Is cold process soap better?

One of the main benefits of cold process soap making is having complete control over ingredients. Cold process soap has no added detergents, which strip the skin of its natural oils. Additional ingredients may be added to increase the skin loving benefits.

How do you make cold process soap without lye?

The main way that you can make soap without handling lye is by using melt-and-pour soap. It’s already been through saponification (oils reacting with lye) and is safe to use and handle straight out of the package. All you do with it is melt it, add your scent, color, and other additives, then pour it into molds.

What is the fastest way to cure cold process soap?

Sodium lactate is your friend! Because I like to unmold my soap within about 2 days, I use sodium lactate all my batches. It’s a liquid salt that’s added to cooled lye water. It helps the soap harden more quickly, which helps it release cleanly from the mold.

Does homemade soap go bad?

Soap does expire, but if it still lathers when you wash your hands, it should be effective. Most commercial store-bought soaps expire after two to three years. Natural or handmade soaps may expire sooner, within one year, as the essential oils and fragrances can get rancid or moldy.

What can go wrong when making soap?

Let’s make some soap!
  1. Mistake #1 – Not Using Safety Equipment.
  2. Mistake #2 – Measuring Ingredients Incorrectly.
  3. Mistake #3 – Unsafe or Distracting Work Environment.
  4. Mistake #4 – Stop Overcomplicating Things.
  5. Mistake #6 – Using the Wrong Tools.
  6. Mistake #7 – Handling Lye Incorrectly.
  7. Get Making Some Soap!

Why did my homemade soap break?

If soap gets too hot, it may crack. Temperature is perhaps the most common reason why a soap breaks. It’s even more likely to happen if the soap contains a high percentage of butters, waxes or dry ingredients. Adding honey to cold process soap can cause an extreme gel phase, which can lead to the soap breaking.

Why does my homemade soap smell bad?

The main cause for your soap to smell bad is rancid oils. Another reason might be that the fragrance fade or changes in cold process soap. Sometimes with cold process soap, it tends to have a chemical smell at the beginning of the cure; however, this usually goes away after some time.

Can you Rebatch cold process soap?

Rebatch is a technique that involves melting shredded cold process soap and customizing it with additives. This Lingonberry Rebatch Soap is made on the stove top, but you can also use a slow cooker or a double boiler. The key is low and slow heat to prevent burning.

Why is my cold process soap lumpy?

Ricing and seizing are usually caused by fragrance oils. Fragrance oils not meant for cold process soap are the most common reason ricing and seizing occurs. If you experience ricing, the lumps can often by stick blended out of the batter.

Should you shrink wrap cold process soap?

while melt and pour soap is best wrapped in shrink film, cold process soaps are not. Cold process soap benefits by being wrapped in paper. It allows the soap to still breathe and lose excess moisture. Moisture that would otherwise be trapped in the shrink film and can cause the soap to deteriorate faster.

Why is my cold process soap sticky?

Although high quantities of castor will harden up a bar of soap, it will also cause the bar of soap to be sticky and draggy. If your soap contains a high amount of liquid oils that do not turn hard (such as rice bran, sweet almond, jojoba oil…etc.) then your soap will stay pretty soft.

How soon can you use cold process soap?

Curing: Technically, cold process soap is safe to use after a few days. However, we recommend letting the soap cure for 4-6 weeks in a cool, dry place with good airflow. Excess water will evaporate, which creates harder and milder bars that last longer in the shower. It’s definitely worth the wait.

How do you know when soap is cured?

Pin the card down with the lead bar in each curing stack. Weigh that lead soap every few days and record the date and weight. When your soap stops losing weight then your soap is fully cured!

How do I make cold process soap harder?

Here are five things that can yield a harder bar:
  1. Use a water reduction. Lye needs to be dissolved in water in order to turn oils into soap.
  2. Add some wax. A small amount of beeswax added to the melted oils will help harden your soap.
  3. Add sodium lactate.
  4. Increase the olive oil.
  5. Add some salt.

What oil makes the hardest soap?

Hard oils make a hard bar of soap. Brittle oils are oils that are solid at room temperature but require some chipping at or a bit of elbow grease to break them up. These generally include palm kernel oil and cocoa butter. Brittle oils make a hard bar of soap.

How much sugar do you add to cold process soap?

Add Sugar Before the Lye

As for the ratio of sugar-to-water, you want 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of sugar per pound (16 ounces) of oils. For example, if you are using 32 ounces of oils, you‘ll want to add 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar.

How do you use salt to thicken soap?

To thicken, all you need to do is create a salt water solution, and add the salt water to the base in small amounts. To make the solution, first mix 0.5 ounces of plain table salt (just the cheap stuff!) to 1.5 ounces of warm, distilled water. Stir until the salt is fully dissolved.

Why do you add salt to soap?

Different oils make your soap harder or softer, depending on their fatty acid makeup. However, many soap makers add a bit of salt to their soap to help increase the hardness.

How can you make liquid soap thicker?