What’s the difference between Cold/Hot-Process Soap and Glycerin soap?There are two answers. Technically, all true soap (as defined by the FDA) is glycerin soap, since glycerin is a natural by-product of saponification.
What most people know as glycerin soap – transparent or opaque bars, often with cute things floating in them – is different. That glycerin soap usually takes saponification a couple of steps further. A sugar/ alcohol solution is added to the saponified mixture along with extra glycerin. The alcohol /sugar solution helps maintain transparency, and the extra glycerin supposedly balances the drying nature of the alcohol. Here on the desert, glycerin is one of the WORST things you can use on your skin!
Melt-and-pour soap is made from a pre-made base usually sold in blocks. It is melted down, colors and scents added, then molded. Melt and pour often has SLS, chemical hardeners, conditioner, etc.
Most true soap doesn’t melt down well, and as a result doesn’t work well as a good melt-and-pour base.
While not officially soapmaking, melt-and-pour is a great way to be creative and to do it safely enough that it’s fine for use in crafts with children. An easy way to recognize Melt and pour is bars that are in cute shapes – real soap gets hot and would melt molds like that. No melt & pour here. Ever.
The soap pictured is Sandalwood Patchouli all-veg soap. It’s a limited edition, so get it while you can. #AncestralHerbals #vegan #herbalism