1 / How to recognize real Marseille soap?
The original composition of Marseille soap has never been verified, and that is why it is not easy to distinguish the true from the false. Here are the elements to analyze to find out more. Its shape: Real Marseille soap has the shape of a cube. Its color: It is green if made with olive oil, and white / beige if it is with palm oil. If the soap is pink, blue, or another color, then it is not real Marseille soap. Its stamping: That is to say that the soap has a mark; either its composition, its weight, or its name / brand. Its scent: Real Marseille soap has no other scent than its own. Its composition: It is generally composed of vegetable oils, water, sea salt, and soda.
2 / How to make your own solid soaps?
To make your own soaps, you will need the following materials: - A fatty substance, therefore an oil or a butter of your choice: olive oil, castor oil, coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter… - Solid soda (to be diluted before use in demineralized water), to be handled with gloves, glasses, and a protective gown during the entire manufacturing process. - Vegetable coloring - Essential oils of your choice Step 1: The first step is saponification; it is a chemical reaction allowing the synthesis of soap. For this, it is necessary to know the saponification index of the fatty substance. For example, if it is 150, this means that for 1 g of fat you will need 0,150 g of soda. Soda required = saponification index x quantity of fatty substance in grams. Know that we never saponify a soap in its entirety; the following calculation must be carried out: initial quantity of soda in gx percentage of saponification (between 91 and 95%) = new quantity of soda in grams. Step 2: Melt the fatty substances in a double boiler. Add the coloring and a few drops of essential oils. Then pour in the soda, and whip the mixture until you get a paste. Step 3: Pour the dough into the molds of your choice (pastry molds for example), and let stand 24 hours before unmolding and cutting (or not) the soap. For a purifying soap, you can add clay powder; for an exfoliating soap, coffee grounds.
3 / How to make liquid soap from leftover soap?
Making liquid soap from leftover solid soap is a good way to avoid wasting soap. To do this, collect 200 to 300g of solid soap, if possible unscented; if not, make sure that the mixture of perfumes creates a pleasant smell. Using a cheese grater, make small shavings of soap, and boil four liters of water. Once the water boils, pour in the soap shavings and two tablespoons of glycerin. Stir well, remove the pan from the heat, and let stand for a day. The next day, once the soap has thickened, stir again. If you want, you can add a few drops of essential oils. All you have to do is pour the soap into a dispenser, and voila!
4 / How to use black soap to clean your interior?
Black soap is a household product that everyone should have in their home; very degreasing, it can be used for countless things! For the floor: Free from chemicals, black soap is ideal for cleaning its interior. To wash your floor, whether it is tile or parquet, add a tablespoon of liquid black soap to a liter of water. Let melt and clean; no need to rinse! For windows: To clean your windows, melt a teaspoon of soap in two liters of very hot water. Clean the windows with a soft cloth, and use a squeegee to wipe as you go. For the dishes: Black soap can very well replace dish soap; pour a few drops of soap on a sponge, and rub your dishes. It is very effective on very dirty pans and deep fryers!
5 / How to recognize real Aleppo soap?
Aleppo soap has many properties. Its success has led some manufacturers to make counterfeits that are more profitable, but of poor quality. Here is how to recognize real Aleppo soap. Its shape: Aleppo soap is always solid, and is in the shape of a cube or parallelepiped, the edges of which are irregular since they are cut in an artisanal way. Its color: The exterior color of this soap is brown or beige, it depends on the drying time, the date of manufacture, and the oil used. The center of the soap, on the other hand, is green due to the presence of chlorophyll. Its smell: Real Aleppo soap has a pungent odor; if not, it's not real soap. Its stamp: Aleppo soaps are all stamped with an Arabic logo, which is rarely the case with counterfeits.