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If you're a beginner in soap making, we've put together a little list of the basic supplies you'll need to start making your own soap at home!

Mixing & Melting

  • If melting your oils on the stove, you will need a stainless steel or enamel saucepan.
  • If using the microwave, you require a glass or plastic bowl large enough for mixing your soap in.
  • If using pre-measured oils in our soap making kits, you can remove the caps from the plastic bottles and microwave until liquid.
  • Avoid use of aluminum, tin, iron or Teflon in soap making - lye will corrode these surfaces.
  • Some plastics can become weak in the presence of high temperatures.
  • Wood spatulas will deteriorate over time.


Stick Blender

Our preferred mixing tool for soap making is the stick blender. It will reduce mixing time to around 10 to 25 minutes, depending on the type of soap.
  • When using a stick blender, be careful to keep the blender on the bottom of the bowl with the jets covered to avoid splashing.
  • Use blender for 15-20 seconds, followed by hand mixing to fully incorporate mixture at all levels.
  • Repeat as required until soap traces.


Soap Molds

A wide range of containers can be used as soap molds. We have a wide selection of high quality durable plastic molds and silicone molds in traditional and ornate shapes to make bar or loafs of soap.


For the occasional soap maker, a retractable blade utility knife and ruler can be used to square cut the bars of soap made in a tray mold. A vegetable peeler can be used to shape the edges.



Making Your Own Soap Cutter

A wire cutter similar to that used for large cheese blocks can be made very easily using a 12” x 16” piece of ¾” plywood, two 16” lengths of 2” x 2” wood, eye hook, wooden dowel handle and 16” length of piano wire.
  • Screw or nail 2” x 2” wood pieces to 16” sides of plywood to form a base
  • Insert eye hook into side of 2” x 2” wood.
  • Attach wire to eye hook and other end to dowel.
  • Mark plywood surface with squaring up lines.
  • Draw wire slowly through soap for clean cut.
Voyageur Soap and Candle has spent the past 27 years providing soap crafters and soap manufacturers in the United States and Internationally with the soap oils, soap colorants, soap fragrances and essential oils needed by them to make and market a diverse range of bar soap and liquid soap products.  If you have any questions please use our online chat or contact us by email.  We are always happy to help.

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