Easy Beginner Soap Recipes: FIVE Classic Soap Recipes Made with Three Grocery Store Oils

Updated: Nov 15, 2019


These are five classic recipes that ALL soap makers should create throughout their soap making careers. They are the perfect recipes for absolute beginners, budget soap makers, or those interested in creating simple and wonderful soaps. These three oils can be purchased from most grocery stores for less than $20 for larger sizes that can make all five of these recipes. No waiting for delivery and no shipping fees- pick them up on your next grocery store trip!


Each of the oils used to make the following recipes has a completely different fatty acid composition and will create a unique and different soap. By experimenting and creating these recipes, you will have a better understanding of how fatty acids affect soap qualities and how the combination of different oils can create unique soaps with a custom blend of soap properties.


For more information about soap science, recipe formulating, methodology, troubleshooting, and design, be sure to get your hands on one of our wonderful soap making coursebooks today! We offer online courses on Cold Process, Hot Process, and Liquid Soap.


When you are first starting to make soap or are testing a new recipe, we recommend starting with smaller batches. This will enable you to explore how the soap behaves during production and the final soap qualities. Our 500g recipe size can be used to fill individual cavity molds, or you can double the recipe to fill the standard 10-inch loaf mold. The recipes are designed to be simple, classic, and elegant, and can be left unscented/uncolored or you can include your favorite fragrances, colorants, and other additives.


Recipes can be made with hot process OR cold process.



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