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hot-process!

I’ve been wanting to try this method of soap-making, and now that I have my
snazzy new slow cooker, I was ready to give it a shot.
The advantage to the hot-process vs. cold-process is time. When you cook the soap, it’s neutral at the end of the cook. Cold-process is generally neutral in about 24 hours, depending on a few different factors, but continues to fully saponify for much longer. This is one of the reasons CP requires such a long cure.
I decided I wanted to do a Calendula flower infusion into my soft oils.
Calendula has some nice qualities that are very soothing to the skin.
I like to do a warm infusion in tea bags, so I let these steep for a few hours
while I did a little cleaning..
HAHAHA!  Ok, I’m lying, for good effect.
I didn’t clean..but I did cook dinner, and I made some
fun melt & pour soaps while I waited for my infused oils to be ready!
The seal-able tea bags keep things really neat, and when it’s done,
I don’t need to strain the hot oil. I infused all my soft oils. Today I used
Olive, Sunflower and Castor:
Using the hot-process, I didn’t even have to wait for my lye-water to cool, WOOHOO!
In the picture below, the soap has been cooking for about 45 minutes.
You want the soap to start to ‘fold in on itself’.
You can see where it is fully cooked around the edges at this point. So exciting!
I also incorporated some older soap shreds that were Tea & Ginger scented.
So hard not to stir, but I was a good girl, and sat on my hands.
The pic below is the ‘mashed potato stage’. It kind of looks Vaseline-y, which means the soap is fully cooked. At this point, I took it off the heat, let it cool down a bit and added some dried Calendula Petals and my fragrance and essential oils. I used an orange scented fragrance oil, and some Litsea Cubeba (citrus) essential oil.
This particular essential oil helps to anchor citrus, which,
to many a soapers’ dismay, is notoriously fleeting.
The finished bars contain the natural goodness of the Calendula flower infusion, and the sweet smell of citrus & ginger. These bars are made with the oils I listed above, plus lard, which offers hardness and creaminess to the bar.
I’ve already used one of these in the shower, because I’m the impatient type..
It’s beautifully mild and lathers quite thickly, I’m a HP fan!
I’m going to cure them for about a week or two, just to let the excess water evaporate, and then these beautiful babies will be ready to come to work with me 🙂

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thrift

When I was little, my mom used to take us to the thrift store. She liked one in particular, but we would go to several different stores.
My Grandma used to call it The Junkie Store.
Sometimes, when it was my turn to sleep at Grams house, she would make me jelly toast for breakfast, and then take me to the big Junkie Store at the church. That was a great one because it covered the entire main floor and the basement,
which meant lots and lots of treasures to be discovered.
High heeled shoes, and fancy little brass make-up compacts. I would stand there and imagine the lady that once held that make-up compact.
Was she beautiful, elegant and worldly? In my young mind, she always was.

I used to get excited to go because I never knew what kind of special things I would find, and my mom always let us purchase what we wanted, something that never happened in a ‘regular’ store. I clearly remember the day I found a
grass Hula skirt, roller skates that fit me, and a Monkee’s album!
Awesome, awesome haul.

To this day, I am still an avid thrift shopper. It was a very satisfying feeling when last year, for the first time, my 15 year old daughter said, “Mom, can we go thrift-store shopping? I need some cool clothes and stuff.” Although I had to act casual about it, it was music to my ears. She was paying attention..

Hollister (and the mall pretty much in general) has got me on the verge of contempt. Besides the fact that it’s wastefully over-priced, there’s no..imagination.
Here kid, buy this. And they all do.

For practically my entire life, I could find almost anything I was seeking out at thrift. This morning I stopped at the store right around the corner from me to get myself a large crock-pot for soaping. I wanted to try a new method (for me) called hot-process. With this method, you cook the soap in the crock until neutral.
This means you can basically use the soap right away, as opposed to the
4-6 week cure for the cold-process method.
Within all of 15 minutes, I found this great big 7-quart pot, and low and behold, today, orange sticker items were 50% off.
Of course they were. The thrift gods love me, and I love them back.
I paid $7.50 for this perfect specimen of a crock-pot!
Another plus; I can almost promise that a little blond girl will not
spray you with perfume as you walk in the door.
Thanks, Mom. Thanks, Gram. 🙂

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