As the saying goes, all great things take time!
Hot Process Soap
Another method of soap making is what is known as Hot Process Soap in which the oils, water & lye are combined together & heated up in a double boiler. This involves “cooking” the mixture & speeding up the soap making process as early saponification is forced by heating the liquids. Technically the soap will be ready in about 48 hours but ideally would still need a while to cure in order for the bars to dry fully. So, whilst this method may be handmade, it is not ideal as the soap will still need to cure & the “cooking” limits us in terms of design.
Melt & Pour
Bought at your local crafter’s store, Melt & Pour is a pre-made base which is simply melted in a microwave, poured into a mould & then cut into slabs.
The problem here is that all too often these bases contain many of the potentially harmful preservatives & ingredients which we are avoiding in most commercially produced soaps.
In addition to this, we have no control over the quality & types of oils which are used. To all intents, you could be buying a rather expensive, inferior quality bar of soap which has the same yucky components as the regular commercial soaps sold in supermarkets & has no benefit to either your skin or the environment.
Our recipes and the wide variety of oils we use have all been thoroughly researched. Each oil has its own special and natural benefits, which is used in our unique formulations.