Beginners Guide To Soap Making

Beginners Guide To Soap Making
Making your own soap is​ a​ lot of​ fun .​
I​ love making my own soap for myself and also giving it​ as​ gifts to​ family and friends .​
If you’re interested in​ making your own soap but not sure where to​ start, here’s a​ brief explanation of​ the three different soap making processes:
1 .​
Cold Process
Cold process soap making is​ really making soap from scratch .​
The three basic ingredients you’ll need to​ make soap this way are water, oils and sodium hydroxide (lye) .​
Lye is​ classed as​ a​ hazardous material .​
It can burn skin on contact .​
When using lye you need to​ be extremely careful and take all safety precautions, such as​ wearing safety goggles, protective gloves, clothing and shoes .​
You also need to​ ensure you use a​ stainless steel saucepan and have separate containers for the storing of​ lye and measuring cups, etc just for soap making.
It’s very important you use a​ good recipe if​ making soap this way that tells you all the precautions you need to​ take when using lye; such as​ mixing the water and lye outside or​ in​ a​ very well ventilated area .​
The mixing of​ water and lye first produces a​ steam so toxic that it​ can burn your lungs.
You need to​ be very responsible when handling lye and it​ does sound scary, so a​ lot of​ soap making beginners prefer starting off making their own soap by the following two methods.
2 .​
Handmilled or​ Rebatched Method
This method involves the grating of​ ready made soap (so there’s no lye to​ worry about) that is​ then melted with added water .​
You can add your own additives, such as​ flower petals, herbs, lavender, oatmeal, spices, soap colors and fragrance .​
Then you pour it​ into soap molds and leave to​ set .​
This can take 24 hours but for a​ truly hardened soap it​ can take up to​ two weeks.
3 .​
Melt and Pour Method
In my experience, this is​ the easiest method to​ use if​ you’re a​ beginner .​
Melt and pour soap comes in​ ready made soap blocks (no lye to​ deal with) .​
You just melt it, either in​ the microwave or​ double boiler, add your soap color, fragrance and optional additives, pour it​ into the mold and leave it​ to​ set for a​ few hours .​
Once it’s set it’s ready to​ use!
When making soap by any of​ the methods above, it’s important you use a​ good recipe so you get the measurements of​ the soap, colourings, fragrances and additives right .​
It’s also important that you don’t accidentally splash yourself when dealing with a​ hot, melted soap mixture.
Soap making is​ addictive .​
Once you make your first successful batch, you don’t want to​ stop! So why not get started on your soap making journey today?

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