July 2, 2017
Most often I make something called cold process soap. It’s called cold process because it doesn’t require any cooking in an oven or pot. All of the cooking comes from a lye and liquid solution that heats the oils and turns them into soap. Lye solution is very caustic and hot (up to 200 degrees), so to be safe from lye splatters I cover up my skin with long nitrile gloves, long and snug sleeves, long pants, and shoes that cover my feet. And I always where goggles or a face shield. If you look at soap making videos on YouTube, you’ll notice that most soapers wear short gloves and far too many have their cell phone, dogs, and kids near by. No bueno!
A little lye splash usually doesn’t do too much damage, but I hate to stop what I’m doing to wash it off. It’s possible to get something called a lye volcano if you mix the lye with liquids that heat up quickly (milks, and anything sugary). Lye volcanos happen very quickly and can burn your skin badly. So cover up for safety. Posting a video of soap making without properly protecting yourself influences others to develop unsafe soaping practices.
All it takes is one splatter on bar skin to take you to the faucet to wash it off. In the meantime, the soap batter gets thicker and harder to work with. This one also has some bracelets to drag through the caustic raw soap batter. These can get tarnished by the raw soap and drag through a carefully made design.
Not glamorous, but I’ve got it covered. I’ve occasionally had small splatters on my face. I now wear a see-though face shield from OP-D-OP instead of goggles.