Glossary for the Modern Soap Maker

Soap makers glossary of terms, definitions and acronyms.

A collection of terms, definitions and acronyms related to the art of soap making.


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Carrier Oil
A vegetable or nut base oil used to dilute essential oils prior to the application on your skin.

A region in Spain known for producing olive oil based soaps in the 13th century. Today, a soap made with 100% olive oil is loosely referred to as a Castile soap.

Castor Bean Oil
Derived from the beans of the plant, castor oil is also used medicinally.

Caustic Potash
See potassium hydroxide.

Caustic Soda
See sodium hydroxide.

A dealer of specific goods, a tallow chandler is a maker and seller of candles and soap.

Citric Acid
A natural acidic ingredient extracted from citrus and other acidic fruits such as pineapples. Used as a flavoring and preservative in foods and beverages; also used in bath products.

See Grapefruit Seed Extract.

Cocoa Butter
Obtained from the cocoa bean, high in unsaponifiables with a chocolate scent.

Coconut Oil
The semisolid fat obtained from the meat of the coconut. Used in soap making, it contributes hardness and lather.

Cold Kettle
See cold process.

Cold Pressed
The process in which oils are extracted under mechanical pressure at low temperatures, typically less than 125░ Fahrenheit.

Cold Process
A method of soap making without utilizing any external heat source.

Tends to aggravate or produce acne.

A thick, fragrant material extracted from a botanical base through solvent extraction. Contains the essential oils, fatty acids and wax from the plant base.

Continuous Process
A modern method of commercial soap making in which saponification takes place under pressure. Allows for the addition of base ingredients throughout the soap making process.

The dried flesh or meat from a coconut from which coconut oil is derived.

Used by the cosmetics industry to refer to cosmetic products that have medicinal or drug-like benefits. This term is not recognized by the FDA.

Product applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance without affecting the body's structure or functions.

Cosmetic Grade
Refers to the approval for use in cosmetics, such as colorants, dyes or fragrance oils which will come into direct contact with your skin.

Crock Pot Hot Process. A method of soap making utilizing the heat from an electric crock pot during the soap making process.

Cruelty Free
Not tested on animals.

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