Safety Gear, Tools and Ingredients | Part 3: Learn How to Make Natural Soap!

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Welcome to Part 3 of this soapmaking series, here we will provide a list of necessary equipment and ingredients to have on hand when making cold process soap.


Read about lye safety

To avoid cross-contamination, please dedicate all tools for only to make soap, do not mix them with eating utensils and kitchen tools!


lye-safe containers

Lye may melt/shatter or react badly with some materials. For example, lye’s fluctuation in temperature may shatter glass containers; it will react with aluminium containers to give off toxic fumes. (read more about lye storage)

Please only use the following materials to handle lye:

containers for other ingredients

stirring utensils

(*nothing wooden as lye eats it up and leaves splinters in your soap)

mixing tools

measuring tools

soap moulds

Soap Ingredients

NaOH – sodium hydroxide

Make sure you know its purity, preferably 99%.

oil(s) and/or butters

Read about choosing oils and butters for soap recipes.


Never use hot water! (read about hard/soft water)

optional additives

We do not recommend artificial additives (fragrance oils, artificial dyes etc.)

To learn how to calculate the amount of ingredients needed in a soap recipe, see our guide on creating your own recipes.

Thank you for reading!

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