Methods of Soap Making
Thinking of trying your hand at making soap? We all need something to scratch the itch of creativity that lives in all of us.
Soap making can seem not so difficult, yet like anything else we try in life, the more we delve into it, the more we discover how much there is to learn. It’s very satisfying to craft something that you can use.
There are 4 different methods of making soap, that I am aware of, Cold Process, Hot Process, Melt & Pour, and Rebatch.
With cold process soap making, you’re creating from scratch, choosing all your oils, scents, colors, botanicals and utilizing lye to saponify it. You can’t make soap without lye, as it’s necessary for the saponification process: a chemical reaction that makes the products into soap.
Hot process is basically the same except you apply heat; whether it is oven, stove, or crockpot, to speed the process of saponification so that it is ready to use next day (though ideally it needs time to dry). With hot process you may not be able to work as creatively with it, as it’s more the consistency of liquid vaseline. A positive with this process is that scent will not diminish, as it is added at the end of the process.
Melt & pour is the simplest, and works with a pre-made base (made with lye, though you don’t have to add it yourself). There are different qualities of pre-made base, however I prefer as natural as possible (detergent free) and there’s the option of making it yourself. With melt & pour, you cut the pre-made base into pieces, and melt in a glass or heat-proof container (be careful not to boil as it changes the consistency). Then add colors, scent, and other appropriate products to it. Then pour into your mold. It is ready as soon as it cools off.
Rebatch is basically redoing. It’s taking soap that is already made and heating it, then adding a bit of water to make it semi-liquid. Rebatch can be done to save a cold process batch where something went wrong: either a scent or oil scent was forgotten. It is also effective when combining scraps of soap - odd pieces leftover from other batches - to make a more complete soap.
Choose your method and have fun!
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