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 part chemistry part artistry. Never fear; you don't have to be a scientist or an artist to make soap! You just need to know and understand a few basic principles and safety precautions.
A Simple Cold Process Recipe with Natural Ingredients
Get everything you need to make this recipe here.
- 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. For more information watch this excellent video on lye safety.
- Once you understand the basics of lye safety get started with this Free Beginner's Guide to Cold Process Soap Making.
- At least one good book is essential to safe and successful Cold Process soapmaking. We recommend Soap Crafting or The Everything Soap Book.
- Different fragrances can produce different results in cold process soap making. Learn how to test fragrances and the items necessary in Testing 1,2,3!
- Perhaps the best part about making your own soap is that it can be incredibly creative and artistic. This guide to Understanding Color Theory Terminology will set you on the path to creating your own colorful, unique designs.