A Beginner’s Guide to Soapmaking

When I first started looking for instructions to make soap, I found lots of websites and forums with helpful information on cold-process soap. There was so much information, though, that it was a bit overwhelming.

I wanted a tutorial that would give me just the basics and show me step-by-step how to make soap. With pictures.

Something that would show me how this:
Soap ingredients

Turns into this:
Finished Soap

So this is the tutorial I wished I had. When I titled this series “A Beginner’s Guide to Soapmaking”, the Beginner is me. These are the pictures and instructions from the very first time I made soap. It turned out awesome! You can do it too.

You can start by reading about what you’ll need:

1. Ingredients - a soap recipe, and where to find the ingredients.

2. Tools – a list of the kitchen supplies you will need.

OR you can jump right in and see how it works:

3. Process – pictures and notes for each step of the process.

4. Finish – pictures and notes for what to do the next day.