The Soap Guy



Handmade soap is becoming more sought after than commercially produced soap because it is not made with chemicals and artificial ingredients and contains ingredients that are good for your skin. If you are looking to buy or make the best handmade soap, you will need to know how which ingredients do what and what is involved in the soapmaking process.



Water and lye are combined, then oils are added in when making handmade soap. When the lye and oils combine, the saponification process begins. After the soap’s curing period (approximately two to eight weeks) the lye is no longer active, and the soap can be safely used on skin. When it comes to oils, different oils have different effects on the soap. Coconut oil causes soap to lather and makes it hard. Coconut oil is included in most handmade soap recipes. Castor oil is also a good lather producer. If you are looking for a soap that moisturizes, look for one that contains olive oil, almond oil, sunflower oil, cocoa or shea butter. Essential oils add a bit of fragrance and add therapeutic benefits as well.


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