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An Insight Into Soap Making

Every week on Wednesday, the soap making CAS club gets to work from 2.30 to 4.30pm, engaging and operating in the careful crafting of organic, scented soaps. Their first batch of soaps are all currently being packed for a Christmas sale that will run from the 18th to the 23rd, with all profits going towards charity. 

 

There are two main processes that make the soaps, one being fairly short and the other one longer (starting from scratch). The shorter one consists in the melting of the manufactured soap base, followed by the addition of a preferred fragrance, additives and essential oils. Following this, the soap is placed into the mould straight away so it can set (usually takes 1 day) and then it is ready for use. The longer method is called the cold process and it is made using the primary raw ingredients of a lipid (either a fat or an oil) that is mixed together with caustic soda at around 45 degrees to ensure a quick reaction. After placing it into the mould with the desired colouring and fragrance, the soap needs to be set for 24 hours and then cut into chunks. This process takes a little longer because you have to wait six weeks before the soap making process is finished and it is safe to use. 

 

Ms. Antonini, the head of the soap making club, suggests the short method for a quick arts and crafts activity; however she highlights that the cold process gives soap makers much more satisfaction. 

The soap making students actively engage every session in the making, setting and packaging of the soaps and they say that “it is a very calming, unique experience that allows us to slow down and enjoy the moment”. The soap making club is the perfect way to relax whilst obtaining a fun hobby, if you are thinking of joining, there is a sign up opportunity in Jan-Feb 2024.

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