How to Make Homemade Soap: Easy Terms You Should Know

A Soap-Making Resource and Glossary

How to Make Homemade Soap: Easy Terms You Should Know
Add to Favorites Even with easy homemade soap recipes, beginners get bombarded with foreign terminology. Use this glossary if you’re wondering how to make homemade soap easy. Soap-making resources make the process more enjoyable. Soap: A salt created when a fatty acid meets a strong alkaline solution. This creates a surfactant, which breaks the surface tension of water so it can lift away dirt and oil. Soap can also be a verb referring to the process of soap-making. As in, “Don’t bother me for an hour. I’m soaping.” Ingredients Alkaline: Having a pH greater than 7. The opposite of an acid. Lye and potash are both alkaline. Carrier oil: A base oil used to dilute essential oils. If you’re just learning soap-making techniques with scents, research your carrier oil to be sure it doesn’t react with allergies or use pure essential oils. Cosmetic Grade: A quality high enough to be safe for cosmetics

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