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7 WAYS YOU CAN MAKE QUALITY BAR SOAPS

 

SOAP MAKING AND ITS PROBLEMS

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Making a soap either for domestic use or for commercial purpose is not an easy skill, some learnt the skill simply by trial and error methods, some did by undergoing special soap making training, while some also learnt theirs because they were exposed to a factory involved in the soap making business, etc. whichever be the case of how the knowledge was acquired, soap making had never been a simple stuff for everyone in it.

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There are cases unseen defects may arise after the production a soap, some unpredicted properties may show up while using the soap after its production. Though some or all of such malfunctions can be fixed in the next line of production, such production can cause a heavy loose to a company or individual making soap for commercial purpose.

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A good number of experts in soap making had been piloting the field and dominating others in the market competition simply because of the differs knowledge they have in soap making which others doesn’t and that was acquired either based on years of soap making experience or based on expert training regarding the whole techniques in the soap making.

IMPORTANCE OF QUALITY SOAPSOAP MAKING

When it comes to making quality soaps, it has to do with what individual producer refers to as ‘quality’.  Making a soap that can foam easily and reduce water hardness may mean quality to a particular producer, while making a very good fragrance with moderate foaming reactions may mean quality to another producer, some will because of market competition concentrate on making bigger sized soaps like the bar soaps to attract customers who may not be interested about other physical features like appearance, fragrance, and foaming power. However, professionals try to combine all the possible features at recognizable percentages in their soap for effective market competition.

Therefore, an expert in the field of soap making will always consider the important features that make a soap the quality one. The next observable defect in soap making that may be seen as a sign of poor quality is excessive softness. Soaps like the bar soap are meant to be moderately strong, crushable, foamable, and last longer when being used for washing. Common observations had revealed that soft bar soaps do finish quickly when using them either for washing, bathing, or laundry purpose.

5 THINGS THAT DEFINES A QUALITY BAR SOAP

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When a bar soap is strong and able to foam very well, some users may regard such as higher quality without considerations for other important factors such as stain or dirt removal, and physical appearance, etc. therefore when we talk about making quality bar soap, we are talking about making soap that could have up to five important features that any bar soap user would like and they include:

Ability to foam easily,

It should be moderately strong when in contact with water,

It should be able to remove stains and dirt easily,

It should have a good surface smoothness for handling,

It should not be toxic to the palm during and after usage,

Besides the above five points, other features which some users may view as important may not count as important in this post because of the obvious reasons. Such features are;

The color and physical appearance of the bar soap,

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The size of the bar soap,

The fragrance inclusion in the bar soap,

The packaging and branding method,

Among other features.

Though these features may be regarded as minor, some of them are actually major criteria for some users.

HOW TO MAKE A QUALITY BAR SOAP

To make quality bar soaps based on the mentioned five features viewed as quality, here are the steps to follow to ensure yours beat that of others or stand out in the market competition:

  1. To make the soap become harder, reduce the water quantity during the mixing stage and ensure you stir the mixture thoroughly to have a homogenous mixture of the soap in making. This method will make the process tedious and harder than normal but if it can be done properly, the bar soap will become stronger after the making than the previous ones. Another factor that will help your bar soap become harder or stronger is the time of cooling otherwise called the “cure time”. It is the time you allow the soap to be in the mold after pouring it in the aqueous form into the mold, the longer it can be allowed to stay in the mold and the lower the temperature of the environment, the harder the soap will become after solidification.
  2. To make the bar soap foam easily in water, increase the volume of the alkaline chemicals responsible for the foaming reactions such as the potassium peroxide, sodium hydroxide, or any other chemical you may be used for the same purpose and ensure you balance the volume with that of other important chemicals to avoid a toxic reaction on the palm or skin during or after handling. If there is any available neutralizer in the market, adding it would help to maintain the feature and eliminate possible toxic reaction during handling. Under the condition, ensuring proper cooking of the soap mixture will enhance it foaming and less toxic features.
  3. To make the bar soap have good stain removing quality, use additional materials like additives used in soap bleach making products at a very low volume or increase the volume of the core chemicals used in the soap making like the volume of the alkaline.
  4. To make the bar soap’s surface smooth for easy handling, use quality and well-treated soap making oil and add a good volume of it during the mixing process. Using smooth surface molds and ensuring thorough mixing alongside with mold vibration (at liquid state) could yield a smooth surface bar soap.

 

Other ways of adding the less important features are:

  1. To make the bar soap have a good appearance, you will first ensure it has the smooth surface and then uses only one color during the color mixing and add the color in a significant volume to affect the soap appearance.
  2. To make the bar soap smell good whether it is meant for bathing or laundry purpose, the purpose will define the type of fragrance additive to be added. For laundry purpose, use a moderate volume of any fragrance in the chemical store meant for that purpose. Meanwhile, for the bathing soap use a significant volume of a quality fragrance and ensure the toxicity of the soap is well controlled.
  3. The last and less important feature is the packaging of the bar soap. Though well-packed soaps tend to sell better and costlier than others, it does not actually mean they are of higher quality rather it is just a marketing strategy. Hence, it is very good to package your bar soap very well in places where the market competition is very high if you have the money, but if you trust your product and sell without packaging it would take time for it to become popular but sure your customers will keep coming back for more of it. To make a package for your soap, ensure you specify the exact features your soap has, and indicate what makes it different from others. Use a good picture to show the action of your bar soap on the packet.

Having understood these 7 ways, you could possibly have a new upgrade to your soaps and increase your market recognition.

 

 

 

 

Originally posted 2018-07-31 10:15:06.

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