Sunday, August 24, 2014

The art of soap making

I spent Sunday morning and afternoon taking a soap making class at the Honolulu Museum of Art School. It was a beginning class where we learned the basics of soap making and safety precautions since the art of soap making, saponification, deals with chemical processes. We also got to take a one pound batch we each made by ourselves (which is currently being cured, then has to sit out for three weeks before I can use my own product). I made an almond milk infused soap, so I can't wait to test it out!

A very interesting fact I learned in class was that we may think we're using soaps to clean our bodies, but we might just be using detergent. Note that if the product you are purchasing does not say "soap" then it's most likely a detergent — which is really just a combination of chemicals and synthetic oils that's cheaper to produce. I.e. beauty car, cleansing bar, etc. ;)

I've developed keen admiration for handmade soaps mostly because I'm often fascinated by the packaging/wrapper used and for my love of aroma therapy. Now that I've learned the basics, I can't wait to experiment a little more with the endless array of combinations to use as recipes, especially exfoliation and scent factors. I'll also get to utilize my graphic design background to experiment with packaging design, but first I must invest in all of the supplies that I need to make soaps — that's always the hardest part.

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