Cold Process Soaps
Interested in Cold Process soapmaking? Cold Process or CP soap is our first and true love here at Bramble Berry. Anne-Marie (owner & founder of Bramble Berry) has made thousands of pounds of soap and really knows what goes into making a beautiful and luxurious bar of soap. In a nutshell, Cold Process soap is made by mixing fatty acids and sodium hydroxide (oil & lye) which then triggers the saponification process. Sounds like magic, but really it's all chemistry. But you don't have to be a scientist to make soap! You just need to know and understand a few basic principles and safety precautions.
- Sodium Hydroxide (also known as lye) is absolutely necessary for making soap. It is also a caustic and dangerous chemical. Make sure you are fully educated on the safe handling of lye before you make your first batch.
- Check out this easy soap recipe that's perfect for beginners.
- One good book is essential to safe and successful Cold Process soapmaking. We recommend the Soapmaker's Companion or The Everything Soap Book.
- Of course, our DVD featuring Anne-Marie demonstrates how to make Cold Process soap and how to fix common problems is pretty great too, even if we say so.
- Our Cold Process kit is the perfect starting point for making your own soap from scratch. It has everything you need (including a great book) except the Lye - which you can order separately here.