I belong to so many different Soap Groups on Facebook. It is great to talk to others through out the world who share the same passion with me. We are always getting ideas from each other and learning new tricks of the trade. A couple of days ago I joined a Liquid Soap group. You see I have had the ingredients at home for over a year in the back of the cupboard in my soap making room still in the original postage box from one of my suppliers on the Sunshine Coast. Late yesterday it was finally out of the box and ready for usage.
Anyway at my home I own two slowcookers. One for food which I rarely use and one for soap making which is over used. Yesterday it came out for usage.
First of all I had to mix the Potassium Hydroxide with the water. Yes I know its a chemical but guess what if you don't use it you can't make soap. Even in bar soap you need Sodium Hydroxide. If you don't use it all you have is a bucket of fat. All soap has to be made with it.
Any soap maker or retailer that you buy your soap from says they don't use it is a liar. But just remember when you buy your soap there is no trace of it in your soap.
I don't have a photo of me mixing the Pot Hydroxide to the water but it really made a crackling noise. After this process I left the bucket in a safe place and then turned on the crockpot on high and started melting down the oils.
|Stirring with the stick blender.|
Now this blending and walking away I did for quiet some time. About 30 minutes until I felt it was thick enough.
Scrap down the sides of the bowl so it doesn't burn.
After awhile it starts to look like meringue. Its all foamy and full of air.
|Really foamy like meringue .|
Now after about 1-2 hours it is starting to turn into a paste consistency. You must be careful it doesn't burn so keep scrapping down the sides and stirring.
|Drying out and starting to come to a paste.|
At this stage it did have a few burnt bits. Even after years of soap making this is my first attempt at liquid soap so I accepted that it wouldn't be perfect. All I did was remove the burnt bits.