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
4.9 (28 ratings) Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a
course's star rating by considering a number of different factors
such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the
likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
808 students enrolled
$19
$125
85% off
Take This Course
  • Lectures 32
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
    30 day money back guarantee!
    Available on iOS and Android
    Certificate of Completion
Wishlisted Wishlist

How taking a course works

Discover

Find online courses made by experts from around the world.

Learn

Take your courses with you and learn anywhere, anytime.

Master

Learn and practice real-world skills and achieve your goals.

About This Course

Published 11/2016 English

Course Description

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.

FAQs

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

What are the requirements?

  • 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, colours and fragrances that are readily available in your grocery and health food stores.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Build and develop a new creative hobby.
  • Create home made natural soap (using ingredients you probably have in your pantry)
  • Use colours and fragances to create fabulous looking, amazing smelling soap
  • Using low cost items package your soap as gifts or to sell
  • Make pure and natural soap, free from harmful ingredients
  • Customize your soap to avoid known irritants

What 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.
  • To make some extra money.
  • If you would like to start a new creative business

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.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
Introduction
Preview
04:28
Section 2: Equipment
Molds
10:25
2 questions

What containers to use as molds

Lining a Loaf Mold
Preview
01:22
Equipment You Will Need
06:35
Equipment Challenge
00:24
Section 3: Safety Information - ESSENTIAL VIEWING
Important Safety Information
03:23
Section 4: Understanding the Principles of Soap Making
The Principles of Cold Process Soap Making
Preview
03:47
Alternative Methods of Soap Making
Preview
03:48
Section 5: How To Make a Basic Soap
Ingredients
04:08
Properties of Base Oils
Article
Calculating How Much Soap You Need To Fill Your Mold
Article
Creating Your Soap Recipe Using a Lye Calculator
Article
Adding Colours
03:38
Using Lab Colours
04:28
Adding Fragrances
Article
Let's see what you remember about safety precautions
2 questions
Section 6: Step by Demonstration of Making a Basic Soap
Mixing Your Lye and Water
02:49
Let's see what you remember about mixing lye and water and adding to the oils
3 questions
Using a Natural Colorant
01:18
Melting the Oils and Butters
01:34
Combining Your Ingredients and Achieving Trace
04:46
Clearing up
01:04
Unmolding and Cutting Your Soap
02:41
Soap Making Challenge
00:51
Section 7: Making A Loaf of Soap
Mixing the Water and Lye
01:45
Melting the OIls
02:14
Mixing The Colours
02:32
Achieving Trace, Adding Fragrance and Colours
05:55
Pouring The Soap Into The Mold
06:09
Cutting The Soap
05:18
Section 8: Storing and Packaging Your Soaps
Curing And Storing Your Soap
01:06
Packaging Tips
06:15
Section 9: Bonus and Additional Resources
Rebatching Soap
06:11
Bonus Lecture
Article

Students Who Viewed This Course Also Viewed

  • Loading
  • Loading
  • Loading

Instructor Biography

Shona O'Connor, 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.


Ready to start learning?
Take This Course