Hopelessly Devoted to Soaping

Hopelessly Devoted to Soaping

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Maiden Voyage into HP

This is my very first attempt at hot process soaping.  I needed to have a few new batches ready in a as short a time as possible, so I tried it last night.  It's an unusual process to adapt to if you're used to doing cold process.  But, very efficient!  I had this 2 lb batch of lavender soap in the mold and cleaned up in about an hour.  The only drawback for me is the lack swirling, etc.  I'd bet with practice layering could be accomplished down the road. The top seemed like alligator scales and I was afraid it would crumble, but it didn't.  I even scraped the pot down and had a big "dragon's egg" sized soap ball, too!

"Dragon's Egg"
All in all I think I will be able to incorporate HP into my routine recipes, like oatmeal and shaving soap that don't have colors added.   Tonight I did a 1 lb batch of mineral mud soap.  Typically I swirl with titanium dioxide but couldn't do it on this.  I'm excited to cut it tomorrow and see how it turned out.

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