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Semi Transparent Glycerine Soap

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Inci:Aqua, Glycerin*, Sodium Palmate*, Sucrose**, Sodium Cocoate*, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder**, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Palm Kernelate. *From organic origin, **Organic Ingredient

This is a vegetable based soap that contains no Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. 100% of the oils used have been certified organic. The soap base is not Certified Organic itself.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Glycerine Soap, Semi Transparent (Organic Ingredients) is a vegetable (glycerin) based soap base that can be melted and poured into moulds for slicing into bars or poured directly into fancy moulds for individual soaps. 100% of the oils are certified Organic and it naturally has the light tan colour of the organic oils used.
 
It has a high glycerine content which makes it moisturising, good foaming properties and gives a good skin feel.
 
It is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate free and MPG (Mono Propylene Glycol) free.
 
The neutral base is unfragranced and may be used fragrance free or, with the addition of essential oils or fragrance oils of your choice with good fragrance projection. However, some essential oils may need to be “fixed” so that their aroma lingers for longer.
 
It has a pH of 7.5 to 8.5 before the addition of other essential oils, fragrances or actives.
It has a softer consistency than the Glycerine Soap, Solid, Clear, that we also stock.

HOW TO USE IT

Skin Care
It produces lots of foamy lather and has good cleansing properties along with good moisturisation to the skin due to its very high glycerine content.
 
Its neutral odour means that any essential oils you choose to add will add a beautiful fragrance.
 
Small quantities of vegetable oils such as Apricot Kernel Oil, White Poppy Seed Oil etc may be added for extra moisturising properties but be aware that these may make the finished product softer and produce less lather.
 
Should you choose to add vegetable oils we suggest no more than 2% is added. Active ingredients may also be added but as this is a wash off product, they are better used in a leave on product where the skin will benefit from them more.
DO NOT add water to your melt & pour glycerine soap base as this will make the end product slimy and not set up properly. If you are adding water based active ingredients or colours keep the amount added low. Do not add pot pourri refresher oils, diffuser oils or candle fragrance oils to your glycerin soap base as they may not be safe for use on the skin.
 
Hair Care
If you have very short or close cropped hair, the soap can be used to wash it and will leave the scalp moisturised. It is not however, designed as a shampoo bar suitable for longer hair.
 
Other
Highly fragranced soaps make great air fresheners for bathrooms, cupboards and drawers. When the fragrance has eventually diminished, the soaps are still great soaps for using on your skin.

RECIPES & BLENDS

Lavender and Spearmint makes a great, refreshing scent. Frangipani and Fragonia makes a very complex, floral aroma.
 
You may find that citrus essential oils need the addition of a fixative such as May Chang to help them remain longer in the soap.
 
Lime is quite robust but you will find that May Chang gives a more intense lemon scent than Lemon does.
 
The fragrance of mid notes & base notes tend to remain longer than top notes in the soap base but these are still lovely additions to a blend so don’t be afraid to experiment.

Click on the links below to be directed to great recipes featuring Glycerine Soap, solid, semi transparent (organic ingredients)

TRADITIONAL USE

Melt and Pour Glycerine Soap Base is different from traditionally made cold process soap. It is a soap that has been created to produce an easy to use base to which you can add colour, fragrance etc without the need to use Sodium Hydroxide. Melt and Pour Glycerine Soap started out in the same way as traditional cold process type soap but has gone through additional processes to form the glycerin soap base. It depends on the ingredients used and the manufacturing process as to whether the glycerin soap base is clear or translucent.

Melt and Pour Glycerine Soap does not need to be cured and can be used immediately.
 
One form of soap or another has been used for thousands of years. During the “Dark Ages” soap was little used for personal hygiene. The type of soap made, known as Lye Soap, would have been made from leftover, boiled, animal fats mixed with an alkaline solution made by combining fire ashes and water to create lye. The lye solution would be poured into the melted animal fats which causes it to heat up. This was stirred constantly while it thickened which could take several hours, before being poured into containers to set up. Lye soap was made for cleaning wools and cooking utensils.
 
It was not generally used as a cosmetic product for a long time. When it did become more popular for personal hygiene, it was an expensive product that was highly taxed, making it a luxury that only the wealthy could afford.
 
Modern cold process bar soap uses factory produced Sodium Hydroxide to saponify the oils. Cold process soap makers create recipes designed to give the soap a variety of properties that are beneficial to the skin. Once made the soap bars are cured for 4-6 weeks whilst the saponification process is completed and the bars harden.