The Best Sources for Soap Making Supplies

Inside: a curated list of all the best places to buy soap making supplies: everything from fragrance to molds to oils.

Soap making supplies

Soap making is one of those hobbies that can get expensive, fast. The good news is, once you invest in basic tools and oils, you’re set for a while and can make dozens of bars. The bad news is, the more you make, the more you’ll want fancy molds, new fragrances, and pretty colors!

That’s okay! Let’s go over the best places to get all of these things! There are a few items that are essential for beginners and you’ll find those marked with a star.

???? If you have never tried homemade soap before, please see my beginner’s guide to cold process soap making, which will walk you through everything you need to know!

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    Soap making ingredients

    Supplies

    A word about molds

    You can use a box lined in parchment paper if you really want to, but I recommend a basic 10 inch mold or 12 cavity bar mold for your first batch. Keep an eye on the batch size of your recipe.

    If you find that you love this hobby, there are many beautiful choices out there. You can find silicone molds that imprint designs, solid wooden molds for making swirls, and many more choices.

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    Best lye for soap making

    You have a few options here. Lye typically comes in either flakes or little bead-like pellets. I find the pellets easier to pour and measure.

     ????Nurture is my preferred source for lye, as they carry the pellet form and I can be sure I’m getting the right thing.????  (Yes, lye is an essential for making cold process soap!)

    You can also find lye at hardware stores, where it is sold a drain cleaner. You must be very sure that you are buying pure lye (it might also be labeled sodium hydroxide). 

    Sourcing bulk oils

    When you’re looking for bulk oils such as olive, palm, or coconut, make sure you do not order food grade oils. Not because there is anything wrong with them, but because they are extremely expensive! 

    The best source for affordable bulk oils

    Nurture Soap is my favorite for their good prices, but they do have a smaller selection

    Other good choices

    • Brambleberry.com is more expensive and has expensive shipping, but their products are very good quality and their customer service is wonderful. They also have a great selection of harder to find oils and butters.
    • For smaller quantities of things like castor oil or shea butter, Amazon is a good choice.

    Finding soap bases

    If you prefer melt and pour soap, all you need is a base, a mold, and any additional products you want. Melt and pour bases can be pricey, but they are a great choice if you don’t want to deal with formula percentages, new supplies, and other somewhat complicated elements of soap making.

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    Where to buy fragrance oils

    The world is your oyster here! You can find fragrance oils on Amazon, in some craft stores, and of course, from reputable soap making companies such as Nurture Soap and Brambleberry.

    You can often find collections of smaller sizes of fragrance to test out what you like, or even email the companies and ask for samples. 

    Fragrance in soaps is totally optional, but one of the most fun parts of the process. 

    Some of our personal favorite fragrances:

    Colorants for soap making

    Other body supplies

    Most soap making suppliers also carry what you will need to make lotions, bath bombs, homemade hand cream, and lip balms. A lot of these ingredients will be used in all of these products, so if you are interested in making homemade items beyond soap, don’t be afraid to buy in bulk.

    Keep in mind, each company mentioned here is full of kind people who can help you with any specific question you have about ingredients or supplies, and you can always leave me a comment here.

    Now what?

    Start with some recipes! See what oils appeal to you, and go from there.

    Some of our favorites:

    Happy soap making!

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