I get asked all of the time by other soap makers what my favorite soap making this or that is. I do have my favorites. I hope that you’ll share your favorites in the comments so that other soap makers can check out new sources. It has been awhile since my last favorite things post, so here we go!
Soap Making Oils and Butters
My favorite place to get oils and butters is Soaper’s Choice. I think they have great prices and shipping isn’t so bad.
My favorite oils and butters to use in a recipe are coconut oil, regular olive oil, shea butter, rice bran oil, avocado oil and castor oil.
Soaper’s Choice ships super fast! I usually get a shipping notice the same day that I order and get my order two days later!
I do get coconut oil locally from Restaurant Depot. This saves me quite a bit of shipping. If you have a local Restaurant Depot and they don’t carry coconut oil, ask them about it. Sometimes they’ll bring it in if requested.
Soapequipment.com is the place to go when you are ready to scale up your business. We used their equipment (molds, cutters) when Benjamin had his retail store, Prairie Soap Company. You can purchase what they have in stock or you can have them custom build equipment.
Their soap drying trays rock and save you room on your production floor.
Soap Making Molds
It is no secret…if you read my blog you know that I love silicone molds from Bramble Berry! I’ve use many over the years and they continue to be my #1 source for silicone soap making molds.
Another mold I really like is the Wholesale Supplies Plus Crafters Choice™ Tray 12 Rectangles Silicone Mold. I have some tutorials coming up using this mold. It is just a great slab mold to have. The cut lines make it super simple to create great looking bars of soap.
I personally don’t use fragrance oils anymore. But when I teach classes, I purchase a few for students that want to use them. I do have my favorites from over the years.
I know there are lots of companies that sell great fragrances and since I don’t purchase much these days, please post your favorite fragrance supplier in the comments!
I love working with essential oils in my soap, blending and trying new combinations.
I order essential oils from my friend Theresa of Wandering Thistle Studios. I also use Lebermuth, Liberty Naturals, Rainbow Meadow, New Directions Aromatics, Camden Gray, Bramble Berry and Majestic Mountain Sage.
If you don’t know where to start when using essential oils in soap, check out Benjamin’s eBook, Essential Oil Blends for Handcrafted Soap.
I use many suppliers for colorants. Here are few of my favorites from this past year.
Check out Flashdance Pink in soap.
If you need help in knowing how to use colorants, check out my eBook, How to Color Cold Process Soap!
Not only does Bud make wonderful cutters, but he has a great heart! Bud has donated a soap cutter to every single group that Lovin’ Soap Project has gone to teach. His soap cutters are in Haiti, Uganda, Tibet, India and Senegal.
Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
Soap Making Organizations/Insurance
I belong to two organizations.
Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetics Guild – The HSCG offers insurance + organization membership to soap and toiletry makers. Also, as a member you gain access to valuable resources including supply discounts, how-to’s, hotel discounts…and more. Check out the long list of benefits. I LOVE attending their annual conference and have presented at the conference for the last couple of years.
Indie Business Network – IBN offers insurance + organization membership to makers of handmade items including soap, toiletries, jewelry and more. Check out all of the benefits of joining IBN! My favorite thing about IBN is the online community on Facebook. The group is such a wonderful resource for information and help when you need it.
If you’re looking for affordable insurance as a soapmaker, check out Handmade Artisan Insurance.
These are some of my favorite things! What are some of yours?