The Cold Process Soap Making method allows you the most control over your soap making creations. You can create amazing soaps! We will guide you through each step on your journey.
With the proper instructions anyone who has the desire to make soap will succeed. There is a little Math, a little Chemistry and of course your own Creativity is needed.
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Follow along and you’ll know what needs to be done at each step and why. Look at the Soap Making Process often to get familiar with the entire process from start to finish. Here is a quick preview below.
1. Start with the end in mind first. What do you want your soaps to do for you?
Are you more interested in “sight”, “smell” or “touch”?
You may be interested in making a soap that satisfies all three senses.
Think about the qualities and attributes you want your soaps to have. Do you want a harder bar? How about a soap that lasts longer? What about it’s ability to moisturize your skin.
It can be very rewarding to create a soap that has achieved the results that you were looking for! In this picture we have several bars of activated charcoal soap. The creative options are many, but the choice is up to you.
2. Next, How much soap do you want to make? Think about your batch size.
3. Calculate the whole soap recipe on paper first. Check and re-check your calculations.
4. It’s time to acquire or purchase the Equipment, Supplies, Tools, and Safety Gear needed for soap making. Some of these items you may already have at home.
5. Gather all your ingredients for the recipe. Oils/Fats, Lye, Distilled Water, Essential Oils, Additives or Colorants.
6. Accurately measure and weigh out your ingredients on a scale, then set them all aside for now.
7. The mixing step. Follow this very carefully as each ingredient needs to be mixed at the precise time in order for the batch to come out properly. When the soap mixture goes to trace then you can add essential oils, fragrances, herbs or abrasives at this time.
8. Pour your soap substance (when it has the consistency of pudding) into the soap box mold. You’ll want to do this quickly before the soap gets too thick and cements. After pouring you must cover the soap box with a lid and insulate the box with a towel for a 24 hour period.
9. Cleanup step. Either cleanup now or wait 24 hrs. Here's why...
10. After 24 hours, Unmold the soaps and cut them into your desired bar size.
11. Curing step. Set the soaps in a cool dry place to cure for 4 to 6 weeks before using.
12. Test your soaps. After the 4 to 6 week cure time, Check your results. Did the soap come out like you wanted? If not then start the process over again adjusting where you see the need for improvement.