There is hot process and cold process. Hot process soap is cooked — crockpot, in pot on stove, in pot on woodstove. Cooking the soap cures the soap as it is cooked — you can use the soap as soon as it is hard. Cold process is simply that. After the oils and lye have been combined and brought to a trace, it is poured into molds until hard, removed from the molds, and then left to cure in the open for 4 – 6 weeks.
There are many recipes available all around the internet. I use SoapCalc to create my recipes. You can enter the oils you have on hand, how much soap you want to make, and it gives you the recipe in grams or ounces. To me it looks like a chemistry list! It also gives you the qualities of the soap you are making — how well it is as a cleanser, the hardness, how sudsy, how moisturizing. This takes a huge headache out of the way!
I decided on the hot process method. Maybe a little A.D.D….I just couldn’t wait 4-6 weeks to try my first bar of soap. Then I chose the crockpot method. It’s almost like putting your dinner in the crockpot. Put everything in, turn on low, cover and let cook. If it looks like it’s going to boil over, simply stir down.
Gather all supplies
Recipe in hand
Computer right next to me with Adventure With The Sage crockpot tutorial
so I could follow step by step
The mold is lined with freezer paper and all ready before beginning. John made me this mold with hinged sides so the soap can be released easier.
Soap is cooked, ready to pour!
Soap is poured into the mold. With the hot process method, the top has a rough texture. I really like this, a rustic, simple look.
Look at the suds!
After the soap has hardened for about 8 hours, slice, and let dry on a screen for a few hours. John also built me this guillotine style slicer…..this helps to keep the bars real close in weights.
SOAP!!!!! And I no longer need lotion……..another savings!!!
I do have to put this disclaimer…….Real soap is made with lye. Combining oils and lye together is what makes soap. Plain and simple. Working with lye could be dangerous. Protect yourself with safety goggles and gloves. I haven’t had a problem, but I will always practice safety!
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