Anyone can do the natural soap making activity, either for business or just a pleasurable past time. It is all because nowadays, the natural soap making supplies and equipment are accessible. You can easily buy the stuff you need in the nearest local market. You could also get a kit that you could use throughout the activity.
So what are the basic processes that we should know to do this stuff? Remember that whenever you are creating a natural soap, it is important for you to choose which particular processes and techniques you are going to use. This is to properly determine the natural soap making supplies and tools that you will need to get the project started. Here are the three main processes being used by the soap makers: first, the melt-and-pour method which is the basic one; second, the cold process which is one of the well-known methods; and third is the usual method, the hot process.
Now, let’s talk about the kits. As I’ve said earlier, there are natural soap making supplies and kits in the market, those that can be seen in craft stores, that you could purchase for this activity. So, what are the included materials in the kits? Mostly, the kits are preloaded with traditionally-needed supplies to create soap. This usually include glycerin, a mold and essential oils for scent.
What are the other supplies and tools needed for natural soap making? For the kits, the only thing that you’ll need is a glass bowl, spatula and a microwave to be able to do the melting. But the basic soap-making equipment you need to have if you are not using a kit includes a thermometer, mask, gloves and goggles for safety and of course, the soap ingredients which include oil (commonly: glycerin, olive oil, vegetable and animal fats) that provides the softening and soothing properties of soap; lye (commonly: wood-burning lye or lye from bracken ashes); fragrance (commonly: essential oils); and some sort of emulsifier like oatmeal, natural grains, nuts or fruit peels and rinds for textures. You could also combine plants and herbs to produce a natural aroma or just simply recycle your old soap bars. A useful set of instructions or video tutorials are also helpful and recommended. Remember that creativity and resourcefulness is a must in this activity.