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The Basics of Soap Making at Home
Freshskin has everything you need to make your own soap at home. Whether you're new to the art or an experienced candlemaker, our soap making supplies are everything you're looking for.
Why Making Homemade Soap is Good For You
Commercial soaps are often manufactured using synthetic ingredients, some of which dry and irritate the skin. When you make your own soap, you can use natural ingredients like oils, shea butter, and tallows.
Homemade soaps are cruelty-free, with ingredients being almost exclusively plant-based and organic, and aren’t made in non-ecofriendly factories. They also avoid animal testing entirely.
With all the soap making supplies at your disposal, you have a wider choice of combinations to customize your soap.
Glycerin, widely considered one of the best moisturizers for skin, is typically extracted from commercial soap. Natural soap retains glycerin, keeping your skin healthy.
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The Basic Ingredients of Soap
The three main ingredients in soap are lye, water, and base oils. Here’s a more detailed breakdown:
Lye is a key ingredient in the soap-making process. Soap is made via saponification, a process where triglycerides (fats or oils) combine with a strong base (lye).
A lye calculator is a great way to align your proportions and ensure you achieve your desired results.
Water is another crucial ingredient. Water is used to create a lye solution that is combined with oil. Water helps the lye and oil finish the saponification process. The water is mostly evaporated by the time the soap hardens.
Traditionally, soap was made using animal fat. In modern times, soap is commonly made using plant oils. Some examples include olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil, shea butter, avocado oil, hemp oil, and more.
It’s recommended to stick to oils from animal or vegetable sources only – soaps can’t be made using petroleum-based oils.
Essential or Fragrance Oils
Adding soap fragrance oils to your soap is optional – but it goes a long way toward helping to make your soap unique.
Essential oils are mostly plant-based, giving freedom when combining them to craft various aromas. With fragrance oils, which are synthetic, it’s best to stick to skin-safe options.
Colourants are a great way to help further personify your homemade soap. There’s a host of blues, greens, oranges, and more that you can apply to your soap.
Lye is capable of causing severe harm to your skin if you are not careful. Rubber or latex gloves, safety goggles, an apron, a long-sleeved shirt, an oven mitt, and a ventilated work area all help to minimize injury.
Soap Making Tips
Tip 1: Maintain an Ideal Temperature
The recommended temperature for your oils and lye is between 120°F - 130°F. If it's too cold or hot, it can negatively affect the outcome.
Tip 2: Start With a Basic Recipe
If you’re new to soap-making, it’s best to stick to recipes with a short list of ingredients. Not only is it less complicated, but there’s also a smaller upfront investment.
Tip 3: Store Homemade Soaps Properly
The best practice for soap, both cold process and melt and pour, is to stick with a semi-air tight mould. Then, store in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight until cured.
What Freshskin Has to Offer
At Freshskin, we have a host of soap-making ingredients and supplies to help you craft your own homemade soapy creations. From essential oils and soap fragrance oils to moulds, stamps, dyes, and glitter.
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