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Hot Process vs Cold Process

Hot Process involves actively cooking the ingredients which speeds the saponification process.  This method gives the soap a rustic look, it's much faster to produce, and the "super fat" content and percentage can be controlled. 

Cold Process is where the ingredients are combined and over the course of six weeks it slowly turns into soap.  This method allows the soap maker to use different color additives, such as micas, to produce a more vibrant looking soap. 

I choose to make my soaps using the Hot Process method and here's why.   I always say, if it's handmade, it should look handmade.  I prefer the rustic appearance of these bars.  I also like how fast the process is because I know exactly when the soap is safe to use.  Finally, having the ability to control the "super fat" is very important to me because this is what moisturizes your skin.  My soaps are known for their soothing, moisturizing, and skin loving properties. 

Here's how I make it!
I measure the lye, water and oils.
Now I let it cook.
When everything is the right temperature, I combine them. 
Stirring speeds the process.
It is now soap! 
At this point I add all the goodies to it and stir once again.
When it's all combined and cooled, I add it to the molds.
The next day, I take the soap out of the molds and cut it.  I leave it to "cure" for six weeks before wrapping and selling!
You can see why I love this so much!
I hope you love it as much as I do.
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