We all know what fat is. And we all know what alcohol is. But how about a fatty alcohol?
Chemically speaking there isn’t much difference between a fat and an oil.
Saponification is the base promoted hydroysis of an ester to produce an alcohol and the sodium salt of that acid.
I thought I would do a series of blog entries on chemistry concepts that are important to the cosmetics crafter. But before we get started, if you are planning on making your products ‘chemical free’ I suggest you think otherwise. Our bodies themselves are composed of chemicals and everything we put in or on our body is composed of chemicals. With some knowledge of chemistry we can find out which of these chemicals are safe, effective and actually good for us.