Equipment and utensils needed for making handmade soap or bath, body, and spa products

The equipment and utensils you will be using for your bath, body, and spa products can also be used in soapmaking. Most of these tools can already be found in your kitchen.

There are some equipment and utensils that should be avoided when making your natural soap, bath body and spa products. Lye (caustic soda and potash), essential and fragrance oils will react with several types of materials, so the following should be avoided especially when making fresh soap: aluminum, tin, iron, copper and their alloys, pots with a Teflon coating, and plastic foams.

Lye will eventually eat at wooden spoons and moulds. If you want to use wood that is fine just make sure you check them often to avoid any small splinters that could get into your soap or bath products. Lastly fragrance and essential oils will be absorbed into the wood and may retain its fragrance even after soaking, which might pass onto your other body products.

Make sure that you keep all your soapmaking, bath body and spa equipment and utensils away from your children and pets, Also set aside the equipment and utensils that you use for your natural skin care products and use them specifically for that purpose, and always use clean sterilized containers, equipment and utensils (I cannot emphasize this enough).

You do not need to have all the equipment and utensils mentioned in this list right away, it all depends on what you are going to make and what your own individual needs are. If you have something that will work as a substitute for the equipment and utensils on the list don’t go out and purchase that item just because it is here, use the substitute. Making your body products and handmade soap shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg to start; it should be fun and rewarding. If you have to, only purchase the equipment and utensils that are needed for that particular project.

A face mask or scarf: to cover your mouth and nose, to help avoid breathing in fine dust from powders and fumes from your handmade soap.

A reliable kitchen scale: preferably one that measures in grams and ounces, in .5-1 gram increments. This is needed for measuring out your fats, butters, oils, powders, colorants and waxes for your soap and bath products.

A whisk: is needed for whisking up your bath powders, salts, and your handmade soap, preferable stainless steel.

Candy thermometers: you will need two of these to make handmade soap, but they also come in handy for melting your butters, fats, oils, and waxes when making lotions and balms.

Decorative or unusual jars tins and bottles: for storing all your wonderful bath beauty, and spa products.

Drying rack: a wooden or metal rack is useful for drying and curing your handmade or hand-milled soaps. As well as your bath balms. The rack provides air circulation and prevents the soap from warping.

Electric spice and coffee grinder: a small grinder is useful for grinding up small amounts of additives, like almonds, herbs or botanicals and oatmeal. To clean just grind some bread or rice to soak up the oils.

Electric stick blender: is useful for mixing your handmade soap and lotions.

Food processor (optional): this can further process your grated soaps if you are making hand milled soap it is also useful fror processing waxes, salts, or other additives.

Glass and plastic droppers: you will need 2 or 3 glass eye droppers for measuring out your essential oils , and some plastic droppers for your fragrance oils .

Glass jars with lids: for steeping your own herbs, mixing your lye and water solutions, and for mixing your oils to mix thoroughly.

Glass measuring cups: 1-4 cup measures, for measuring salts, grated soap, oils, additives and other ingredients.

Glass, ceramic, or stainless steel mixing bowls: are useful for blending bath salts, powders, dried botanicals, and holding grated soap. These are also handy for placing pre measured ingredients into while getting ready to make your products. These are better than plastic as no fragrance transfer will occur.

Hand grater: for grating Melt and pour soap , soap bars, and wax.

Large saucepan: is used for making your handmade soap. And should be big enough that your measured fats and oils when melted will only fill half the volume of the pot.

Measuring spoons: preferably metal measuring spoons for essential and fragrance oils but plastic will work for measuring all other ingredients.

Mixing spoons: Long handled spoons are needed to mix melting soap, wax, oil, and for mixing.

Newspaper sheets: are useful for protecting your surface area from soap spills and stains.

Old blankets towel or rags: needed for insulating your handmade soap, and for cleaning up any spills.

Rubber gloves: needed to protect your skin from the lye for soapmaking, from stains, and for hygienic purposes.

Safety goggles: To protect your eyes from the lye mixture when making handmade soap, should it splash.

Sieves: useful to blend together your powders when making bath powders and bath bombs.

Sharp knife: is needed to cut your handmade bars of soap.

Small plastic funnel: is useful for bottling your liquid bath products. It keeps the oils from spilling ever the sides of the bottle for cleaner pouring. Also use it for filling you eye and herb bags.

Stainless steel or glass double boiler: for melting your wax, soap, butters, and fats.

Stainless steel, glass or enamel pots for stove top: are needed for boiling water, making herb teas, and heating your oils.

Along with your basic equipment and utensils you might want to accumulate some fabric, lace, ribbons, and dried and silk flowers for decorating your handmade soap and body products. You will also need to add labels.

When making handmade or hand-milled soap , as well as your bath body and spa products you are going to need moulds. You can get soap molds in traditional soap shapes, fun themes, or just about any shape you want. Many of the moulds available for you to use won’t be actual soap moulds but, candy, plaster, and candle. As well as some found objects.

It is best to avoid using, hard inflexible moulds made out of aluminum or glass as it is more difficult to remove your handmade soap and bath products from them. The moulds that you choose for handmade soapmaking have to be able to withstand high temperatures. Your bath and spa product moulds can be pretty much anything as temperature is not an issue, although it still should be flexible enough to get your product out.

Plastic food storage containers: Try to find ones that have no design on the bottom with rounded sides.

Plastic plaster crafting moulds: there is a wide variety of these molds out there to create fun shapes in different sizes. The deep molds work well for bath bombs or fizzies.

Plastic candy moulds: some plastic candy moulds will warp so be careful when using them. You can find these at stores that sell candy making supplies and craft stores.

Plastic candle moulds: you can get these in a variety of shapes and sizes that will work for your hand milled and handmade soap. These moulds are designed for candles so can handle the hot temperatures of handmade soap.

PVC pipe: This is my favorite mould. This makes beautiful round soap that fit nicely in the palm of your hand. The pipe is inexpensive, easy to use, and comes in a variety of sizes. Use a hack saw to cut 7-6” lengths of pipe; I find longer ones are harder to handle. Sand all the cut edges smooth and treat the insides with olive oil before each use. To seal the bottom of the mould so that the soap won’t run out, use three to four layers of plastic wrap that is held on tightly with strong rubber bands. To un-mould the soap, remove the plastic wrap and push the soap from the bottom with a round object that is just smaller then the pipe.

Soap moulds: you can buy these individually at soap making supply stores or in kits at the craft stores. These are designed to handle the hot temperatures of handmade soap.

Wooden soap moulds: these are wonderful to use for making soap in large amounts. You can get these in different sizes of logs or slabs to accommodate different size batches. These are also made with un-moulding in mind; most of them have sides that can be removed after curing. These will last a long time if looked after and inspected regularly. To use just line with a white or black garbage bag. You can get these same moulds made in Plexiglas or ridged plastic from some suppliers.

Found molds: you can use plastic lined containers, like Pringles cans, milk and juice containers, and those frozen juice concentrate cans. You can also go to the hardware store and purchase plastic containers that hold tools or putty mud.

Now that you have an idea of what moulds, equipment and utensils you need to have or use in your handmade soapmaking or your bath and beauty products. It is time to take look around your house and kitchen and see what equipment and utensils you have and what you can use as moulds, than make a list of the equipment and utensils that you still need to purchase. After you have done all that it is time to have fun making your own handmade soap or bath and body products. Just don’t forget to relax and use your products every once in a while too.

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