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      I would love to start making soap…my son loves homemade soap. How should I get started? What would I need?

      What are the best soaps to start making as a beginner? Would love to make these for ourselves and as gifts. Oh, and I am referring to bathing soap.

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      Liss
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      @lmitchell 265926 wrote:

      I would love to start making soap…my son loves homemade soap. How should I get started? What would I need? What are the best soaps to start making as a beginner? Would love to make these for ourselves and as gifts. Oh, and I am referring to bathing soap.

      It depends entirely on what kinds of soaps you’d like to make… glycerin based soaps (melt and pour) are the easiest to start with and you can add various scents/ colors and even objects within the soap.

      You can make milk or cream based soaps, lye based soaps (not great choice for beginning soap making due to the fact that it’s VERY caustic!) . . . Here are just a few of the many many soap recipes available here on the site:

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      Liss I was wondering in your wonderful bag of tricks if you have a “oatmeal” based home made soap. I would love to make some for my son and he has sensitive skin. Let me know if you have anything like this available please.

      Thanks a million for all your wonderful advise here!!

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      Many online soap suppliers have various melt and pour soap bases. They do have a Oatmeal, Goats Milk and a Shea Butter which all would sound great for your sons skin. I would recommend researching prices on a few sites which can be more cost effective than going to Michael’s.

      You will want a soap that does not contain sls (sodium lauryl sulfate). many melt and pour soaps will state sls free. soap making in general if you want to get into handmade soap such as cold process, the start up costs can be pricey.

      many ingredients, trial and error on just the right formula, molds, lye etc…if this is a method you would want to choose, after the initial costs then you will have something to start with. so much better for the skin than using soap (if you want to call it that) at your local stores.

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Budget101 Discussion List Archives Soapmaking Getting Started