How To Make Soap - Homemade Soap Making for Beginners
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How To Make Soap - Homemade Soap Making for Beginners

How to make your own soap at home using the cold process soapmaking method. A step by step guide for beginners
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Created by Shona O'Connor
Last updated 8/2020
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This course includes
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 10 articles
  • 21 downloadable resources
  • 1 Practice Test
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Create home made natural soap from scratch, using natural ingredients, which you probably have in your pantry
  • Make pure and natural soap, free from harmful ingredients, avoiding known irritants
  • Easily calculate how much soap you need to make to fill your mold, and create your own recipes
  • Use colours and fragrances to create fabulous looking, amazing smelling soap, that is good enough to give as gifts, or sell
  • Use inexpensive items to create amazing packaging for your soap.
  • Build and develop a new creative hobby.
  • You must be able to complete basic maths i.e addition, multiplication and percentages
  • You will need basic kitchen equipment (that you probably already have).
  • Lye/Sodium hydroxide which is generally available in hardware stores as a drain cleaner.
  • Basic safety equipment (which you probably already own), or can get from the hardware or dollar store
  • Simple ingredients, such as cooking oils and fragrances that are readily available in your grocery and health food stores.

Take this course and you will learn how to make beautiful, natural handmade soap from scratch, at home, using the ingredients of your choice.

The course will give you all the information that you need about oils, butters and fragrances, so that you can easily create your own recipes. I share my own recipes for the soaps demonstrated to give you a start. You can use animal fats or make vegan soap.

With the knowledge you get from this course, you won't have to be limited to following other people's recipes - you will be able to create your own unique handcrafted soaps.

Soapmaking is like any hobby - you can spend a fortune on it. However, in this course I will show you how to get started by using regular kitchen equipment and inexpensive ingredients that you can get in your local supermarket and health food store.

You will discover how to use household or dollar store items as molds, so that you can get started straight away at little or no cost. I will even show you how to make a wooden mold at a fraction of the cost of buying one.

You will see how to colour your soap with natural and cosmetic colours. The course will also show you a colour swirling technique, as well as how to make shampoo, shaving and an exfoliating soap.


Q) What method of soap making is used in this course?
A) This course covers Cold Process soap making.

Q) Does this course cover Melt and Pour Soap making?
A) No. This course shows you how to make soap from scratch using the Cold Process Method.

Q) Does this course cover Hot Process Soap making?
A) No the method taught in this course is Cold Process, although the basic method for Hot Process soap is discussed.

Q) Is this method of soap making suitable for children to do?
A) Some people allow their children to do soap making, however that is usually using the Melt and Pour method. The lye in Cold Process soap making is caustic and will burn the skin, so I would not recommend children or animals to be around while soap making.

Q) What if I run into problems while making my soap?
A) I have highlighted all the important things that you need to know. However, if you do have any problems I'll be there in the discussion area, ready to help you

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to make soap from scratch using the cold process method.
  • Anyone who wants to make natural soap for health reasons.
  • If you are looking for a new hobby for your own enjoyment.
  • To make a selection of soaps which you could use to give as gifts to friends and family.
  • If you would like to earn some extra money to fund your new hobby, or if you want to start a new fun business
Course content
Expand all 53 lectures 03:34:39
+ Introduction
2 lectures 10:02
How To Improve Your Course Experience
+ What You Will Need To Get Started
11 lectures 01:14:08

Discover what soap making equipment you will need and where to source it at minimum cost.

Equipment You Will Need

Learn about different molds. How to source cheap or free molds as well as specialist loaf, slab and milky way molds

Look around your house to see what containers could double up as soap molds. Next time you are shopping, look in your supermarket and dollar store and find some items that you could use as soap molds
Finding Soap Molds
1 question

Make a wooden loaf mold at home, with no previous wood working skills

Preview 04:57
How to Work Out What SIze Wooden Mold To Make

How to line a wooden soap loaf mold

Lining a Loaf Mold

What containers to use as molds

2 questions

Learn which ingredients are required for soap making so that you can make your own recipes

Adding Colours to Your Soap

Demonstration of how to dilute and use lab colors in CP soap

Using Lab Colours

Information on the different types of fragrances, how to use them and how to buy them cheaply.

Adding Fragrances
Creating Fragrance Blends
Finding Suppliers
+ Safety Information - ESSENTIAL VIEWING
1 lecture 03:23

Essential information about safety while soap making. Essential viewing to avoid accidents.

Important Safety Information
Let's see what you remember about safety precautions
2 questions
+ Soap Making Basics
6 lectures 18:32
Formulating Your Own Recipe

Information about the characteristics and qualities of base oils, so that you are better informed to create your own recipes

Properties Of Base Oils In Soap Making

Step by step demonstration of how to calculate the volume of your mold in order to calculate how much soap you need to make to fill your mold.

Demonstration of How To Calculate the Volume of Your Mold

Mathematic formula for calculating the volume of your mold.

Calculation Details For Calculating The Volume of Your Mold

You have a rectangular mold which is 3 inches wide, 10 inches long and you want to fill it to 2.5 inches.

What is the volume of the mold in cubic inches?

Calculating the volume of a mold
1 question

The purpose of using a lye calculator and things to think about before you start.

Creating Your Soap Recipe Using a Lye Calculator
Calculating the volume of your mold and using this to calculate your own recipe using the information on choosing your base oils
Creating your own recipe to suit your mold
1 question

Details and demonstrations of the different stages of trace.

A Closer Look at Trace
+ Step by Step Demonstration of Making a Basic Soap
7 lectures 15:05

Demonstration of how to mix your water an lye together, and the safety precautions you need to take

Mixing Your Lye and Water

How to use a natural product to color your soap

Using a Natural Colorant

Demonstration of how to safely melt down your oils and butters

Melting the Oils and Butters

How to mix your ingredients together, safely to avoid air bubbles and create the perfect soap batter

Combining Your Ingredients and Achieving Trace
Unmolding and Cutting Your Soap

How to clear up quickly and safely without causing any plumbing disaters.

Clearing up
Soap Making Challenge

Using Colours in Cold Process Soap

Using Colours
1 question
+ Making A Loaf of Soap
7 lectures 25:42
Mixing the Water and Lye
Let's see what you remember about mixing lye and water and adding to the oils
3 questions

Demonstration of melting the oils

Melting the OIls
Measuring Fragrances

How to mix your colors and add them to your soap

Mixing The Colours

Achieving the correct trace, adding fragrances to your soap

Achieving Trace, Adding Fragrance and Colours

Pouring the soap into the mold using a swirling technique

Preview 04:42

Cutting your loaf of soap

Cutting The Soap
+ Making Exfoliating Soap
3 lectures 08:51

Making the batter for your exfoliating soap, adding fragrance and colors

Making Batter, Adding Fragrances and Colour

How to add pumice to your soap and pouring the soap into the mold.

Adding Pumice and Pouring Soap Into The Mold
+ Shampoo Soap
2 lectures 04:35

Making a plain unscented shampoo soap

Making Shampoo Soap
Cutting Shampoo Soap
+ Shaving Soap
1 lecture 04:31

Demonstration of how to make shaving soap

Making Shaving Soap