Making Your Own Soap Isn’t as Hard as You Think

Cake Soap.
Cake Soap.

Making your own soap is quite a simple, and inexpensive hobby. If you’re into saving money, unscented soap could cost as low as 15 cents per bar.

Both hot and cold soap making processes combine oil(s) with a solution of water and sodium hydroxide (lye). Scented oils are added just before the gel stage so that the chemical reaction does not harm the smell. If you sell the soap you make, it is wise to let fresh soap age 6 weeks or longer. This allows the soap to lower its ph. While the mixture’s chemical reaction settles completely. This 6 week time frame allows the soap to fully harden and the suds are up to 3 times better.

Cake Soap.
Cake Soap. There truly is an art to making soap

Hot Process: Combine oil(s) with a solution of water and sodium hydroxide (lye) and cook.

This soap calculator that will help with making soap

  Lye Calculator 

How to Make Hot Process Soap – Step by Step

This mix can be used for both Hot and Cold methods of making Soap


  • 18.5 ounces Olive oil – moisturizing
  • 12 ounces Coconut oil – for good lather
  • 9 ounces Palm oil – for a firm bar
  • 1 ounce Shea butter – moisturizing

First steps.

IMPORTANT: Mix order  and  precautions are extremely important!

Mix a half a table spoon per minute of lye into the purified water using a stainless steal whisk use a glass container. No plastic or aluminum should Come in to contact with the acid.

5.8 ounces Lye – a.k.a. Sodium Hydroxide (don’t use Sodium Phosphate the soap will not harden properly.)

13.5 ounces water

Scented oils added last after the gel stage at a low enough temperature.