Helpful Video to Finish your Soap Edges
It feels good to wash with good soap, and it feels even better to give good soap to others.
That’s why the packaging of a good bar of soap is so important.
A nice soap looks best when you finish your soaps edges. It has to look good, it has to have a nice scent, it has to be easy to open, and it should look like a luxury item.
Soap is considered by many to be the ultimate luxury item. People are willing to pay a lot for something they know will make them feel pampered.
When I began soap making, the finishing techniques were not at the top of my list. My Soap Edges were not smooth.
I liked the rustic look and thought it looked very natural.
Over the years I have changed my soap style and I do enjoy a pretty finished bar of soap to both look at and use.
After years of experimentation, I have learned many things about making soaps. One of them is if you want your edges to be nice and smooth, you have to “finish” your bars by hand.
Soap edgers are one of the easiest ways to professionally finish your soap edges.
I had a soap edger made for me. This mechanism sliced off the point of the edges. After awhile as I became busier and busier, I collected over 60 kg of soap waste from using this technique. I tried potato peelers and I’ve tried using beveled soap edge molds.
There are several things you can do with the soap waste from using a soap edger. Confetti soap making is one use for the scraps. This is when you add the soap scraps to a fresh batch of soap at the right time. You then get a confetti or chunk soap when you finish making the soap. This is taught in the Soap Making School Complete Package Course.
Another great way to use the soap scraps is to place them in a bottle with 3 times the amount of hot water as the soap scraps. This soap that you create will be perfect for washing dishes, cleaning the floor or even the bathtub and toilet.
If you allow the soap to melt for a few days after you add the hot water, the soap will melt into the water. This melted soap is also very practical for washing clothes either by hand or in a clothes washer. Just make sure you are using a top load washer and not a front load. It tends to get too sudsy for the front loaders.
This method in the video is by far the easiest and least wasteful way to finish your soap edges.
I accidently discovered it when I went to cut my soap on an edger and because there was oatmeal in the bar it looked like a complete mess.
I tried to clean up the edge with a butter knife then quickly discovered how much less waste I created when the batch was finished. The edges looked soft and round. The soap was comfortable in my hand and this is the method I still use.
As you can see there are a few options when it comes to your soap and how you finish your soap edges. Choose what feels right to you.
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