Hot Process Soap by shelikesspring 3


I’m not sure exactly what you are looking for regarding the Hot Process Soap submission, nor have I ever written any blog.

So here it goes – toss it if you need to. 🙂

I’m very new to Hot Process soap making and fairly new to soap making in general.

My first attempt at it is shown below.

This was intended to be a lavender soap with a white base and purple swirl along with pink accents.

Obviously, this did not turn out as I had hoped. When I first took it out of the mold, it looked hideous.

After hacking away, it has turned out – well, looks are so subjective.

My second attempt is next.

Ack! More colorant issues! Despite what it looks like, there aren’t any lye pockets – I tested it with Phenolphthalein. This soap is scented with vanilla – thus the brown areas. What was I thinking?!

My third attempt –

Yep, that’s right. It ended up in the garbage. Dried up. I tried to do a 1-lb batch which was just too small for this crock pot and for my skill level.

The fourth attempt is shown below.

This soap is more of what I was looking for. The bottom layer has no additives. The second layer has honey and oatmeal. The third layer has just oatmeal, and the last layer is just honey (note the lack of colorant:-)).

There is no fragrance in this batch other than the additives.

Indeed, I do plan on venturing forth with colorants – all in good time. It’s nice to be able to use the soap almost right away. And I like finding out my mistakes quickly as well.

The moral of the pictures – as it is with Cold Process, there will always be
surprises. 🙂

Thanks for reading,


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About Andee

Director of Happiness. I'm a thirty-something soap snob. I've grown up with handmade soaps, and I love them! I really like making lotions, soaps, and perfumes. I adore mixing scents to come up with something new. My favorite scent is either Wicked or Cotton Candy. I tend to hoard fragrances, I even have an Earl Grey Tea from the MMS catalog. I won't tell you how old it is, but it sure is good!

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3 thoughts on “Hot Process Soap by shelikesspring

  • patti_56

    I am so glad you shared the pictures,but most of all,I am so happy that you shared your expirements with making HP soap with us that have no clue about the process-until now!:0)

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  • jaspersgarden

    I’m really impressed with your 1st attempt! WOW ~ a 2 color swirl! That’s impressive!! I think you are doing a good job with your colorants! I even like your 2nd attempt – brown and all – it’s really pretty!

    What are you using for a mold?

    Kathy ;o)

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  • sincerelyemily

    I know nothing about HP soap making, so this is nice to learn from. I really like the color mix in your 1st (2nd and 4th too) batch, but I wasn’t making it or having the expectations you where. thanks for sharing. Emily

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