Hot Process Soap Making
What I've discovered
When I began making hot process soap I did so using the familiar crock pot method. Putting the oils into the crock pot and heating them before adding the lye and bringing to trace. Next, I put the the lid on to reduce loss of water and waited while it did its thing.
A good although I found it to be very long winded and time consuming. When it was ready the batter was always thick, and I was very tempted to go back to the cold process method. Surely there was a quicker way and a way to make it more fluid, and there was!
After checking out umpteen tutorials the method used appeared to be the same. So, I turned back to cold process, but my customers wanted the hot process 'cos it looked rugged, pretty and looked like cake, they told me.
Then one day while perusing the net who should I find online? Tina Moenck and her method of fluid hot process soap. Magic!! I shot into the kitchen switched on the crock pot and the rest is, as they say, history.
It was so much quicker and it was so FLUID. I made heaps, some with beautiful swirls others plain and so on but all with that familiar rugged looking top. I was so happy!
"Thank you so much Tina!!"
But hang on . . .
Hadn't I seen an online video on YouTube made by The Goat Milk Soap Store where they used their stick blender from start to finish!
Okay, let's give it a go, and I'm so glad I did. Hot process soap made in minutes.
So here's what I do . . .
I follow Tina Moencks method by getting my oils to around 170 drgrees F. At that point I mix up my lye, having added to it the sugar and sodium lactate, and in it goes without waiting for it to cool . Once my lye is in I stick blend to trace and beyond. As I stick blend I do check the temperature now and then when I stop to clean the sides of the bowl, but thats it. I continue stick blending the batter into and past the apple sauce stage and continue until reaches the mashed potato stage which is where I stop as the temperature will be 200 degreesF plus and I will see the batter begin to move!
Switching off the crock pot I lift the bowl out before whisking the batter down as it trys to climb out of the pot. As I whisk and whisk the batter gradually changes to a smooth creamy texture, bit like a custard.
Finally . . .
When the temperature has dropped to around 190 degrees F (in the case of the lanolin soap I was making this morning, I added the lanolin) in goes my yoghurt and I allow the batter to rest for a couple of minutes (couldn't do longer, tooo impatient!)
At 170-180 degrees F. I added the colours and then the fragrance before spooning my lovely soft, silky smooth, fluid batter into its molds.
When I'm not adding anything like lanolin, or other heat senstives, I simply add the yoghurt, colours and finally fragrance before pouring the fluid batter into the molds.
The Goat Milk Soap Store have been making their fluid hot process soap like this for over thirty years! You just need to watch your batter once you pass the apple sauce stage as it will becvome mashed potato in seconds!
Quick, easy, and very enjoyable. Why not give it a try? I made two loaves of Apple Cider Vinegar shampoo this morning and having heated my oils in the microwave they went straight in the crock pot. Then I added the hot lye and began to stick blend. 4 minutes later I had mashed potatoe!
This method is for experienced soaper's only.