Make Homemade Soap the Right Way
A newbie hobbyist who wants to make homemade soap will find themselves inundated with information on the subject. In fact, there is so much information out there that it can be difficult to know where to start. When it comes to homemade soap making, there are a number of different methods; three of the most popular are melt & pour, the cold process, and the hot process.
For melt & pour soap making, one uses pre-made soap bases to create the soap. This allows you to be creative without having to make the soap from scratch. You can use existing recipes or create your own as you go along. Melt & pour is a safe way to get children into soap making as it does not involve the use of lye.
Unlike melt & pour, the cold process is all about making soap from scratch. You take various oils/fats, lye, colorants, and scents to create your soap. After pouring the soap mixture into the molds, it can take 4 to 6 weeks for the soap to be ready for use. While this process is far more involved than melt & pour, many will argue that it is also more rewarding.
One of the main benefits of using the cold process is that you are in total control. You choose the recipe, ingredients, molds, colors, etc. This is especially helpful for those with sensitive skin. You can rest assured that the soap you make is 100% natural and healthy.
The hot process is another method you can use to make homemade soap. It is similar to the cold process in providing you with the ability to create the soap from scratch. Procedurally the hot process differs in that you will apply heat to the soap mixture to help accelerate the saponification reaction. The hot process is a bit more complicated than the cold process but this added complexity is rewarded by giving you soap that is ready for use faster.
If you are just starting out in learning how to make homemade soap, it is suggested that you start with either the cold process or melt & pour. The free Soap Making Fun Newsletter is full of recipes, tips, and articles for you to use. You can sign up and get a report on the “Dangers of Commercial Soaps”!
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