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Soap Making: At Home DIY

Soap Making


How to Make Handmade Soap

If you’re a DIYer who enjoys crafting or making your own cosmetics, like hair masks or body scrub, you might be tempted to try your hand at making hand, bath, or decorative soap, especially if your favorite bars are currently sold out or hard to come by. The soap you make won't kill germs, but it will certainly wash them away as well as any other bar soap you might buy. And while it seems simple enough, according to the experts in our Good Housekeeping Institute Health, Beauty, and Environmental Sciences Lab, making soap from scratch is a serious endeavor that requires more than just a few kitchen tools and some basic skills.

Making soap at home requires two types of ingredients — an acid and a base. These chemically react together in what is called “saponification” and produce the soap along with glycerin as a byproduct. No commercial or homemade soap can be made without these two ingredients. Continue reading from Good Housekeeping

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Link to Handmade Soap Book by Melinda Coss in the catalog
Link to The Complete Photo Guide to Soap Making by David Fisher in the catalog
Link to Natural Soap by Melinda Coss in the catalog
Link to The Natural & Handmade Soap Book by Sarah Harper in Freading
Link to Milk Soaps by Anne-Marie Faiola in the Catalog
Link to Soap Making with Natural Ingredients by Sarah Ade in the catalog
Link to The Natural Soap Chef by Heidi Corley Barto in the catalog
Link to Easy Homemade Melt & Pour Soaps by Jan Berry in the Catalog

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