The process of making soap is a complex one, but nothing you cannot manage after a few tries. After all, the results are gratifying, and the feeling of using something of your own, something you can trust completely, is worth the effort. If you haven’t already, click here to read the previous article on How To Make Soap because, without it, this post won’t make much sense to you.
Now, speaking of the soap-making process, it is as good as the equipment and the supplies you have. Trust me on this because without the right soap-making equipment and high-quality ingredients; your soap won’t give you that ‘million-buck’ feeling. This is why here you’ll find where to buy soap making supplies, and you can even find bulk soap making supplies once you master the process, saving you tons of $$$.
Where To Buy Soap-Making Supplies & Ingredients
Now that you read about the entire process of making soap, we can freely concentrate on the fluff stuff: all the fragrances, colors, essential oils and herbs for texture, and where to get them. When I first started experimenting with homemade cosmetics, I found the entire process either very expensive or unreliable, ingredients-wise. Not everyone has a local craftsman store around, and not every online store is reliable as far as the quality and prices go. This is why when I first found From Nature With Love and tried their products my happiness went through the roof. Those guys have it all, the soap-making ingredients, the oils, the clays, and best of all you can even find the entire equipment there. All the needed supplies to make your own soap are in one place. Doesn’t get any more convenient than that!
To give you an idea of which additives you can enrich your soap with, I’ve listed the most important ones that will provide you with color, pleasant fragrance, texture and nurturing properties to your soap. Feel free to swap them as you wish:
All herbal material must be dried. Lavender is popular, as well as chamomile for their calming properties. In my mixtures, I like using lemongrass and orange peel, though not together. But don’t take my word for it, you can find a ton more at From Nature With Love – experiment your way to the perfect soap.
NOTE: Use about ¼ cup of dried plant material per batch.
Essential oils are derived from plants. They come from the roots, stems, flowers or seeds. The most commonly used ones are Green Mandarin, Peppermint, Lavender, depending on what you want to accomplish, but don’t stop there. Be adventurous and experiment on your own. NOTE: 15-20 drops or around a teaspoon per batch is enough.
Fragrance oils are high-quality scent oils and my personal favorites to use are:
- Coconut Cream Fragrance Oil
- Milk Chocolate Fragrance Oil
- Vanilla Lace Victoria’s Secret Type Fragrance Oil
- Cherry Blossom BBW Type Fragrance Oil
- Dark Kiss Fragrance Oil
- Warm Vanilla Sugar Fragrance Oil
- Winter Apple Candy
….and I gotta stop right here because the list is infinite.
As for color additives, you can choose between these that come in all shades and are entirely safe and natural, or choose the ground herb powders like Turmeric, Annatto Seeds (you can ground them if you have the means), Stinging Nettles or other from their vast assortment.
If, for example, you are treating eczema and you’re making homemade soap, you might want to consider adding some Stinging Nettles Powder because of its eczema-treating properties, and other itchy skin conditions. Each herb has its own benefits, so find the one that suits you best and use it.
Have you tried making soap already? Sound off in the comments below with your first-hand experience so that you can help out other newbies.
To Your Soapy Adventures,