Learn how to make your own natural glycerin soap. Robin will guide you through the steps to make a small batch using the cold process method.

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Learn how to make your own natural glycerin soap. Robin will guide you through the steps to make a small batch using the cold process method.

Karen S. Karnes City, TX
Thank you for the instructional and informative video. Would you please recommend sources for the soap ingredients?
January 1, 2013 21:08
Matthew P. Waco, TX

Karen, thank you for watching our soapmaking video. We are glad you found it informative.

You will most likely be able to find some of the soapmaking supplies, such as coconut oil, olive oil and possibly avocado oil at a local supermarket, wholesale club (such as Sam's or Costco) or restaurant supply house. Lye is more difficult to come by, but it is available online from www.nuscentscandle.com, as are soap molds. With those basic supplies, you can make a large variety of soaps.

We also plan to offer essential oils, soap-making molds and other soapmaking supplies soon through an online store here on the SustainLife.org website.

January 3, 2013 12:29
Lilian G. rowlett, TX
Thank you for the instructions. I would like to know where I can get the palm oil you use in the soap making and is it always necessary to use all three oils as ingredients?
April 21, 2013 12:05
Robin W. Waco, TX

Palm oil is difficult to find locally, unless you live in or near a large city, in which case, you may be able to find it at a Mediterranean market. You can buy palm oil from most online soapmaking suppliers. One supplier that I have used in the past is www.newdirectionsaromatics.com.

Although you can make soap from many different types of oil, you would need to use a different amount of lye than what is called for in the recipe. Making substitutions in the recipes is not something we recommend for beginners -- it's somewhat of a more advanced topic. For one, if you're just beginning with soapmaking and your soap fails, it's going to be hard to diagnose why it failed. Was it because of a mistake in the soapmaking process? Or was it because the incorrect amount of lye was used for those particular oils. Instead, we recommend starting out with a recipe that's known to work, like the one in the video, and gaining some experience with soapmaking before experimenting with substitutions.

April 22, 2013 13:30
Dana M. Wellandport, ON
Thank you for doing this soap demonstration. I tried it and it worked beautifully and is now drying. Is it normal for the bars to feel a bit oily in the soft stage and will this go away leaving the bars hard and dry in a few weeks time? Dana
May 26, 2015 18:15
Robin W. Waco, TX

Cold processed soaps will, in general, feel softer and more oily than hot processed soap. The oiliness should diminish over time as the soap cures. However, there shouldn't be puddles or pockets of oil on the soap. If there are, that can indicate a problem.

Please feel free to call if you need more help. You can reach us at: 254-754-9600.
May 27, 2015 14:20
Dana M. Wellandport, ON
No they are no puddles or pockets. Thank you. I will wait and see what happens. Otherwise it looks great!
May 28, 2015 18:43