Glycerin Soap Making Instructions
Making Glycerin Soap is Easier Than You Think!
Are you looking for simple glycerin soap making instructions so that you can finally start making glycerin soap at home? Well, look no further!
It's actually really easy. In fact, if you've made soap before, you may be making glycerin soap without even knowing it!
Glycerin (the key substance in glycerin soap) is a hygroscopic matter produced by saponification. Hygroscopic means that it actually attracts water right out of the air!
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This property causes glycerin to have unparalleled moisturizing ability and therefore be extremely beneficial to the skin. Trust me; you want glycerin in your soap... You can actually feel the difference.
There are three main ways to make glycerin soap at home:
- Purchase a glycerin soap base and use the melt and pour soap making method to create your own custom glycerin based soap.
- If you prefer something even simpler, you can choose from one of these glycerin soap making kits for a no fuss solution to glycerin soap making.
- If you're like me, then you prefer something a little more challenging! You can use the cold process method to make glycerin soap completely from scratch.
The first two methods are extremely simple, but the third technique, creating glycerin soap from scratch, will take a bit of explaining.
How to Make Glycerin Soap from Scratch
The Process of making glycerin soap is actually extremely easy; that is, if you know how to make soap using the cold process method. Click here to learn how now!
During cold process soap making, a reaction called saponification takes place between the base (lye) and the acid (oils or fats). During this reaction, two things happen: The oils or fats combine with the lye to form soap, and the glycerol molecule (located within the triglycerides that make up the acid) is released, and turns into skin nourishing glycerin.
It's that simple! Ignore the chemistry jargon if you want, and just understand the bottom line. When your oil or fat is mixed with your lye, glycerin is produced.
What does this mean for us? Well, for almost any soap recipe, glycerin is automatically created whether we like it or not. So if you make soap from scratch you are making glycerin soap.
Unfortunately, many commercial soap manufacturers take this beneficial nutrient out of the soap to sell as a byproduct. Natural soap makers, however, leave the glycerin within the final product. The presence of this byproduct is yet another benefit of homemade natural soaps!
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