Kim and I recently discovered a quicker method of making cold process soap. The added bonus about using this method is that you do not need to heat the oils to 50-60°C.
As the lye water already heats up to about 75°C because of a chemical reaction, I pondered if that was enough heat to melt any solid oils or fats and warm the oils enough for saponification to occur. I love science!
Well after a little research, I found that it was indeed possible, so with a little hesitation, I gave it a go.
To my delight, it worked perfectly the first time. The only thing to take note is that you do not need to stick blend very long to bring your soap batter to a light trace. About one minute tops.
Also, after pouring it into the mould, it goes hard within about 2 hours, so if you are poking in embeds into the surface, you have to work quickly. If layering different colours, this is the perfect method, because each layer gets firm after about 1o minutes in the mould, so you can spoon on the next layer without the new one sinking to the bottom.
Anyway, enough words. During the second try, we decided to make a video tutorial to share our new method.
We have now begun to show our students this method during our Advanced Soap Making Course, and they certainly do like the quick cold process soap making method!