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Would You Be Willing To Try An Exciting Activity Such As Soap Making?

by Jen Hopkins

Everyone is interested in trying out a new hobby to keep them busy. Soap making seems to be one that people are interested in. Since you are allowed to be creative when you make soaps that you would use for taking bath, this is really something that you should try.

This activity gives everyone the authority to be very creative. Especially with the different ways that you can make soap, you can have different ways to make your soaps. You can try out the handmilled process, cold process, hot process and the melt and pour method for maing your soaps.

Before you take a look into how soaps are made, you need to know the common ingredients found in soaps. Soaps are generally made from fats, whether from animals or vegetables. Lye, a caustic substance from wood and wood ashes is mixed with fats to undergo saponification. Other ingredients that may be added are dyes, pigments, fragrances and essential oils. By these, you will know how much soap varieties you can actually make.

If are trying out soap making for the first time, you can start with the melt and pour method. This is a simple process to make since everything is ready for you. You just have to melt the soap base to make liquid soap. The next step is adding the additives to alter your soap. Pour the soap into the molds and let it harden. This is how easy this is.

You may have an idea on how the cold process of soap making is made. This process does not require any melting or heating. You just have to mix all the ingredients together. Mix lye into water to make the solution. You should carefully add the oils into the mixture until it becomes homogenous. Once you have the soaps poured in the mould, your should cure it for at least 3 days. It will slightly harden so that you can cut the soap but you still have to cure it for additional 2 to 3 weeks prior to use.

The hot process is a modified method for handmade soaps. Compared to the cold process, this requires heating of the ingredients. Both the lye-water and the oils must be heated prior and after adding them. Continuous stirring will mix the ingredients all together. The additives must be added in the soap before transferring into molds. The advantage of this is that the soaps that have hardened can immediately be used.

Handmilling of soaps is also known as rebatching. You get used soaps and add water in it. Slowly heat the soaps until they have dissolved. You can add color, fragrances, etc to personalize your soaps. Transfer the new soaps into their molds and dry them up before you can use them.

We all use soaps whenever we take a bath. It will really be very exciting if we can actually use a new type of soap each time. With soap making as a hobby, you are allowed to be very creative. This is indeed a great hobby to engage in so you can try this out and see how helpful this is.

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

Published July 26th, 2010

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