A List of Soap Making Oils
If you've made several batches of soap, you know that oil is involved in the process. Either you have used fragrance oils to give your soap a certain aroma, or you have used essential oils to give your soap certain properties. Both of these are considered to be soap making oils. They contribute different factors to your soap, and so many soaps will need to use both.
The main difference between these two types of soap making oils is that fragrance oils are natural essential oils have have been combined with a solvent or an artificial synthetic aroma. It basically just makes your soap smell good; not having enough essential oil in it to give your soap a property other than smell.
Essential oils, on the other hand, are the concentrated liquid extracts of plants, fruits, and vegetables. Sometimes they have their own aroma. These essential oils, often obtained through the process of distillation, give soap certain qualities. For example, there are oils that can make your soap lather more, there are other oils that can harden your soap bar, and there are oils that can give your soap anti-bacterial qualities.
To become an expert soap maker, you should study the many different soap making oils and learn what each one can do for your soap. You can start by studying and testing out some of the ones listed below:
Allspice – gives your soap a sweet scent with a hint of clove. The soap can be used to soothe joints suffering from arthritis and rheumatism
Aloe Vera – gives your soap moisturizing properties that can heal and soothe dry and damaged skin.
Beeswax – gives your soap a honey-like smell, and adds hardness to your bar.
Benzoin – gives your soap a rich woody smell, and it works wonderfully with dry chapped skin.
Chamomile – gives your soap a sweet and fruity aroma, and works against rashes and insect bites
Cinnamon – gives your soap a peppery aroma, and has soothing properties
Emu – no scent, but gives your soap great moisturizing and skin softening qualities
Eucalyptus – gives your soap a crisp and refreshing scent along with anti-bacterial or anti-septic properties
Jasmine – gives your soap a warm floral scent, and makes your soap great to use on sensitive skin
Lemongrass – gives your soap a fresh lemon aroma, and makes your soap great to use on oily skin!
There are many other soap making oils out there, over fifty different types are readily available at any given time! A good soap making book should be able to list down all these types for you, and give you information on each of the oils, so that you know what properties or qualities you will be adding to your soap!