The Best Natural Soap Making Kits

 

Our Top 3 Picks – A Quick Summary

If you’re in a hurry the top 3 natural soap making kits we recommend are:

  1. Life of the Party Oatmeal Vanilla Soap Making Kit
  2. Kiss Naturals DIY Soap Making Kit
  3. Pifito DIY Hand Soap Making Supplies Kit

The Benefits of DIY Soap Making

There are many reasons you may choose to make your own soap, besides it being a fun and new hobby to try. These include:

Know the Ingredients

When you make your own soap you have control of what ingredients are included and can avoid synthetic dyes, parabens, fragrances and other toxins. This allows you to make a natural and organic soap without having to spend too much money – plus you can be proud of what you have made.

Help to Control Allergies

Another benefit that goes hand in hand with being in control of the ingredients is that you can avoid allergies and irritants – if you are like me and find that certain soaps give you a rash but you’re unsure of why this can help you avoid unnecessary ingredients and perhaps narrow it down.

Have Vegan Options

If you are vegan this is an easy way to avoid animal products and create your own “cruelty- free” soap. Sometimes animal products are hidden in soaps with clever names, but this way you can be sure your soap truly is vegan.

It is Cost-Effective

Once you have the tools and ingredients you need making your own soap is pretty cheap, and can be more cost-effective in the long run. We all know that you will pay a premium for natural, organic soaps in stores, but this way you can have ingredients you can trust without paying more.

Longevity

You can make some pretty robust homemade soaps, even when made with natural ingredients. In fact, with proper storage, some homemade soaps can last up to 3 years.

The 4 Methods of Soap Making

There are two main methods of making soap, which is our preferred melt and pours method and the cold press method. It is important to note there is also the hot process and rebatch methods, however, these are lesser-known. We will cover all methods, but we do recommend for beginners you use the melt and pour method.

Melt and Pour Method

This method is the easiest and cheapest method and the method you will most likely be using in the beginner kits. This is because you don’t have to worry about the saponification process and working with lye, which can be dangerous if you’re not sure what you are doing. It saves time and makes it much more suitable for children. Soaps made in the method are considered “not traditional”, can spoil faster and aren’t as customizable but we think it’s worth skipping working with lye.

Pros

  • Easiest to use
  • Cost-effective
  • Skip lye process
  • Child friendly

Cons

  • Spoil faster
  • Not as customizable

Cold Press Method

Cold Press soap allows for endless customization from swirl designs and natural ingredients. This method is for more experienced soap makers as it means you will have to work with lye. Sodium hydroxide lye can be dangerous if handled incorrectly because it can burn your skin and produce harmful gases. However, with the proper safety equipment like gloves, glasses, and masks you can learn how to work with lye safely. Cold press soaps also take 4-6 weeks to cure.

Pros

  • Most traditional method
  • Endless customization

Cons

  • Can be dangerous to use
  • Long curing time

 

Hot Process Method

Hot process is similar to cold press, but the heat speeds up the saponification process and means you do not have to wait for the 4-6 curing time. It is actually ready to use the same day – win! It will be less smooth, and honestly as pretty as the cold press method but our favourite aspect is that it can be made in a crockpot.
Note that the hot process also means you will still have to work with lye.

Pros

  • Quicker process than cold press
  • Can be made in a crockpot

Cons

  • Not as customizable
  • Have to work with lye

Rebatch Soap Method

Rebatch soap is just what it sounds like; using the leftover bits from your other processes to make new bars of soap. Most of the hard work is already done, and you are simply reusing your materials. You cannot add or change ingredients to your new bars of soap and they will have a more rugged appearance, but we’re all about reducing waste and reusing what you already have.

Pros

  • Reuses all materials
  • Hard work is already done

Cons

  • Rugged and not as pretty
  • Fragrances may be duller

 

Choosing Your Natural Soap Base

There are many bases to choose from when it comes to soap making which includes the main ingredients of shea butter, cocoa butter, goats milk, honey, olive oil and coconut oil. There are benefits of each base, but it really comes down to personal choice.

Shea Butter

Shea butter is a popular natural base that nourishes and moisturizes the skin in a gentle way that does not clog pores. It is ideal for those with sensitive skin and babies. It naturally contains vitamin A and E, which are particularly great for your skin and does not leave an oily residue.

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Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter gives a nice firmness to natural soap bars, which is ideal, but we recommend using a conservative amount in order to avoid cracks and making it too hard. Not only is cocoa butter very moisturizing, it also contains antioxidants and has a hint of a chocolate smell.

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Goats Milk

Goats milk is a gentle cleanser that is rich in nutrients. It is known to help reduce dry skin and acne-prone skin due to its natural exfoliating and anti-inflammatory effect. It also helps to maintain a healthy skin microbiome.

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Honey

Honey is great to add into natural soap bars if you want a really good lather, because of its sugar content. It also acts as a humectant, which means it can help skin stay hydrated and moist. Our favourite part of using honey is its sweet, light scent.

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Olive Oil

Olive oil doesn’t lather very well, but some people might prefer this and the fresh, clean feeling it provides. It is very mild on the skin and its anti-inflammatory properties make it ideal for acne and eczema prone skin. You can also use it as a gentle and natural makeup remover.

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Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a great moisturizer and we love the fresh coconut smell it creates. Like some of the other bases, it also contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, which helps skin look healthy and supple. We don’t have a recommendation for a ready-made base, so you will have to work with coconut oil and ly together.

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Oatmeal

Oatmeal is great for exfoliation and removing dry skin, and it also helps to close pores making it great to use in facial soaps. It is also said to have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.

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Pifito Melt and Pour Soap Base Sampler

If you want to try a little bit of everything we suggest trying the Pifito sampler kit which can be found here.

Our Recommended Natural Soap Making Kits

Here is a list of our recommended beginner kits for natural soap making:

Life of the Party Oatmeal Vanilla Soap Making Kit

This oatmeal and shea butter based kit includes everything you need including the soap, oatmeal powder, fragrances, colour and small moulds. It has enough materials to create 10 bars, which gives you a lot to play with. The shea butter and oatmeal combination gently exfoliates and moisturizes.

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Kiss Naturals DIY Soap Making Kit 

The Kiss Naturals soap making kit is designed with kids in mind, but we think anyone can have fun with this kit. It is made with completely natural and safe ingredients and easy to follow instructions. Our favourite part is that Kiss Naturals is a small business that keeps safe ingredients and kids as the top priority. We also love that it comes with fun little molds.

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Pifito DIY Hand Soap Making Supplies Kit

If you have already purchased some molds this kit has two bases and 8 colourants to get you started and well on your way. Pifito is very transparent in the ingredients they use and offer great customer service if you have any concerns. They may not be as natural as some of the other kits but they do have mostly natural ingredients.

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Additional Extras

If you’re looking for extras to add to your soap making kits, such as herbs, flowers, molds, scents and how-to books, we’ve got you covered.

Herbs and Flowers


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Molds

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Scents and Colourants

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How to Books

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Summary

Natural soap making can be a very therapeutic hobby that allows you to have control over the ingredients you use in your soap – a win, win! It can be fun to test out different bases, scents, colourants and shapes and the beginner kits make it an ideal activity for kids too. We recommend avoiding the lye process and sticking to the melt and pour method for beginners, and as you get more comfortable and confident and take the next step. Happy soap making!

 

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