The Soap Making Process:
|1. Prepare the molds.||2. Melting coconut and palm oil together before adding olive oil and color.||3. Checking the lye's temperature.|
|4. Checking the oils' temperature.||5. Adding lye to the plant based oils.||6. Carefully mixing the lye and oils together with the already added color.|
|7. Looking for the soap to trace.||8. Traced soap is ready to pour.||9. Pouring the bayberry soap into the prepared molds.|
|10. Soap is starting to set up, I must work quickly. After the molds are filled I will cover and insulate the molds with towels and wait 24 hours for the soap to cure.|
My Basic Soap Formula:
Plant-based oils, lye, fragrance, and colorants. (Some soaps contain: oatmeal, poppy seeds, strawberry seeds, blueberry seeds, or dried orange peels)FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):
Question:What is the difference between factory soap and handmade soap?
Answer: Most factory made bars aren't soap at all. They are detergent bars. They don't go through the saponification process which is the chemical reaction from combining oils and lye together that changes into soap. If you read the store packaging, you may see the words family bar, or deodorant bar. That means it isn't soap. Soap is milder and made of mostly, if not all, natural ingredients. If it doesn't say soap it isn't.
Question: What is lye and why is it used in soap?
Answer: Lye (sodium hydroxide) is an alkali, which when mixed with the acidic ingredients causes the chemical reaction that enables soap to form.
Question: What are the various types of fragrances and which kind is used in Colonial Soapworks soap?
Answer: Fragrances come in two types, essential oils and synthetic. I primarily use synthetic fragrances as they are less apt to cause allergic reactions and they allow the soap to retain its fragrance longer.
Question: How do I store my soap?
Answer: Handmade soap should be stored in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.
Question: When storing soap, how long will my soap last?
Answer: Actually it varies. Some fragrances last longer than others. The soap itself may become less fragrant but becomes milder the longer it's stored.