How Natural Soap is Made
Natural soap is made using a traditional and sustainable process called cold process soap making. The process involves combining high-quality plant-based oils and fats, such as coconut oil, olive oil, or shea butter, with a lye solution, which is made by mixing sodium hydroxide with water. This mixture is then stirred together until it thickens and reaches trace, which is the point at which the oils and lye have fully emulsified.
During this process, natural ingredients such as herbs, essential oils, or natural exfoliants can be added to create unique fragrances and textures. Once the soap has reached trace, it is poured into molds and left to cure for several weeks. During the curing process, the soap hardens and the lye solution is neutralized, resulting in a gentle, moisturizing bar of soap that is free from harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrances.
Cold process soap making is an eco-friendly and sustainable alternative to commercial soap production, as it uses natural ingredients and requires less energy to produce. Additionally, because natural soap is made in small batches, it allows for greater customization and creativity in the soap making process. With its many benefits for both the skin and the environment, natural soap is an excellent choice for those looking for a gentle and sustainable alternative to commercial soaps.