Handmade Glycerin Soaps for Silky and Smooth Skin
Soap making is an interesting hobby, one that can be enjoyed for personal pleasure or developed into a business. Handmade glycerin soaps are especially popular among many people because of their novelty, their natural ingredients, and the soft, smooth skin that results from using them. They are enjoyed either for personal use or as gifts to give and to receive. As anyone who has used this type of soap can tell, handmade feels vastly different from those regularly found in supermarkets – the ones that are full of preservatives and chemicals that are hard to pronounce.
Understanding Handmade Glycerin Soaps – Glycerin?
Glycerin is the substance that results when lye and fat or oil cells are combined during the soap making process. Although it is ideal to have a large percentage of glycerin in the end product, it is just not ideal to have too much – or else you’ll find yourself with a bar that’s too mushy, one that wouldn’t give too much lather and would just feel to icky to use.
Just the right amount of glycerin, however, would ensure a pleasant lather. In addition, glycerin acts as an emollient that can ease irritation and roughness, leaving the skin feeling silky smooth. Manufacturers of commercial-grade soap usually remove large amounts of glycerin during the soap making process and offer them as separate products. The lack of glycerin in such soaps is one of the reasons why they leave the skin feeling dry. Handmade glycerin soaps do no such thing and that is why they are a pleasure to use.
Handmade Glycerin Soaps – the Melt and Pour Process
A person can make handmade glycerin soaps from scratch or take advantage of the so-called “melt and pour” system. Base soaps are purchased from handicraft stores – all the buyer has to do is to melt them in a microwave oven or double boiler, add coloring agents and scents, pour them into molds, and wait for them to set. In as little as one hour, these handmade glycerin soaps are ready to be used or wrapped to give as a gift. There’s no need to handle the corrosive lye or spend time trying to balance the measurements of the ingredients to achieve perfect consistency.
Whether one is an aficionado already comfortable with the soap making process or a novice buying his first melt and pour package, the pleasure of making handmade glycerin soaps is his to experience. Not only are they enjoyable to create, the glycerin and other all-natural ingredients they contain makes bath time a sensuous and refreshing experience.