What is a REAL soap? Simply put, it is the one made by combining a fat with sodium hydroxide (lye) and a liquid, and mixing it together until it reaches “trace.” At trace, the mixture will be thick and resemble a pudding mixture. This raw product is then poured into molds. In about 24 hours the mixture has saponified into a soap, and hurray!
It is then removed from the molds and cut into bars. The bars are then cured for four to six weeks before it’s ready to use. It’s not a quick process, but it’s definitely worth the wait.
Made with Natural Ingredients
A bar of natural soap is made with rich, natural oils, fats and butter that are nourishing and help in moisturizing your skin. The better & more high-quality ingredients such as organic oils will produce a higher quality soap.
While vegan soaps are very popular with consumers, their tallow and lard has benefits as well. The tallow and lard, both are inexpensive and easy to obtain, but it should be combined with other vegetable oils in order to make a bar of soap. But do ensure that vegan soaps usually contain palm oil instead of animal fats.
A variety of liquid ingredients can be used in the soap making process. Water is the liquid most primarily used, but other liquids can be employed as well. You must account that herbal tea will lend its herbal benefits, while goat milk would lend extra fat for a luxurious bar.
Alternatively, a few brands do make use of artificial colors and fragrance oils in handmade soaps but natural colors and essential oils are healthier choices to make when purchasing one for yourself. The properties of essential oils used to scent soap are naturally imparted in the soap, so a bar of soap with lavender essential oil will help you relax. Further, as an example, a morning shower with a soap containing peppermint or citrus essential oils will help wake you up. Other ingredients like lime will produce a soap with a manly scent.
Coming back to the making cycle, do note that adding color and fragrance are optional. Soap can be colored naturally by using plants, flowers, or powdered clay as well. But, some colors do not survive the saponification process, but we’ve found that soap will take on the color of herbal-infused oils to certain levels of degree. For example, employing goat milk as the liquid will result in a cream or light brown soap.
There is no need to add glycerin to handmade soap. Why? Because it’s a by-product of the soapmaking process, not an added ingredient, and occurs naturally during the saponification. Here’s a post on the benefits of glycerin soap. Glycerin naturally attracts moisture from the air around us and pulls it deep into the cells of our skin to prevent dryness, itching and even aging. Amazing, right? That’s why good brands use it in their products.
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