Learn to Make Handmade Soap with Lovely Greens

On Lovely Greens, you’ll learn how to successfully make natural handmade soap from scratch. That includes the beginner soap-making series, and information on soap ingredients, colorants, and techniques. You’ll also find soapmaking videos and loads of natural soap recipes to try out!

Are you interested in learning to make natural soap as a hobby or for a business? Lovely Greens is here to help. Here you’ll find soap-making instructions for the complete beginner but also more advanced recipes and methods for making soap with all-natural ingredients. There are a lot of ingredients, methods, and recipes out there and so many questions and ideas. Everything from how to formulate a soap recipe to natural colorants to just a simple step-by-step look at how to make soap from scratch. I hope that the resources you discover here will help you on your soapmaking journey.

Natural Soap Making for Beginners Series

Over the years I’ve had a lot of people come to Lovely Greens for soapmaking instruction. To guide you on your journey I’ve created a 68-page Guide to Natural Soapmaking ebook. You can view it on your computer or print it out if you wish, and it includes all of the basics of beginner cold-process soapmaking and instructions on how to use different types of natural ingredients in six soap recipes at the end.

  1. Natural Soap Ingredients
  2. Soapmaking Equipment & Safety
  3. Beginner Soap Recipes
  4. The Soap Making Process

Though the soapmaking ebook has far more information and is all in one place, there are also loads of free tips here on the website. I invite you to browse natural soap recipes and ideas and to read through my free natural soapmaking for beginners series. It includes the below four articles which you can use to help you make any Lovely Greens soap recipe.

Become a Confident Soap Maker

I remember the early days of teaching myself how to make soap and the failures I had along the way. With that experience, I’m here to help you move as quickly as possible from a complete novice to a confident soap maker. Lovely Greens soap-making instructions come in various articles and recipes, and even a few videos! I’ve been making soap as a business since 2011 and have shared a lot of what I’ve learned here including dozens of soap-making recipes.

Free Cold-Process Soap Recipes

There are a lot of soap recipes that I’ve shared on Lovely Greens over the years and I invite you to use them. It can be complex to create your own recipes and a real headache as a beginner. My opinion is that when you learn to make handmade soap, it’s best to begin with tried and tested recipes. That way you can focus on learning to make soap without having to question if you’ve incorrectly formulated a recipe. You can trust every soap recipe on Lovely Greens to come out right and that will help you finesse your skills as a soapmaker. The eco-friendly soap recipe and the lemongrass soap recipe have DIY videos too, so you can see each step and understand the process better. I also have recipes for liquid hand soap, dish soap, and a simple hot-process soap recipe that cold-process soap makers will feel comfortable with.

Detailed Soap Making Instructions

Once you’ve had a thorough look through the 4-part Natural Soap Making series it’s time to make soap. I always tell the students in my soap-making lessons that the biggest challenge to getting started is the fear of handling Lye. Though you need to respect this ingredient, it’s in no way scary if you’re wearing the proper protection and working in a well-ventilated environment. Watch my soapmaking videos to see exactly what to expect. Afterward, you’ll be on your way. Each recipe that I share on Lovely Greens comes with detailed instructions including any special steps and differences in ingredients and temperature. So get your station set up, read through the instructions, ask a question if you’re not sure about something, and make handmade soap.

Natural soap colorants including woad, madder, calendula, carrot, and alkanet

Learn how to Naturally Scent and Color Soap

One of the most creative parts of making your own handmade soap is adding color and scent. As a natural soap maker, you learn to use minerals, flowers, plants, and even food to do the same job. There are literally dozens of natural colors that you can use to get nearly every shade of the rainbow! There’s madder root for pinks, indigo for grey-blues, alkanet for purple, calendula for golden yellow, and parsley for green. The selection of natural colorants you can use in soap is extensive and sometimes surprising.

It’s the same story when using essential oils. In natural soap making, you learn to use and blend the natural extracts of plants to add a beautiful scent. There are dozens of essential oils to choose from including floral rose geranium to herbal peppermint and woodsy cedar. Here are a few soapmaking videos from the Lovely Greens YouTube channel.

For me, soap making is a little like cooking, chemistry, and crafting wrapped into one. If you’re interested in gardening and beekeeping (like I am) you can add them into the mix too. Growing and producing your own natural soap ingredients is a worthwhile and fascinating skill and can make your batches of soap even more personal and eco-friendly. Honey, beeswax, herbs, flowers, and even fats.