Our handcrafted soaps are completely natural and contains only pure ingredients. We use only the finest saponified oils, butters, 100% pure essential oils, and using only natural coloring such as natural minerals, organic dried flowers, fruits, vegetables fragrant spices, and seeds. Each butch of soap is individually and lovingly handmade, hand cut, wrapped and cured by us at TheLoveBirds with loving care.
What does saponification mean?
In simple terms, saponification is the name for a chemical reaction between an acid and a base to form a salt. When you make soap using the cold process soap making method, you mix an oil and/or butters (which is your acid) with Lye (which is your base) to form soap (which is a salt). So saponification is an organic chemical reaction that utilizes an alkali to cleave an ester into a carboxylic acid and alcohol.
Usually, a process by which triglycerides are reacted with sodium or potassium hydroxide to produce glycerol and a fatty acid salt, called “soap“. When sodium hydroxid is used, a hard soap is produced. Using potassium hydroxid results in a liquid soap. Saponification is essential to making soap and you cannot make soap without using lye. Our grandmas used ash as a lye. Most people think of lye as only a strong caustic chemical that can burn your skin, or worse. But, there is no lye left in finished soaps, because through the process of saponification and curing, the lye dissappears and you`re left with a beautiful natural soap. Lye is in all soaps, commercial and handmade as that is the base.
After dissolving the lye water, both the lye solution and the oils are separately brought to the correct temperature, then mixed until the “trace” stage. The soap is poured into moulds, kept warm and left to continue saponification for a day or two, or sometimes even three days. After this insulation period, the soap is firm enough to be removed from the mould and cut into bars. Cold-process soaps like cured and hardened on a drying rack for 4-6 weeks before being offered to use. During this cure period, trace amounts of residual lye are consumed by saponification and excess water evaporates. The longer “drying” is the longer it takes.
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