Hi, (tried answering yesterday, but hit wrong button and lost my reply :<( ) I'll try again! You can get started with oils and tools (pots, spoons, thermometer) from the grocery store. I like olive, apricot kernel, palm, coconut oils. Youl'll need essential oils for fragrance (if you want fragrance), some sort of container to pour your soap. Of course, you'll need lye; I get mine from Essential Depot, they have food grade lye. I live in Alaska and local material sources are very limited. If you live in the lower 48, it should be much easier to find supplies. Go for it! It's so satisfying and fun and creative. And you end up with a wonderful, amazing creation that you can USE!