Most of the recipes on Savvy Homemade require some supplies or ingredients and the homemade soap recipes are no exception. Let’s take a detailed look at what you need and where you can buy wholesale soap supplies and soap making equipment.
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Other Soapmaking Equipment
Soap Making Equipment:
Many of these items can be found in your local stores or you may already have them to hand. But for the sake of convenience I wanted to give you my thoughts and tips on each item, along with some direct links making it easy to purchase wholesale soap supplies from my favourite places.
I also did a quick calculation and if you needed to buy every item here, the total cost of your soapmaking kit would be around $60-$70. You would then be set up to make lots of soap and will just need to gather some of the soap making ingredients for each recipe.
Hand Whisk or Soap Making Stick Blender
Even though a hand whisk is proven to reach the ‘trace’ stage, it’s often very time-consuming and usually takes over an hour. The hand held blender however can perform exactly the same task inside of a few minutes.
Whether you’re considering creating soap for gifts or simply for your own individual use. I’m relatively confident that when you begin to use your soap, the shop bought products will be a thing of the past. Therefore an inexpensive soap making stick blender will be really worth the investment.
When I started I bought the cheapest hand blender I could find on Amazon and it works great!
Soap Making Scales For Perfect Measuring
When making your own soaps and butters in smaller quantities it’s much easier to work in grams than ounces.
There’s a host of well-priced soap making scales available these days. But basically all that’s required is an affordable digital kitchen scales with grams and ounces that’s not too difficult to work with.
The Ozeri Pro Digital Kitchen Scale won’t let you down. It’s a simple scale that does its job very well. It’s extremely precise and consistent for its size, and is by no means difficult to work with.
My Jewelry Scales
The only other consideration would be if you also get into making some of my skin care recipes, they sometimes require a scale that measures under one gram, for this I have a pocket size jewelry scale again from Amazon.
I couldn’t find a scale that covered both adequately, the kitchen scale doesn’t register under one gram and although its possible to measure everything with the jewelry scales I find it a bit small for soap making bulk quantities. If anyone finds a scale that works well for both at a reasonable price I would love to know.
Plastic and Wooden Soap Molds
Recently I bought a silicon soap mold that comes with a wooden box. This is working great for my soap loafs, the silicon is very flexible so I have no problems removing the soap and the wooden box keeps it the loaf in shape while it sets.
There are literally hundreds of soap molds available on Amazon, but if you don’t have a specific soap mold any good size container will do. Durable plastic containers that possess a little ‘give’ in order to ease the soap out once it has set will make the best molds. There’s also no need to line these, a swift grease around using some solid oil from your recipe, and they are ready to go.
When I started making soap I used a simple plastic box that I had to hand. This worked great and I’m still using it today for some recipes. I also found that this 6 cavity silicone loaf pan had some great reviews and is working well for soap making. With this you can make individual soap bars so you won’t need to cut a loaf.
Glass, wooden, ceramics, and even cardboard all lined with freezer/butcher paper will also make ideal molds. Stay away from any kind of metal molds unless you are sure that they are stainless-steel.
I make a lot of soap and I found a great little tip that helped out. Buy a simple, cheap plastic 4 compartment cutlery bin from Amazon.
As you can see in the photo to your right it’s a great half moon shape and was perfect for the goats milk soap.
It also has a little give in it to help ease the soap out. It makes around 10 large bars per compartment… Perfect for making multiple batches of soap!
Soap Mold Liner
In the event that you would like to line a mold the easiest way is to use freezer/butcher paper. Cut 2 pieces, one to go across the width of your box and another to go down the length, allow sufficient paper so that you can then fold it over the sides and secure it with tape.
I cut a lot of my soap by hand and to be honest I do a fairly good job. By hand I’m actually getting a nice homemade rustic feel to the soap. Plus I don’t always want my soap to be the same loaf shape and size. So I would advise that you pass on these items until you get a little more serious and/or you want a more polished product.
Do a search on amazon for a soap cutter and there you will find many options. I purchased a soap cutter and later I got hold of a separate soap cutter box to hold my soap in place while I cut. The box isn’t really anything special; it just holds the soap in place and has a slot in it to cut down through on a straight line.
It’s important to measure exact temperatures when making soap, so a good quality thermometer will be an important part of your homemade soap supplies.
If you don’t already have one at home, then I would look to purchase one of these candy thermometers as this will provide what’s needed.
Update: Recently I purchased an infrared thermometer gun on Amazon, I’m so impressed with how easy it is to use in the kitchen! I honestly cant understand why I didn’t get one sooner, we live and learn 😉
Safety Glasses & Gloves
Again it’s important to be safe when making soap, therefore safety glasses and rubber gloves are an essential part of your soap equipment. You can buy these glasses fairly cheaply on Amazon
Other Soapmaking Equipment
- PH strips for testing the acidity of your finished soap from from Amazon
- Double Boiler for melting oils and wax from Amazon
- Large stainless steel pan
- Large plastic /glass jug or plastic bucket
- Plastic spatula
Now you have an idea of what wholesale soap supplies are needed, take a moment check out some pleasant homemade soap recipes.