behind the scenes making soaps

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Mixing premeasured Lye and adding it to my distilled water portion.  I'm adding lye to water in glass because the chemical reaction gets very hot.  Lye and lye water is very caustic and will burn your skin.  Extreme care is needed when dealing with chemicals!!

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As you can see the temperature of the water went up to almost 200 degrees after mixing the lye with water!!

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We make our soaps and other products in small batches.  Here I'm mixing my various oils and melting them together on the stove.  I usually make about 6 pounds of soap at a time. 

 

All ingredients need to be carefully measured so the chemical reaction to make a finished soap (sopanification) occurs.

Melting and mixing oils

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The beginnings of soap after the lye water is added to the oil mixture.  Essential oils, and colorants, are mixed together to form a substance similar to a pudding consistency.  When just the right time, it is poured into one of my molds to cure.

The beginnings of soap!

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A soap mold I made to make soaps.

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Pouring the soap batter into the mold. 

 

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Filled soap mold. 

 

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The soap log out of the mold and ready for cutting.