Three Things To Know Before You Buy a Soap Making Kit

Creating soap at home can be fun and relaxing and makes a great activity for kids.

homemade bar soap
Homemade soap bars also make great gifts for friends and family!Unsplash/freestocks

In pioneer times making soap was a laborious, time-consuming, sometimes dangerous process. With soap so hard to come by it’s no wonder most people only took baths once a week. Making soap today is a whole lot easier, and can be a fun way of connecting to those pioneer times when a little slab of soap was a precious commodity. Here’s what you’ll need to get started.

Lagunamoon Essential Oils Top 6 Gift Set Pure Essential Oils for Diffuser, Humidifier, Massage, Aromatherapy, Skin & Hair Care
This kit comes with six scents, including lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint.Lagunamoon

An almost infinite variety of oils can be added to soaps for scents and skin care purposes. Start with a basic set of oils and experiment from there!

ZYTJ Silicone soap molds kit kit-42 oz Flexible Rectangular Loaf Comes with Wood Box,Stainless Steel Wavy & Straight Scraper for CP and MP Making Supplies
This set comes with all the tools you need to shape, cut, and style your soap.ZYTJ

Although any bread pan will do for cutting the hardened soap into rectangles, molds of different shapes are lots of fun to use, and a silicon coating makes for easy release once the soap hardens.

5 LB - ULTRA CLEAR GLYCERIN Soap Base by Velona | Melt and Pour | Transparent Natural Bar For The Best Result for Soap Making
This product liquifies quickly and is easy to use with kids.velona

While you could go retro with traditional lye-based ingredients to make your own soap base (or even make your own lye!), a glycerin base is the best choice to use with kids.

Epoxy Resin Dye
Look for a kit that lets you mix and match lots of different colors.Soap Shop

While some essential oils are tinted, for a real color palette selection you’ll want a set of pigments to mix your own colored soaps.