The correct materials are essential for the craft of soap making for all soap makers whether they consider it a hobby or an art form. If you know exactly what you are looking for, then it is not difficult to find the moulds and other equipment in various places. Many beginners realise they do not need to buy very much at all to get started on this hobby. It is not possible to make soap without a recipe that involves lye in the process of production you can opt to try glycerine based soaps instead.
Anyone who is sensitive to chemical solutions in general should be advised not to deal directly with lye but when it is used in glycerine soap it has been melted and poured which decreases its potency. If used in moderations in the right proportions lye can actually be beneficial particularly for those who suffer from eczema. It reacts in the same manner as bleach and may result in severe burns on the skin. The lye is essential for extracting the reactive oils and fats that turn to glycerine and soap particles. You can also produce new soap from leftover bits lying around the bathroom then gathering other materials which can be transformed by recycling them in the correct soap making manner.
Many home made soaps utilise animal fats or tallow as one of the main ingredients and these materials are organic to an extent because they are biodegradable, although organic products as a whole contain materials from plants only. In general, a multitude of differing oils can be used as a substitute for the missing animal. This involves the hot process method although you cannot make this type of soap without using lye or caustic soda. This is an important ingredient in order for the soap to saponify, as well as to help sustain its shelf life but this is usually the sole chemical present in the end product.
While the manufacture process for glycerine soap making does not involve using lye, it is contained within the glycerine base used in this method which involves melting to purge any remaining moisture therein. Gradually as you progress, you can add your favoured choice of oils, scents and colours stirring as you go so that all the ingredients are drawn together until it goes smooth. You can then pour this hot mixture into the waiting moulds before they harden for extra use. For organic soap, you can use a number of different ingredients to add that extra twist. Everything from dried herbs and oatmeal, to beeswax and natural plant extracts or even on occasionally with a lye mixture too.