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I love to make soap and just to give you a little background on how this all started..

My then 17 Year old daughter had an allergic reaction type rash and I did all the things

you do when your child has a rash that not even a dermatologist knew why she had it or

what it was.... I took away and changed  detergents, soaps, cleaned the rugs etc.

The Dermatologist was putting her on antibiotics and Steroid creams and I just was not

comfortable with all this and they didn't even know what it was or why she

had it. Nothing helped, so I looked into making my own soaps I soon realized that

soaping came very natural to me and I was quite good at it. And its been history since.

(October 2010). Oh and YES the allergic reaction did go away and YES I know this is

from her using pure natural soap!

 

 I also make my own laundry detergent, household cleaner, deoderant,  Milled soap, Bath salts & lip balms, Air Fresheners, Jelly Jars, Wreaths, Candles, sand candles, Gel candles, baby bracelets And more projects

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                                                                        A few things I have made

This kind of soap is used by people with sensitive, easily-irritated skin its considered a Humectant  which simply means It draws moisture up through skin layers and slows or prevents excessive drying and evaporation.

Here is some good information I found very helpful in understanding  the whole  soap thing. Enjoy!

Cold Process Soap makers have it down to a litany. When asked why their soap is better than store-bought, they say (among other things), "Because of the natural glycerin. Glycerin is a  humectant, meaning it attracts moisture to your skin. Glycerin is a natural by-product of the soap making process and while commercial manufacturers remove the glycerin for use in their more profitable lotions and creams, handcrafted soap retains glycerin in each and every bar." Melt and Pour Soap makers have a similar line, "Commercial soaps remove the glycerin for use in more profit producing lotions and creams.


Cold Process Soap makers have it down to a litany. When asked why their soap is better than store-bought, they say (among other things), "Because of the natural glycerin. Glycerin is a  humectant, meaning it attracts moisture to your skin. Glycerin is a natural by-product of the soap making process and while commercial manufacturers remove the glycerin for use in their more profitable lotions and creams, handcrafted soap retains glycerin in each and every bar." Melt and Pour Soap makers have a similar line, "Commercial soaps remove the glycerin for use in more profit producing lotions and creams.


But what is glycerin, really?

Glycerin is a neutral, sweet-tasting, colorless, thick liquid which freezes to a gummy paste and which has a high boiling point. Glycerin can be dissolved into water or alcohol,but not oils. On the other hand, many things will dissolve into glycerin easier than they  do into water or alcohol. So it is a good solvent.

Glycerin is also highly "hygroscopic" which means that it absorbs water from the air.  Example: if you left a bottle of pure glycerin exposed to air in your kitchen, it would take moisture from the air and eventually, it would become 80 per glycerin and 20 percent water. Because of this hygroscopic quality, pure, 100 percent glycerin placed on the tongue may raise a blister, since it is dehydrating. Diluted with water, however, it will soften  your skin. (Note: While people say this softening is the result of the glycerin attracting moisture to your skin, there is heated debate as to whether or not the glycerin has some other properties all its own which are helpful to the skin. Summed up, the current thinking  is "We know glycerin softens the skin.

Where does glycerin come from? Up until 1889, people didn't know how to recover glycerine from the soap making process so commercially produced glycerin mostly came from the candle making industry (remember, back then candles were made from animal fats).

In 1889, a viable way to separate the glycerin out of the soap was finally implemented.  Since the number one use of glycerin was to make nitroglycerin, which was used to make  dynamite, making soap suddenly became a lot more profitable! I have an untested theory that you could trace the roots of most big soap makers (and the "fall" of the small, local soap maker) to about this time in history. The process of removing the glycerin from the soap is fairly complicated (and of course, there are a lot of variations on the theme). In the most simplest terms: you make soap  out of fats and lye. The fats already contain glycerin as part of their chemical makeup (both animal and vegetable fats contain from 7% - 13% glycerine). When the fats and lye  interact, soap is formed, and the glycerin is left out as a "byproduct". But, while it's chemically separate, it's still blended into the soap mix. While a cold process soap maker would simply pour into the molds at this stage, a commercial soap maker will add salt. The salt causes the soap to curdle and float to the  top. After skimming off the soap, they are left with glycerin (and lots of "impurities"  like partially dissolved soap, extra salt, etc.). They then separate the glycerin out by distilling it. Finally, they de-colorize the glycerin by filtering it through charcoal, or by using some other bleaching method. Glycerin has lots of uses besides being used to make nitroglycerin (note: glycerin is not an explosive substance by itself. It has to be turned into nitroglycerin before it becomes explosive, so it's safe to work with in your kitchen). Some uses for glycerin include: conserving preserved fruit, as a base for lotions, to prevent freezing in hydraulic jacks,  to lubricate molds, in some printing inks, in cake and candy making, and (because it has an antiseptic quality) sometimes to preserve scientific specimens in jars in your high school  biology lab. Glycerin is also used to make clear soaps. Highly glycerinated clear soaps contain about 15% - 20% pure glycerin. Known as "Melt and Pour" soaps, these soaps are very easy  for the hobbyist to work with. They melt at about 160 degrees fahrenheit, and solidify fairly rapidly. Because of their high glycerin content, the soaps are very moisturizing to the skin. Unfortunately, this high glycerin content also means that the soaps will dissolve more rapidly in water than soaps with less glycerin, and that if the bar of soap is left  exposed to air, it will attract moisture and "glisten" with beads of ambient moisture. These downsides, however are more than compensated by the emollient, skin loving and  gentle nature of this soap which is especially good for tender skin and children.