Frequently Asked Questions in Basic Soap Making
1 Do I need to place my soap in fridge or freezer for hardening and setting?
Ans. 1. No, you need to leave your soap to set at normal room temperature, no need to place it in fridge or freezer.
Q.2 Is Re melting (also known as Re batching) possible? What should we keep in mind while re batching our soap?
Ans 2. If some of your soap base is left after making your soap, and you want to reuse it by re melting it, just follow the same process as soap melting, only add 2 to 3 % of water to compensate for moisture loss. Please ensure you do not overheat your soap base, or re melt your base for more than twice.
Q.3 What will happen if I overheat my soap base?
Ans 3. If you overheat your soap base, that is either the temperature goes above 80°Celsius while melting, or you let it melt continuously for more than 60 seconds in a microwave, then the base will start giving out a soapy smell. Also, too much bubble formation will appear when soap is put in the mold. Sometimes due to excessive moisture loss, transparent base may lose its transparency and opaque base may discolor and give a wrinkly output.
Q.4 Why do I need to pack my soap in cling film after de molding?
Ans 3. Owing to the presence of glycerin and sorbitol, which are ingredients that draw moisture from the environment to your skin, especially in humid climates or during rainy season, your soap if left unwrapped will interact with the environment and sport small moisture bubbles which may look unappealing. You can always wipe the moisture out with a clean cloth, but to prevent this from happening, its best you wrap your soap in cling film as soon as it comes out of the mold.
Q.5 Can we add additional oils and butters to our soap?
Ans. 4 No, additional carrier oils or butters, if added to your soap, will affect its ability to lather well. Instead, you can choose your base like shea butter base, or castile base which come with a premixed component of shea butter and olive oil respectively in your base. In case you still wish to add additional oil and butters, you need to pick our Skin pH soap base which is available on our website www.soapytwist.com
Q.6 Can I add vegetable puree to my soap like natural aloe vera or tomato puree instead of store-bought gel? How will this affect the shelf life of my soap?
Ans 6. Yes, you can add vegetable puree to your soap, but do not exceed more than 3% and always heat the puree before using to ensure there is no bacteria in it. Regarding the shelf life, depending on the amount added, the shelf life may vary from 3 months to 6 months. Its best to use a vegetable puree-based soap within 3 months of making to get the best benefits.
Q.7 Can I add fresh coffee powder, walnut powder, almond powder or ubtan powder to my soap?
Ans 7. Yes, you may add freshly ground coffee bean powder, walnut shell granules, almond powder, Ubtan powder etc. which are also known as exfoliants. However, in most bases, exfoliants tend to settle at the bottom once poured in the mold. To avoid them settling at the bottom in the soap mold, you can choose to use our Suspending Soap base from our website which will ensure that the exfoliant is suspended across the soap.
Q.8 Can I add honey, aloe vera gel or saffron gel to my soap, if yes then to what percentage?
Ans 8. Yes, you may add honey, aloe vera gel or saffron gel to your soap. You can use it up to 2 to 3 %. However, we also offer soap bases which have already incorporated organic raw Honey and aloe vera to it, which you may purchase from www.soapytwist.com
Q.9 Can we add dry flower petals like lavender buds, saffron strands or rose flower petals to our soap?
Ans 9. Yes, you may infuse Saffron strands in your melted soap base and stir well. It is not recommended to put dry flower petals like rose or lavender in your soap, as such botanicals tend to go black in color over time affecting the aesthetic appeal of your soap. Its best to put processed petals powder. Soapytwist offers certified organic rose petals powder and hibiscus powder which you can purchase from our website.
Q.10 Can we add bath salts to our soap?
Ans 10. Yes, you can add bath salts to your soap, in fact we have shared a tutorial video for salt infused spa bars on our YouTube channel The Soap crafters and a detailed recipe blog on our blog www.soapcrafters.com11 Soapy Twist Soap bases are priced higher than many soap bases available in the market? Why should I buy from you when they are costly for me?
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So, choose your Soap Base wisely
When it comes to making soap, the quality of your soap base is key. It’s understandable to want to save money, but choosing a lower quality (hence cheaper) option may end up costing you more in the long run.
Poor quality bases not only affects the appearance of your handmade soap, but it can also affect the performance and the overall experience for your customers.
That’s why we, at Soapy Twist, take pride in our high quality soap bases that are manufactured in-house. We assure you best quality product that ensures your handmade soaps are top-notch.
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