The equipment you need for the basic recipe includes:
a microwave safe dish (I prefer glass for this)
A hot pad for handling the hot dish
a block of glycerin soap (you can get this at your local craft store or big box store)
Essential oils if you want scented soap (a little goes a long way)
A mold for the soap
The sky is the limit for your creative ideas. I have basic directions first, then several pages of different theme soaps to give you some ideas. Try your hand at soap making, it's good clean fun!
Step 1: Preparing the Soap Mix
Be sure to stir occasionally with a table knife or chopstick to see if there are any hidden lumps in the mix. Be very careful though as getting scalding hot melted soap on your hand is really quite painful. If you get some on your hand, run your hand under cold running water to cool it quickly and then peel the spilled soap off your hand.
If you are going to add fragrance and/or color, do this after you have finished heating the soap in the microwave.
A little fragrance goes a LONG way! Add tiny droplets at a time and do a test sniff before adding more. The first time I made soap I had to dilute it about 20 times until it was not too pungent to have in the same room. Coloring the soap is a little more forgiving, but still add slowly at first and stir thoroughly before adding additional. There are different color bases available in glycerin soap and this will make a big difference in the amount of coloring you use. Some of my example soaps are made with clear and some with white.