Soap Base Formulation – Why So Many Soaps Fail

Ever use a soap that didn’t lather or that left your skin feeling tight and dry, despite the label being full of ingredients meant to pamper your skin? The internet is full of specialized reasons and advice, but the cause of most underperforming soap is, like a lot of things, simple and fundamental. And it’s also as old as soap itself. The problem isn’t lack of exotic ingredients, but a weak foundation – poor formulation of the soap base itself. It Comes Down to This Here’s …

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Making It Clear – Cold-Process vs. Glycerin vs. Melt-and-Pour Soap

What’s the difference between Cold-Process and Hot-Process soap? Hot Process soap uses heat from an external source to accelerate saponification, the process by which fats and an alkali combine to create soap. While Cold-Process often uses heat early on to warm the base oils, once the oils and sodium hydroxide are mixed, heat from the process itself is relied on to finish saponification. What’s the difference between Cold/Hot-Process Soap and Glycerin soap? There …

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Answers to Questions About pH

If you’ve ever found yourself in a conversation nodding in agreement, even though you had only a vague of knowledge of the subject, you’re in good company. If the subject of that conversation was pH – or pH factor, for those who remember when it was commonly called that – you might want to keep reading. Next time it comes up, you won’t have to pretend to understand. But First The first thing to know is there’s an argument over what pH actually stands for. You’ll find …

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Why We Don’t Use Olive Oil

Olive oil and soap have a long history. From Aleppo to Italy to the Castile region of Spain, they have long been connected to each other and to a tradition of quality. So strong is the connection that marketers of commercial skin detergents have discovered their own label value. Featuring the words “olive oil” on the label means they can continue making cheap, irritating soap and still gain positive perceptual value. Olive oil carries considerable weight when it comes …

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Bergamot – You Know It Better Than You Think

You might not know the name, but you know the fragrance, and very likely, the taste. According to one industry source, nearly half of all women’s perfumes and a third of men’s fragrances contain bergamot oil. It’s also the most identifiable flavoring in Earl Grey tea and it’s long been known, in aromatherapy circles, as a calmative for stress. The Tree Known also as citrus bergamia, the bergamot tree is generally regarded as native to Southeast Asia and China and to …

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