This is mostly for my customers who may or may not have an idea of how soap is made. I use the cold-process method, which means there is no heat applied to the soap. The visions most people have of their grandmothers or other people “in olden days” making soap in a huge kettle over an open fire is a hot-process method. Hot-processed soap is ready to use as soon as it cools and hardens. Cold-processed soap must cure for several weeks to complete the saponification process and allow excess moisture to evaporate out of the soap so that it will become hard. However, it also allows the soap to remain more fluid while it’s being made, so it’s easier to create special designs, patterns, and swirls. Cold-processed soap also has a smoother texture than hot-processed soap.
Soapmakers may find this video interesting as well since I will be showing how I make my Dead Sea Spa Bars, swirling the Dead Sea mud soap and white clay soap into the soap pot. I’ve condensed about four hours worth of work into less than 15 minutes. Enjoy!
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