Look at my buns! Aren't they hot? I made this entire batch of soap in my microwave! I didn't change my regular formula at all-rice bran, avocado, palm, coconut, and castor oils. I used cocoa powder for the coloring and sprinkled cinnamon on top. The "icing" is actually white melt and pour soap. The good part about hot processed soap is it's practically ready to use. I'll let it cure for about 2 weeks before I test it.
I have never had the desire to make hot processed soap for many reasons:
- They're ugly (at least in my biased opinion)
- The process was intimidating to me.
- They're ugly.
- They're ugly.
- They're ugly...
Step 1: Prepare your soap as if you're making it the cold processed way only you want to bring your mix to a very, very, thick trace.
(Makes me crave banana pudding)
Step 2: Set microwave to 50% power and zap in 2 minute intervals until the soap begins to turn translucent. It was still very thick after the first 2 minutes. It takes a little elbow grease to really work it all together.
(Excuse the poor lighting, but you can see that it's super-thick and mash potato-like.)
Step 3: You want to stir the mixture after each interval making sure it doesn't bubble over in the container. It took me four, 2 minute intervals before the soap begins to become translucent which is the tell-tale sign that it's ready to be colored, scented, and poured into the mold. It's advised that the soap should have a waxy consistency, and you should do the tongue-zap test. I broke down and did the zap and thankfully I didn't get zapped, so it was ready.
Step 4: I colored, scented, and literally plopped the thick mass into my mold. After about 2 hours, it was pretty much hardened, but I did let it set overnight before I sliced and iced it. Here's a final shot of the soap after I plopped it into the mold. It's very important that you plop it on the counter a couple of times to eliminate air pockets or you'll end up with gaping holes throughout your soap.
Gratuitous Shot: This is a pic of the bowl as I ran hot water in it to rinse it. Look at those bubbles!!!
So, in conclusion, while I've conquered my fear of hot process, I won't be doing this method very often. I just don't care for the look. I think I'll reserve it for my bakery-scented batches because I do kinda like the rustic appeal of a dessert-themed soap, and they aren't as ugly as I once thought they were. I'm now thinking of my next dessert-themed soap because even though I just said I won't be doing this method very often, I get kinda obsessed with new things....