There are several ways to make soaps, but if you're starting out, it will be understandable if you find some recipes difficult. But as with any activity, it takes practice before you can become a pro. Once you get used to the terms and become familiar with the stuff and materials used, soap making would be as easy as pie.
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The Why and How to Make Soaps

There are several ways to make soaps, but if you're starting out, it will be understandable if you find some recipes difficult. But as with any activity, it takes practice before you can become a pro. If you're feeling a bit jittery, well, you shouldn't worry. Once you get used to the terms and become familiar with the stuff and materials used, soap making would be as easy as pie.

There are also plenty of reasons why you decided to take a turn in soap making. You may be disgruntled about soaps that are out in the market, especially if you are allergic to certain soap chemicals. Maybe you are thinking of having a new hobby, and soaps may seem like a perfect fit for you. Or maybe you are looking for something to while your time and earn a little extra on the side. Whatever the reason, soap making will definitely be an activity that's well worth your time.

Before you delve further into the addicting world of soap making though, it is best that you become familiar with the different types of soap making methods used by pros and novices.

• Cold process. This is possibly the most popularly used soap making method today. It may take some time to make cold process soaps compared to other methods, but the end result is well worth the effort. Special function soaps like anti-acne or pimple fighting soaps usually fall under the cold process technique. If you are starting out, this may not appeal to you as much since this can be likened to an exact science - the more precise the measurements, the better. Plus, you may need more materials and chemicals here compared to the other types of soap making methods.

• Melt-and-Pour. Seen as an effortless, easy way of making soaps, melt-and-pours are not far from the popularity ladder as it comes a close second to her sister, cold process. Here, all you need would be pre-made soap (of your choice) which is usually melted in a double broiler, scents and color added when the soap melts, and mixture is then poured into molds. You don't need lye for this, and melt-and-pours can be used immediately as soon as it hardens (unlike other types where curing the soap is absolutely necessary).

• Hot process. By "cooking" lye and fat together (breaking up the fatty acids and combining it with the alkali) at 80 to 100 degrees Celsius, this is simple saponification at its best. Compared to the cold process, soaps made via the hot process is easier to make, and takes less time. But it would specifics are a must, so as with the cold process, be a control freak, as you will really need to have a watchful eye while you "cook" the soap; overheating it will render the batch useless ... unless it can be still be salvaged for use for the next method we will be discussing.

• Rebatching. A failed attempt at soap making may look heart wrenching, but that's where rebatching comes in - to make do with your botched up soap job. Like melt-and-pour, just grate the soap finely then melt it again with either soap or even milk. (While experiments are encouraged to release the full potential of a creative mind, it may be best to follow a recipe first, especially if you lack the budget to buy materials for another soap-making session.) Sometimes though, the soap never really melts properly, so you're stuck with soap that's difficult to mold, due to air bubbles that may get trapped in your soap.

The power of a useful soap lies within your hands. See what best suits you by using the methods discussed.


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