In the last blog post, we talked about how to make your own soap. Today, let’s talk about the different types of soaps.
(See how to make eco soap from used cooking oil for details of the making process.)
Glycerin is a component of oil or fat. Any handmade soap contains glycerin, a byproduct of the chemical reaction of the soap-making process. Unlike most commercial soaps, glycerin is being purposely removed by the manufacturer to sold for other product making usage like cosmetic or moisturizer.
Made by hot process method. Usually added some form of alcohol to make it transparent. Sugar syrup (sugar in distilled water) is an alternative ingredient to replace alcohol but not as effective as alcohol. Some of the manufacturers in the market use a ready-made soap base to make their transparent soaps.
Making process is more complicated than soap bar. Usually made with the hot process method. It becomes liquid form due to a different type of lye (potassium hydroxide instead of sodium hydroxide) is use in the making process and also due to more water is added.
Types of Soaps Differentiate by usage
Kitchen soap is a soap intended for use in the kitchen mainly to serve the purpose of dish-washing.
Effective in cleaning solid particles, grease and organic compound in clothes. Can be quite convenient to wash clothes during travels because it is easy to carry.
Soap that comes in various shapes colors such as fish, cake, and mustache. Novelty soap serves more than a cleaning soap. It provides enjoyment and amusement to the children who use them.
Mini soap, generally smaller than the usual soap bar and comes with various attractive shapes. Designed for guests usage.
Medicated soap is soap with added antiseptics and disinfectants to kill bacteria.
Beauty Soap features fragrance and ingredients for different skin types. They can feature special oil blend or glycerin.
Despite there are so many different types of soap mentioned over here, in this modern days we can see a lot of fusion soaps that serves multipurpose usage.