Wednesday, February 12, 2014

What is Soap?

Interestingly, few people know what soap really is and how it is made.  Soaps are made by combining lye, animal fats and/or vegetable oils, and botanicals herbs and water in a process known as saponification.

website Handcrafted soaps made from scratch require three ingredients to become soap: oil (animal or vegetable oil, not petroleum-based oil), water and lye. These three ingredients, mixed together in correct proportions, combine and chemically change into soap - a process called "saponification". They may include other ingredients to provide additional benefits or to color or scent the soap, but these are not part of the chemical process that results in basic soap.
An accurate recipe is necessary, in order to ensure that the right amount of lye is used for the specific oils selected. #natproducts2 twitter.

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