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6 responses to “Soapmaking Photo Walkthrough, Part Four: Finis”

  1. Leah

    I’ve really enjoyed seeing your process – and the soap looks delicious!

  2. Liam

    Delicious is the right word for it, you know. I struggle to think of any other artisanal/industrial process involving inedible and caustic ingredients that looks so yummy.
    I’ve really enjoyed the series as well, L, thank you.

  3. Mary

    I love the brief glimpse of the mango-coloured goddess soap in the first shot. And it’s fascinating to see how well the planing brings up the delicate colours.

  4. Helen

    Fabulous! I especially love the dino soaps.

    I dimly perceive it’s some kind of chemical process, but can you explain how lye can be so dangerous and caustic and yet be a soap ingredient? What’s the history of how people learned that?

  5. Meg Thornton

    There are often a few munted bars that just aren’t going to trim up prettily. These go into the Home Pile, for use just by us instead of as gifts, etc. Sometimes a particularly nice-smelling batch of soap might have quite a few munted bars, for some reason.

    So, rather like the way there can be quite a few “tester” bikkies in a batch of a particularly well-liked variety… *grin*

  6. Mary

    Helen, part of it is the classic acid + base (generally, relatively dangerous, active compounds) together forming a salt reaction. (Soaps are salts of fatty acids: the fatty acid emerges from the oils after an initial reaction, and the lye is the base.)

    Lauredhel went into the chemistry (although not the history) at

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