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Time and time again we’ve been asked if we make soap. We have to admit to a little procrastination with soap due to the large variety of different soap types, the enormity of testing and learning the art of soap making, and the curing times involved.
However, with more and more requests we’ve finally pulled our heads out of the sand and the last few months have tested, tested and tested. We now have three different types of soap that we’re pleased to offer.
So what are the main difference between the soaps? Read on to find out.
Cold Process (CP) Soap making goes back many thousands of years. The basic formula for soap making were ingredients that were taken from animals and nature. People would make soap by blending animal fats with lye (sodium hydroxide).
Fast forward to today and soap is produced from fats such as shea butter, cocoa butter and oils such as coconut, macadamia and castor and then mixed with an alkali (lye). The cold process method which makes the soap from scratch is the most popular soap making process today and is considered the most ‘natural’ of the soaps.
The process of mixing oils and/or butters with lye and water begins a process called saponification, which is the chemical reaction which turns the liquids into solids to leave you with soap. This process take approximately 4 to 6 weeks for the bars of soap to cure. This curing time allows for the saponification to be complete, and any excess water to evaporate making for a longer, lasting cake of soap.
With Cold Process Soap we can generally customise all the ingredients to suit your personal preferences, including the butters and oils used, colour and fragrances.
Melt & Pour Soaps use a pre-made base that we procure which is ready to be melted down, fragranced and coloured. Melt and Pour Soap can be made quickly and easily, with it hardening within several hours requiring minimal curing time before being ready for use.
There are virtually no limits to the creations that you can make with Melt and Pour Soap. It can be shaped and moulded into a variety of shapes and sizes. And because the soap base hardens very quickly, we can layer colours and add embeds quite easily.
The only downside of Melt and Pour soaps is that they are made using a lot of glycerine. Glycerine pulls moisture from the air and can leave your soap with little beads of moisture known as 'soap dew or soap sweat'. To prevent this from happening we will generally shrink wrap any Melt and Pour Soaps we produce.
Originally we had a third type of soap which was Milled Soap. Milled Soap or Rebatch soap is shredded or grated cold process soap. We used a base and add our lovely scents, colours and butters to create a raw, rustic soap.
Once the soap begins to harden into a dough like consistency, we then mould the Milled Soap into palm sized rounds which look imperfectly perfect. After about a week the Milled Soap is ready for use.
Milled Soap allows us to create a natural, rustic looking soap in a short period of time without the need for shrink wrapping as we would with Melt and Pour soaps.
Unfortunately we're unable to obtain the Milled Soap base at a reasonable price and have had to discontinue this type of soap.
As with all Majjak products we can package the soap to your specifications, within the constraints of what the different soap types allow. We do however, have a fond preference for Cold Press Soap which has a much nicer feel and lathers beautifully.