Note: If this is the first time you are ever attempting the process of making soap, please review these classes to familiarize yourself with the processes.
Step 3: Turn your Crockpot on low heat. Place all of your oils and butters into the crockpot. Heat this until all of the ingredients are in a liquid state.
Step 4: While your ingredients are melting, weigh out your lye and water.
Step 5: Once you have the correct weights, slowly add small amounts of the lye to the water, stirring in between the addition of the lye to the water. NEVER add the water to the lye!
Step 6: Slowly add the mixture of the lye water to the crockpot. Give this a quick stir.
Step 7: Grab your stick blender and start to blend the mixture in the crockpot.
Step 8: Mix until your batter reaches trace. This will appear almost as if it has the same consistency of pudding. You will know that it is truly trace when you are able to use the mixture to draw a "line", and watch as the mixture leaves a trace of the line you just made.
Step 9: Now it is time to set your crockpot on the low setting. Also, lid your crockpot at this time.
Step 10: Periodically stir your mixture. You do not want the bottom of the mixture to scorch. During this step, you will notice that the mixture is beginning to dry out, especially along the sides. The mixture will also take on more of a wax look. Keep periodically stirring; you want to ensure that the soap mixture is cooking evenly.
Step 11: Once your mixture starts to appear as if it is mashed potatoes, it is time to prepare your mold. This cooking time will vary, this is all dependent upon the various fats, butters, and oils that are selected for your recipe; but this usually takes about an hour.
Step 12: Add the Linen Breeze Fragrance Oil. Also, add the FUN Soap Colorants. This can be a tricky step, but you want to do this quickly because you don't want the soap to start to harden before you can add the fragrance. Additionally, you do not want to add the fragrance while the mixture is too hot because you risk burning the fragrance out before you are even able to use the soap. Keep stirring as you make your additions.
Step 13: Ensure that your silicone mold is on a flat surface. Then, in a scooping manner, start to fill your loaf mold.
Step 14: Once all of your cavities of the mold are filled, you will want to hit the mold against the counter top. Performing this step will release any bubbles of air that may be trapped in your soap mixture.
Step 15: Cover your soap. Once the soap is covered, it is time to let it cool and harden. This generally takes about 12 hours or so.
Step 16: Once your soap is completely cooled and hardened, it is time to pop the soaps out of the mold. Next, cut the soap loaf using your mitre box and cutter for mitre box. It is now ready to use! For harder bars of soap, allow soap to cure longer.
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