Soap Making Ingredients For Beginners

For beginner soap makers who are just starting to get a feel for soap making, you don’t need to buy expensive soap making ingredients or supplies just yet. You can already start making soap using ingredients that you can find in your house or at the supermarket.

When you’re ready to create more ambitious projects, you can also visit craft stores for a more complete inventory of soap making ingredients. Aside from craft stores, there are also plenty of online shops where you can order your soap making ingredients and supplies at very reasonable prices.

Beginner soap makers usually start out making soap using the melt and pour method. This method is the simplest soap making method there is. As the name suggest, you simply have to “melt” your base soap, mix in the colors and the fragrances and other embellishments you wish to add, “pour” the mixture into molds, and viola! When it hardens,  you have your personalized soap creation.

Not only is melt and pour simple and easy to do. It’s also a very powerful method for those who want to focus on the creative aspect of soap making. To get started, here are the soap making ingredients that you will need:

Soap Base

In melt and pour soap making, you don’t really create soap from scratch. Instead, you use existing soap and use it as an ingredient to create your own design. As your soap base, you can use any bar of soap that’s commercially available, but the best one would be glycerine soap. If you can’t find glycerine soap, you can also use ivory soap or any soap that has no color (or is white) and has no strong fragrance. You can even put together several pieces of “left over” soap and combine them. It’s a great way to recycle and reuse soap pieces.


Additives include color and fragrances that you can use to enhance and personalize your soap. When it comes to color, the best type to use are soap colorants, which you can buy from craft stores. Soap colorant are ideal to use on soap because they won’t cause skin allergies and they won’t stain skin or clothes.

If you just want to experiment and would like to use ingredients that are more readily available, food color is an option. Food color is safe on skin. However, be warned that it may also stain the skin or stain fabric.

Yet another option is using natural soap colorants , which are derived from plants, fruits or vegetables with very strong colors. For example, carrots, pumpkin, cucumber and more. But again, you’d want to test these because they may also stain skin and fabric.

When it comes to fragrance, you can choose to use essential oils. Start by adding 1 or 2 drops and then adding more as you see fit.

When you have these basic ingredients ready, you can start making homemade soap.