How To Make Glycerin Soap

Soapmaking beginners often wonder how to make glycerin soap, but for a beginner, trying to make glycerin soap from scratch can be a tricky business. Many soapers get round this by using a glycerin soap base, which can either be bought from soap making suppliers. Glycerin is produced during the saponification process in soap making, giving the soap its conditioning feeling. Most commercial soaps have had the glycerin removed, which is then used separately for other products.

It is of course possible to make clear (glycerin) soap from scratch, and more experienced soapers enjoy the challenge of learning how to make glycerin soap. The method of making glyerin soap begins with the same techniques as cold process soap making, using a lye and water mixture, with fats and oils. To make glycerin soap, the addition of alcohol and sugar is required. The alcohol needs to have a very high proof, so while some soap crafters use rubbing oil, many prefer the drinking type, namely vodka, as it usually has a higher alcohol concentration.

When reading instructions on how to make glycerin soap, less knowledgeable soapmakers might find it slightly confusing. This is because the glycerin soap does not have to come from the cold process, but can actually be made using soap scraps or shavings. For those who already make their own soap, previous recipe attempts may have gone wrong or the right balance of ingredients hadn't been achieved, and so these soaps can be melted and used to make glycerin soap. This basically cuts out the first stage of the soap making process, and jumps straight into the more difficult task of mixing the melted substance with the alcohol, glycerin and sugar solution.

Another way of using glycerin soap is the melt and pour method, where a pure glycerin soap base is used to create all kinds of interesting shapes and sizes. Even children can have fun with this method, under supervision, learning how to make glycerin soap products for craft projects or gifts for family or friends. For those who enjoy handcrafting, finding out how to make glycerin soap together with their other soap making skills, can help them produce attractive soap bars, for instance a stained glass or frosted glass effect.

Starting with a glycerin soap base can also be an easy way of creating sweet smelling aromatherapy soap bars. By experimenting with different essential oils and fragrance oils, soapers can learn how to make glycerin soap into a beautiful, natural alternative to store-bought soaps.

Marie Ackland - Soap making was originally a hobby of mine that gave me great pleasure, theres something quite satisfying about creating from scratch a beautifully scented bar of soap.

It then turned into a full time passion, creating wonderful soap for family and friends to enjoy. When a friend surgested I take some along to a local craft fair, which I did and from that day on I never looked back. I now have a great soap business which makes a healthy profit and gives me great satisfaction.

So now 20 years on from my first batch I love to teach the art of soap making. It can be frustrating at first but if you learn the fundamentals and put into practice my methods you WILL have great soap every time.

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