Sugar and Bubbles – what’s the story?

Many soap makers add sugar, honey, or molasses to increase the bubbles in their soaps. So why does it work? Well, it’s a long chemistry related answer, but the short version is that when the sugar interacts with the particles of soap and the oxygen in the air to create larger bubbles. Sometimes those larger bubbles break into smaller bubbles and this can cause an increase in lather, or a more dense lather.

Sometimes this is desired in a soap designed for shaving, or it can be used to just increase bubbles in a soap recipe that doesn’t intrinsically have a lot of bubbles in it due to its makeup.

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