Various Techniques of Soap Making

By: Tima.ashar

Soap making can be an interesting hobby if you know how to go about it in a proper manner. Here are some tips to help you get a hang of what it takes to make soap at home.

Some tips:
1. It is very important that the ingredients used in making soap are in proper proportion and so they should be weighed accurately.
2. You should be aware of what you are doing, soap is not made by just mixing up everything. To make a good soap you should apply a tried and tested formula.
3. Last but not the least, the technique you are using for making soap is vitally important, as good things done in a wrong way will produce wrong output.

The following are some soap making processes:

Cold Process
This is a process that is widely accepted by home-based soap makers. In this process, reaction takes place between an acid and a base, which produces a salt during the molding stage. This process is referred as neutralization.

Semi-boiled Process
When the soap mixture is traced, it is again heated using a double boiler that neutralizes the soap before placing it in the mold.

Full-boiled Process
Unlike other soap making processes, in this method all the required ingredients are mixed in one large container. This soap mixture is exposed to heat that causes neutralization. Many large commercial soap manufacturers use this process to get its by-product called glycerin.

Transparent Soap
As the name goes, transparent soap is made clear by adding solvent like alcohol that prevents crystal formation when the soap solidifies. Transparent soap is commonly called as Glycerin Soap. But this is a misconception, as glycerin is not used in any of the processes to produce a clear or transparent soap. Transparent soap can be drying to the skin.

Melt and Pour Soap
Melt and Pour soap is also called a solid Glycerin blocks. Pure glycerin obtained from animal or vegetable is always in liquid form, which can be solidified by adding some chemicals. Also, detergents are added to produce foam. These soaps many have natural ingredients added to them but the base remains synthetic and also they can be expensive as you are making soap from soap.

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