I play favorites, I’ll be the first to admit it. One of the most common types of emails I receive is asking for recommendations on soapy goods or asking what stickblender I use or what molds I use.
So, let’s make this easy. All of my sudsworthy soapmaking favorites are listed right here and right now. Click away, you’ll be taken right to the product where you can buy it online. Check locally, too – you might find better prices!
- Chef’n SwitchIt! Silicone Spatulas – My favorite spatulas in the whole world! Not too bendy, but not too rigid.
- Cuisinart SmartStick 200-Watt Immersion Stick Blender – I have three of these stickblenders, who can resist the pretty colors?
- Norpro 4-Cup Plastic Measuring Cups – I have a gazillion of these, and love them for splitting batches, mixing lye solution, premixing colorants, and more.
- Norpro 3.5-Cup Funnel Pitcher – Thanks to the fabulous Anne-Marie at Bramble Berry, I got hooked on these for controlled pours.
- Wide Mouth Translucent Squeeze Bottles – I picked these suckers up at Sam’s Club, but a lot of soapmakers have had trouble finding them. They’re brilliant because they’re wide mouth which means easier to pour the soap in the bottle.
- BonJour Mini Frother – A frother is a soapmaker’s best friend. I’ve burned through three IKEA frothers, and this bad boy is still going strong a year later.
- Presto SaladShooter Electric Slicer/Shredder – Make quick work of shredding soap without gouging your fingertips on a grater. LOVE.
- KD 8000 Scale by My Weigh – The BEST soapmaking scale. Ever. Hands down. No competition.
- Etekcity Infared Digital Thermometer – I don’t use a thermometer often, but when I need to, I dig out this infared badboy. No cleaning because it doesn’t come in contact with the soap? Yes please.
- SteamFast Compact Fabric Steamer – Needs to be renamed the Ash Buster. Every batch that has ash problems can easily be fixed by steaming. This one is tiny, and leaks sometimes, but it does the job!
- Encore Plastics 5 Quart Plastic Bucket – These are my favorite small batch buckets (I bought mine at Lowe’s), and can hold about 5.5 lbs worth of raw soap. (Two of BB’s 10″ soap molds.)
- Powder Free Nitrile Gloves – I’m allergic to latex, so I snag nitrile gloves instead. Sometimes, you can find them at pharmacies and grocery stores in the medicine area.
- AcuRite Indoor Humidity Monitor – This humidity monitor is not laser precise, but it does a well enough job and is usually less than $10. I try to keep my soap studio at 30% humidity or less to optimize curing, so this monitor helps me keep track.
- SEOH pH-Fix Test Strips – I used to purchase the 7.0 to 14.0 pH test strips to help nail a more accurate reading on soap, but nowadays I use this pH meter instead. I’d recommend either!
Soap Molds & Cutters
- Brambleberry 10″ Loaf Silicone Mold – My favorite mold ever, I have 20+ of these babies.
- Brambleberry 9.75″ Column Silicone Mold – A great alternative to PVC.
- Brambleberry 12 Bar Square Silicone Mold – My favorite mold for testing colorants and fragrances, also great for salt bars!
- Brambleberry 4″ Loaf Silicone Mold – The perfect classroom mold, great for students & beginners. If you take a class with me, you will probably use these.
- Brambleberry 6 Half Moon Silicone Mold – I used to use the Tony’s half moon molds, which were a hard plastic. BB now has the same shape in silicone. Winning!
- Soap Hutch HDPE Molds – I have an Uber Kate mold from Soap Hutch, and adore this thing to pieces. A lot of soapmakers don’t like HDPE, but I don’t mind it at all.
- For Craft’s Sake Cutters – I have three cutters from FCS, including a custom Hobby Quick cutter for sample size bars, the infamous tank (Commerical Quick Cutter), and the slab splitter (Quickcut Log Splitter.) There is always a waiting list for cutters to be finished, and I’m telling you there is a very good reason why: best cutters around.
- Soap Crafting by Anne-Marie Faiola
- The Everything Soapmaking Book by Alicia Grosso
- Scientific Soapmaking by Kevin Dunn
Other Books Related to Soapmaking
- Soap & Cosmetic Labeling by Marie Gale
- Good Manufacturing Practices by Marie Gale
- Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand
- Liquid Soapmaking by Jackie Thompson
Other Books Related to Business
- Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
- Business Without The Bullshit by Geoffrey James
- Profit First by Mike Michalowicz
- 155 Words You Need to Know: Practical Wisdom for Creative Entrepreneurs by Lela Barker
- Likeable Social Media by Dave Kerpen
- Creative Confidence by Thomas Kelley & David Kelley
- EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches by Dave Ramsey
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