Making handmade soap has grown increasingly popular in recent years. Some consumers are learning the benefits of taking calculated precautions when manufacturing soap. We're also all aware of the harsh chemicals used in most store-bought soaps. People have also started embracing the do-it-yourself (DIY) lifestyle made popular by social media and internet knowledge.
Soap manufacturing gives you control over your skincare regimen by allowing you to customize your soap with your favorite components. If you are a newbie to soap making, we are sure you would have many questions about hot process soap making. In this post, we will clear all your doubts and walk you through a step-by-step hot process soapmaking procedure.
What is hot process soap making?
First, let's talk about the hot process of soap making. In this process Soap is heated externally until it reaches the gel phase, then poured into the mold as part of this procedure.
In about 24 hours, most hot process soap will be cooled and ready to unmould and cut. The longer it rests, the harder and better it becomes, just like any bar of store-bought soap.
Benefits Of Hot Process Soap Making
The hot process has a "rustic" or "more traditional" aspect in design, with little to no room for swirling or elaborate motifs. On the other hand, many soapmakers choose the Hot process because of its rapid turnaround time; many soaps prepared using this technique can be ready to use in as little as a single day! Read on to learn about the many more benefits of hot process soap making.
FASTER CURE TIME
When it comes to hot process soapmaking, faster curing is an advantage that many people are aware of. Hot process soaps are entirely saponified before being poured into the mold, but they must be allowed to solidify before being packaged. The length of time depends on how much water you use in your recipes. Two weeks of curing time are more than enough for the usual hot process soaps, and that's a lot shorter than the normal four to six weeks for a cold process cure!
IT IS SIMPLE
Making soap with the hot process is an old and traditional method. Nonetheless, it accomplishes its goal by nourishing and hydrating your skin. It permits natural components to be preserved since the chemical reaction transforms them into soap and glycerin. The saponification process takes place earlier before adding all other skin-nourishing chemicals.
IT'S WAY MORE NUTRITIOUS FOR THE SKIN
Hot process soaps are much more nutritious to the skin because of the lye and oil blend. Hot process soap cleanses, nourishes, moisturizes, and hydrates your skin just as a good soap should. Handmade hot process soap offers a thick, creamy lather and moisturizing effect.
CLEAN UP PROCESS IS VERY EASY
When opposed to cold process soapmaking, cleaning up after hot process soapmaking is a breeze. You can combine everything and soak it for 15 minutes in the biggest container you've used. Rinse, drain, and repeat! Because hot process soap is entirely saponified, there is no greasy residue to wipe off like cold process soap. In production soaping, time is money, and a quick clean-up is efficient!
Method Of Hot Process Soap Making
You'll need a few items before starting your first heat processing project. This tutorial will look at how to make hot process soap in a crock pot. The following items are required:
Ingredients Required For Hot Process Soaps
- 295 ml Olive Oil
- 590 ml Coconut Oil
- 265 ml distilled water
- 140 ml 100% pure lye
- Essential oils for scent (optional)
- Digital scale
- Safety gear (safety glasses, long sleeves, gloves)
- Stick blender
- Non-metal dishes and utensils
Hot Process Soap Making Process
- 1. To begin, Firstly measure the olive and coconut oils in a measuring cup. Put the coconut oil in the slow cooker and turn it on to start melting it. (Alternatively, you may melt it on the stovetop in a pot to speed up the process.
- 2. Measure out the remaining ingredients like the olive oil, by weighing each on the digital scale beforehand.
- 3. Before you begin handling the lye, ensure you have all your safety equipment (eye protection, gloves, and long sleeves).
- 4. Add the olive oil to the crockpot once the coconut oil has completely melted, and allow it to combine and warm up.
- 5. Next, the lye and water have to be mixed up. Ensure you're doing this in a well-ventilated area, as the lye will react with the water and generate fumes. Doing it with a chimney is generally advisable.
- 6. Slowly pour the lye into the water while stirring constantly. Make sure you don't pick up the water container without gloves or an oven mitt since the chemical reaction will proceed rapidly, and the liquid will heat up.
- 7. Add the lye to the melted oils in the crockpot once it has completely dissolved in the water (continue to stir until this happens gently). Slowly work your way through this while stirring the soap mixture.
- 8. Take out your stick blender now. With your stick blender, stir and combine the ingredients, and you'll see how rapidly it thickens and blends together.
- 9. We're expecting it to arrive at "trace." Your soap mixture will have the consistency of pudding and keep its shape when you drop some on top, so you'll know it's happened.
- 10. The tricky part is over after tracing has occurred! Cover the crockpot with the lid, set the timer for 50 minutes, and cook the mixture on LOW.
- 11. While you don't have to babysit the crock, you should keep an eye on it to ensure it doesn't overflow.
- 12. While waiting, prepare your other ingredients (essential oils) and line your soap molds with parchment paper (if using a silicone mold, omit this step). (See below)
- 13. After the 50 minutes elapsed, test the soap to ensure that the lye has completely reacted with the oils and that no lye remains in the mixture.
If you're adding any additives, turn off the crockpot and let the mixture settle for a few minutes before adding any essential oils. Fill the mold with the soap mixture, pressing it into all corners and smoothing out the top as much as possible. Allow it to cure for 12 to 24 hours, or until it is totally dry. (In most cases, an overnight stay is sufficient.)
Remove the soap from the mold, cut it into bars, and let it cure for another day or so to harden up a little more. It's now ready to use. You produced your soap! Isn't it incredible?!
The hot process technique of soap manufacture creates an almost ready-to-use bar and is a simple way for people who are just getting started. Don't give up if your first batch isn't precisely " what you're looking for." After a few attempts, you'll have your formula down and the procedure perfected. The ingredients required for this procedure are readily available and can be purchased on our website.
FAQ Hot Process Soap Making
Q1. What type of mold will I need for HP?
Ans. Silicone molds are the best for this process.
Q2. What type of colorants can I use with my HP?
Ans. Because the color is added when the pH of the soap is between 8 and 10, you can use a broader spectrum of hues, including FD&C colorants (which generally turn brown in the presence of lye), micas, oxides, ultramarines, glitter, herbs, and spices.
Q3. What type of fragrances and essential oils can I use in my HP?
Ans. Hot Process Soap making is a little fluffier than regular Cold Process and other homemade soaps, and it absorbs scents quite well. This means that you can easily add your favorite essential oils and fragrance oils.