In any new crafting endeavor, taking the time to obtain the proper equipment will make everything else go smoothly. Soap-making has the added caveat that your safety depends on the proper equipment. With careful research and shopping, you can outfit yourself for soapmaking for far less money than you might think. Use recommended equipment at first, then create your own system variations as you gain experience. You'll need safety equipment, a scale, pots and pans, a thermometer, utensils, measuring equipment, a hand blender, soap molds, and cutting tools.