Cold Process Natural Soap Making Basic Course with Zen Kaoru
I am a handmade soap user for almost half a year already. The reason why I started to use handmade soap is because i got sensitive skin and easily allergic. And after joined healthcare industry, I learned too much about SLS, paraben, parfum, mineral oil, etc that are harmful to our well being.
However, there are so many homemade soap in the market. Usually I will ask the seller which type suitable for my skin, and if the price is reasonable, I will just buy them. I have been so curious about how we can differentiate which handmade soaps are really natural and not harmful to us. Hence, this is why I attended this Cold Process Natural Soap Making Basic Course by Zen Kaoru.
Course materials are provided in bilingual, English and Chinese. I fall in love with the apron the minute I saw it 😍. LOL. The beige color made it looks really natural, just like unbleached cotton.
Some basic utensils needed for soap making later.
A wide collection of essential oils; and also 🌹dried flowers, which are used to enhance the appearance of the soap.
Natural colouring using all sorts of 🌿plant powders and mineral clays. Besides coloring, all these have its own functions and benefits too.
The course started off with theories behind natural soap. It was beneficial to me because I finally learned how to select a good natural soap, how I can utilise those natural ingredients to transform them into soap; most importantly, what am I using on my skin when I purchase those homemade soap in bazaar. And folks, homemade soap and homemade natural soap are different thing ya! Homemade doesn't mean natural. So be cautious when you do your soap shopping. Now I sound like expert, LOL!! 😜
After theories class, we can now move on to hands on soap making! The most awaited moment!
I was busy writing down the required soap formula after having some hard time calculated them. LOL. I am super bad in Mathematics.
Pouring purified water into the measuring cup.
Pouring Sodium Hydroxide into a pot.
Mixed the water and Sodium Hydroxide well to make it into Lye. I was very scared when doing this step as this is highly corrosive and will burn your skin if contacted. But I am safe and sound. Hehe~
While waiting for the Lye to reduce its temperature, we prepared the essential oils and also the plant powders to be used later. I have chosen the Rose Geranium pure essential oil, Yu Rong San powder and Red Mineral Clay.
My soap is made of three base oils, which are Olive Oil, Coconut Oil and Palm Oil.
Add in Lye and mixed them well.
This mixing process took quite a while and you need a strong arm to do this. Haha. Thanks to my fitness routine and I was able to complete this on my own.
Once it reached the light trace state, mixed in milk and continue to stir them well. Now you will feel more force against you where you will need more energy to stir them.
Then add in essential oils and continue to stir them.
Once the soap has reached the trace state, pour it into the mould.
Meanwhile I got keep half of the soap to mix with the plant powder and mineral clay that I have chosen. Mix them well until it turns into the color you want.
Pour on top of the soap just now.
No need to make them flat. Jess taught me to make some design on top using the measuring spoon.
Well, i just simply do coz i am not as talented as Jess. LOL.
Wrap the soap with cling wrap, then wrap the whole mould with a towel and put into a covered box.
I was given a chance to experience how is like to cut the soap so that I don't get panic when I cut my own soap at home later.
I was also given some cute stamping to stamp on the soap. I have chosen a cat design. Hehe~
Various scrubs for your selection.I like the container very much.
There are also skin care range for your daily usage.
I guess this is gift box if you wanna buy some handmade natural products for your loved one.
My lovely teacher, Jess. She was very patience and generously shared whatever she knows. Jess explained and finally resolved many of my curiosities regarding homemade natural soap. No need to feel stress at all in her class. In fact, her class is so much fun. She even prepared flower tea for us. So sweet right?
After 24 hours, I can remove the soap from the paper mould already. Jess said the white-ish on top is due to the soap got contact with the cling wrap when it is not fully dry yet. I can actually wipe them away using wet cloth but i told Jess this is fine, coz I no need perfection. This showed my first hands on homemade natural soap. 😄
I cut them and trimmed the side a little. Those being trimmed away can be collected in a soap pouch and use it, no need to waste.
The soap need to go through a curing process for about 30-45 days before we can use it. This is to allow the pH value in the soap to be decrease until the safety level to be use. During this period also allows the excess moisture in the soap bars to evaporate, leaving a gentle, harder and longer lasting soap.
At the meantime, I can finish off my existing soaps. After 45 days, I will have my own homemade natural soap to be used in the next 10 months! Hahaha~
After this soap making basic course, I will never complain the price of a homemade natural soap anymore. I think they deserve the price. If you are interested to attend a cold process soap making basic course, or just want to purchase some soaps, scrubs or skin care, you may find the contact methods as per below:
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