AUTHENTIC HAND CRAFTED PROCESS
My soaps are made by the Cold Process method where fats are combined with an alkali solution (caustic soda or lye) to convert them into soap via the saponification process. When the ingredients are all combined, the mixture tends to look quite like cake batter. However, it is highly caustic so safety is important during the making and cleaning up process. The soap batter is then poured into moulds and left to set over the next day or two. After cutting into slices, the soap is left to cure for a minimum of 4 weeks before it is ready to use. Like many good things in life, they take time!
If you see "handmade" soap that claims not to have used caustic soda, it will have been made from pre-made melt and pour bases, which are factory-produced in bulk. These generally have more desirable ingredients than commercial soaps, and provide a quicker finished product than the cold process method, however you don't have complete choice of all the ingredients, and the look and feel is different. I think of it a bit like cooking from a cake mix versus from scratch.
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