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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Prefix used to designate the approved use in drugs and cosmetics, such as D&C Red#7.

Double Boiler Hot Process. Hot process soap making using a double boiler to apply heat during processing.

A tea or infusion brewed from hard plant material such as bark and roots.

The process in which odoriferous matter is removed from an oil or fat.

A petroleum based surfactant other than soap. Developed during WWII when soap making oils were scarce.

Direct Heat Hot Process. Hot process soap making utilizing externally applied heat during processing.

Dreaded Orange Spots. Small dark orange spots radiating to yellow occurring on the surface of cold processed soap. The primary cause is thought to be unsaponified oils turning rancid.

Discounted Water Cold Process. A cold process method of soap making utilizing a lower percentage of water in the formula for a stronger lye solution.

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