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Super fating, Super what?

I am sure many of you are wondering what super fating is and why we are even talking about it. Let me give you a little soap making history. soap-makingTraditionally soap was made from animal fat and lye, very much like we make ours today. The biggest difference was in the type of lye and the amount of fat being used. Traditional lye was made from the ashes from a fire and water. The ash was put into a tub of water and left to sit. After the ash was filtered out this left you with a lye water of sorts. The lye water was then added to fat to make the soap. The problem was it was difficult to measure the amount of lye in the water and soapers could end up with a bar that would burn skin. Today soapers can purchase lye specifically for making soap. It has a known and measurable amount of lye and when combined with a digital scale ensures that you get a safe bar of soap every time. saop-2This is where super fating comes in. Super fating creates a user error buffer. Soap recipes today are created to have 5% to 10% more fat than they need just to make sure that the bar has no chance to burn someones skin. It also ensures that there is just enough extra oils to moisturize your skin. Super fating and high quality fats and oils are one of the reasons Little Red Hen’s soaps are so great for your skin.

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