You asked for it and I listened! There have been numerous requests for a video on how to make Cold Process Soap. But the Cold Process soapmaking process is too complicated to show in one 5 minute video. So I have broken down the basics into a 4 part series. Once you’ve seen all 4 videos you will be ready to make a safe and successful batch of CP! Of course, if you just can’t wait you can always buy the DVD I made a couple of years ago. 🙂
Without further ado I present you “How to Make Cold Process Soap: Lye Safety and Ingredients, Episode 1″
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In this episode, I show how to safely handle Lye or Sodium Hydroxide by wearing gloves, goggles, long sleeve shirt, and pants. I also give the poison control hot line number (which is 1-800-222-1222) with a reminder that you should always call 911 first in any emergency.
I briefly show the free Bramble Berry Lye Calculator for soap as well as our nifty iPhone app. I also talk about some of my favorite soapmaking books like The Everything Soapmaking Book and The Soapmaker’s Companion.
Next, I go over some of my favorite soapmaking oils like Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Palm Oil, Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil, as well as butters like Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Sal Butter, Lanolin, and Avocado Butter.
Special guest Cold Process soap samples purchased from: Arcadia Aromatics, Ltd., Sherri’s Scents & Soys, Sagegold Soaps, SV soaps, Intentions soap, and KB Shimmer. Making this series was such a great excuse to go shopping and sample some new soapmakers as well as some old favorites. Everyone’s soaps arrived carefully packaged and looked as good if not better than the pictures on their websites.
Remember, this is a basic building block video so if you’re rarin’ to go and don’t want to wait for the last episode to put all of the knowledge together, you can buy the The Everything Soapmaking Book and The Soapmaker’s Companion or Basic Cold Process Soap DVD here.
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I have been watching these videos since they came out and I am now going to make my first cp soap 🙂 I have been getting help with recipe on teachsoap and everyone there is so nice and willing to help 🙂 I have been making M&P and other things for almost 6 years now and can’t wait to try making cp soap 🙂 Thank you all at B&B and tech soap 🙂
Thanks! I have a lot of fun designing them, writing them and filming them =)
Your Soap Queen TV segment is informative, fun and easy to understand! Thank you so much!
Thank you! I’m glad you liked it. =) I used the conditioner this morning and really liked it.
That was smart, informative, and great. Thanks so much.
thank you so much Anne-Marie. As soon as I get a sale, I’m buying one of them, or both of them!!!! Thank you for the info!!!!
Definitely. My two favorite for cold process soap are:
The Soapmaker’s Companion
The Everything Soapmaking Book
Those are my two favorite and in my opinion, the most comprehensive Cold Process soapmaking books on the market today.
Just remember that working with lye is just like driving a car – scary at first but easy and wonderful once the training period is over. =) And yes, ‘scarifying’ indeed at first!
Wonderful! I am so glad that this series is proving helpful to you. =)
Ann-Marie, does brambleberry sell any books about how to make cold process soap instead of melt and pour??
this is what I need to learn how to make that soap. I’m tired of just melt and pour. As soon as I get a job I’m getting that DVD with everything on one video!!! I love that soap.
Thanks…I just ordered some water soluble paper from your site and I think I will try it on my next batch….
Fantastic! and scarifying! ha. Anne-Marie, I cannot wait for the next installment. The Soapmaking Companion is fab, and always in my hands at bed time!
Thank you for your videos. I do love them so.
Glad that you found it helpful – even thought you’ve been making soap for a while. Thanks for the vote of confidence =)
Definitely! But if it’s in the middle, it might wash away before the soap fully washes away and shows the message in the middle.
Oh! I’ve been waiting for this kind of video…Thanks Anne…but may I know if I can use the water soluble paper in cold process soap?
Thanks for the wonderful video! I’ve been making CP soap for quite a few years (although very low volume) but I still found it very clear and informative. Looking forward to your next installment!
Anne-Marie, thank you for sharing your knowledge. I am a “rookie” with a few batches under my belt so far. I learned cp from a book, so it is great to watch a reliable & experienced soapmaker in action 🙂
Part 2 should be available in about two weeks. It’s in post production editing phase now …
The DVD is 45 minutes so it will have more ‘content’ than the 4 short videos for sure.
Isn’t it great when your work is appreciated. It’s awesome that you’re getting testimonials! Yay for handmade!
Oh Anne-Marie, I cannot wait. Soaping has truly become addictive and a passion for me and I desire to excel in this area. I have received testimonials on how customers’ skin has improved from even longstanding and very irritating conditions with just the 5 batches that I have made to date, and now, I am craving more experience, and expertise! Thank you!
P.S. Which has more content, the “series” or the DVD?
hello anne marie!
can you tell us when the other part of the video can be available?
I’m french and I can’t buy your dvd, I’m very excited to discover the rest ofyour video about soap making, I make cold process soap since 4 years, but I always love to learn more about it.
He he, you and me both. I learned to make soap with Ann Branson’s book and my first FIVE batches failed.
wish these kind of things were around when I learned how to make cp soap 🙂