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In the ever-expanding realm of skincare, handcrafted soaps has grown exponentially. For those considering diving into the world of soap making, this blog post is your roadmap to success. Explore the diverse possibilities with Bulk Apothecary, your trusted partner for all your soap making and supplies needs. From the intricate cold process to the convenient melt and pour bases and ready-to-label options, discover the secrets to creating and selling exceptional soaps that cater to every preference.

Cold Process Soap Making

Cold Process Soap Making 101

Cold process is the traditional method of soap making. an art that allows artisans to exercise full creative control. This method creates beautiful results with more options for additives and design, but requires the most patients, supplies, and space to create the soaps. The cure time is longer with cold process soap making so you need to plan ahead if making and selling with this soap making method.

The name cold process is because other than melting the solids, the soap is made at room temperature and the “heating” is done with Lye in process called  Saponification. This is a chemical reaction provoked by mixing a fat (oils, butters, etc) with a strong base, sodium hydroxide lye. This reaction creates two elements: glycerin and soap! The process takes about 48 hours and then cures for about 4 weeks. 

Getting Started with Cold Process:

Depending on your making goals you will chooses a variety of ingredients. Here is some guidance on your basic needs.

Ingredients for cold process soap

A Blend of Oils of your choice for example, coconut oil, sunflower oil, or jojoba oil

A blend of Butters of your choice for example, shea butter, cocoa butter or mango butter

Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)

Distilled Water

Select essential oils or fragrance oils and colorants and other additives such as herbs or clays.

Tools to get started with cold process soap



Safety glasses

Soap Molds

Wooden Soap Box

Soap Cutter

Infrared Laser Thermometer

Mixing & measuring supplies that are heat resistant 

If you are just starting out you will want to research and learn more about the cold process method before getting started. We also share recipe ideas on our blog like this Lavender Cold Process Soap Recipe.

Melt & Pour Soap Making

melt and pour soap making supplies

For those seeking a quicker and simpler approach, Bulk Apothecary’s melt and pour soap bases offer a world of possibilities.

This method allows for creativity while requiring less supplies and time. The process involves melting down a base of choice, customizing with colors, and fragrance then pouring it in to the mold to cool taking a few hours to create soap start to finish. Here is a melt and pour soap recipe to get you started. 

melt and pour soap supplies

Ultra Shea Butter Oatmeal Soap Bar:




Step 1: Prepare the Soap Base

Cut the Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap Base into small cubes for easy melting. Using a double boiler or microwave, melt the soap base until smooth.

Step 2: Add Vitamin E Oil, and Fragrance

Add 1-2 teaspoons of Vitamin E Oil for added nourishment. Add 10-15 drops of Ultra Shea Butter Fragrance Oil for a rich, luxurious scent. Adjust the quantity based on your preference.

Step 3: Mix and Pour

Stir the mixture thoroughly to ensure even distribution of Vitamin E oil, and fragrance. Pour the melted soap mixture into soap molds of your choice.

Step 4: Set and Cool

Allow the soap to cool and harden at room temperature or speed up the process by placing it in the refrigerator.

Step 5: Unmold and Cut

Once fully hardened, carefully remove the soap from the molds.

If you are looking for more information on melt and pour soaps check out Melt and Pour 101 Introduction

Ready To Label Cold Process Soaps

For those seeking a seamless addition to their product line, Bulk Apothecary offers ready-to-label cold process soap bars in an array of captivating fragrances. While there is nothing to make with this option it is a great solution for those wanting to expand their product line without having to master another skill. The great part about this is if you already use our products you know the fragrances and quality will match! 

The Ready to Label Cold Process Soaps come in a variety of colors and fragrances. We even offer a beautiful wooden soap dish and Soap Lift to add a special touch. Expand your offerings effortlessly with scents like Green Tea Verbena Scrub, Chocolate Mint, Cranberry Spice, and Cedarwood Tea Tree.

Embark on your soap creation journey with confidence, armed with the comprehensive knowledge and top-tier supplies from Bulk Apothecary. From the intricate world of cold process to the convenience of melt and pour bases and the ready-to-label options, your skincare business is poised for success. Unleash your creativity, cater to diverse preferences, and captivate your customers with high-quality, handcrafted soaps that stand out in the market.


Bulk Apothecary makes no claims of “expert status” and the company will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the use of the information found on this website.

As with all products, users should test a small amount prior to normal extended use. If pregnant or suffering from illness, consult a doctor before use. 

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