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Where To Buy Oils For Soap Making

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Places to source natural soap making supplies, including oils, lye, beeswax, essential oil, honey, and herbs. Includes ideas for sourcing locally produced ingredients, what to look for, avoiding suspicious sellers, and soapmaking suppliers by country.

There are a lot of questions when you first begin making handmade soap. You not only need to learn about the soap making process but also about soap making ingredients. Oils, distilled water, lye, and all of the extras you can use to scent, decorate, or improve your batches. That involves learning how to choose the right recipes or formulate new ones based on the ingredients you want to use. I have a lot of information for you to discover on all of those topics, including free recipes. However, this piece focuses entirely on the practical matter of where to source natural soap making supplies.

Like all industries, some manufacturers produce high-quality products and materials, and some make inferior products. Yet others create fake products with misleading labeling. Often shipped to you from countries where cosmetic safety and standards are not as well regulated. Learning how to spot questionable cosmetic ingredients is a skill we all have to have when sourcing soap making supplies.

If you order from these companies, their ingredients will be offered in various quantities and price points, come with documentation and traceability and have a good shelf-life. Many professional soap makers, including myself, use them due to their reliability. You can scroll to the bottom of this piece for a list of soap making suppliers by country.

The main bulk of any soap recipe is oils, fats, waxes, and butters. Some are familiar and inexpensive, such as sunflower oil, and others are exotic and expensive, such as mango butter. Good soap recipes usually include three to six oils and fats. You choose them for their fatty acid profiles, cost, and what they can contribute to a bar of soap. The most common oils used in soap recipes are coconut oil (76 degrees), olive oil (extra virgin or pomace), palm oil, shea butter, tallow, canola (rapeseed), and castor oil.

In many of my soap recipes, I include a link to where you can buy a relatively small amount of that ingredient. Online marketplaces, supermarkets, drug stores, and health food shops are great for getting enough ingredients to make small batches of soap. If you want to take up soapmaking as a regular hobby or business, you need to think bigger.

Dry goods, including spices and herbs, are soap making supplies that you can get from health food shops and ethnic food shops. Organic oatmeal, paprika, turmeric (dried or fresh), or even unusual fruit and oils. Ensure that the oil and dried products have a shelf life of at least a year, though.

To answer the enduring question, yes, you can use glass, pyrex, and stainless steel pans and tools for both soap making and food. However, they must be thoroughly cleaned between uses to avoid cross-contamination. So this way the hobby soap maker can save money on buying extra soap making equipment.

Soap molds come in different styles, and for small batches, I heartily recommend silicone molds. You can use the types made for baking, but sometimes they can be pretty flimsy. Instead, order silicone molds from specialty soap making suppliers or retailers. Silicone molds made for soap making, whether loaf or cavity style, are often thicker and reinforced. That makes them better for soap.

I am interested in Soap making and I find this information so insightful. I will continue reading your weekly newsletter until I get it right. I plan to grow my own plants to get some of the essential oils and colorants.

A few weeks ago, I asked y'all to vote for your favorite soapmaking suppliers in the country and boy, did you respond! Almost a thousand soapmakers cast their votes! We narrowed down the best soapmaking supplier by product category, plus the best soapmaking suppliers for customer service, quality, shipping, and p


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