What is Cold Process Soap?
CP Soap is handmade and produced, through the saponification process. What is Saponification?
“Saponification” is the name given to the chemical reaction by which an alkali (usually sodium hydroxide - also called caustic soda or lye) reacts with fatty oils to make soap.If CP Soap is made with lye, will it hurt my skin?
Soap is a result of a chemical reaction between lye, fatty oils (Base Oils) and water. In 24hrs, you no longer have lye, oil and water - you have soap! If you followed the recipe and proper soap-making procedures, you won't have any lye at all in your finished soap. The "fatty oils' traditionally used were products containing Lard which is created from animal fat. My "fatty oils" are natural from seeds and fruits like Coconut oil, Olive oil, or Avocado oil. These are my Base Oils.
Essential oils work wonderfully in soap making. They provide a natural way to add scent to your homemade soap recipes and the selection available is astounding. The Base Oils I use are: Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, and Avocado Oil, which all promote many health and skin benefits. Essential Oils such as Lavender, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Rose, Ginger, Tea Tree, and Frankincense are used as the fragrance and therapy oils to sooth skin and body ailments. Exfoliats like Oatmeal, ground Coffee Bean, ground Coconut, Sea Salt, and Brown Sugar are also used which are great for promoting soft and healthy skin. Colorants used are oxides and mica powders, no man made dye or liquid coloring which some individuals are allergic to.
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