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The Handcrafted Process of Cold Process Soap:
Cold process soap is made with oils, common oils in fact, such as olive oil, coconut oil, and palm oil and then mixed with a alkali lye (Sodium Hydroxide) solution. Many people are afraid or weary when they see lye or Sodium Hydroxide listed on their soap, but have no fear! Lye is required in soap making, and trust us when we say that any of your store bought soaps is already made with lye as well because you can’t make soap without it! All soap is made with lye, whether it be bar or liquid soap.
What happens when you mix lye, water, and oils together? The result is a process called saponification, where the composition of the oils change and harden to create a bar of soap. When the process is completed, the oils have been altered to be saponified oils, and the lye is no longer present in the product. Ingredients are carefully measured to assure the highest quality of soap. If too much lye, or other ingredients were present during the process, then the soap wouldn’t come out correctly and would be tossed in the trash.
Many people discuss lye “alternatives”. Some people claim that making soap with glycerin soaps is a great way to avoid lye altogether. Glycerin based soaps are typically melt-and-pour soap bases, where the soap maker can then simply add herbs, flowers, fragrances, etc.. However, glycerin is actually a natural byproduct of the saponification process, which is dependent on lye, during the cold process and is the first step in creating such soap bases for melt-and-pour soap making. We promise it’s the same thing! Lye was used to make those glycerin soaps as well!
What’s the benefit of cold process soap as opposed to other kinds of soap making processes (i.e.: hot process soap)? Cold process soap makes for long lasting soap bars. Plus, that glycerin byproduct produced during the saponification process has so many healthy skin benefits! All of our products are made with your skin and health in mind, and as a result they are far superior in overall quality and gentleness to commercial cleansers. We promise you that our soap is not only safe, but luxurious, healthy for the skin, and the bar will last a long time with proper care!
Proper Care of Your Cold Process Soap:
Cold process soap needs to stay dry in between uses. Proper care is pretty easy! So long as your bar of soap has time to dry in between uses it’ll last a really long time. Without drying in between uses, it could become soft and quickly waste away. How do you keep your bar of soap dry in between uses? It’s easy! You simply keep it off the tub or shower edges, or in a raised and aerated dish in between uses. See! Easy!
The Time Involved:
It takes a while to make and cure Cold Process Soap. Typically, Cold Process Soap should be cured for at least four weeks before it is packaged, shipped, and used.