When I first started soap making, I read a lot of books and websites, but it wasn't until I actually did it that I really understood how cold process soap making really worked. Well, while I can't do it for you, these video presentations will give you an extra bit of "how to" to get you started. Along with the full step by step instructions on the site, they should be a great primer to get you started making your own soap in no time.
Making your own soap allows you to combine a little bit of creativity, a little bit of cooking, and a little bit of science into something you can use everyday. This video shows me making a batch of soap from start to finish. It's a good overview of the whole process. More step by step instructions
Many people fear making soap from scratch because of 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! More step by step instructions
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. More information about trace
With extra proteins, vitamins, and caseins that are really good for your skin, one of the most popular additives people put in their cold processed soap is goat milk. See how to add goat milk to your soap using three different methods.
Felted soap provides a little extra exfoliating scrub in the shower, and making it at home is an inexpensive and simple project. Watch how to felt soap with wool.