Soap-Making: Why Make It Your Hobby
Homemade soaps are fun and easy to make. They are practical and economical gifts to give at any occasion. Add your own personal touch and packaging then you’re good to go! People will cherish your gift and will remember you every time they use it!
You might think that it would be wiser to go to a store and buy soap, but the problem there is you just aren’t sure what the manufacturers put in there. Most soap contains ingredients that can be harmful to the skin, especially the ones that have scents. If you make homemade soap, you can be sure that its contents are hypoallergenic. Anyway, you can still add the color and fragrance you want!
If you’ve stopped giving soap as gifts because you think they’re too common, think again! They are common of course, because people use soap everyday! Not only are these used to take baths, people need soap for washing practically everything they use. If you look at people’s carts in groceries, it is impossible for you not to find at least one bar of soap. So you see, giving soap may not sound exciting, but it certainly will be useful for those who receive the gift.
As a hobby, soap is not only easy to make but can also be developed into a small home-operated business. When you are relatively certain that your soaps are safe and effective in cleansing, you can start offering it up to family and friends and you can earn extra money. Soap ingredients are cheap and easy to find and all the tools you need to produce soap can already be found in your house. To know all you can about soap making and safety procedures, you can search for websites that discuss it online.
The two primary ingredients of soap are oil and lye. At the start, you do not have to worry about bungling up the process since you might discover your own way of making soap. Different scents and extra ingredients are always welcome in the soap making process. Basically though, you need to melt hardened oils in a pan. Lye is then added when the temperature is quite intense already.
After mixing the oils and lye, you can try adding other ingredients for that more personal touch. Moisturizers, colorants and scents that come in oils are often mixed into the soap mixture. Let your creativity run wild and you can even invent your own soap!
Some soap-makers have also tried adding real petals from flowers; this not only makes the color of the soap more exciting, but also lends a certain smell that is subtle yet appealing. Others added oatmeal to their soaps which gives the soap texture, helping in the cleansing of dry skin.
Finally, look for different molds that you can use to make interesting soap shapes. This easy to do since the soap will still be almost liquid and will take to the mold immediately. Let the soap dry and harden completely before taking the bar out of the mold. For packaging, do not limit your imagination to plastic or small boxes. There are many ways to wrap up your soap; you can use a variety of materials that will make the soap more attractive and distinctive.