Starting soapmaking: Tools you need

If you decide to begin making your own soap, you’ll likely find that there are plenty of wholesale soap making supplies you’ll need. While this process is fairly safe, there are a lot of safety precautions to take into account as well. The list of supplies to stock up on from wholesale olive oil suppliers may seem like exhaustive, the good thing is that you’ll likely already have a lot of them in your home!

Here’s what you need to purchase before you start making your own soap:

Safety gear
You work with lye, which is a very caustic material, when making soap. When you follow instructions and take care in mixing and pouring, you’re unlikely to run into any problems, but it’s still important to take safety precautions. This means covering your workspace with a plastic covering, so a spill won’t ruin your dining table or countertop. It’s also important to protect your eyes with safety goggles, your hands with gloves, and your body with an apron. If there is a lye spill, water and vinegar can neutralize the chemical.

Scale
Eyeballing or estimating your measurements may work in the kitchen, but these methods aren’t ideal when trying to make a good bar of soap. To get the most accurate measurements for your recipe, you’ll want to use a scale specifically made for soapmaking. If you don’t have access to a soapmaking scale, though, use the most accurate one you can find. A scale that measures to the nearest gram or 1/10 of an ounce is the best choice. You’ll find that a scale that measures in both ounces and grams is most effective for your soapmaking needs.

Protect your skin from lye.

Thermometers
There’s a lot of temping you need to do to make soap. To make sure both your lye and oils have reached the proper temperatures, it’s important to have accurate thermometers. Two of them is enough for making one batch of soap at a time. There are thermometers specifically made for the soapmaking process, but a candy thermometer will also work well.

Bowls and utensils
Soap making requires a whole lot of utensils. While you may be tempted to use kitchen equipment you already have, it’s best to have specific tools set aside just for soapmaking. You don’t want to prepare food with tools that had lye and fragrances on them, no matter how well they were cleaned. You’ll want to invest in a heat-safe container that holds at least three quarts, a large stainless steel pot, a stainless steel sauce pan, silicone utensils like a whisk, spatulas, as well as mixing and measuring spoons and mixing containers. A pitcher for easy pouring will come in handy as well.

“Line your mold with wax or parchment paper.”

Soap molds 
Of course, it’ll be difficult to make soap if you don’t have a mold to pour in the mixture! Whether you purchase a pre-made soap mold or make your own, it’s a necessity. If you haven’t invested in a mold, you can even use containers you have around your house, or muffin tins. Line your mold with wax or parchment paper so the block is easy to remove once hardened. If your soap mold doesn’t have a lid, you’ll want to cover the top with heavy towels or blankets to ensure too much air doesn’t get in.

Knife
When your soap is finished drying, you’ll need to cut the large bar into individual ones. While some people opt for a specialized soap cutter or a mold that has a cutter built right in, it may not be something you’d like to invest in before you even begin making soap. You can easily use a thin, sharp knife to cut.

Additives
There are many different additives you can use in your soap recipes to enhance the bars. Use essential oils or fragrance perfumes to add some scent, and some seeds or coffee grounds for exfoliants. For decorative touches, don’t hesitate to use soap dye and other additives like dried flowers or tea. Experiment with different ingredients each time you make a batch!