Handmade Soap Making
Soaps are available aplenty in the market today. However, there are people who tend to turn to handmade soap making either for their personal use or for making gifts as a hobby. When making soap, it is important to follow safety precautions, as the heat of the soap is high when melted.
Handmade soap is usually made from glycerin. Soaps found in shops generally have processed out glycerin; with handmade soaps, you can create a soap that is glycerin rich and soft. Though glycerin is clear, you can add colors and fragrances to create beautiful soaps. The advantage of using glycerin soap is that it being a humectant, it adds moisture to the skin by a fine layer staying in the soap.
Homemade soap can be made using the easy melt and pour method using large blocks of clear soap. There are other types of soaps that can be used for making soap. You have to choose the soap depending on the type of soap you intend to make. Hemp glycerin soap produces semi transparent soap providing the benefits of help. Olive oil soap also produces a semi transparent soap having a slight tan color.
Clear glycerin soap is the best choice for melt and pour soaps where you can add color and fragrance to make novelty, multiple layered soaps. Goat's milk glycerin soap produces a natural soap that is rich, creamy and luxurious.
For handmade soap making, you need a double boiler of the microwave oven where you have to melt the soap base for a minute on high while stirring in the pieces not melted. In the double boiler, the water has to be boiled wherein the soap has to be added, covered and left on low. This takes a long time to melt, wherein you have to check every ten minutes to see if the soap has melted.
Once the soap melts, you can add any fragrance oil. However, make sure that the fragrance is mixed completely to avoid a cloudy appearance. The amount of fragrance to color is dependent to your preference; but it is better to use 0.25 ounces for a pound of soap base. You can also add color now, while mixing the mixture well. Bubbles may form which you can leave for design or spray with rubbing alcohol.
Once the color and fragrance is added, the next part of handmade soap making lies in pouring the melted base into the chosen soap mold. Bubbles that form can be removed using rubbing alcohol. On the hardening of the soap in a few hours, it is possible to use the soap. Handmade soap making lets you create soaps that are not only attractive to look at, colorful, fragrant and unique, they are rather cheap cost wise. In fact, it is said that a bar of homemade soap usually costs about $0.50. So why not try out your hand in handmade soap making to produce soaps that is not only economical, but is sure to leave others spellbound.
Handmade soap is softer and more comfortable than mass produced soap. It also is less likely to crack and dry out then other mass-produced soap. This is because homemade soap keeps its glycerin whereas mass-produced soap removes the glycerin. Handmade soaps are of higher quality because more care is taken when choosing its ingredients. Handmade soaps are unique because the scents and colors depend largely on the artistry of the crafter.
Homemade soap should be allowed to cure for many weeks before you use it. The longer the soap is cured the gentler and milder it will be. There are many different methods of making homemade soap. The basic methods include: melt and pour, cold processed, hot processed, and hand milled.
Making your own handmade soap can be rewarding sometimes. You are in complete control in terms of which ingredients to decide. You can use scents, which are all natural and ingredients that are organic. You can select natural dyes to color the soap, or you can choose synthetic scents and colors. The one ingredient that requires remaining constant is lye. If you would like to make a bar soap, you need the lye because it is liable for the solid shape and the lather. Most craft stores have soap-making supplies, or you can also order the supplies online.
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