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
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  • Lectures 41
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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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.


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 to package your soap as gifts or to sell
  • Make pure and natural soap, free from harmful ingredients
  • Customize your soap to avoid known irritants

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.
  • 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.


Section 1: Introduction
Section 2: Equipment
2 questions

What containers to use as molds

Lining a Loaf Mold
Making a Wooden Loaf Mold
Equipment You Will Need
Equipment Challenge
Section 3: Safety Information - ESSENTIAL VIEWING
Important Safety Information
Section 4: Understanding the Principles of Soap Making
The Principles of Cold Process Soap Making
Alternative Methods of Soap Making
Section 5: How To Make a Basic Soap
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
Section 6: Step by Step Demonstration of Making a Basic Soap
Mixing Your Lye and Water
Using a Natural Colorant
1 question

Using Colours in Cold Process Soap

Melting the Oils and Butters
Combining Your Ingredients and Achieving Trace
Clearing up
Unmolding and Cutting Your Soap
Soap Making Challenge
Section 7: Making A Loaf of Soap
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
Section 8: Making Exfoliating Soap
Making Batter, Adding Fragrances and Colour
Adding Pumice and Pouring Soap Into The Mold
Umolding and Cutting The Soap
Section 9: Shampoo Soap
Making Shampoo Soap
Cutting Shampoo Soap
Section 10: Shaving Soap
Making The Shaving Soap
Section 11: Storing and Packaging Your Soaps
Curing And Storing Your Soap
Packaging Tips
Section 12: Rebatching Your Soap
Rebatching Soap
Cutting The Rebatched Soap
Section 13: Troubleshooting
Section 14: Bonus and Additional Resources
Bonus Lecture

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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.

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