If you are ready to try making soap, you can read books and check out websites, but until you actually see it done, you probably won't understand how either soap making method—cold process or melt and pour—really works. The video presentations gathered here give you an extra bit of "how to" information and, hopefully, some confidence. Along with an accompanying set of step-by-step instructions, these videos serve as great primers to get you started making your own soap in no time.
01 of 09
Cold Process: How to Safely Make a Lye Solution
Many people fear making cold process soap from scratch because of the lye. While lye can cause burns, like any chemical, it can be dealt with safely and properly. Learn how to safely make lye solution, and you'll be on your way to homemade soap in no time.
Lye Solution Step-by-step instructions
02 of 09
Cold Process: How to Get Trace in Soap Making
One of the most misunderstood terms in cold process soap making is the word "trace." Find out what how to test and achieve trace in your next soap project. Trace is a sign that your soap has reached the point of emulsification, after which it won't separate into the original oils and lye-water.
More information about trace
03 of 09
Cold Process: How to Make Goat's Milk Soap
With its extra proteins, vitamins and caseins, which are good for your skin, goat's milk is one of the most popular additives people put in their cold processed soap. See how to add goat milk to your soap using three different methods: using fresh goat's milk, powdered goat's milk or canned evaporated goat's milk.
How to Make Goat's Milk Step-by-Step
04 of 09
Cold Process: How to Make Felted Soap
Felted soap provides extra exfoliating scrub in the shower, and making it at home is an inexpensive and simple project. You'll need a bar of fully cured soap, some raw wool, a ribbed mat and the bottom of an old pair of pantyhose or knee-highs. Watch how to felt soap using wool.
Step-by-step instructions for felting soapContinue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Cold Process: Whipped Soap
Whipped soap is a variation of cold process soap that is done at room temperature. This process is different from the norm in a couple of ways. Rather than beat the melted oils and lye in a hot soap pot, you whip the oils and the soap in a bowl, and you work at room temperature instead of at about 100 degrees. The result is a white opaque soap that takes tints beautifully.
Step-by-step instructions for whipped soap
06 of 09
Melt and Pour: Soap in Shapes
Personalize your soaps by pouring them into pre-made molds made especially for that purpose. Make basic shapes like circles and squares or have fun making interesting novelty shapes. You can even use molds designed for making chocolate shapes.
You can make shapes with both pre-made melt and pour soap and with cold process soap.
Making melt and pour soaps in shapes step-by-step
07 of 09
Melt and Pour: Layered Soap
Melt and pour soap is incredibly flexible, and you can use it in lots of creative ways. All sorts of whimsical and beautiful holiday soaps are made this way. Check out the video for fun novelty Christmas soaps.
How to make colorful layered soap.
08 of 09
Melt and Pour: Chunk Soap
Use your imagination and cut colorful soaps you made in the past into small or large chunks for inclusion in new distinctive bars. You can even cut slivers of soap and add them to new bars. Arrange the chunks or slivers in the molds and then pour new—often clear—soap over them. The colorful chunks/slivers show through and add a fun touch to the bar.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
When you're already skilled in cold process soap making but are in the mood for something different, mix up a batch of liquid soap. You'll still need a batch of lye solution, but the magic is in the stirring, which occurs every half hour over three or four hours. Eventually, you'll be able to pour your soap into your choice of attractive containers for home use or gifts.
Let's Make a Basic Liquid Soap Step-by-Step