Super Soap Making Articles

Q&A with Wisdom (NEW!)

Last week, one of our fellow soap makers responded to my call for help! She has offered to help me when it comes to answering some of your questions! Grateful for the offer, I sent her some of the questions I have received, and she sent her answers back!

Choosing Soaps for Acne-Prone Skin and Dry Skin (NEW!)

Use the right soaps to help clear acne and soothe dry skin. This article gives suggestions on which natural handmade soaps are best for acne-prone and dry skin types.

How to Make Simple Decorative Soaps (NEW!)

Create perfumed decorative soaps to brighten your bathrooms or to sell as craft products. Here are ways to make personalized decorative soaps that you’ll be proud to display.

Hot Process Soap Making: Goat Milk Soap (NEW!)

A member of the SuperSoap community shares some of her tips on making goat milk soap the hot process way.

Ruth’s Advice on Dealing with Evaporating Essential Oils (NEW!)

A member of the SuperSoap community shares her own story on keeping soap scented.

A Substitute for Palm Oil

Due to its effects on the environment, many people have been looking for a substitute for palm oil.

An Introduction to Clay Soap

Seasoned soap makers are usually always on the look-out for a new or different soap making ingredient, something that they can challenge themselves with and/or expand their product line.  Clay can be one such product, especially if you haven’t tried it before. Making clay soap definitely expands your product line since it really enhances your product!

Five Great Rice Bran Benefits

When was the last time you visited the rice section in your supermarket? Did you notice that there are about three different colors of rice? Most supermarkets will have red, brown, and white rice. Ever wonder what makes these kinds different?

Best Oils for Skin Moisturizing

All the moisturizers we see on the market have oils mixed in them. These are put into the mixture because oils are quite good at keeping skin hydrated. By forming a barrier on the top layers of skin, oils prevent the skin's natural moisture from drying out or escaping. Although this is already a great benefit  to the skin, some oils also help the skin by healing it, protecting it, and improving its tone and texture. These are what can be considered the best oils for skin moisturizing. After all, they do so much more than moisturize! (Read More)

Introduction to Sea Salt Soap

Salt is a wonderful ingredient. We use it when cooking, we can use it while cleaning, and we can also use it while beautifying! Soap scrubs with salt are one of the most effective exfoliants in the world. They really cleanse the skin, removing dead skin cells to reveal the best layer of skin, and they also stimulate blood flow in the skin, promoting cell regeneration. (Read More)

What Are Cold Pressed Oils?

As a soap maker, knowledge of the different types of oils is absolutely important. Oils are what make up your soap. They are the main ingredient (base oils), the active ingredient (essential oils), and the enhancing ingredient (fragrance oils). Knowing about the different kinds will help you hone your skills, and produce better soaps. (Read More)

Alternatives to A Gentle Soap for the Face

When most people set out to make soap, they are usually making body soap and hand soap. Creating facial soap is something they venture into later on, after these other two types have been mastered. (Read More)

Start Up Costs for Your Soap Making Business

Many soap makers agree that the best thing about their hobby is that they can get paid for it. Starting a soap making business is one way to help you pay for your hobby and get your hobby to pay for some things too! The question many of those who haven't started on making their hobby professional is what are the start up costs for a soap making business? (Read More)

What to do When You're Melting Soap Too Fast

Since there are two ways to understand the title of this article, it is only fair that both issues of 'melting soap' be discussed. The first issue has to do with the soap making process. The second issue has to do with using the soap after it has been made. If you are a soap maker, both are important because they can affect your product. (Read More)

Home Made Bath Products: Bath Gel

Some soap making beginners tend to complain or feel disheartened when they realize that the products they are creating aren't quite like commercial products. It's a lesson all those who make home made bath products soon learn, and that is that their products will never have the same qualities as commercial products, which are made in large batches and with different chemicals from what you can use at home. However, home made bath products are often better than any commercial product out there. (Read More)

Easy Honey Soap Recipe

The human race owes a lot to bees and their societies. By-products of beehives, like honey, beeswax, and propolis, are all beneficial to human beings. They can also be used as soap making ingredients. Working with these ingredients can be tricky, however, as organic ingredients can contain unsaponifiable components, which can come out to look like impurities in the final product. (Read More)

All About Soap Powders

When we talk about creating soap, we seldom talk about soap powders. Basic soap making has us focusing on tallow, oils, and lye. As we begin experimenting, we often try out easy additives like vegetable butters, wax beads, or exfoliants you can find around the kitchen, like oatmeal. Most soap makers are happy with that. After all, there are so many things that can be done with these ingredients that it can seem like you don't need soap powders at all! (Read More)

Seven Bits of Soap Making Equipment You Need!

More than the ingredients, soap making equipment is absolutely essential to anyone who makes soap, whether it be their hobby or their business. As you probably know from reading soap making articles, a lot of the equipment you will need can be found in your kitchen. This is why many starting soap makers use old kitchen equipment. Eventually, however, it is advisable to invest in new equipment, especially if you want to turn your hobby into a business. (Read More)

Checking Out

Soap making videos are gems in the online soap making community. Let's face it, written instructions can get really confusing. Even if you go step by step, the truth is that we all have different ways of describing things, phrasing things, and telling people how to go about doing something. Videos, on the other hand, are like having someone demonstrate right next to you. When you watch a video, you see exactly what's being made and how it should be made. (Read More)

Absolute Oils, CO2 Extracts, Essential Oils... Know Your Oils!

So as you know, oil is an essential part of soap. You use vegetable oils with your main mixture in order to give your soap certain properties, and you use plant and flower oils to add scent to your products. Now, up until this point, we have only discussed essential oils and fragrance oils for adding scent to your soaps. But the truth is that there are a few other oil options out there if what you want to do is make sure your soap smells great. (Read More)

Adding Soap Exfoliants to Your Mix

Did you know you're supposed to exfoliate your skin at least once a week? Your skin is constantly being renewed and dead skin cells tend to stay on the surface of your skin unless scrubbed off. Dirt also has a tendency to get stuck within your skins layers and this can cause allergic reactions or unnecessary pigmenting. Exfoliation is necessary, and it is why there are so many products out there that contain soap exfoliants. (Read More)

Buy or Make Your Melt and Pour Soap Base?

When you first started soap making, you are likely to have used a ‘melt and pour soap base’, sometimes called a glycerin soap base, to create your first few batches of soap. And why not? These soap bases are so easy to use. You literally just melt them down, mix what you want in your soap, pour them into molds, and Voila! Soap! (Read More)

How Do You Dye?! Soap Colorants You Can Use

One of the greatest things about being a soap maker is that you can have a lot of fun with soap colorants. Soap can be about bright colors, pastels with deep hued swirls, shocking tints, or natural shades. So the question is... how do you dye?! (Read More)

Vegetable Butters for Soap Making: Olive Butter Recipe

Vegetable butters make wonderful ingredients when soap making. They make your soap creamy, more moisturizing, plus they provide all the properties of the butter! (Read More)

Using Attars or Attar Perfume To Scent Your Soap

Attars, also known as attar perfume, are traditional Indian perfume oils. Archaeological evidence shows that attars have been made for over five thousand years. Considered a very expensive commodity both then and now, they were originally used by royalty or offered as gifts to the gods because of how long it took to make them and how painstaking the process of creating them can be.(Read More)

4 Interesting Facts About Soap You Didn’t Know

How much do you know about soap? My guess is that you probably only know that it keeps us clean and smelling fresh, but that’s just about it. No worries: lots of people don’t know any more than what you do right now (I used to be one of them), so there’s nothing to be embarrassed about. (Read More)

Homemade Natural Soap: All About Strawberry Soap

Eating strawberries on a regular basis can reap tons of benefits for its users. This delicious fruit is jam-packed with essential nutrients. Pop it into a blender with the right ingredients and you end up with a luscious smoothie that retains all of the health benefits the fruit has to offer.(Read More)

Top 4 Homemade Soap Making Mistakes

Why do I get the feeling that you’re here reading this article because something went wrong with your first batch of soap? Coz it’s probably true. But don’t fret – everybody, especially newbies, commit homemade soap making mistakes all the time, so you aren’t the only one making blunders.(Read More)

The 4 Benefits Of Using Pure Olive Oil Soap

Anyone can easily be confused by all the variations of soap, making it hard to narrow down the one that works best for you. To make things easier, it’s important that you understand the benefits of each of the ingredients used, and stick with the one that offers exactly what it is you’re looking for.(Read More)

The 4 Antibacterial Soap Dangers That You May Not Know

You and I both know the importance of staying germ-free. That’s why we do whatever we can to keep clean, by using the right kind of soap when bathing. The truth is, regular soap does get rid of the dirt and bacteria on our skin just as good as the antibacterial soap circulating the market. There’s really no need whatsoever for you to be using products that contain triclosan, for a handful of important reasons. (Read More)

An Olive Oil Soap Recipe For Dummies

Keeping things nice and simple is the best way to give out instructions that everybody can understand. There is hardly anybody that likes listening to overly complicated procedures, which is why I’m going to show you an olive oil soap recipe that everyone can comprehend. And by the way, don’t mind the title – reading this article doesn’t automatically make you a dummy. (Read More)

How To Make Chocolate Mint Soap

Do you love eating chocolate so much that you sometimes feel the urge for bathing in it? Well that sick and twisted secret fantasy of yours can be materialized. I’m not saying you melt loads of chocolates, put it in a hot tub and soak in for hours; I’m merely suggesting that you try this chocolate mint soap recipe I’ve found for you.(Read More)

How To Make Fight Club Soap

Have you seen the movie Fight Club, starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton? Well if you didn’t, the 1999 film was basically about a couple of guys starting an underground fighting club, and making plus selling soap to finance their operations. (Read More)

How To Make Green Tea Soap

If you believe that the ingredients companies use for manufacturing commercial soap isn’t good quality, or they’re anything but what they say it to be, then maybe you should consider making your own. This way you get to select the ingredients YOU want to include in it, unlike the junk other companies like to use. (Read More)

The Basics On How To Make Antibacterial Liquid Soap

An exclamatory sentence that can be used well against anybody would be “get your filthy hands off of me!” – Everybody knows that your mitts are one of the most germ-infested parts of your body. They come into contact with bug-ridden objects, such as door knobs, handrails, toilet handles and so much more. They are one of the major instruments utilized for the spread of parasites and other harmful microorganisms.(Read More)

An Introduction to Wild Soap

The craze for all natural soap and soap making at home has led to some truly creative products. (Read More)

Bath and Body Soap: Coffee & Shea Butter Scrub

Bath and body soap is a favorite among women, who are always looking for that perfect soap. (Read More)

Does Soap Expire?

Walk down any aisle in a beauty store or the cosmetics and bath section in a super market. Almost every product you see will have an expiry date. (Read More)

Essential Oil Soap: Introduction and Safety

More often than we realize, people are drawn to a soap or are encouraged to buy soap because of the way it smells. (Read More)

Making Your Own Wood Soap

When people hear the word soap, they often think about bath products, detergent or the liquid formula used for cleaning dishes. (Read More)

Mixing Soap Making Oils

The first thing a lot of people do when they pick up a bar of soap is to bring it to their nose and smell it. This is especially true when buying soap from trade fairs. (Read More)

Tricks to Making Scented Soap

Some of the best soaps in the world are scented soaps. Scents can add to the overall appeal of a soap. It can make you feel like you're bathing in a garden of flowers, or it can make you feel like you are in some exotic land. (Read More)

Understanding Oils and Soap

When you first start making soap at home, you usually begin with the simplest method, the melt and pour. Eventually, you explore the cold process and the hot process, perfecting your lye measurements and your stirring or mixing techniques. (Read More)

What Makes Eco-Friendly Soap?

In the past few decades, environmental awareness has taken center stage in almost everything we do. Society has become increasingly aware of what our way of living has done to the environment and how much of the damage is still reversible, or at least can be stopped, if we act now. (Read More)

Why Choose All Natural Soap Over Commercial Soap

The soap making business is a difficult business. Yes it can be very rewarding, and many soap makers consider it a gift to be able to make money doing what you love, but it doesn't mean that it isn't without its hardships. (Read More)

About African Black Soap

For generations, roses have symbolized love, passion, and romance. Many consider a rose to be the official flower of Valentine's day.(Read More)

Classic & Luxurious Sandalwood Soap

When it comes to luxury soaps, Castile soap ranks high up on the list. Because of the rarity of its main ingredient, sandalwood soap will also rank quite high.(Read More)

Making Rose Soap

For generations, roses have symbolized love, passion, and romance. Many consider a rose to be the official flower of Valentine's day.(Read More)

Review of The Super Soap Making Book

Alvaini gave The Super Soap Making Book a review, and we thought we'd share it with you! (Read More)

Tallow Soap - How To Render Fat To Create Tallow

Tallow is the a rendered form of animal fat, usually obtained from beef or mutton. It is an ingredient in many of the commercial soaps that are sold in supermarkets and one of the oldest ingredients used in soap making... (Read More)

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... (Read More)

Simple Soap Making Instructions For Homemade Soap

Making soap is a fun and creative hobby that a lot of people enjoy. Not only do you spend time on something that you like to do, it is also a hobby that lets you create useful products that you can share with other people. It doesn’t matter how old or young you are, or whether or not you have received formal training on soap making. The basics of simple soap making are easy enough for most people to learn...(Read More)

How To Make Olive Oil Soap

Olive oil soap, also known as Castile soap, is one of the oldest luxury soaps made by man.  It is most sought after for its moisturizing effect on the skin, which leaves it soft and smooth. It’s also one of the more expensive soap in part because of the cost of the main ingredient, which is olive oil....(Read More)

Easy Honey Soap Making Instructions

Honey is a wonderful ingredient for making soap. As the main ingredient in soap making, it produces soap that has a warm and wonderful sweet smell, with a gold honey brown color that lathers well, and helps to keep moisture in your skin...(Read More)

Soap Making Kits

A soap making kit is a great idea for a product you can sell apart from soap itself. It introduces people to the amazing world of soap making, and it also makes for a great present to give away during the holidays! Check out the two basic soap making kits in this article! …(Read More)

Tips for Liquid Soap Making

Making liquid soap is very easy, perhaps easier than the melt and pour method of soap making! However, many complain that they can't seem to achieve the properties that most people look for in a liquid soap. Check out these tips for liquid soap making. They will help you make a perfect batch of liquid soap every time! …(Read More)

How to Make a Homemade Soap Dish

Homemade soap dishes are a great accessory to your soap products. Learn how you can make a simple wooden soap dish that usually retails for a hefty price! Sometimes more than the soap itself! …(Read More)

A Recipe for Coffee Soap Scrub

Coffee is becoming a very popular ingredient in the world of soap making. Either the smell of coffee or the coffee beans themselves are used in various recipes. Check out this recipe for a coffee soap scrub, which is an exfoliating coffee soap with a mild vanilla scent! …(Read More)

A Recipe for Luxury Soaps

Luxury soaps are always sought after in the soap making world. This easy to follow recipe shows you how to create luxury soaps filled with the ingredients people look for in a luxury soap, like Shea butter, Cocoa butter, and infused olive oil!…(Read More)

Handmade Shea Butter Soap

There are so many different types of oils for soap making! They can be divided into the categories of fragrance oils and essential oils. Learn about ten of those types and what they can do for you soap! …(Read More)

Why Choose Handcrafted Soaps

There is a reason why the soap making business is so lucrative. Handcrafted soaps are always specially made, and therefore have a natural allure to customers who want something that will really care for their skin. …(Read More)

Lavender Handmade Soap

Lavender is a very popular fragrance and color. Two reasons why it makes for a very popular soap! Here is a really easy recipe for a lavender infused soap. …(Read More)

A List of Soap Making Oils

There are so many different types of oils for soap making! They can be divided into the categories of fragrance oils and essential oils. Learn about ten of those types and what they can do for you soap! …(Read More)

Natural Soap Colorants

If you want to create a truly natural soap, how about using natural soap colorants? These dyes, derived from plants, fruits, and vegetables, can easily be found around your home. Plus, they will add properties to your soap too! …(Read More)

Soap Mold Making

Though soap making is a hobby that allows you to express a lot of creativity, you shouldn't limit your creativity to simply making soap. Try making your own soap molds and surprise yourself with just how creative you truly are! …(Read More)

How to Make Lye for Soap Making

Being able to make your own lye can help you save money. It also assures you that your lye is from a safe and reliable source. While the process is easy enough, the end product is something you must take care of when handling and disposing. …(Read More)

Teaching Soap Making Classes

Not sure you want to start a soap making business? How about teaching others how to make soap instead? It's one way you can do what you love, and still make money! Plus, you are likely to meet some passionate soap makers as well! …(Read More)

How to Start a Soap Making Business

Starting a soap making business can be the dream job you've always wanted! Find out th basics on making that dream come true! …(Read More)

Soap Making Troubleshooting

Here is a helpful chart that lists the common soap making problems you may encounter. It explains the most probably cause of the problem, and tells you what you can do to save your soap! …(Read More)

Soap Making Procedure

This is the simplest soap making procedure you can get! It's a great explanation of the melt and pour method and will get you started on all of your soap making plans! …(Read More)

Soap Making Machines

Taking your soap making hobby seriously may require you to look into getting some soap making machines. Check out your options and find out what you can get started with! …(Read More)

Palm Oil Soap Making

Creativity and experimentation are big parts of soap creation, and so herbal soaps are the perfect kinds of soap for soap makers, especially soap making beginners. This herbal soap recipe gives soap makers flexibility with regard to the kinds of herbs they use. …(Read More)

Oatmeal Soap Making

Oatmeal soap is a great exfoliating soap! Since it uses natural ingredients, it's gentle on the skin, and can be used more often than most exfoliants. …(Read More)

Simple Soap Making Recipe

This is the simplest of soap making recipes. It's a great way to get any beginning soap maker started, and help them succeed with their very first batch of soap! …(Read More)

Making Herbal Soap

Creativity and experimentation are big parts of soap creation, and so herbal soaps are the perfect kinds of soap for soap makers, especially soap making beginners. This herbal soap recipe gives soap makers flexibility with regard to the kinds of herbs they use. …(Read More)

Kids Soap Making Projects: Soapsicles

You'll be surprised how many kids love making soap! It's a great afternoon or weekend activity, and it gives you a chance to share your passion with your children. Check out this cute kids soap making project!. …(Read More)

Laundry Soap Making

Learning how to make your own laundry soap gives you a chance to make sure your laundry soap is mild enough for your whole family, including babies and family members with skin problems. Plus, making your own laundry soap can be a cheaper alternative to buying commercial laundry soaps! …(Read More)

How to Make Glycerine Soap

Clear glycerrine soap is a challenge to all soap makers, even experts! Check out this recipe for clear glycerine soap, and learn how you can make it in your own home. It will be really helpful when you start branching out and get more creative with your soap making endeavors.. …(Read More)

Coconut Oil Soap Making Recipe

Many soap recipes use coconut oil in order to give their soap certain qualities or properties it needs to have. With this basic coconut oil soap making recipe, you will be able to make many different types of soap. Let the experiments begin! …(Read More)

Castile Soap Making Recipe

Since its discovery, Castile soap or olive oil soap has been one of the best soaps in existence. Learn how to make it at home and enjoy all the benefits of this luxury item! …(Read More)

Chemistry of Soap Making

This article is an introduction to the chemistry of soap making. It disucsses the basic chemical reactions that happen during soap making. Knowledge of this can help beginner soap makers better understand their craft. …(Read More)

Colonial Soap Making

A more in depth look at this particular period of soap making history. This article is also an introduction to how the soap making industry in American began. …(Read More)

The History of Soap Making

An interesting article on the long and colorful history of soap making. This is but a brief look at how far soap making has come, but it provides useful information for every soap maker! …(Read More)

Making Soap From Scratch

This article is an introduction on how to make soap completely from scratch by making your ingredients from scratch as well. …(Read More)

Goat's Milk Soap Recipe

This goat's milk soap recipe is a good way to try using organic ingredients in soap making. …(Read More)

How to Make Liquid Soap In A Few Easy Steps

Liquid soap is very useful and handy in a practical kitchen and bathroom. Here’s an interesting liquid soap recipe that’s effective, cost-efficient and easy to make.…(Read More)

Oils You Can Use To Make Homemade Soap

Oils are one of the main ingredients in making homemade soap. Here, we discuss several oils used in soap making.…(Read More)

Make Natural Soap Using Oils and Fats

The use of oils and fats in soap making. …(Read More)

Organic Soap Making

The term organic doesn’t just apply to food – soap joins the bandwagon as well. …(Read More)

The Truth About Antibacterial Soaps

The idea of getting bacteria anywhere has scared consumers into thinking that antibacterial soaps or hand sanitizers are must-haves. However, studies have shown that there is no clear link between a specific antibacterial product and a decline in rates of infection. …(Read More)

Introduction to the Different Soap Making Methods

Contrary to what most people believe, soapmaking isn't that hard to do if you are equipped with sufficient information about it. Here’s a quick overview of the four basic soapmaking methods, and their pros and cons.…(Read More)

Seven Best Practices of Expert Soap Makers

Soapmaking is essentially an unfolding learning process. Allow me to share with you some best practices that I observed from expert soapmakers.…(Read More)

Making Your Own Soap Recipe

As you journey through the world of soapmaking, you'll encounter lots of delightful recipes, from the most dermatologically pleasing soaps to the utterly flashy ones. At some point in your soapmaking career, the little daredevil inside you will wake up, and you'll eventually want to experiment and try concocting your own recipe.…(Read More)

What Are Bath Bombs?

What are bath bombs? Bath bombs are rounded masses or balls which fizzle when placed in water, partly or completely dissolve, and produce bubbles. …(Read More)

Super Recipes: Basic Bath Bomb Recipe

This is an example of a basic bath bomb recipe. Different varieties of bath bombs can be made by using different essential oils or combinations of which to create different blends, and by adding herbs or glitters.…(Read More)

Soap Making Safety Dos and Don'ts

Like I always say, complacency killed the cat not curiosity. Whether you’re a seasoned or a first-time soapmaker, there are still a few soapmaking safety guidelines you need to follow. …(Read More)

What Is Lye?

Lye, also known as caustic soda, is a basic ingredient in soap making. Lye is the common name for sodium hydroxide, one of the strongest bases in nature, a chemical compound that can dissolve fats.…(Read More)

Things You Can Do With Homemade Soap

Soap making is an abundantly rewarding and truthfully worthwhile craft but what can you do with all that soap? Here’s a list of things you can do with homemade soap.…(Read More)

Making Money Through Soap Making

How do I start a soap making business? Soap making can be a veritable source of additional income as long as you have a high-quality product and a good marketing plan.…(Read More)

Selling Your Soap At Craft Shows and Fairs

One of the most common ways to start selling your soap is by setting up your own booth at a local craft fair or show. Here are tips you should remember when selling in fairs and shows.…(Read More)