While at the National Soaper's Conference in Indianapolis, I passed my test and gained my Advanced Soap certification.
The Advanced Certification required both a written test and submission of a bar of soap and focused on troubleshooting when "soapmaking goes bad", good manufacturing practices and labeling laws.
Now you may wonder why I need to be certified - don't I just follow a recipe? Yes, but...
The certification process tests that we understand the science behind it.
How much lye should be used?
Take the SAP values of coconut, palm, and olive oils to be 256.5, 199.5, and 190 milligram KOH/gram oil, respectively. Consider a soap to be produced from 100 grams of coconut oil, 300 grams of palm oil, and 300 grams of olive oil. How many grams of NaOH should be used to saponify this oil using a 3% lye discount? (Round your answer down to the nearest whole gram.)
I still occasionally have failed batches and always trying to figure out what went wrong or how to correct.
What happened to that soap?
While cutting the soap into bars, the soapmaker discovers the soap is softer in some areas and firmer in others. What may have happened?
Used too much fragrance
Used too much water
Didn't use enough sodium hydroxide (lye)
Poured the soap into the mold too soon
To formulate new recipes, I need to understand the properties that different oils will provide
What properties does Ricinoleic Acid contribute to soap?
It can be irritating to the skin.
It provides a hard bar but with little lather.
It is very conditioning and has a fluffy stable lather.
It provides a hard bar with quick lather.
The questions above were similar to what was on the actual exam. It definitely was not a simple true/false test! But there's one more reason why attaining my certification was important!
I love my customers!
I want to provide you the highest quality, safest products on the market by -
Adhering to all federal laws governing soaps, cosmetics, and labeling.
Implementing good manufacturing practices to not only provide you a quality product but also to streamline processes allowing the business to be sustainable and "stick around"
Never stopping push myself to learn more and keep up with industry knowledge and trends