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Soapsmith's Notes — cold process soap

So you wanna make soap......

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So you wanna make soap......

Well that's positively awesome! I want to share the tips and tricks(and links) I have found along the way to help you discover your soap making process. If you are just now stumbling across this blog, let me give you the reader's digest version of, well, me. I have been formulating soaps and other body products for the past decade. I used to have a pretty successful wholesale soap making business with some really fun clients but decided to scale back and become smaller and work more on direct sales to the folks that are using my products (that's you!). I also...

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Cold Processed, milled, and rebatched soaps, what's the difference?

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Cold Processed, milled, and rebatched soaps, what's the difference?

We have run into questions on different soap making processes a few times so I thought it would be nice to put a post together about the differences. Cold process soap is soap made without adding much additional heat in order to reach saponification. Once the soap goes through saponification and cools off (24-48 hours) it is ready to be cut and then cure for anywhere from 3-6 weeks depending on the recipe and climate in which it is curing. Before I get ahead of myself saponification is the chemical reaction in which oils (acids) and sodium hydroxide or lye...

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