A soaper never gives away her secrets, but she might tease her blog readers with some of her fancy ways of soaping…
Making the soap can be broken down into a few simple steps, which I will tell you – minus all the measures and ingredients precisely.
- We measure out the correct amount of oils (we use rapeseed oil, olive oil and vegetable oil
- We add it to our massive pan, kind of like the one you’d serve 50 kids a school dinner in
- We measure out the correct amount of lye, which is a mix of sodium hydroxide and pure water that we do the day before – it gets to be extremely hot so we have to leave it before using it!
- Into the massive pan!
- We then mix it with a huge blender, affectionately known as Brenda the Blender, until it reaches a stage called ‘trace’. This stage is at the point that you can remove the blender and the mixture that drops hits the surface and stays
- At this point, my dad and I end up becoming like very clean witches, stirring in colours and scents to make your Foam-o soaps perfect
- Out of the massive pan, and into a massive mould instead – each one is about 80cm long and 6cm wide
- It’s left to harden in our lovely garden shed for a few days, before we unmould it and cut it up
- Now it has to be left for 6 weeks (such a long time!!) for the curing process to occur, which means a lot of water evaporates and all the mixtures get ‘aged’ slightly
- Fast forward 6 weeks, and we’re boxing it up for someone like you to receive in the post!
That is the 10 fast steps to making cold process soap, the Foam-o way.
Everyone has their own soaping methods, but after a lot of trial and only a bit of error, this has been the method that has been working for us.