Soap making is recently making a noise as one of the hobbies that many engage in. Simply because this activity will provide fun and enjoyment and aside from that, the end product, which is the soap, can be used personally or can even be given to family and friends.
If you enjoy working with your hands through craftsmanship, you will also feel that kind of enjoyment as well as the sense of accomplishment and satisfaction in making soap especially when you have finished one. One advantage of soap making over other creative forms of hobby is that you are creating something useful to almost everyone with the additional benefit of being relieved from stress and tranquility.
Before you start with this hobby, you should first be aware of the different methods in making soap so that you could choose the right process suited to your skills, attitude, and needs, among others. The said methods include: cold process, hot process, melt and pour, and rebatching.
The most complicated soap making process is the cold process because it involves making soap from scratch and a detailed step-by-step procedure should be followed carefully. If you want to try this process, you need to prepare the three basic soap ingredients: oil, water, and lye.
Apart from being a difficult process, you should also be most careful when doing the cold process method considering that you will be handling lye, a highly caustic chemical. There are a lot of risks involve when you deal with lye; hence, in addition to knowing the right process you also need to apprise yourself with the safety procedures such as wearing protective gloves and glasses.
The hot process, on the other hand, is relatively easier to perform even if the procedure involves all the soap components to be heated in a pot with continuous stirring. You should continue to stir until the soap enters various stages. If the soap reaches the point where it has a uniform gel-like consistency with a waxy texture, you can now add the color and fragrance that you want. After mixing all the soap ingredients, you can transfer the soap mixture into molds with different shapes.
The melt and pour method is probably the easiest way to make soap. Literally you just melt readily available soap blocks in the microwave or double boiler and pour it into soap molds to harden. During the melting process, you can add your favorite fragrance, essential oils, or other features you want of your soap such as oatmeal and Rose petals.
And lastly, the rebatching method which is also an easy way to create soap, considering that it is similar to the melt and pour method. In this soap making method, you just need to melt grated ready-made soaps with a little water. Scent, oils, colors and your other desired ingredient could be added while melting the grated soaps. Thereafter, you can already pour this into soap molds to set.