Six Tips to Help You Decide
Should you buy cosmetic bases or should you make every product from scratch? It is a
complicated question, and both options offer distinct advantages. Here are six tips to help you
decide if you are really all about that base or you are a from-scratch kind of maker.
When will my soap be ready to try? How do I know when it is cured? Is it soap yet?
When I embarked on my very first batch of cold process soap, two of these questions came to
mind as I melted the oils, added lye water, mixed and poured the batch into the prepared mold.
The first was, “When will this become soap?” Once the mixture hit trace, I knew it was soap, so
my question was answered—I thought.
Creating the ideal bar of soap is the holy grail of soapmaking for many a modern soapmaker. The more we learn about the fatty acids that make up oils, the better our potential. The fatty acids we are concerned with in soapmaking are: lauric, myristic, palmitic, stearic, ricinoleic, oleic, linoleic and linolenic. Click on any of these fatty acid links to learn more about each and formulating with them.
Fats and oils are made up of fatty acids, each a unique blend. Usually, we seek to create a well-balanced bar for general bathing, and it is the reason we mix oils rather than making soap with just one oil. We take advantage of the properties of several oils in search of that ideal bar, one that is hard and long-lasting, but that lathers well and cleans without drying the skin. Knowing what each of the fatty acids adds to soap is key to creating the bar you want.