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Soap Making Overview

We are actually going to make soap, not just "hack" soap!

Stuff Needed

  • Lye: $10/2lbs from Tractor supply, or $5/2lbs online (+shipping) (can also buy in bulk online and save$$)
  • Olive oil: need to look up prices for pure (not EVOO) olive oil
  • Optional oils: Coconut, palm. These oils make good soap, too, but are more expensive.
  • Glass bowl for lye
  • Stainless steel container big enough for the entire batch
  • Thermometer
  • Wooden spoons
  • Additives


  • Herbs
  • Honey - Helps keep moisture in the skin
  • Oatmeal - Can act as an exfoliant, also good for skin problems
  • Essential Oils - (see below) - can be found at Hobby Lobby or health food stores
  • Shea Butter - can be found at Hobby Lobby