December 2013

Hot Process Soapmaking


Hot Process Soapmaking

My favorite recipe for a wonderful goat milk soap.

Liquids

Goat's milk 23 to 34 fluid ounces frozen.

Warning: Always add your solid form sodium hydroxide lye to the milk. If the liquid were added to the solid form lye a violent reaction could result.

Fats and Oils

Avocado Oil  16 oz

Cocoa Butter 8 oz

Coconut Oil 16 oz

Palm Kernel Oil  16 oz

Soybean Oil 16 oz

Lard 20 oz

Lye

Lye (NaOH) 13 oz

Coconut & Palm Kernel Oils makes good lather.

 

Measure all Fats and Oils and put them in a Crockpot or slow cooker. Turn on to @300 to melt everything.

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Line your molds with butcher paper so that the soap won't stick. I have one soap mold to the left and the thing on the right is a bamboo silverware holder that works great also.

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Measure out your essential oils. I've got 3 oz each of Frankincense and Myrrh. Another favorite variation is Peppermint & Tea Tree soap - for it measure out 2 oz tea tree essential oil, 2 oz peppermint essential oil, 1 oz squash blossom essential oil and 1 oz lavender essential oil. This bar will wake you up in the morning since the peppermint oil makes you skin tingle.

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Gather together frozen goat soap, something to measure lye into, NaOH and gloves. I keep a dedicated containers, spoons and gloves for this. 

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Measure out your 13 oz of lye. I prefer to do this outside, but if it's cold and windy like today I do it in the kitchen.

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Like I said before, these containers are only used for making soap.

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Add the lye to the frozen goat's milk. If you want to speed things up, microwave the milk for a minute until you can cut a crossways into quarters.

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Otherwise the lye will slowly melt the goat's milk.

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The goat's milk will darken to a nice honey brown with the lye in it.

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All the solids have melted and are ready for the goat's milk.

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Add the lye/goat's milk to them carefully so as to not splash the lye. I pour it to the back with it facing away from me.

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You can stir by hand or speed things up by using a hand mixer.

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It will start to look like oatmeal.

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Then the oil will start separating back out.

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Keep stirring and mixing.

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 You are looking for a shiney mashed potato consistency. 

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Then it will quickly get thick and hard to stir. Quickly add your oils and incorporate well.

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Then quickly stir into molds. Don't half fill one and then come back and add to it - this will separate into layers. Fill one completely then move on to the next.

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Smooth with the back of a spoon or spatula. I like the very artisanal look of them when they are not perfect. I needed one more than I papered for - hopefully I can get that one out. We'll see, it would be geat if you didn't have to paper them since it is a pain...

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Let sit for a few days then cut into bars.

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 Tye a little twine around them and they make great gifts.

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