Liquid Soap Book for Beginners

You can make your own liquid soap at home

We love to talk about handmade bar soap, but did you know you can also make your own liquid soap from scratch? There are several methods to do this and Jackie Thompson has added another option to the line up with her no-paste liquid soap process. One of the primary differences with liquid soap and handmade bar soap is the use of added glycerin and Potassium Hydroxide. While attending a soap gathering I got a chance to sit down with the author of the book Liquid Soap Making. Watch below to see what she had to say about this method and how a raffle in Miami lit her flame to write her book and much more.

Live Interview with Liquid Soap Author Jackie Thompson


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It is Zakia Ringgold. And I am here with Jackie Thompson, one of three master soap makers in the world. But I only have her for, like, five minutes, so I may not be able to answer your questions. Hi, Dana. Hi, Maureen. Hi, SGM. So they're coming in, and I'm just welcoming them. Maple Flag.


Okay, so, Jackie, can you tell me how you got started making soup?

Oh, in 1998, I did a vegetable garden, and I planted some herbs, and.

I was trying to figure out how to do it.

It looked this blank is trying to get your hair.

Here we go.

I got you.

I planted Earth garden, and I was.

Trying to figure out what to do with it.

And so I picked up a book.

Susan Miller Cabbage.

The Handicapped Soap Makers. His companion. And I read it from cover to cover, and that's how I got started.

Awesome. So how long is that? 1998 was when you got that book? Yes. Awesome. Hi, Dream. This is the Liquid soap maker Queens here. So I'm talking to her really quickly, but I don't have her much longer. Maple Flag is saying hello. Naturally. Sean they're all saying hi and tapping the screen. So I'll show you. So Jackie did a session this morning and she had all of our attention for about three and a half hours on how to make your own liquid soap. Yes, liquid soap. Right now, liquid soap. And she has created a no pace method. So can you tell us about your book? Liquid, soap making yes.

Basically, it covers liquid soap in three different methods. First, we do the paste method. That is the conventional way to do liquid soap. And then I developed a no pace method and a gel soap making method.

Gel soap. And guys, gel soap is great for, like, shampoo. Shower gel. Well, not shampoo. Shower gel.

Probably Shower, Bath and Body.

Yes. Awesome. Okay, so she had mentioned during her talk that Florida and a prize got her into doing her book. Can you tell them a little bit about that?

Yeah, I was at the HSC conference.

And convention in Miami and I can't remember what year it was, but Essential Wholesale offered a prize, a door prize of free graphics and publication of a book on file making. And I want that price. I didn't cash in on it because the more I got started on it.

I wanted to be my own.

But that was the impetus that got me started. If I hadn't won that price, I would have never written the book.

So, guys, you never know what a door prize? And they're asking, where can we get the book? Where can they get liquid soap making?

Just about any online bookstore. Amazon, you can contact me at and I will PayPal invoice you if you want to do that. But mainly Amazon and Barnes and Noble, any of those major booksellers have it.

And you did mention that you're on Facebook. Do you have your own Facebook page that they could come?


Okay. Just Jackie Thompson.

Jackie Thompson. And I put her name in here, guys. And so any tips for new people.

Getting started and getting started in liquid soap making? Yeah, I would start with the conventional method first and just get an idea of what Trace is and what alls and how all react. Because they act completely different in liquid soaps.

Last question, because this blew our mind when we heard Lori saying, you are one of three master soap makers in the world. How in the world did you tackle doing that?

Well, I need to clarify that I am one of three handcrafted master stoke makers through the handcrafted soap and cosmetic gill.

Got it.


I'm sure there are other actual, real commercial master soap makers, but I'm one of three. I was actually the first master soap maker. And it's a rigid program that you go through through the handcrafted soap and cosmetic gift, and you have two years to complete it. And so I went through the program, and Annemarie Fayola is another one.

So queen.


Okay. I'm in good company.

Yes. And then there was one person at the guild last year.

She had Naomi Murray.

Naomi Murray, master soap maker. So I have now met two of the no, I've met all three.


So I just got very excited.

So, Jackie, thank you so much for agreeing the interview. I know you've been very busy and you want your lunch time, but get a pic with her.


I'm going to flip the camera around so we can say hi. And I will get a picture.

I got a picture with her.

I got one. And they're all saying, thank you for your time. They're steady tapping the screen. I'm going to show you what it looks like on my end. So right there, these are all of the people who have joined the broadcast.

They're tapping the screen.

And the nice thing about it is when we flip the camera front facing view oh, no.

They'Re buying the book, guys. She definitely showed her talent and her craft and her gift today, and it didn't go real well to the problem. You know what?

Here's the thing.

It didn't go by the book, but what it did do is so many of us are going to be doing it at home by ourselves. You showed us that you don't have.

To worry about it, stay calm and.

Keep working at it.

There you go.

I think it went very well.

Thank you.

I didn't realize you could do liquid soaps. There's so much you can do with soap, guys. Yay for the super hearts.

I'm going to say right now that liquid soap is an untapped resource. There is so much more that can.

Be done to it that we haven't discovered yet.

It is new on the market. It got left behind with sodium laurel sulfate, and there's so much more to discover with it. We've just begun. And as this catches on, as the no pace in the gel saltmaking method catches on, I think I will learn.

A lot from all of you.

Oh, thank you.

Well, you have given us a great user reference to start with your book. I started it. Thank you.

And, guys, I got to help her today.

I got to help her. So, you know, I was on cloud 25 and then come over there. He kept calling me a teacher set the whole time. All right, guys, thank you for joining. They want the book.


Great. It's good to hear from some of.

Teal's friends and fans. Yeah.

So, guys, you go to If you want to just send an email, and what she will do is.

She'Ll send you a PayPal, you'll work with her.

There you go. If you have questions, I'll be glad.

To answer them, okay?

I'll be all in her box, guys.

You know I will. And her name is Jackie Thompson. J-A-C-K-I-E-T-O-M-S-O-N-I feel like B-O-L-O-G-N. No, I'm just kidding. Bye, guys. Have Great day. Thank you so much.


What a great gal.

Handmade Liquid Soap is getting Very Popular

Jackie Thompson is a certified Master Soap Maker. Through her own series of trial and error she has discovered a new method of making liquid soap without the paste. She has dubbed it the “No Paste Method”. When I attended the HSCG Annual conference in Las Vegas I was looking to meet people just as passionate about the craft and pick up new soap making techniques.

I had gotten really good with bar soap and several of my live viewers asked, Do you make liquid soap? I knew about the conventional method but just never got around to making it on a large scale as my bar soap was keeping me very busy. While I was at the conference everyone recommended this one particular book Liquid Soapmaking: Tips, Techniques and Recipes for Creating All Manner of Liquid and Soft Soap Naturally!

I picked it up, gave it a shot and was pleasantly surprised to find that the author would be speaking at a local gathering near me at the Pittsburgh Soapmakers Gathering. I mean, who doesn’t have questions after reading a book?

Rarely do we get a chance to actually speak to the author, but I would get a chance to in less than 2 weeks. The Pittsburgh Soapmakers Gathering is organized by Lori Chandler and was one of the most organized and fun events I have ever attended.

How To Demonstration of the No Paste Liquid Soap Method

Not only was Jackie speaking but she spent close to 4 hours reviewing her ground breaking no paste liquid soap method and answering the endless questions thrown her way from a very captive and intrigued audience with style and grace. I had questions and got plenty of answers as to where I went wrong with my first try at her no paste method.

I even got up close and personal with the particular portion of the method I had struggled with and walked away with a new sense of confidence.

Bottom Line – Get The Book

Liquid Soap Making BookIf you are looking to learn how to make liquid soap, Jackie lays out a solid foundation to get started with the conventional liquid soap method, no-paste liquid soap method and gel soap at home. This is a great book for beginners and advanced soap makers alike looking to step up their liquid soap skills.

Thanks for the interview Jackie and thanks for thinking outside the box and once again showing the chemistry and artisty that makes up the craft so many of us have come to love.

Until next time…


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