Know These Facts About Soap Making

Posted on Monday 19 July 2010

Soaps are considered a great necessity in our daily lives. Since it is used for cleaning the body, people need to have soaps in their homes all the time. For most people, they just get their soaps from the grocery. Do you know that there are handmade soaps that contain natural ingredients? These soaps contain less chemicals that can actually harm the skin.

This activity, soap making, really sounds interesting since you get creative when making soaps. No matter what kind of soap you want, you can possibly make it. Handmade soaps are very gentle on the skin since natural extracts are used in these. You can now eliminate the use of chemicals that are harsh on the skin.

The basic chemistry behind soap making revolves around saponification. This process involves the formation of fatty acids by mixing fats and oils in an alkali medium. The fatty acid salts make the soaps an effective cleaning agent. As the soaps trap the dirt, it will be removed from the body. The dirt mixture is washed off with water, leaving a cleaner surface.

Unlike other hobbies, soap making is a very convenient activity to do. Materials needed for soap making are readily available in the market. Even as you are doing your grocery, you will be able to buy the things that you need- oil, natural extracts, additives and sodium hydroxide. If you want to start this hobby, you can just get the things that you need and start making soap.

There are three processes involved in making homemade soaps- cold process, hot process and the melt and pour method. The cold process of soap making is made by literally mixing exact amounts of each ingredient. The hot process involves heating of the ingredients to ensure purity of the final product. The melt and pour method is the easiest since there is already a mixed soap base that you just have to melt.

One characteristic that handmade soaps are known for is that these are gentle on the skin. You do not have to use all harsh chemicals in the soap. You also know every single ingredient that you put in your soap bars. Superfatting makes these soaps very gentle on the skin. The addition of excess fats and oils in the soap mixture makes these soaps safe for the skin.

Make sure to take necessary precautions to soap making. Lye is very harmful to the body. Always make sure that you wear protective clothing to prevent lye from burning the skin. Never pour water into lye instead do it the other way around. Choose an area in your home for soap making that is well ventilated since fumes can be harmful.

Soap making is indeed an interesting activity. Start your little experiments by mixing various ingredients and see which will work. With so many possibilities you have, you will surely never get tired of making soaps from scratch. It just needs a little creativity to perfect this craft.

Jen Hopkins has worked in the skin care industry for years. She maintains websites about making soap at home, and cold process soap making. If you want to contact her, you can use the contact form at one of her sites.

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