Soap Making Supplies

What soap making supplies are available?

Supplies for Candles stock a wide variety of soap making ingredients, including Melt & Pour soap bases, cosmetic fragrance oils, soap dyes, soap moulds, botanicals & much more. 

We have downloadable soap making guides available on the website which show you step by step how to make the soap & also show you different techniques, along with creative inspiration!


What do I need to make homemade soap?

Soap making ingredients & materials depend on what type of soap you are wanting to make … the most common 2 are Cold Process soap & Melt & Pour soap. 


Melt & Pour soap is by far the easiest the start with if you are a beginner to soap making; you literally melt it, add your chosen ingredients & then pour it! Simple! This method gives great results & is quick too. There is no need to wait to use your soap either, unlike Cold Process soap, where you need to wait 6 weeks before using.


Cold Process soap is a great way of customising your soap down to the last ingredient. You can personalise the oils, fragrances, colours & more. Cold Process soap is made by combining oils & sodium hydroxide lye. That causes a chemical reaction called saponification. Making Cold Process soap is more time consuming & intricate, but the results definitely make it worth it.

Some of the materials vary dependent on if you are making Cold Process soap or using Melt & Pour soap. I’ve created a list below for both methods, but please note that these lists can be adjusted & tweaked to your preferences.


Materials required to make Cold Process soap:

- Olive oil

- Coconut oil

- Your chosen fragrance oil or essential oil

- Your chosen colouring or mica powder

- Sodium Hydroxide Caustic Soda (Lye)

- Distilled / filtered water

- Stainless steel mixing bowl

- Glass heat-safe jug

- Spare plastic tub

- Stirring utensil

- Soap mould

- Electric whisk 

- Thermometer


Materials required to make Melt & Pour soap:

- Your chosen Melt & Pour base

- Your chosen fragrance oil or essential oil

- Your chosen colouring or mica powder

- Any additional oils you wish to add (Olive oil, Hemp oil etc)

- Double Boiler, or pan & bowl to melt the soap

- Mixing jug (can be metal or glass)

- Soap Mould

- Stirring utensil

- Thermometer


Can I make soap without Lye?

The simple answer is, no. However, you can make soap with handling lye in its raw form, by using Melt & Pour soap bases. Melt & Pour soap bases are pre-made bulks of soap, that have already been through the saponification process (the process of mixing raw materials with Lye). Lye is in the Melt & Pour bases, but you will not need to worry, as it’s not in its raw form.

Soap in its simplest form is an alkali mixed with fats. When you are making Cold Process soap, you cause a process called saponification, which is what creates the soap. Without Lye in your ingredients, you have the raw, fatty materials & water sat in your bowl, as they can’t saponify (mix together) without Lye.


Can I make soap with organic ingredients?

Using organic products is just one of the many perks of making soap at home. If you are using the Melt & Pour soap bases, you can choose the Melt & Pour Organic soap base which contains organic vegetable oils, & is free from foam boosters, preservatives, alcohol & harmful products to dry out your skin. If you are using the Cold Process method, you can choose to use organic coconut oil & organic olive oil as your primary ingredients. You can also use natural essential oils, as oppose to synthetic fragrance oils.