How do I get started making soap?
There are a variety of ways that can catapult you into the world of soap making. As a beginner, we recommend learning the basics of melt and pour soap making before moving onto more difficult techniques. A great way to learn about melt and pour soap is to view our soap making video. It is a short video that teaches you the basics of soap making. We also sell melt and pour soap making kits. The kits come with instructions and the ingredients you need to learn the process of soap making. We also offer a wide variety of books and videos that illustrate soap making instructions for beginning through advanced soap makers.
Can I use soy wax in cosmetic products?
Yes, a few of our soy waxes can be used in cosmetic products. Nature Soy Wax C-3, Nature Soy Wax C-1, EcoSoya CB135 wax, and EcoSoya Advanced Soy wax are soft enough for cosmetic use and work well in various cosmetic products.
Can I use soy wax in my cold-process soap?
Yes, all of our EcoSoya Soy Waxes are great for use in cold-process soap making.
Can I use food coloring for my soaps/bath and body products?
Food coloring is not the best option for soaps and other bath & body items. Over time, the soap may fade or develop dots of color, and it is not FDA approved for this type of usage. Instead, we recommend using cosmetic grade liquid colorants, micas, ultramarines, oxides, or clays. All of these colorants work wonderfully in bath products to give you radiant, lasting color.
How much herbs should you add to melt and pour soap base?
We recommend using 1 tablespoon of herbs per pound of melt and pour soap base.
What is a standard size bar of soap?
A “standard” size bar takes three to five ounces of soap.
How much essential oil should you add to your carrier oils?
As a general rule, the ratio of essential oil to carrier oil for adults should fall between 2%-3%. This is approximately 40-60 drops of essential oil to a 4 oz bottle of carrier oil, 20-30 drops to a 2 oz bottle, and 6-9 drops for a 1/2 oz bottle.
How much fragrance should you add to melt and pour soap base?
We recommend using 1 1/2 teaspoons of fragrance oil per pound of melt and pour soap base. We have found this to be a great ratio of fragrance to soap base. You can go up or down from there depending on the fragrance load that your soap base can hold. To discover, for example, what a 6% fragrance load of 2 pounds would be, look at our measurements chart.