This pic is of the large stainless steel pot that I used as my water pot.
This is the enamel pot that I used for the actual cooking of the soap base.
Side by side comparison so that you can get a better idea of just what size containers I was working with.
First time the lid came off after the hour of cooking. Gave it a good stir and put the lid back on for the next 15 minutes.
The pots are now off the heat and I'm checking the temp.
First temp check registered just over 200 degrees F.
I let both pots sit covered to cool off, mixed in fragrance and herbs at around 190 degrees.
Soap is now in the mold, now to put the plastic wrap on and smooth it out as much as possible.
'No picture' Sorry, was so excited about
unmolding this baby that I forgot to take the picture! Let me say
that I did prepare the mold with olive oil and then a sheet of
waxed paper, but I'm debating on whether or not it even needed it
since it practically flew itself right out of the
I did make a 3 lb. batch and I'm so used to making soap in larger molds that I couldn't find anything to use for a mold, until I spied an old plastic toy container, no longer in use of course and snatched that up.
Log of fresh unmolded soap, this is the bumpy side, which I have to tell you did scare me since I am a notorious hater of 'rebatching'. When I saw how the soap looked as I glopped it into the mold, I thought to myself ' Oh great, looks just like 'rebatch scratch'...............but.................
This is what the other side looked like! Just like real cp soap, I couldn't believe it!
A slice, which I sliced paper thin, this stuff cuts so
nice it really is amazing! The juvenile camera can't capture the
complete look of the soap, but what I want you to see is that
there are no air pockets, caverns, massive holes of destruction,
etc. Just smooth soap!
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