SOAP MAKING IDEAS
We are not soap-making experts, We don't need to be, the Soapberries do the job for us. However, we know many people are trying to take better care of their bodies by making homemade and special recipe soaps. We highly recommend adding the Natural, Healthy, and Hypoallergenic Cleanser and Moisturizers found in Soapberries to your Cold or Hot Process soap.
The Chemical process that makes Soap is called "saponification." That is when your Ion- charged particles (typically from lye -Sodium Hydroxide) mix with your fatty acids to make make something that will attach to fats and oils and suspend in water.
The Soapberry tree actually does this for you it makes natural Saponins and ASOGS which attach to dirt and oils and suspend them in water. So adding soapberry to your mix will create a supercharged cleaner with three different types of surfactants at work. Your soap will actually leave a cleaner clean.
Soapberries are a natural moisturizer.* And they do it because of their hydrophilic qualities (they attract moisture) not because they leave a layer of oils behind. Our friends using soapberries, find that their skin is smooth and soft without anything more than a simple wash.
Adding soapberries to your recipe will add a fantastic natural moisturizer to your favorite soap. Making your soap better for your skin.*
WHEN TO ADD
You will have to play with soapberries to find out exactly how they mix with your favorite recipes, however we have two suggestions:
Use as your base Liquid
Make extract with distilled water and substitute it for about half of the the water content in your recipe.
Add at Trace
Fine ground soapberry powder will give your soap that boost of natural clean, and add an exfoliant to your mix. We recommend starting with 6 oz per pound of mix.
If you are looking for ideas on soap-making here are some pages to explore - we have no connection to these sites so use your best judgement.
*Soapberries are a natural agricultural product, they are not evaluated by the FDA, no statement is intended to diagnose or treat any disease.