Accurate measurements are a must with soap making
Using a good scale is very important.
If you are starting out making small batches of soap you could use a small kitchen scale, but if you are planning on doing this as a business you will want to invest in a larger scale.
The scale pictured above hold up to 11 pounds. It works very well for larger batches of soap, and has a stainless steel bowl for measuring your oils in.
It is important that the scale you choose is able to give you weight in grams, ounces and pounds, as you will use these basic measurements in soap making.
When buying a scale – which is an absolute must in soap making and probably one of the most important items you purchase.
Be sure that it has a good digital reading and I find it is best to get one that can run on battery as well as being plugged in. For the most part I have mine plugged in, but it’s nice to be able to move it if need be and use the battery function
Getting a scale that can weight ounces, pounds and grams is a good idea because when you mix your water/lye solution the water is usually measured in ounces and the lye in grams.
Keeping your measuring to one system will help when making soap, but keep in mind that your Olive oil will come in liquid ounces and your coconut and palm oils will come in solid measurements like pounds.
I have created all my recipes to grams other than the water, which is measured in fluid ounces.
Having a scale that measures in grams is especially handy if you plan on making your own lotions and face creams.
The ingredients in these must be pretty precise as there can be a big difference between 1.1 and 1.2 ounces of beeswax, when can end up with a cream that is way to hard or to runny.
The scale pictured below is the one I have. I just love it!
I have been using the Escali 136DK Digital Scale for over 7 years now and have no complaints.
I use it for measuring soap and for when I’m making lotions, bath salts and balms.
It doesn’t have the stainless bowl like the CUISINART which is probably the only thing that could be added to the product.
One thing is for sure in soap making. You need a good accurate scale.
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