
  • Packaging
  • And more

Course includes:

  • 23 lectures and demonstrations
  • 220+ slides
  • 50 page downloadable PDF manual
  • 4 quizzes
  • 4+ hours of content

Our classes are unique in the industry. Each course is designed in logical sequence in a well thought out curriculum. Classes are very comprehensive and cover small details that are often overlooked in other courses and books, but make life easier for soapmakers (things we wished we had learned as a new soapmaker). The class is built on a professional platform, where you can learn at your own pace on your own time, anywhere in the world. You just need internet access and a desire to learn.

What are the requirements?

  • Supplies will be outlined in course
  • Desire to learn
  • Willingness to practice to master skills

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn basic cold process soapmaking
  • Learn everything to make your first batch of soap
  • Learn about the saponification process
  • Learn how to work with lye safely
  • Learn to scent and color your soap
  • Learn to line your molds
  • Learn to choose molds
  • Learn about soapmaking ingredients and how to choose oils
  • Learn to create your own soap recipes

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone who wants to learn how to make cold process soap
  • Beginner soapmakers that want to learn more

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

Welcome to Bath Alchemy Lab. This welcome slideshow video explains what features the course has and how to navigate the course.


This is a short description of what you will be learning in the class.

Beginning CP Soapmaking Manual
Section 2: What is Soap?

Learn about the benefits of making handcrafted soap.


Saponification is a chemical reaction in which lye and oils create soap. This slideshow video explains some of the history of soap as well as the chemistry behind it.


This lecture explains the different types of soapmaking processes that exist, and the pros and cons of each.

Soap should not be confused with detergents. All soap is made with lye and oils, whether made at home or commercially. If it doesn't contain lye, at any point, it is a detergent.

Intro to Soapmaking
10 questions
Section 3: Tools and Equipment

This is a general overview of some of the tools you need to make cold process soap. There may be additional equipment that you prefer to use beyond this list. You will see these tools in action in the Soapmaking Demonstration.


This video discusses different types of molds and the pros and cons to each.

How to Line a Mold
Tools and Equipment
5 questions
Section 4: Ingredients

This video slideshow explains more about the oils used in soapmaking.


Lye, or sodium hydroxide, is also known as caustic soda.


This video covers the safe handling of lye, a chief ingredient in soapmaking. Lye is perfectly safe for soapmaking provided you take necessary precautions. It should be respected but not feared.


Learn a little bit about scenting your soaps with essential oils and fragrances.

Coloring Soap
10 questions
Section 5: Soapmaking

This slideshow video walks you step by step through the CP soapmaking process. It may sound a little confusing at first, but hang in there. Our next video is a demonstration of the process, which will clear up many of your questions.

Recipes and Creating Your Own

The soap calculator saves the day! Using a soap calculator is very easy and will save you time.


This video demonstrates how to make soap from start to finish. It shows both making soap with individual oils as well as using the Beginner Soapmaking Kit that we sell. If you have any questions, please let me know.


The title speaks for itself. This slideshow tells you want you need to know about unmolding, cutting, curing, and testing your freshly made soap.

10 questions
Section 6: Packaging and Selling Soap

This is a brief overview of ways in which you can package your soaps.


This is a very brief overview of things to consider when you sell soap.

Packaging & Selling Soap
5 questions
Section 7: Troubleshooting

When a problem arises, there is bound to be a cause and sometimes even a fix. The troubleshooting guide will help you with common issues.

Section 8: Conclusion

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Instructor Biography

Erica D Pence, Certified Advanced Soapmaking Teacher

Erica Pence is a soapmaker, teacher, author, and blogger. She is the founder and CEO of Bath Alchemy Lab providing soap, bath & body, and candle making classes, and Herban Apothecary (formerly The Bonnie Bath Co.), her own line of bath and body products. She is author of the blog, Soap-Blog, where she provides information for those in the bath and body industry. Erica is a long-time columnist for The Saponifier magazine and a speaker for the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild 2014 Conference. She holds a BA in Education, and combines her love for teaching and researching with her passion for soapmaking. Erica is a native Floridian, who now resides in North Carolina with her husband, daughter, 2 dogs, and an old cat.

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