Wanna get the hookup on affordable and accessible soapmaking tools and ingredients? Look no further. Below, I have compiled for you a list of all of the products I use in my soapmaking - and now I'm sharing it with you so that you can reap the rewards!
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Spatula - Like these because they don't have many ridges on the head of the spatula. Less ridges means less wasted soap batter, because you can scrape your batter off easily and efficiently
Silicone Color Mixing Cups - I like to use these to mix my colorant with oils before mixing into my soap. The squishy silicone makes it easy for me to scrape out every last drop and make my colorant go further!
Large Mixing Bowl - You're probably going to want to head over to your local Dollar Tree and pick one of these up in person. There are options at other dollar stores as well. Take a look around in your area!https://www.dollartree.com/plastic-mixing-bowls-with-handles-2frac12-qt/858618
Small Measuring Pitcher - This smaller pitcher is the perfect size for mixing smaller batches of soap or dividing a single batch into smaller portions. I got these from my local Dollar Tree, but they're available in most dollar stores, you just need to take a gander.https://www.dollartree.com/large-4-cup-capacity-clear-plastic-measuring-cups/259852
Laser Thermometer - It's crucial that you are able to take the temperature of your oils and lye solution before mixing together. The easiest, fastest, most accurate and least messy way to do this is with a laser thermometer gun. Plus, is there anything more fun than shooting lasers at stuff?
Immersion Blender - This is the actual blender that I use to make soap. Yes, it was designed to make baby food and it comes with a nifty little food processer bowl (which I totally use for food applications) but it also is pretty handy at whipping up soap batter.
Digital Scale - You'll want an accurate digital scale when making soap, and this one is accurate AND affordable. Done and done.
Gloves - These are a non-negotiable! Get them - Lots of them, and change them whenever they're dirty. You need to protect your hands and prevent cross contamination in your products.
Goggles - Again, a non-negotiable. You need to protect your eyes (EVEN IF YOU ALREADY WEAR GINORMOUS GLASSES, LIKE ME!)
Hair Net - Do you have hair? Then you need a hair net. No one wants to find a hair in their soap. Ick.
Loaf Mold with Lid - These are my favorite loaf molds to use. They will arrive in either blue or purple and come with wooden lids - perfect for insulating your soap and preventing soda ash
Soap Slicing Wire - This is the wire tool I use. Admittedly, the handle broke after a month of using it. but the wire portion is still great, and I actually prefer to use it without a handle.
Soap Slicing Box - This is the very box I use to slice my soap - Has two pre-cut thicknesses to choose from, or you can use it like I do and line your soap up with a pre-marked ruler to make sure each bar is exactly the right thickness.https://www.etsy.com/listing/500400948/nk-02-wooden-box-loaf-soap-cutter-tools?click_key=197e96f8d263446bd5d97f9e1648321c191bd4fe%3A500400948&click_sum=0d6e29d9&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=soap+slicer+box&ref=sr_gallery-3-48&organic_search_click=1&pro=1
Vegetable Peeler - Do you need this one? Nope. Do you even need to bevel your bars? Nope.. but this is a good one if you choose to do it :)
Slab Mold - My 11"X14" slab mold was made custom for me by the lovely folks over at Knotty Burl Woodworks. If you're interested in getting one, reach out to them and I'm sure they'll whip something up for you!https://www.knottyburlwoodworks.com/
Wax Paper - This is needed for a slab mold if you don't have a silicone liner for it. Easy to fold and line your mold, and even easier to peel off of your soap once it has firmed up.
Slab Splitter - This is THE tool for splitting logs. Bud has been working diligently to make these tools for us soapmakers for YEARS and he's a pro.https://www.etsy.com/listing/150587950/adjustable-log-splitter?click_key=34879539f752ec14c82d25f9440f1c65b7624048%3A150587950&click_sum=5cc288c0&ref=shop_home_active_8&crt=1
Perforated Sheet Pan - I use this perforated sheet pan on a speed rack to cure my soaps. The perforation allows for more airflow. If you are concerned about the aluminum in the pan reacting with your soap, you can use parchment to line your pans.https://www.webstaurantstore.com/bakers-mark-18-x-13-perforated-half-size-19-gauge-wire-in-rim-aluminum-bun-sheet-pan/407HALFPERF.html
Bin Storage for Wrapped Bars - Once I wrap my bars and they're ready to go, I store them on my speed rack in these bins.
Speed Rack- Half size - Curing rack, paired with perforated pans and storage bins for my cured and wrapped bars.https://www.webstaurantstore.com/regency-10-pan-end-load-half-height-bun-sheet-pan-rack-unassembled/600PR103K.html
Speed Rack - Full Size - Curing rack, paired with perforated pans and storage bins for my cured and wrapped bars.https://www.webstaurantstore.com/steelton-20-pan-end-load-bun-sheet-pan-rack-unassembled/109RACKECON.html
Speed Rack Cover - Half Size - To protect your bars from dust, dander, and other naughty air-borne things.
Speed Rack cover - Full Size - To protect your bars from dust, dander, and other naughty air-borne things.
WRAPPING & PACKAGING
Newsprint Paper - This is the paper I use to print my own wrappers at home. Thinner, softer, and less white than standard printer paper
Paper Shredder - For my packing paper, I shred up old paper grocery bags, packing paper from bulk orders I've received, or other scrap papers using this shredder. It has saved me HUNDREDS of dollars on paper shreds.
Custom Recycled Boxes - I like to order these recycled custom boxes, cut to the measurements that I specify. They're super affordable and better for the planet than other options.https://www.ecoenclose.com/shop/boxes/custom-corrugated-shipping-boxes/
Recycled Tissue Paper - I use this tissue paper in each of my orders. 100% recycled, a great feel & look, and it reminds my customers that I'm mindful of the planet.https://www.ecoenclose.com/shop/void-fill-accessories/100-recycled-tissue-paper/
Thermal Printer - Looking to upgrade your business? This thermal printer is the perfect companion! Not only can you print shipping labels, but you can adjust this printer to also work with smaller sticker labels as well. The applications are endless!
Thermal Labels- Basic thermal labels. Feel free to browse around and find the labels that will work best for your business. but if you just want a basic shipping label, this is the way to go!
Double Sided Tape Dispenser - My tool of choice when it comes to wrapping my soaps in my custom newsprint wrappers. Precise and effective.
Double Sided Tape (on a roll) - If you don't like the dispenser, this is another option for double sided tape.