Some people become construction workers, some of them become a lawyer and some people just do something they like. Like this person. Working in a restaurant, get the call that they’re bankrupt, begin making soap in small batches, give some to friends, get more people liking it, and then, explosion. The company is even selling outside the US.
Looks delicious, but I’m not sure. Could give it a try though.
Before this photo was taken all the oils (hemp, coconut, palm, and sunflower) are heated and mixed. Here they are being mixed with NaOH to begin the chemical process to transform the oils into soap. This is when essential oils (for scent) are mixed in.
After about 45 minutes of mixing the soap takes on a thicker consistency and is quickly poured into molds. If you wait too long to pour, the soap will “brick” in the mixing vat – too soon and it will be watery and not consistent.
The soap begins to solidify in the molds and look more like soap. At this point the molds are stacked and stored in a well-ventilated area for about two days to allow the soap to harden. The bars are then cut out of the molds and placed on curing racks.
Like fine wine or cheese, soap needs some time to cure. Depending on the ingredients used, curing can last from a month to three months, sometimes more. The soap will sit on these racks until it is just right, then it will be weighed, labeled, and ready to go.
Since curing can take longer than a month, you have to make sure to have a good quantity on hand. I have a small artisanal shop, but others have HUGE facilities just for curing. I like to keep them along the wall in the shop, it makes everything smell so fresh.
After about a month on the curing racks the soap is packaged in recycled brown paper.
Once the soap is cured and packaged it is ready to go! If anyone is interested I could take some more detailed photos the next batch I make (today!).
Anyone interested can go to Wholly Hemp Natural Skin Care.