Soap: The Making Of
|Have you ever wondered how soap is made? You love a nice fresh bar, but where does it come from? There are so many soap varieties today that sometimes we forget what the purpose of soap actually is: to clean. Added moisturizers, sanitizers and fragrances can sometimes take away from the natural goodness of soap, but not at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop. Made of all natural ingredients, essential oils and healthy shea butter moisturizing properties, these soaps are just what you need to stay clean and feel refreshed, and they are all proudly made in the USA. Hand cut into four ounce bars and cured for four weeks, these are the ideal mild soaps.|
The Simplified History of Soap
Ancient Egyptians with means would bathe regularly, thus soap was in high demand. Later on in Rome however, soap was a luxury usually only given to men.
The Continued Use of Soap
Soap making was a lucrative business throughout Europe starting as early as the 8th century; following suit with the basic combination of animal fat, or tallow, and other oils. It wasn't until the Industrial Revolution that we began to see a finer, less rough soap in mass production. During this time, we also note an understanding by the mass public of the necessity of hygiene. Soap was the answer to that need, as advertised in many of the first successful advertising campaigns around the turn of the century; including none other than a thriving brand still today, Palmolive.
The Basic Soap Making Process
Soap Making Notes
The only difference between completing the above process for a cold or hot process is the temperature at which the water is at before lye is added. The higher the heat, the faster the saponification process occurs.
Experienced soap makers and many in the soap making business say that a hot process is preferred to create a "neater" and smoother soap. Though in contrast, many at-home soap makers, producing smaller batches, prefer the cold process due to its natural appearance.
How To Store Your Soap
Once you have your soap, it's important to take care of it properly. Soap dishes provide a non-slippery surface to store your soap and allow the soap to dry out again between uses; providing a longer soap life. Wooden Soap Dish is made of an all natural bamboo wood, with grooves to allow water to drain and your special soap bar to dry out.