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"Robin Schmidt who has been making and selling soap for 10 years, is a firm believer in “treating yourself and your family [and friends] to handmade, natural products.”
“Soapmaking is a bit like baking with a bit of chemistry thrown in!” she explained. “I use all-natural, food-grade vegetable oils in my soaps.”
As part of the soapmaking process, Schmidt carefully weighs the oils, heating them to melt any solids. Next she adds sodium hydroxide (lye) and a water mixture.
“Sometimes people are surprised to hear I use lye in my soaps, but all soapmakers do,” Schmidt said. “You can’t make soap [properly] without it. It’s the catalyst that causes a pan of melted oils to become a lovely, bubbly bar of soap. Without it you would just have, well, a pan of melted oils!”
She adds fragrance, colorants, and sometimes botanicals such as calendula petals or poppy seeds for visual interest and also for the properties they add to the soap."