Hot Pressed Soap

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Earlier this year, I posted about making soap using the melt and pour method. Well, I am happy to say that the hubs and I made soap differently this time. We made hot pressed soap and cold pressed soap! Because coal pressed soap takes a few weeks to cure, I am dedicating this post to the hot pressed method.

I’ve been wanting to make this type of soap for a while and my family really gave me a push. As I’ve stated before, there are many skin sensitivities in my family. While I normally buy two different types of soap for us all, I really wanted to learn how to make my own with a bit more moisture. Like many people, I was nervous about working with lye, but the hubs was not; therefore, we teamed up and got the job done.

The recipe that I used was from The Prairie Homestead, but just know that I did tweak it. Like my recipes, I often look at the main directions of a recipe and then, as my mother would say, “doctor it up.” So, I’ll list all of the ingredients that I used to create this version of soap. The ones with the star beside an ingredient serves as my addition.

Now, there are some tools you’ll want to have.

  • Immersion Blender
  • Metal bowl or Pyrex Bowl
  • Soap Molds
  • Digital Scale
  • Durable Gloves (don’t want lye solution to touch your skin)
  • Goggles (good to have just in case)
  • Crockpot (we’re cooking the soap in this)

Ingredients

  • 10 oz Olive Oil
  • 20 oz Coconut Oil
  • 9 oz Distilled Water
  • 4.78 oz of Pure Lye
  • 1 oz of Shea butter*
  • 0.5 oz of Castor Oil*
  • 0.5 oz of Aloe Vera Gel*
  • 0.25 oz of Vitamin E Oil*
  • 1 oz of Jojoba Oil* (I used my infused oil)
  • 1 oz of beeswax*

Directions

  • Measure all of your ingredients. I measured mine in separate containers. In a crockpot, pour in your oils to melt completely. Once they are melted, blend your lye and your water in a metal bowl or pyrex bowl.

*Disclaimer: Every soap making article that I have ever read said to pour the lye into the water, not the other way around. This was supposed to prevent a volcano like situation from occurring. My husband (former engineer) was dead set against this and said to pour the water slowly into the lye. So, I let him and (at least for us) nothing crazy happened. No heavy fumes occurred and nothing boiled over-thank goodness. Everything blended beautifully. This is not to say that the other way is wrong, but this is simply an admission hat we did this step differently.

Pudding like Soap
  • Stir the lye and water solution until the lye is dissolved. Then, slowly pour the mixture into the crockpot with the other ingredients.
  • Fun part: Get out that immersion blender and start pulsing the mixture. Don’t do this fast. You’ll keep blending until the mixture resembles a pudding like substance.
  • Once it resembles pudding, put the cover on the crockpot and let everything cook on low for about 50 minutes. *Multiple posts also say that the soap may puff up and you’ll need to stir it to deflate it. We had to do this twice and then everything was calm.
  • After 50 minutes of cooking, the mixture should no longer look opaque. My version actually looked like a gemstone color to me.
  • Next, pour the mixture into your soap mold. This mixture was enough to fill one soap mold.
  • Let everything cool for 12-24 hours. Cut and use.
Soap

We absolutely love the results! The lather is great and there’s no one is scratching their skin after using this soap. It’s also pretty moisturizing. In a few weeks, I’ll post our cold pressed soap recipe.

Happy Crafting!

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