Without a doubt, soap making is a hobby that is both fun and practical. Not only will you be able to get some pleasure and enjoyment out of making soap crafts, but you will also be to use the soap instead of spending money on store-bought products. If you're interested in adopting soap making as a hobby, here is brief guide to this craft for beginners.
Soap Making Supplies
Before you can make quality soap on your own, you need to have the right soap making ingredientsand supplies. Of course, different types of soaps require different soap making supplies. For example, you will need essential oils when making fragrant soaps. Since essential oils for a nice aroma can be pricey, you may want to stick with unscented soap as a beginner. While a variety of different ingredients can be used to make soap, some basic ingredients (besides water) you should have on hand are as follows:
You should also keep in mind that many of these ingredients can be used to make natural shampoos and lotions as well. Not only will you save money by making your own shampoos and lotions, but what you make will also be healthier for your hair and skin.
Soap Making Tools
While the ingredients for making pure, unscented soap are rather basic and inexpensive, you should expect to invest some money to purchase soap making tools. Don't be afraid to spend your money on quality soap making tools. That way, you can be sure they will last you many uses. It is also important to consider that different soap making tools and equipment are needed for different soap-making processes and different types of soap. Some soap making tools you can expect to use almost every time you make soap are as follows:
Digital scale (for the precise measurement of ingredient amounts, especially when it comes to making small batches of soap)
Stainless steel pot or Pyrex glass bowl
Spoons and spatula
Soap Molds and soap cutters are needed in some form. Cardboard boxes and a butcher knife will also work
Learning the Soap Making Process
Now that you have all the ingredients and tools necessary for making soap, it's time to learn the process of soap making. Fortunately, there are many resources online that will prove helpful to beginners. However, if you want more in-depth help, you should consider attending one of our soap making classes in Chandler, Arizona. We usually offer a beginner or advanced class monthly - and it involves hands on instruction and take home products.
If you're interested in purchasing soap making supplies or taking soap making classes, don't hesitate to contact us at Arizona Soap Supply!