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==== ==== A top-rated, thorough step by step guide with recipes for creating your own beautiful soap to use for yourself or to sell to others. Learn more at: http://tinyurl.com/soapster ==== ====

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make soap? If you are like me, as I researched soap making, I found myself feeling overwhelmed when trying to understand the complex chemical processes that takes place when soap is made. I just want to assure you that it's ok, cold process soap making is not complicated. Actually, it is quite fun to do! Let's get started with a basic overview. Soap is made from two basic ingredients, sodium hydroxide and oil. Sodium hydroxide is also known as lye or caustic soda. It consists of small, round beads or flakes and usually comes in containers of 1-2 pounds. The other half of the formula, oil, is just what you think it is! Any type of oil can be used. Most cold process soap makers use vegetable oils and butters, although some use beef tallow or lard. You can even use more than one type of oil creating your own unique recipe. You can mix up different oils and have a completely different bar of soap with differing properties and textures. It is fun to experiment with using the different oils to see what type of bar will be produced.So what exactly do you do with this lye and oil? Wel, first you must dilute the lye with distilled water so it is more easily dispersed when mixed with the oil. This the part that you must be very careful about. The lye gets very hot and rises in temperature when mixed with water. It is wise to wear long sleaves, heavy rubber gloves and safety glasses when using lye. Now, the other half of the equation, the oils, also get heated to a specific temperature. When the both the lye water and oils are roughly the same temperature, you can then mix them together. Once they are combined, the saponification process begins. Saponification is the name of the reaction that takes place when lye and oils are mixed together at a specific temperature. The lye turns the oils into the substance we know as soap. It can take a few hours, and must harden overnight. Then the soap bars are cut and cured for several weeks. See, not so complicated afterall. Now, obviously this is just a brief overview of the soap making process. There are much more detailed instructions on cold process soap making that I encourage you to use to learn more about this subject. With some good instructions and the proper equipment you can try your hand at making soap and see how fun and easy cold process soap making can be!

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==== ==== A top-rated, thorough step by step guide with recipes for creating your own beautiful soap to use for yourself or to sell to others. Learn more at: http://tinyurl.com/soapster ==== ====


An Overview of How to Make Cold Process Soap