Which do you prefer?
Being squeaky clean
I've tried a plethora of handmade soap from other soapmakers and each one was different. Some had lots of lather, but left my skin squeaky clean to the point where my skin felt irritated. Others had luxurious ingredients and nice lather but I didn't feel clean enough and had to wash with a different soap afterwards.
Did you know that certain oils determine the type of leather you in a soap?
Coconut oil produces extra large bubbles but it's also very cleansing so too much coconut oil will strip your skin of its natural oils and leave you feeling very dry
Castor oil gives you a nice creamy lather with teeny tiny bubbles too much castor oil will leave you with a slimy soap that dissolves quickly
There are other oils such as sunflower oil and safflower oil produce big bubbles they go rancid faster which means they have a short shelf life and can go bad fast.
Another interesting thing that can affect lather is the type water you have. Some people have hard water while others have soft water. So what's the difference? Hard water is untreated and contains dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium, which can lead to reduced lather. Soft water is treated and is only left with sodium, which is why it may have a saltier taste.
Soap-making is a delicate science in a search to find the balance between lather and cleanliness. Everyone wants the best of both worlds
Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Tarrin. Soapmaking has been my passion since 2008. I'm also a member of the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetics Guild as well as a Certified Soapmaker. Here you can follow me on my journey of my handcrafted soap and body product business. Hope you enjoy this blog as much as I enjoy writing it!