Soap Making Procedure
There are four methods for soap making. These are the melt and pour, hot process, cold process, and rebatching. Each soap making procedure is different from the other, and there are also differences in the end product. Usually a soap making procedure or method is chosen by a hobbyist based on what they think is easiest or on what they want to try out.
The easiest soap making procedure available is the Melt and Pour method. It is the easiest because no saponification is involved and no lye is used in the method. That means beginners need not worry about lye measurements just yet, and can simply enjoy the art of soap making. It has six basic steps which are as follows:
Shred your soap base. (Your soap base is usually glycerin soap or any other soap base.)
Heat your soap base in a double boiler.
After everything is melted, add your colorants, essential oils, herbs, fragrance oils, and other natural ingredients.
Mix everything in well, making sure the oils are melted into the glycerin or soap base.
Pour the soap into the soap molds.
Allow to harden. Once hard your soap is ready for use!
This soap making procedure is favored by beginners because it is easy, but it is also used by some pro soap makers for the purposes of experimenting with fragrances and essential oil mixtures. It gives soap makers a good gauge of how a soap (even if its being made with the other processes) will turn out when certain ingredients are used. It is also great because it gives beginners the freedom to experiment right from the start, and that is one of the greatest things about soap making!
The melt and pour method is also the soap making procedure which allows you to recycle soap scraps from around your home. If you've ever wondered what you can do with those too small to use pieces of soap that end up on your soap dishes once a soap has melted down, then this is one way you can save yourself from throwing the soaps away and feeling like it's been a waste. You can take those soap scraps and use the melt and pour method to make new soaps.
It is usually best if the soap scraps are all from the same type of soap. That way you can be sure that the soap stays the same. However, some people do like mixing soaps for experimental purposes. You can try this too. Usually if the soaps are different colors, you'll come up with an interesting looking soap at the end of your soap making procedure.
Try this soap making procedure today and see what results you come up with. You can check out our list of soap making machines that you can find around your home so you can get started on this fun and useful hobby!