Just starting out on your soap making journey?
I am sure you have lots of questions in mind. We are here to help!
Hopefully, you might be able to find the answers that you are looking for in this Soap Making FAQ blog post!
Soap Making – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – Part 2
Q6 – Can we make soap with expired oil?
Yes but no.
I don’t recommend using expired ingredients in soap making because this significantly affects the stability and shelf life of the soap.
It can develop a rancid smell in a short period of time and it is likely that the soap itself has gone bad when that happens.
Q7 – Is fancy soap cutter a must have item?
All you need is a knife and a chopping board, but you can’t use them for food preparation afterwards.
A chinese chef knife works well for this purpose.
You can also use silicone moulds like the ones below to avoid any cutting:
6 Square – £2.99 + Free Delivery
12 Rectangular – £6.45 + Free Delivery on orders over £20
If you really want to get a soap cutter, an acrylic one is a good option simply because it is easier to clean.
Acrylic Soap Cutter – £25.07 + Free Delivery
Q8 – What if I messed up while cutting the soap?
Don’t worry, this is perfectly fine.
You can re-cut all the uneven edges, group the scrap soap together and use them as is or use them as decorations for the next batch.
Q9 – What kind of moulds do I need for soap making?
Other than the silicone ones mentioned above, you can also use PVC or acrylic moulds for soap making.
PVC: This is the cheapest option, but it is harder to get the soap out of the mould.
Acrylic: This is great if you want to play with different colours because the material is transparent and you can visualize the colours easily.
Q10 – Is CP soap ready to use as soon as it is harden?
Different types of oil reacts with lye at a different rate.
Even though the soap seems like it has been harden, the saponification might not be completed just yet.
It won’t reach its full potential in providing the benefits it has and could cause skin irritations if you use it too early.
Please do let us know if you have other questions in mind and we will try our best to answer them in future blog posts.
Check out our other Soap Making FAQ blog post HERE if you have missed it.
Litto Things x