No. If lye is not used to make soap, it is not truly soap. When the lye solution is combined with the oils, the chemical reaction that bonds the lye and the oils together into soap begins to take place. Lye is no longer caustic once it becomes soap. This usually happens 24 to 48 hours after pouring the soap. At the end of this period there is actually no lye left in the soap.
In order to get the most out of your soap, allow it to dry between uses. Do not leave it in a location where it will have a constant stream of water flowing over it such as near the shower head. Place the soap at the opposite end of the tub to let it dry out between showers.Do not allow the soap to float around the tub or leave it in a puddle of water at the sink.It is best to allow your soap to drain and dry in a proper soap draining dish between uses.
Do you mean if you just sit and look at it? If so, handmade soap will last a long long time.
If you mean how long does it last while you are using it, I'd say that depends on how often you bathe yourself. However, you are likely to find that handmade soap will last you longer than any store bought soap if you take care of it properly.
I'd like to say properly stored soap can last you a year. If it lingers much longer than that the scent will probably fade. But if you don't mind unscented soap, and you have stored it in a cool, dark, dry place it just might last you forever. Probably not. But it may be possible.
Yes, I superfat my soaps at 5% and my salt bars at 20%.
For those who may be reading this for the heck of it and are wondering what "superfat" or superfatting soap is here's a short explanation:
For every soap recipe, there’s a precise amount of lye that is used to ensure that the oils and lye have completely bonded and been transformed into soap. That’s the 0% superfat calculation. Most soapmakers, The Sassy Cowgirl included, use more oil than can be transformed by the lye. This means, by superfatting our soaps and salt bars we leave a portion of unincorporated oils in the finished soap, this ensures that our soaps and salt bars have superior moisturizing and emollient qualities.
Mainly because orangutans are so stinkin' cute. Most palm
oil is produced in an unsustainable fashion that involves clear-cutting
pristine rain forests in Indonesia and Malaysia. While there is sustainably produced palm oil on the market, identifying it as
such can be tricky, so we prefer to steer clear of the ingredient altogether.
No! The old saying, "a little goes a long way" applies here. I normally instruct folks to make two swipes, one up and one down. That should do it! However if you are feeling like that's just not enough, have at it, but remember these three things:
1- You're going to unnecessarily run out of deodorant faster. 2- Too much can cause the armpit of your shirt to become oily. 3 -Too much could cause irritation.
First, IT'S OKAY! Some of the deodorants I make use vanilla to make up the fragrance oil. (Tobacco Leaf & Amber, The Horseman, Clean Cut etc.) These deodorants are more likely to turn. There is nothing wrong with them except that they turn brown over time. The more they are exposed to air and light the more oxidation happens therefore the more they will turn.
Here's a nerdy explanation:The main discoloring culprit in vanilla is vanillin (4-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzaldehyde), an aromatic aldehyde that contributes a “strong, sweet, and milky scent” to our products. It’s found naturally in so many things, like vanilla beans, blueberries, coffee, red wine, smoked meats, strawberries, and more, but most of the vanillin we use is synthesized from ingredients like eugenol (found in cloves and cinnamon leaf), curcumin, wood pulp, or petrochemical sources as there’s just not enough vanilla in the world to satisfy our insatiable demand for the stuff.
So why does this discoloration happen? When exposed to air and light, vanillin oxidizes and starts to brown. (As an interesting aside, it can react with iron to turn purple!)
We hand make all of our own products in small batches to
ensure freshness, consistency, and perfection.Our products are not made to sit on store shelves for years and years. Although there are natural preservatives within the chemical structure of our natural ingredients, they are nowhere near as potent as the synthetic preservatives used in commercial products to prolong shelf-life.
Other than soap, our products are remade every few weeks and
none are very old when they are sold. Our products, other than soap, should be
opened and used within 6 months of purchase.