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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Macadamia Nut Oil
Also known as Queensland nut oil, obtained from the nut of the tree. Used as an emollient in soaps and cosmetics.

Mango Butter
Expeller pressed and refined from the fruit kernels. Used as a base ingredient or as an added emollient in cosmetics.

Marseille Soap
Savon de Marseille. A traditional vegetable oil soap made around Marseille, France, since the 14th century.

Melt & Pour Soap
M&P is a method of handcrafting soap by melting a ready made soap base, adding fragrances and shaping using molds.

Melting Point
The temperature at which a solid becomes a liquid.

A process during commercial manufacturing where the soap is blended with fragrance, colorants and other ingredients using mechanical rollers.

Mineral Oil
A refined synthetic petroleum based oil. Widely used in commercial cosmetics. Mineral oil creates a barrier and interferes with the skins normal functions. A poor choice for skin care preparations.

Material Safety Data Sheet. Provided by the manufacturer or distributor to define the health, safety and fire risks associated with products that are considered hazardous.

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