No, not all soaps are made equal. It is like saying a premade frozen apple pie, is the same as grandma’s homemade apple pie as a comparison. There are two main types of soaps, one is called the cold process soap, and the other is melt and pour soap. There is also a third type known as hot process soap (we will talk about this later).
We don’t typically use melt and pour bases at all, because we find a lot contain a ton of chemicals and ingredients that irritate our skin. To be fair these bases have come a long way in the last eight years or more, but it is still just something you pop in your microwave, add colour and fragrance too, and tada! You have soap.
What is, cold process soap?
Cold process is one of the most traditional ways to make soap. It is a chemical reaction that occurs because of mixing an animal or vegetable fat with a base (sodium hydroxide), and this chemical reaction is called saponification.
“A reaction in which an ester is heated with an alkali, such as sodium hydroxide,producingfree alcohol and an acid salt, especially alkaline hydrolysis of a fat or oil to make soap.”
The two resulting products of the saponification process are glycerin, which is wonderfully moisturising for the skin, and soap. No lye remains as it has all reacted with the fats to create an entirely new substance.
Cold process soap will produce bubbles within 24 hours but will need to cure for at least four weeks. The longer you leave the soap curing, the milder and harder the soap will become.
Cold process soap made with all-natural ingredients like plant oils and butters creates a creamy lather for deep moisturization. Unlike other soap types, cold process versions penetrate deep into the skin to help minimise dry, itchy skin.
All our cold process soaps are hand mixed and blended by us, using recipes we have developed and used for years to bring you the best possible soap your skin could want.