Making Cold Process Soap at Room Temperature?

Yes, this can be done and it is actually easier than the usual way of making cold process soap!  Check out the tutorial here.

I’ve been wanting to try some new techniques, but couldn’t settle on what color or scents to use.  Never one to take things one step at a time, I have combined several things in this one tutorial.  As the title says, it covers how to make soap at room temperature.  This is a great idea for those who want to use cold process, but don’t have a way to measure its temperature throughout its cooking time. I’ve also been wanting to make goat’s milk soap, but was intimidated by the need to be extra-careful with temperature control.  Violà, one recipe that allows me to try both techniques at the same time! AND… who can stand waiting 6 weeks to find out how his/her soap turned out?  Not me!!  I’d been reading up on Oven Processing, to speed up curing time. It’s easy to do, but complicated to determine whether its right for a particular soap’s content and style.  Anyway, you guessed it, this recipe will let us try all 3 of these techniques in one batch of soap.

How did I pick the color and scent of the soap we will use?  Well, I have a few friends sampling my Fall Soaps. Someone asked why the pumpkin soap wasn’t orange…

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(it’s the soap at the top left of the picture.)  To her, it looked green.  You probably don’t want me to get into the “why,” but it made the perfect excuse to try out another pumpkin spice recipe!

Want to see how? You don’t have to scroll to the top, the link to the tutorial is copied here.

Happy Soaping!!

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P.S.  Did you want to know why the first soap wasn’t orange? Good question!  And an easy answer… I use organic ingredients in my soap.  The olive oil is extra virgin olive oil, which tends to have a green tinge.  Why?  Because it isn’t processed and it’s as close to the natural olive as any oil you can get.  Given this is soap, there was a LOT more olive oil in the soap as pumpkin purée (5 times, actually).  I’m not surprised she could see the greenish tinge come through.

Luckily, there are a number of techniques to add color to soap naturally.  Sure, they won’t be as bright as the commercial soap we can buy, but that’s because we’re not using artificial ingredients.  😉  And since I wanted to test making soap at room temperature, this was a great opportunity to add some of those natural ingredients to create an orange-er pumpkin soap too!

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