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Saponification

(v) Sa-po-ni -fi-cation​

Verb: To undergo a process in which fat is converted into soap by treatment with an alkali.

It’s important to understand that although the label may say “handmade” it doesn’t necessarily mean that your soap bar has been made entirely from scratch by hand, or that the ingredients would be good for you or the environment.

All is not equal in the world of soaps.

I hope to explain here, the differences between the 3 methods of soap making, being the Cold Process method, the Hot Process & Melt & Pour.

 

Cold Process Soap

As the saying goes, all great things take time!
Cold process soap making allows us to control how much and which oils we use in our formulations, together with the designs of our soaps. This ensures a more sophisticated kind of soap in terms of ingredients as will be explained further down below, this type of unique soap is unlikely to be made with the other two methods. 
CP allows for the saponification of the oils, lye and chosen liquid by using lower temperatures. The batter is then poured into a mould, wrapped in an insulating blanket for up to 48 hours before being removed off the mould, the bar is dried naturally for between 4-6 weeks, thus allowing for the oils to develop fully into the luxurious bars of creaminess which they are. This also results in a completely natural chemical-free bar of soap. 
Our recipes have been thoroughly researched & a wide variety of oils, each with its own unique benefits is used in each of our unique formulations.

Hot Process Soap

Another method of soap making is what is known as Hot Process Soap in which the oils, water & lye are combined together & heated up in a double boiler. This involves “cooking” the mixture & speeding up the soap making process as early saponification is forced by heating the liquids. Technically the soap will be ready in about 48 hours but ideally would still need a while to cure in order for the bars to dry fully. So, whilst this method may be handmade, it is not ideal as the soap will still need to cure & the “cooking” limits us in terms of design.
 

 

Melt & Pour

Bought at your local crafter’s store, Melt & Pour is a pre-made base which is simply melted in a microwave, poured into a mould & then cut into slabs. The problem here is that all too often these bases contain many of the potentially harmful preservatives & ingredients which we are avoiding in most commercially produced soaps.
In addition to this, we have no control over the quality & types of oils which are used. To all intents, you could be buying a rather expensive, inferior quality bar of soap which has the same yucky components as the regular commercial soaps sold in supermarkets & has no benefit to either your skin or the environment.
 
Our recipes and the wide variety of oils we use have all been thoroughly researched. Each oil has its own special and natural benefits, which is used in our unique formulations. 
 
But more about this in our next blog!