Handmade, Beautifully Scented Soap

The two processes of soaping are cold process and hot process soap.  I mainly make cold process soap, however I do make certain batches using the hot process method.  For both types, you start with oils and butters. This is one of the creative aspects of making soap.  There are many different oils and butters and each soap maker decides which combinations to use based on their properties which will determine how the soap performs when used.  Next lye is mixed with a liquid, which can be water, tea, coffee or an animal or plant milk, basically any liquid can be used including alcohol such as beer and wine!  Once the lye liquid is added to the oils, a chemical reaction occurs and the end result is soap!