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    I would like to start making soap...hmmmm found tonnes of info on the certification process but not alot of info on actual soap making - unless im not looking in the right places :lol:

    So from what ive seen i would prefer to make the soap using the cold process method rather than the other way (arnt i technical? )

    Ideally i would like to make the soaps from as few ingrediants as possible. I've decided to make my own after some nasty skin reactions to their apparantly natural homemade cosmetic products

    Any pointers, book recommendations etc would be very welcome Thank you!

  • #2
    Hi
    Good luck with your venture - you will soon be hooked. Sorry but I cannot help you with cold process as I only use melt & pour (the easier option) but I am sure someone will be along soon to give you some pointers.

    Have fun
    The Soap Fairy xx
    www.thesoapfairy.net

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    • #3
      Cannot help re the cold method only melt and pour, have you tried The Soap Kitchen, they have recipes and supplies

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      • #4
        try millers soap lots of uselful info or try the candles and soap forum uk
        buy some books
        soap makers companion by susan cavitch

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        • #5
          Hi,

          Welcome to the forum.

          One of the best books to start with is called The Handmade soap book and it's written by Melinda Coss. It's a great introduction to cold process soapmaking and will get you completely addicted to the wonderful world of soaping. Don't forget to look into all of the relevent regulations (weights and measures, certification, labelling to name just a few) if you have any plans on selling your soaps to anyone.

          Leanna
          www.purethoughts.co.uk
          Natural soaps and skincare, handmade from beginning to end...

          Pure Thoughts Newsletter - Free samples for 50 new subscribers every month

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          • #6
            Amazon has a good selection on soapmaking, read the review first though as a few are for huge batches..

            Try a search for soapnuts not the 'nuts' but the soap website that has lots of recipes on it and some helpful tips on cold process, I cant post any links yet but its a dot com one.
            I do cold process, hot process and whipped process and I tried a few of the recipes and they are pretty good.

            Hope thats helpful..

            "Friends help you move. Real friends help you move bodies."
            www.fairyalchemy.co.uk
            fairyalchemy.blogspot.com



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            • #7
              I only make melt and pour so can only help with that. I find mealt and pour soap making really quick and easy to do. I have made quite a few different soaps now so I am here to help if you have any questions =)

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              • #8
                Hi there

                I have recently started making soap myself, I have found The homemade soap book by Melinda Coss to be a brilliant start, then once that one makes sense I have found that The Soapmakers Companion by Susan Miller Cavitch answers all the questions that you start to have.....and believe me, there are a lot of questions....once you start you can't stop! And each time you make a batch, you notice a new one you want to try....but the results have been fantastic so far.....

                The best advice I have is to buy the book, then start making....taking lots of care with the Sodium Hydroxide (it really does burn!)...I had the books for about 2 years before I actually stopped reading and brought the supplies and my only regret is that I should have started sooner....hands on is the only way to learn.

                The most time consuming part for me was find the best suppliers!

                Good luck!

                Lara

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                • #9
                  Hi
                  There is tonnes of info, recipes, forums, help online. Use it, it all helps!
                  Most books are a few years old and American, which throws up problems of reducing the size of the batch and converting it to grams/KG. Simply halving a recipe will not necessarily make good soap.
                  If you need/want help, feel free to contact me.
                  http://lomondsoap.blogspot.com
                  http://lomondsoap.com

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                  • #10
                    I agree with the above - there's a lot of info out there.

                    You'll find some recipes here - the recipes will also work with Hot Process (tutorial here) and a tutorial with pics for Cold Process.

                    With Hot Process you don't have to wait for the 4 weeks or so that you do with Cold Process - but it is better kept for a couple of weeks before using.
                    ElaineJ soap and other stuff
                    website
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                    • #11
                      Hi,

                      I cant help you in the soap making process. However I can auggest one ingredient you would love to use. Its goat milk. A friend gifted me a soap set made of goatmilk. She made it on her own. I loved it so mucvh that I ave to purchase a batch from here every now and then. She would never give me the recipe

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                      • #12
                        Goats milk is lovely in soap, I don't use enough of it! There are plenty of recipes out there, if you really feel the need to do it. I've always been advised not to gel GM soaps. Soap cool or cold and stick in the fridge if it is heating up.
                        http://lomondsoap.blogspot.com
                        http://lomondsoap.com

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                        • #13
                          If you make Hot Process then powdered goatsmilk (or any other dairy powder) can be mixed to a creamy consistency with some of the superfatting oils and added after the "cook" - makes alovely soap.
                          ElaineJ soap and other stuff
                          website
                          blog

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                          • #14
                            I've been given a lovely book for Christmas, it is called 'Making Scented Soap' by Linda Hamblen. I think it's available on Amazon. It explains how to make cold-processed soap quite clearly, and has some lovely recipes and pictures. Just reading it has made me feel so inspired to have a go at soap making! (I haven't attempted it yet!) The only thing I will say about it, is the recipes given all seem to use the most expensive essential oils (rose otto, neroli etc.), so if a batch went wrong it could be a costly mistake!

                            I'm also quite tempted to buy 'The Handmade Soap Book' by Melinda Coss. Think it is about £6 or £7 on Amazon, so not too expensive...

                            greenfairy x

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                            • #15
                              Good luck Greenfairy! Those books are nice but the recipes are sometimes aimed more at the US. If you want a simple recipe to try, in a reasonable batch size, PM me.
                              PS once you start you just can't stop Beware!
                              http://lomondsoap.blogspot.com
                              http://lomondsoap.com

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