Hot Process Castile Soap or 100% Olive Oil Soap.
As you know from my About page, I have a very annoying and chronic skin condition on my arm. Like many of you, I also have Rosacea. Anyway, I made a 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil soap about 1-2 months ago and I just love it on my skin. I use this soap for my face as well. It is very mild and gentle. It took a while to get used to as Olive Oil Soap does not make large soapy bubbles, but rather has a creamy, low lather. I now enjoy this characteristic of Castile Soap. I do like to add a little essential oil (not much), just enough to take away the olive oil scent. I usually use Lavender essential oil and my Lemon Tea Tree infused olive oil. However, for this soap, I chose to use Lemon Essential Oil and a little Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil.
I bought my first large moulds last week. Each mould holds around 2.5 kilos. I thought that I would make some more Castile soap using Extra Virgin Olive Oil scented with Lemon Essential Oil and a touch of Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil. What I didn't take into account was the small size of my crock-pot! This recipe makes around 3 kilos of soap....So remember....large batch of soap needs a large capacity crock-pot! I felt like I was battling with a gloopy monster that wanted to crawl out of the pot and over my kitchen bench.
My Experiment with a large Batch of soap in a small crock-pot!
Hot Process Castile Soap Recipe
Equipment You will need:
7. Mix with the hand held blender until trace. A light trace is sufficient.
8. Allow the soap mixture to cook on low. Do not go too far away from your cooking soap or it could grow out of the pot and cause a dreadful mess!
Below are some pictures of the trace at light trace and a heavier trace.
9. I checked the crock pot after 5 minutes cooking and then 20 minutes cooking. Not much happening as yet!
10. After 50 minutes cooking on low the soap mix is just beginning to come away from the sides and has the consistency of porridge.
11. Between the 60-70 minutes cooking time, the soap is beginning to enter the gel phase. At last!
12. At 70 minutes into the cook gel phase is beginning to happen. It is still not all the way through even at 80 minutes. I had to keep stirring firstly to keep my soap in the pot and to ensure that the soap was cooking evenly throughout. Below are some pictures of the gel phase as it progressed. The soap mixture becomes more transparent and finally ends up looking a little like Vaseline.
13. At 80 minutes into the cook the oil and soap began to separate and it became very difficult to keep it contained in my small pot. At this stage I turned off the heat for 10 minutes and relaxed with a cup of tea!
14. After 10 minutes without direct heat, I stirred the soap to re-homogenise the soap and oil. By this stage all the soap was transparent and reached the right consistency. It is hard to describe but here goes....the soap looks like Vaseline and the texture has changed. When the soap is stirred or lifted with the spoon, a honeycomb texture appears. It is more gluey than gloopy! Perhaps these pics may help to explain it!
I cooked the soap a further 10 minutes and then added the Lemon Essential Oil and Cinnamon Bark Essential oil. Roughly about 30 grams of Lemon and 5-7grams of Cinnamon. Stir through well.
Mould the soap. I had enough soap for 2 moulds. Remember that Cinnamon has a strong scent so you don't need much. It can also be irritating on the skin if used in large concentrations...so less is more!!
This Olive Oil soap smells wonderful! I will post some pictures of the finished soap when I cut it! Happy Hot Process soaping!
The Finished Product. Smells wonderful with a warm Cinnamon scent...just right for the coming Winter!
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