Back To Basics Cold Process Quiz!

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Back To Basics Cold Process Quiz!

Test your basic cold process soaping knowledge with this fun Back to Basics Cold Process Quiz. Once you have finished the quiz, you will receive a Making Milk Soap E-Book via email along with a Soap Queen Cold Process Master Certificate!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    How should lye and water be mixed together?
    • A. 

      Doesn't matter.

    • B. 

      Add the lye to the water slowly.

    • C. 

      Add the water to the lye slowly.

    • D. 

      Dump all the lye into the water.

  • 2. 
    Safety gear (goggles, gloves, long sleeves and pants) should be worn throughout the entire soapmaking process.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 3. 
    What does "trace" refer to in soapmaking?
    • A. 

      Trace is the point in the soap making process when oils and lye water have emulsified and the mixture begin to thicken.

    • B. 

      Trace is the point in the soap making process when oils and lye water will separate.

    • C. 

      Trace is the copy of an image or drawing.

    • D. 

      Trace is the point in the soap making process when the soap has fully hardened.

  • 4. 
    What most likely happened to this soap, to cause soda ash on top?
    • A. 

      The soap got extremely hot.

    • B. 

      The soap was not insulated or sprayed with 99% alcohol.

    • C. 

      The soap did not fully emulsify.

    • D. 

      The fragrance oil is what causes soda ash.

  • 5. 
    Butters and hard oils cause soap to reach a thick trace faster than liquid oils. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    What does "gel phase" do to cold process soap?
    • A. 

      Gel phase causes the soap to saponify.

    • B. 

      Gel phase causes colors to look dull and lackluster.

    • C. 

      Gel phase gives soap a shiny, more translucent appearance. It also helps colors to appear brighter.

    • D. 

      Gel phase has no effect on cold process soap.

  • 7. 
    What are the most preferred soapmaking temperatures? 
    • A. 

      120-130 degrees F, no matter what the recipe.

    • B. 

      120-130 degrees F. But, it will depend on the recipe!

    • C. 

      50-60 degrees F.

    • D. 

      200-200 degrees F.

  • 8. 
    How long (in general) should cold process soap stay in the mold? How long does it need to cure?
    • A. 

      Unmold after 3-4 days. Cure for 4-6 weeks.

    • B. 

      Unmold after 3 hours. Cure for 1-2 weeks.

    • C. 

      Unmold after 4-6 weeks. Cure for 3-4 days.

    • D. 

      Unmold after 7-10 days. Cure for 1-2 weeks.

  • 9. 
    Sodium lactate can be added to lye solution to help soap harden faster. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    Olive Oil, coconut oil and palm oil are considered the three most common soapmaking oils. Each give cold process soap different properties. What are they?
    • A. 

      Coconut oil is green, palm oil is yellow and olive oil is clear.

    • B. 

      Olive oil is cleansing, coconut oil is firm and palm oil is gentle.

    • C. 

      Olive oil and palm oil are soft, coconut oil is firm.

    • D. 

      Olive oil is gentle, coconut oil is cleansing and palm oil is firm.