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  • Tina
    #1 written by Tina 9 years ago

    Hi Evik

    Have you ever experimented with “chlorine neutralising” soap? I heard there is such a product on the market. My whole family are swimmers and apart from the stink, I’m concerned about skin damage.

    • evik
      #2 written by evik 9 years ago

      Hi Tina, no, I even did not think about something neutralizing chlorine smell on my skin after swimming! This is really very interesting, thank you for pointing it out. I immediately started to search and apart loads of different chemicals, I found one very natural: Vitamine C – ascorbic acid or sodium ascorbate (see here

      So, either we use some natural fruit juice for dissolving NaOH to get the sodium ascorbate in the soap. Indeed, in that case, some calculations and/or experimenting needs to be done in order to well estimate the proportion of the juice, so that it does not deactivate too much of NaOH, but still is active for chlorine neutralization.

      Or simply I would try dissolving vitamine C in the form of sodium ascorbate in the water for my lye solution. This way, no NaOH is neutralized, and we can control the amount sodium ascorbate in the soap.

      Also, I have read that simple spraying with vitamine C solution when showering helps to reduce the chlorine smell, even from hair, which can be an option if you do not want to use soap for hair (

      What about that! 🙂

      • Michael
        #3 written by Michael 6 years ago

        Evik, I make a soap that is called Pink Passion grapefruit, mostly citrus based essential oils are used in this soap, and it is very strong smell of pink grapefruit. I have sold dozens of these bars of soap, because I have found, and also have promoted the sales of this particular soap for the simple reason that it seems to either cover up or completely eliminate the chlorine smell from swimming in chlorinated pools, jacuzzis , hot tubs or whatever the case..
        This is my website
        And you can find it in the 100% Natural product line category.
        Or you can follow this link.
        I hope this helps . Sincerely , Michael

  • Simone
    #4 written by Simone 7 years ago

    Hi! I’m just beginning to make soap. I’ve learned a lot of recipes and about lye etc. I know it can be very dangerous so I was thinking about using it outside because I have a small dog and don’t want her to inhale the fumes. What I was wondering is if I spill some on accident outside will it be harmful to the animals outdoors? There are a lot of birds and ducks that come to my yard to feed and nest and I don’t want to endanger them. Also, I will be using a plastic shower curtain as a drop cloth for spills but I’m not sure if there is a special way you are suppose to dispose of this chemical?

    One other quick question if you don’t mind my asking,
    when I’m making soap and cosmetic products, is there any kind of certification I need before I can sell them in an online boutique like Etsy? I know obviously an ingredient list is required but I was sure if there were any other things I should get first.

    • evik
      #5 written by evik 7 years ago

      Hi Simone! Well, you are completely right, it can harm animals. I would actually not do it outside – small bead of lye will fall on the ground without you noticing and some animal will eat it and be harmed. It is better to make soap at home where you can swipe well the floor or where at least animals cannot access.
      Normally I do not have to dispose of lye, as it is being used up in the process of soapmaking. Small quantities left on the pots and tools you use can be easily cleaned in water, you might add some vinegar to be sure to neutralize everything.

      As for selling it depends where you live. If you are in US, then soap is not considered cosmetics and if you are not claiming any health benefits to it, you can simply sell it approriately labeled. The cosmetics (anything but soap) has pretty strict regulations – starting from where you make it (the place must be approved by local health offices), you have to stick to the good practices, label, insure yourself (if someone is hurt by your product and wants to sue you), have lab certificates for your products, keep from each batch for some time a sample… there is a lot to do. In EU it is like this for both soaps and cosmetics, since soaps are considered cosmetics.

  • Barbara
    #6 written by Barbara 5 years ago

    I am new to soap making and was wondering if pomace grade olive oil is better than virgin olive oil for CP soap? I read pomace traces quicker. Is that the only advantage besides the lower price? If pomace is better, where can you buy it as the grocery store has a pomace olive, canola and virgin olive combined in one bottle? Would that combo work with saponification as olive oil is 0.134 and canola is 0.124?

    What is the best type of coconut oil or does it matter?

    What books would you recommend for me to buy as I only want ones with non chemical ingredients other than lye of course? I am assuming micas, ultramarines are man made and not natural for soap?

    For color I would like to use herbs, spices. Any other suggestions?
    Thanks for your help.

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