Last Minute Soap Making Part 1 – Hot Process Soap Making
With Christmas approaching fast, the window on creating soap for gifts is closing rapidly. At least it is for one particular method of soap making – the cold process.
While the cold process is my preferred soap making method, it does have a major drawback. Because the cold process requires extra time for curing, it may not be the best option for those of us who have procrastinated on our soap making.
There is, however, still hope!
You Can Still Make Soap – The Hot Process
If you still want to make soap for Christmas, you best options are either the hot process or melt & pour. With the hot process, you still use the same ingredients as you do with the cold process. These include lye, carrier oils, and essential oils.
The difference is that the hot process method involves adding heat to the soap mix. This heat accelerates the saponification process and cuts curing time down to as little as 2 weeks! This is a huge plus if you haven’t started your Christmas soap making yet.
The downside is that the hot process is more complicated than the cold process and is usually reserved for those with previous soap making experience.
Tomorrow, I will cover the other method of soap making that you can still use for making Christmas presents!