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The Different Ways to Make Soap

Monday, 2 January 2017 10:45

There are several different ways to creating a bar of soap.  This is a brief overview of the most popular methods you will read about.

Melt & Pour method

This method is where the soap has already been made in a factory.  It is presented as a solid block of soap which is cut into smaller chunks, melted over heat (usually in a microwave) into a liquid, poured into a mould and left to set.  Additonal items such as fragrance and colour can be added easily when the soap is in this liquid state.

It is popular because it is easy to make good looking bars of soap, is safe to use and is very quick.  A bar of soap can be made in a couple of hours.

Cold Process method

This is where soap is created from scratch using all the ingredients .  It is where the chemical reaction between an oil and lye form soap.  It is called cold process because no heat is added to the process other than the heat required at the beginning to melt the oils.  The base oils typically used include olive oil, coconut oil and palm oil.  The soap maker has complete control over the ingredients and many different variations of soap can be made.  However, it does involve the use of chemicals (sodium hydroxide aka lye) and it does require the soap to be left to cure for 4-6 weeks after it is made.

Hot Process method

The hot process method involves adding heat in order to quicken the saponification process. It is similar to the cold process method in using ingredients to make the soap from scratch but after the trace stage the soap is cooked in a slow cooker or double boiler.  The advantages are that the soap is fully saponified quickly and can be used after a few days rather than weeks.

 

Posted in Soap Making

So you are thinking about making some soap from scratch and aren't really sure what to do.

We've put together a video showing you the basics of what's involved to give you a Cold Process Soap Tutorial.  It is very satisfying to make a bar of soap completely from the beginning so why not give it a go.

Follow any safety recommendations and have safety goggles and gloves at the ready.  Give yourself plenty of time and don't try to rush.

Remember always use a recipe and follow the measurements accurately.

What is Rubbing Alcohol?

Monday, 2 January 2017 11:32

One of the most common questions we are asked is "What is Rubbing Alcohol?"  The phrase usually seen on websites and in books is to "spritz your melted soap with rubbing alcohol" to get rid of the bubbles.

You know the problem -  the soap base has melted and maybe you've over stirred it a bit and there are some bubbles that won't go away.  Or you've poured your molten soap into the mould and bubbles sit on the top.

In the UK, rubbing alcohol is known as Isopropyl Alcohol.  It is a clear liquid which you can purchase directly from us.

In the world of melt and pour soap, it is an invaluable tool for making the bubbles disappear by a quick spritz using a mist spray.

The Isopropyl Alcohol works by changing the surface tension of any bubbles so that they pop.  It is colourless and volatile so the slight odour evaporates extremely quickly.

BIG Warning  - it is highly flammable so needs to be treated with care.

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