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Welcome to Natural Skincare School, Professional Soap Making Course, I want to sincerely congratulate you for signing up for this course.
This highly requested course by my students is finally out and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
I love teaching that is why I have dedicated this site and my official YouTube channel to open every one to the knowledge I have acquired throughout my over 10 years of Cosmetic Chemistry experience.
In this program, I will be demonstrating most of our tutorials via video and all videos will come with full instruction and tutorials.
Keep in mind that our video may be public but our recipes, formulas and secrets, the most valuable part of your soap making career will never be made public.
Let me introduce you to Soap Making, especially Cold Process.
Soap making is the process of reacting Lye (Sodium Hydroxide) with the fatty acids in oils to form soap.
Even though it sounds technical, the process of reacting lye with oil to form soap is called Saponification.
Saponification can only happen when an external force is applied through an immersion blender or more advanced tools.
The first ingredient we use in soap making is Lye, this corrosive chemical is so dangerous that most people dread it.
So let me explain to you in detail each of the ingredients we use in soap making. We will examine each one after the other before we start with our basic CP soap making tutorial.
(1) Lye (Sodium Hydroxide or Caustic Soda)
This is the first and the most important ingredient, without it saponification (the process that forms soap) can’t complete. So you need lye in order to make soap.
A lot people believe you can make soap without lye, it is not possible. All bar soaps require a form of lye or the other.
The most important thing to know here is 1) the right amount of lye to use and 2) safety instruction. We will discuss this as we progress in this course.
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(2) Carrier Oils, Butters And Waxes
The second type of soap making ingredients are what I call Creative Fat. They are our oils and butters which contain the essential Fatty Acids that give your soap their properties.
I will not bore you with too many details here as I provide highly customizable recipes to make skin-loving soap through this course. Please don’t crack your brain too much here.
I released this course to take stress off you.
When making soap for exfoliation, we use different exfoliants.
The most popular exfoliants used in Cold Process Soap Making include clay, oatmeal (rolled and colloidal oatmeal), activated charcoal, loofah, pumice stone and more
(4) Fragrance Oils Or Essential Oils
When making soap, we use different fragrance to make our soap more appealing to customers. A very popular soap making company, Lush started their business by making different bar soap with enticing fragrance oils and today, they have become a household name.
Using fragrance oils in soap making is a big deal as it appeals to the senses of your customers.
As we speak over 93% of buyers prefer to have a Cold Process Soap with nice smelling Fragrance oils.
Even though Essential oils soaps sell also, I always encourage my students to get ready. There are 2 different types of buyers in the soap making and cosmetic industry, those who don’t like fragrance oil and those who can’t do without them.
The percentage of those who prefer fragrance oils far outweighs those who don’t want it.
Since I created this course with your profiting in mind, I always encourage my students to explore both options and choose the one that sells most.
Ensure the fragrance oil you are using is skin safe and non toxic. We will discuss this in detail later on.
(5) Natural Colorants Or Synthetic Micas And Titanium Dioxide
When it comes to making beautiful soaps, experienced soap makers go for the gold.
The gold I’m talking about here are colorful colorants.
There are a lot of debates about the safety of Micas in Cold Process Soap and I can assure you there are skin safe Micas out.
Premium Suppliers of Mica ensures they remove any trace of toxins in their mica before making it available to the public.
Since Micas are used in tiny amount, even the most sensitive skin in the world don’t react to them.
Sadly, most self-trained soap makers on YouTube no longer measure the proper amount of lye to add to the soap. Most of them just use spoonful amount of Mica which is way too much.
Mica should be used in tiny amount of 0.5 to 1% of your soap making recipe. I personally do not use Mica more than 0.5% of my recipe.
As a trained Cosmetic Chemist with advanced soap making knowledge, I believe in measuring by % and grams and not with teaspoons.
Most soap makers who learn soap making with contents from forums are limited to teaspoons, tablespoon and cup measurement, when you join our Professional Soap Making Program, you will learn how to use % and grams on your way to becoming a distinguished soap chemist.
Stay tuned for more on Micas as we progress in this course. I will also provide list of premium soap making ingredient suppliers as we proceed.
To be honest with you, having worked in the cosmetic industry for a while, I can authoritatively tell you that soaps made with Micas and Titanium Dioxide sells 97% more than the ones made with natural colorants that fade with time.
Keep this in mind as you proceed in this course.
Finally let’s discuss additives.
Additives are what make your soap stand out from the rest. This is where beginner soap makers relying on free information they see online miss it.
Most recipes you see in online forums don’t have great additives to give your soap the substance it needs to either be moisturizing or nourishing.
All recipes provided by stablecosmeticformulas.com Professional Soap Making Course have professional additives that will help you make best selling and skin loving nourishing soap. If you have not joined this program, click here to join today. I only have 270 spots for this year.
Top additives used in soap making include Sorbitol (Sugar), Sodium Lactate, Yogurt, Honey, Wine, Aloe Vera Juice and Gel, Hydrosols, Goat Milk, Soy Milk, Coconut Milk, Coconut Powder and many more I will be uncovering when we begin our Cold Process Soap Making Projects. You have to know when and how to use them to get the best out of them. Also you must know the proper percentage and gram amount to use.
We will revisit this when we start our cold process soap making projects later this week.
You have reached the end of Module 1 of our Professional Soap Making Course.