Cold Process Soap Making: A Simple Guide

What is Cold Process Soap Making?

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Cold Process is a popular way to make soap. It’s a natural method and a good starting point for anyone new to soap making. There’s also another way called Hot Process Soap Making.

How Does Soap Making Work?

To make soap, you need to change natural fats into two parts: glycerin and fatty acids. Here’s how:

  1. Mixing: We mix fats with a solution called alkali. For cold process soap, we use something called lye (sodium hydroxide) mixed with water. When we talk about lye soap, this is what we mean.
  2. Changing: When the fatty acids in the fat meet the lye, they change. This change is called “saponification”. It’s like a magic step where soap is born!
  3. Waiting: After mixing, the soap needs time to change and become fully soap. We keep the soap warm, usually wrapped in a blanket inside a box, overnight. This warmth helps the magic step happen.
  4. Cutting and Drying: Once the soap is ready, we cut it into bars. These bars then rest for 6 to 8 weeks to become the best soap they can be.

Why Make Your Own Soap? Fun Cold Process Soap Facts!

  • True Soap vs. Beauty Bars: Many store soaps are more like detergents than real soaps. They might dry your skin. But when you make soap at home, you keep all the good stuff, like glycerin.
  • Your Choice: Making soap means you pick the oils and smells. You make soap that’s perfect for your skin.
  • Good for Skin: Store soaps can take away skin oils. Handmade soap doesn’t. If you have skin problems, like eczema, homemade soap might help.
  • Store Soaps: Many store soaps use beef fat because it’s cheap. Handmade soap uses better ingredients.
  • Moisture: Handmade soap has glycerin. Glycerin pulls water from the air to your skin. So, your skin feels soft and moist.

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