Bath + Beauty crockpot hot-process soap

Published on March 21st, 2011 | by Julie Finn

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How-to: Make Crockpot Hot-Process Soap

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crockpot hot-process soapCold-process soap is probably every soaper’s preferred method, but if I need a batch of soap in just a couple of weeks instead of six, or if I’m too intrigued by a new recipe or essential oil to wait out that long curing time, then it won’t be long before I’m setting up my crockpot.

Before you make crockpot hot-process soap with me, you need to have your own recipe, because I’m NOT telling you my super-secret Crisco soap recipe, and you need to know how to keep yourself safe while working with lye. So if you, too, have a crafts-only crockpot at hand, and a soap recipe that you’ve been itching to try, then plug that baby in, because we’re going to make ourselves some soap:

melt oils in the crockpot

Read your soapmaking recipe to find out how much water you’ll be using to make your lye solution. Measure that water out so that it has time to come to room temperature.

Using an accurate scale, measure out all the oils called for in your recipe. Put the oils in your crockpot, turn the temperature to high, and let them melt while you prepare your lye solution.

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I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.



6 Responses to How-to: Make Crockpot Hot-Process Soap

  1. michelle says:

    just for a vague idea – how long does this cooking stage typically last, on low?

    • Julie Finn says:

      If you stick to low, which means that you don’t fill your crockpot all the way up like I do, the cooking stage may last about half an hour. On high, maybe 15 to 20 minutes, but you have to keep a better eye on it so that it doesn’t overcook or boil over. You can also do it on the keep warm setting entirely, and it will take between 1-2 hours.

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