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 soap making method. A step by step guide for beginners
4.5 (94 ratings)
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1,192 students enrolled
Created by Shona O'Connor
Last updated 4/2017
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 6 Articles
  • 9 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create home made natural soap from scratch, using natural ingredients, which you 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 fragances 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.
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  • 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.

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 use regular kitchen equipment and 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.


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 is the target audience?
  • 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 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
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Curriculum For This Course
42 Lectures
1 Lecture 04:28
5 Lectures 23:43

What containers to use as molds

2 questions

Making a Wooden Loaf Mold

Equipment You Will Need

Equipment Challenge
Safety Information - ESSENTIAL VIEWING
1 Lecture 03:23
Important Safety Information
Understanding the Principles of Soap Making
2 Lectures 07:35
How To Make a Basic Soap
7 Lectures 19:36

Properties of Base Oils

Calculating How Much Soap You Need To Fill Your Mold

Creating Your Soap Recipe Using a Lye Calculator

Adding Colours

Using Lab Colours

Adding Fragrances

Let's see what you remember about safety precautions
2 questions
Step by Step Demonstration of Making a Basic Soap
7 Lectures 14:44
Mixing Your Lye and Water

Using a Natural Colorant

Using Colours in Cold Process Soap

Using Colours
1 question

Melting the Oils and Butters

Combining Your Ingredients and Achieving Trace

Clearing up

Unmolding and Cutting Your Soap

Soap Making Challenge
Making A Loaf of Soap
6 Lectures 23:53
Mixing the Water and Lye

Let's see what you remember about mixing lye and water and adding to the oils
3 questions

Melting the OIls

Mixing The Colours

Achieving Trace, Adding Fragrance and Colours

Pouring The Soap Into The Mold

Cutting The Soap
Making Exfoliating Soap
3 Lectures 08:51
Making Batter, Adding Fragrances and Colour

Adding Pumice and Pouring Soap Into The Mold

Umolding and Cutting The Soap
Shampoo Soap
2 Lectures 05:02
Making Shampoo Soap

Cutting Shampoo Soap
Shaving Soap
1 Lecture 04:31
Making The Shaving Soap
4 More Sections
About the Instructor
Shona O'Connor
4.4 Average rating
142 Reviews
3,580 Students
4 Courses
Crafter, Soap Maker, Trainer

I have been making soap for over 18 years and teaching soap for over 15 years.

I started with the melt and pour Soap method and then went on to make soap from scratch using the Cold Process method. I love to share my expertise with others, which led me to start teaching soap making from my home. Now my course is an online version, which allows me to share my passion with students from all over the world, who want to learn or master soap making.

I have successfully sold my soaps to friends, co-workers, at craft fairs and online.

The best thing about Cold Process soap making is that you can make totally natural soap that does not contain any harmful chemicals. I can teach you how to make  a simple, plain bar of soap, or how to unleash your creativity using fabulous colouring techniques. I have studied aromatherapy, so am the perfect person to guide students in the use of essential oils.

I have always loved teaching and love the satisfaction of teaching a complete beginner to make something creative and seeing or hearing about their delight in the fabulous results they have achieved. Udemy's discussion area is perfect for following up with students and sharing in their successes.

Join the soap making course and let me help you have fun and make amazing soap.