Cold Process Beginner Soapmaking
3.9 (40 ratings)
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Cold Process Beginner Soapmaking

Learn to create soap from scratch with confidence using the cold process method
3.9 (40 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
181 students enrolled
Created by Erica D Pence
Last updated 1/2014
English [Auto]
Price: $89.99
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This course includes
  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • 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
  • Supplies will be outlined in course
  • Desire to learn
  • Willingness to practice to master skills

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.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to make cold process soap
  • Beginner soapmakers that want to learn more
Course content
Expand all 23 lectures 04:02:31
+ Introduction
3 lectures 06:34

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

Preview 04:50

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

Preview 01:29
Beginning CP Soapmaking Manual
+ What is Soap?
3 lectures 22:03

Learn about the benefits of making handcrafted soap.

Preview 04:37

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.

Soapmaking Methods
Intro to Soapmaking
10 questions
+ Tools and Equipment
3 lectures 27:56

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.

Tools and Equipment

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

All About Molds
How to Line a Mold
Tools and Equipment
5 questions
+ Ingredients
5 lectures 40:10

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

Fats and Oils

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

Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)

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.

Lye Safety and Handling

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

Scenting Soap
Coloring Soap
10 questions
+ Soapmaking
5 lectures 01:51:16

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.

Basic Soapmaking Instructions
Recipes and Creating Your Own

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

Using a Soap Calculator

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.

Soapmaking Demonstration

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

Unmolding, Cutting, Curing, and Testing Soap
10 questions
+ Packaging and Selling Soap
2 lectures 12:15

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

Packaging Ideas

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

Selling Your Soaps
Packaging & Selling Soap
5 questions
+ Troubleshooting
1 lecture 18:31

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.