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Know These Facts About Soap Making

By Jen Hopkins

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.

Ingredients for soap making are easy to buy. These are commonly available in the local grocery. All that you need are sodium hydroxide and oil. Once these are mixed, soap begins to form. Anywhere you go, you can find these readily available so you will not have a hard time when you want to make your soaps.

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.

Homemade soaps are very gentle on the skin. Since these are made from scratch, you know the ingredients that you put in your soap. Depending on what you want to have, you can alter the formulation of the soap. Just make sure to apply superfatting or the addition of excess fats to make the soap skin-friendly.

Lye is a major component in soap making. This is a basic material which can also be harmful for the skin. It is best to wear safety gear to prevent any contact with the sodium hydroxide. Choose a well-ventilated area when making soap since fumes can be harmful when inhaled.

Start experimenting in this activity. Once you get the hang of it, you will see how enjoyable making soap from scratch is. With the many options that you can have, you will surely enjoy each kind of soap that you make. You will definitely enjoy taking a bath when you are using natural soaps made from scratch.

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

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