Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Hot Process Soap Making

I love making cold process soap but hate waiting 24-48 hours to cut the finished soap into bars, then another four to six weeks for it to cure before it is ready to use. That's why I was so excited when my sweet sister-in-law, SeDonna, offered to introduce me to hot process soap making. Incorporating heat significantly reduces cure time.
Ready to go! 
Using a recipe SeDonna concocted, we melted our oils in a crock pot, added lye water, and let the combination to cook. Within minutes, our soap was bubbling away.


Soon, it started turning in on itself.


It didn't take long for the mixture reached the "mashed potato stage," indicating saponification was complete.


Using phenolphthalein , we tested to make sure the mixture was no longer lye heavy; magenta indicates the presence of lye, but our soap tested clear.


Then we added patchouli and citrus essential oils for fragrance and sea salt for its exfoliating properties.


Finally, we poured our finished soap into a parchment paper lined mold

It's an empty Velveeta cheese box!
and less than an hour later cut it into bars, ready for immediate use.


There are lots of soap making tutorials on the internet; HERE is one you might start with. But be warned: soap making is highly addictive! If you don't believe me, ask SeDonna! 

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