Natural soap making allows for a harmonisation of multiple benefits for each product. Soaps are made by mixing vegetable oils and butters with an alkali such as caustic soda. Essential oils bring properties to soaps but scented oils are just as viable.
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Soaps are the oldest known surfactants; it is the reaction of an alkali on a fatty substance that makes it possible to obtain this result. Their history began over 5,000 years ago, but the first synthetic surfactant did not appear until 1916.
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Simple to create from a solid base, your soaps will benefit from greater customisation to colour them, perfume them with scented oils or add active ingredients. These Melt & Pour bases are ideal for creating soaps with your children.
Simply melt your base, add perfume, colouring agents or active ingredients and then pour the result into the moulds provided.
The result is a cocooning but also very greedy product, with a softness and moisturizing properties that cannot be ignored.
The liquid base is composed of saponified oils. The soap molecule has a very different structure from that of solid soap: The soap will remain soft and will not harden. It is therefore the hot saponification process that will achieve the desired result. Some perfumes will liquefy and change the appearance of your soaps.
Saponification is a chemical reaction between a fat (vegetable or animal butter) and an alkali or strong base. The latter is either soda for solid soaps or potash for liquid soaps.
Cold soap saponification
Particularly ecological because of the low energy input required to manufacture it, cold saponification does not pollute the environment and is naturally hydrating.
This technique consists of not cooking the mixture of the fat and the base. The fats are just mixed at room temperature or not. After mixing and moulding the paste, it usually takes 48 hours for the oils to turn into soap and glycerine. Thanks to this method, not all oils and butters are saponified and therefore have an excess fat status (superfat). Suitable for all skin types, they are beneficial to the hydration of the epidermis.
By modifying the properties, the soap can be more or less foaming and more or less mild depending on the ingredients. The fragrance affects the colour of the final product but also the saponification process (the trace). The important stages of cold saponification are the trace, the colouring and the durability of the soap in addition to its natural moisturising properties.
The only danger to your soap-making desires is the corrosive lye, which can cause problems if present in excess and thus create a caustic soap. It is therefore advisable to test your soaps with PH test strips. The ideal PH is around 8.
Hot saponification of soap
This is an ancestral method used to make Marseille soap or Aleppo soap for example. Hot saponification is more likely to moisturise the skin by adding ingredients whose properties are preserved after saponification.
The technique consists of cooking the soap paste at a high temperature to accelerate saponification to obtain a hard soap with a short drying phase.
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