Natural Soap Bars From Scratch For Beginners
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Natural Soap Bars From Scratch For Beginners

Beginner | Cold-Process Method | Vegan Recipes | Natural Ingredients
4.6 (16 ratings)
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80 students enrolled
Last updated 7/2020
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 8 articles
  • 12 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Learn how to make natural soap bars from scratch using the Cold-Process (CP) method.
  • Understand the safety associated with soap-making and know what precautions to take when making homemade soap.
  • Learn to formulate your own soap recipes with the ingredients that you have access to, so that you don't have to depend on other recipes.
  • Formulate and experiment with your own recipes to create skincare, shampoo bars and household cleaning soap.
  • Grasp some intermediate and advanced soap-making techniques like how to create layered soap; how to make soap with honey or milk; how to incorporate fresh food stuffs in soap bars etc.
  • Use natural colourants and essential oils to dye and fragrance your soap naturally.
  • Learn when and how to cut and cure soap bars.
  • Learn how to clean your kitchen equipment properly, so that it is safe to use for both food and soap-making.
  • Calculate the volume of various soap molds in order to determine how much soap you need to make to fill them.
  • Use (or re-use) common packaging as soap molds, which you probably already have at home.
Requirements
  • Equipment: Kitchen scale; stainless steel pot; two heatproof glass or ceramic bowls; two stainless steel tablespoons; electric blender; soap mold; towel.
  • Ingredients: caustic soda; distilled water; cooking oils.
  • Safety equipment: vinegar; long-sleeve clothing; protective gloves; safety mask; safety glasses.
Description

Learn how to make natural and vegan-friendly soap bars from scratch.

This course covers everything that beginners need (and want) to know, including some insights into more advanced soap recipes and techniques. After completing this course, most beginners won't need any additional soap-making courses, except perhaps those students who are interested in advanced designs and swirling techniques. You will receive 5 soap recipes; watch 4 demonstrations showing different soap techniques; and you will be equipped with the knowledge to formulate your own soap recipes.

For those beginners who just want to make their own soap - even beautiful soaps for gifts and for selling - this course is more than sufficient. This course balances theory and demonstration as best as possible, and will review your understanding of the material through optional quizzes, and a practical challenge. This course is structured to answer every little question that beginners might have, and it assumes zero knowledge about soap ingredients, equipment, safety, method, recipe formulation etc.

Many beginners are concerned about lye safety, but after this course you will feel confident to attempt soap-making by yourself - because you will know enough, and because you would have seen enough soap-making in action.

You will be ready to make your first batch of soap after the third video lecture, and you are encouraged to do so!

So, if you are a beginner looking for one comprehensive course, then this is the course for you. You will never buy soap again.


Who this course is for:
  • Beginners who know nothing about how to make soap from scratch, and who are looking to learn everything they need to know in one comprehensive course.
  • Melt-and-pour soapers who are looking for a new challenge, and are ready to start working with lye to make their soaps from scratch.
  • Vegans who want to learn how to make plant-based soaps in order to replace some of their cosmetics.
  • Entrepreneurs and artisans with a desire to start a natural cosmetics or natural soap business.
  • Zero-waste advocates who want make their own cosmetic products to reduce the packaging waste in their own lives.
  • People looking for a new, creative and affordable hobby.
  • People with a desire to use natural products or to make their own products, for whatever reason - frugal living, environmental, health, family, homemade gifting or a passion for DIY.
Course content
Expand all 20 lectures 02:12:30
+ Course Overview
1 lecture 02:11

This video provides a brief overview of what is included in this course and its basic structure, so that you may decide whether to enroll. You will also find a printable shopping list provided as a resource, so that you may ensure that you have what you need to make soap before you start the course.

Preview 02:11
+ Ingredients and Safety
1 lecture 18:14

By the end of this lesson, you will have a thorough understanding of each of the essential ingredients required for soap-making. You will know the difference between lye, caustic soda and sodium hydroxide; and you will be well-aware of the dangers and safety protocols involved with these chemicals. You will understand how your choice of oils will affect the final properties of your soap bar, and which ingredients you should, and should not buy. In this lecture, you will be provided with downloadable course notes, so that you don't have to frantically scribble down every word I say in each lecture. This allows you to focus on listening and understanding each lecture, while knowing that I got your back with the note-taking :)

Lecture 1: Ingredients & Safety
18:14

Test your knowledge on what you have learned in this section regarding the ingredients and safety of soap-making.

Ingredients & Safety
28 questions
+ Tools and Equipment
2 lectures 09:01

Learn what specific tools and equipment you will need to make soap bars, and also what you cannot use.

By the end of this lesson, you will know:

  • What equipment you need to make soap bars at home.

  • You will understand which materials are  suitable for each stage of the soap-making process, as well as those  materials that cannot be used.

  • What may be used as soap moulds, so that you don’t have to buy an expensive soap mould for this beginner course.

This video lecture has been made free for preview, so that students  may prepare the necessary equipment before enrolling in the course.  Since you will be ready to make soap after completing the third video  lecture, it is advisable to get everything you need before proceeding to  the next section.

Preview 06:05

The resources provided in this lecture will allow you to:

  • Calculate the volume of various soap mould shapes.

  • Estimate the volume of your soap batch so that you know what size mould (or how many moulds) you need.

  • Estimate the weight of soap required to fill your specific mould.

  • Calculate the cost and selling price of your recipe.

  • Determine which plastics are suitable for soap moulds and lye storage.

Your practical understanding of these resources will be tested in the section quiz.

Useful Calculators and Resources
02:56

Test your knowledge on what you have learned in this section regarding the tools and equipment required for homemade soap-making.

Tools & Equipment
21 questions
+ Method (Cold-Process)
5 lectures 35:06

This is the official course recipe, which I will refer to in lectures, and which you will be ready to make after completing this section of the course.

The Course Recipe
00:42

By the end of this lecture, you will be ready to attempt making your first batch of soap. The cold-process method will be explained and demonstrated in this video.

The video lecture will explain every detail slowly, and then methodically demonstrate the soap-making process step by step. You will have the opportunity to first listen to the method being explained, and then watch the soap-making process in action. After watching this lecture, you will:

  • Be able to make cold-process soap.

  • Be able to identify “trace” in soap.

  • Know how to create a simple marbled effect in soap.

  • Know how to create a basic pattern on a soap bar.

You are encouraged to make the course recipe before proceeding to the “Cutting and Curing” section of the course.

Lecture 3: Soap-making Method (Cold Process)
22:17

Learn which ingredients you can use to naturally colour your soap bars.

Natural Colourants For Soap Bars
00:22

This article provides a basic introduction into perfume theory, and advice on which essential oils are best and worst to fragrance soap.

How to Fragrance Soap With Essential Oils
00:10

In this video, the soap-making process will be demonstrated again, but with two differences. You will learn:

  • How to use a cardboard box as a soap mould.

  • How to incorporate clay into your soap batch.

The instructor will make the same course recipe, except she will use clay as an additive and cardboard as a soap mould.

Watching this video will be good revision for what you have already learned in the main lecture.

Revision: Another Demonstration
11:35

Test your knowledge on what you have learned in this section regarding the method of soap-making.

Soap-making Method
30 questions
+ Cutting and Curing Soap Bars
1 lecture 10:40

By the end of this lecture, you will understand how to cut and correctly cure your soap bars. You will learn:

  • When to remove your soap from the mould.

  • When and how to cut your soap.

  • Where, how and how long to cure your soap.

  • Why curing is necessary.

  • How to prevent soda ash.

  • How to estimate the shelf life of soap.

  • Why pH is important in soap bars.

Lecture 4: Cutting and Curing Soap Bars
10:40

Test your knowledge on what you have learned in this section regarding how to cut and cure soap bars.

Cutting and Curing Soap
19 questions
+ Soap Recipe Formulation
3 lectures 13:19

By the end of this lecture, you will be able to formulate your own soap recipes. You will learn:

  • How to use a soap calculator.

  • How to determine how much water you need.

  • Why superfat is important.

  • How to determine a superfat value for your soap.

  • How to judge the quality of a soap bar recipe.

  • How to improve a soap bar recipe.

  • How to make substitutions in a soap recipe.

Lecture 5: Soap Bar Recipe Formulation
11:40

Test your knowledge on what you have learned in this section regarding how to use a soap calculator, and how to formulate your own soap bar recipe for various uses.

Soap Recipe Formulation
30 questions
Quick Reference Soap Recipes
00:26
Formulate Your Own Soap Recipe
01:12
+ Troubleshooting and Frequently Asked Questions
5 lectures 41:49

This lecture will cover what you can expect if you measure incorrectly, and it will address questions frequently asked by beginner soap makers.

Lecture 6: Troubleshooting & FAQs
27:15

Read detailed answers to the FAQs already briefly discussed in the previous video lecture.

Frequently Asked Questions
00:24

This video demonstrates two things:

  1. How to layer soap.

  2. How to incorporate fresh food stuff into soap, like carrot juice.

How to Layer Soap
07:38

Watch how to create soap with multiple layers. The full recipe is included as a resource for you to try yourself. Create a striking bar of soap that will make an impressive Christmas gift.

Preview 02:14

This video demonstrates how to make soap with any type of milk, including plant-based milks.

How to Make Soap with Any Type of Milk
04:18

Test your knowledge on what you have learned in this section regarding some of the common mistakes and common questions asked by beginner soap makers.

Troubleshooting & FAQs
16 questions
+ The Finish Line
2 lectures 02:08
The Finish Line
00:54

If you haven't already, it's time to move from theory to practice.

Soap-making Challenge
01:14