My Soap story: Twelve years ago I purchased a book titledThe Complete Soapmaker by Norma Coney. I liked the way her recipes used regular kitchen ingredients, and her instructions were encouraging and cheerful. My first attempts at cold process soap were surprisingly successful, although I did end up with one very orange batch because I used coconut oil from Taj Mahal-our local Indian grocery! The soaps made a lovely fall display. For the next several years I spent as much time as I could learning all about the different oils, additives, and preservatives that were used in home soaping. My family received many bars of soap so I could test the quality of my products.There were a few failures as I learned cold process soaping because it can be an unpredictable craft when you add color and fragrance. I now buy food grade soaping materials and raw ingredients from several reliable soaping suppliers. Consistency of ingredients can be difficult to achieve in home soaping. It is an old and slow craft, I enjoy the occasional soaping surprises I encounter in some batches! Through this time period I have developed two cold process soap recipes that I offer. Experimentation was,and will always be, part of my soap smithing. I plan to offer more cold process soap as I develop reliable recipes.
Soapsmith: A person who crafts soaps from raw and prepared ingredients.
Cold Process Soaping: Cold Process soap making involves three essential ingredients-1) an oil or fat (I use only vegetable based ingredients) or combination there of, 2) lye-also known as sodium or potassium hydroxide, and 3)water. When these three ingredients are blended together in the correct proportions and temperature, what results is a wonderful chemical process called saponification. Soapsmiths add all kinds of medicinal, cosmetic, moisturizing, and fragrant additives once the basic soap recipe is thick and creamy. The soap is then molded into bars and shapes.Cold process soap must cure for at least four weeks before it can be used.I cure my soap a minimum of six weeks, then wrap it in a breathable paper.
Melt and Pour Soaping/Molding: I am grateful for all the web tutorials,teacher led classes,and books I have participated with in this fun way to create absolutely stunning soaps. It is a nice change from all the serious chemical reaction considerations with cold process soaping.It is one thing to melt and pour soap. It is another to melt and pour soap well. I am constantly striving to keep the integrity of soap crafting intact. I use an all vegetable based glycerine soap base from a wholesaler based in the UK.
Many additives can be put in melt and pour soap. I use food grade colors and herbs, as well as high quality essential oils. Each melt and pour creation has been made one to four at a time, with an emphasis on good lathering,superior moisturizing, and pleasant fragrance.
If you are interested in learning soap crafting please visit my classes page. Cold Process small group soap classes are available. In 2015 Established Fall River Soap Co. to promote my hand crafted soap.
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