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Soap Making Supplies & Ingredients

Making homemade soap means that you need to become familiar with all of the soap making supplies & ingredients that you will be working with. The first supplies that you will need to learn about are soap molds. There are many different types of soap molds that you can choose from. There are simple forms, intricate forms, wood forms, and silicone molds.

Equipment for soapmakingAnother item from your soap making supplies & ingredients list that you need to learn about are the fatty acids that are used to make soap. Fatty acids are one of the three basic components of a soap base. Common fatty acids that are used to make soap include: shea butter, coconut oil, and sesame oil.

The third item that you will need to learn about are fragrance components. Fragrance can be added to soap by adding essential oils or fragrance oils. These scented oils can be found in both craft stores and in beauty product stores.

The fourth item that you will need to learn about are pigments. Pigments are what are added to soap to give them color. Your options for coloring your soap include FD&C colorants, micas, natural colorants, and oxides.

The final item from your soap making equipment list that you will need to learn about is lye. Lye, which is also referred to as sodium hydroxide, is the ingredient that is needed to turn water and fatty acids into soap. Lye can be found in craft stores, as well as in homeopathic and naturopathic stores.

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