Hi! I'm Heidi.

Hi! I'm Heidi, and here is my Homestead Journey.....

Hi! I'm Heidi, and here is my Homestead Journey.....

 

Hi! I'm Heidi--I'm a modern-day homesteader starting out in middle age! I'm all about plant medicine, raising animals for love & food, preparedness, traditional food practices, and being a natural health rebel for life! Join me on this journey!

I'm Heidi, and this is Ranger.  He has been with me for over ten years, and I love him dearly.  

I'm Heidi, and this is Ranger.  He has been with me for over ten years, and I love him dearly.  

How to Make Your Own Natural Hot Process Double-Mint Soap

How to Make Your Own Natural Hot Process Double-Mint Soap

Hot Process Soap vs. Cold Process Soap

I love hot process soap!  I love making it, and I love using it!  I especially love the fact that you can use it right away!  It’s the only kind of soap I make any more.  With that said, there are some downsides to hot process soap making.  

Positives of Hot Process Soap Making

  1. It’s fast!
  2. You can use the soap right away!
  3. Any extra soap can be formed by hand into “soap balls” so very little goes to waste.
  4. The scent lasts longer than in cold process soap.
  5. You get to watch a super cool chemical reaction 
  6. If you make a mistake, you find out right away.
  7. You don’t have to be fanatical about measuring the temperatures of the lye solution and oil mixtures!  Yay!  One less thing to worry about! 

There are some downsides too, however, and here they are:

  1. Hot process soap is not as “pretty” as cold process soap—-it’s more rustic looking (which I actually like)

Um, well, I think that’s the only downside! Note that this just my own personal humble opinion.  

Here is a finished bar of hot process Double-Mint Soap---a close up view.  You can see the rougher sides, and the soap itself has a somewhat marbled appearance due to the cooking.  If I had added a colored clay or powdered herb for a different color, the appearance would be completely different!  It's fun to play with soap making!

Here is a finished bar of hot process Double-Mint Soap---a close up view.  You can see the rougher sides, and the soap itself has a somewhat marbled appearance due to the cooking.  If I had added a colored clay or powdered herb for a different color, the appearance would be completely different!  It's fun to play with soap making!

 

For basic and detailed instructions for how to make hot process soap, please see this article

The remainder of these ingredients/instructions will be specific to My Double-Mint Recipe, but the steps for making hot process soap with my favorite recipe will all be the same steps in the article above!  

Now, the Recipe for My Famous Hot Process Double-Mint Soap—-

Ingredients:

For the Lye Solution:

15 ounces of filtered or purified water

7.2 ounces of sodium hydroxide (lye)

For the Oil Mixture:

15 ounces organic olive oil

15 ounces coconut oil

12 ounces sweet almond oil

6 ounces shea butter

1.5 ounces castor oil

Tools You Will Need:

Crockpot

Stick Blender

Soap Molds

Sharp knife

Wooden Spoons

Here is What Makes My Recipe "Double-Mint Soap":

Additives for Exfoliation and Scent:

1/3 cup of dried organic peppermint or spearmint leaves

1 ounce of Peppermint Essential Oil (more or less per what you like)

1 ounce or so of Spearmint Essential Oil

Directions:

Please follow the directions in the article linked above, "Make Your Own Soap My Favorite Hot Process Recipe"

Just change up the additives, and now you have delicious, refreshing Double-Mint Soap! 

**A note about the Essential Oils:  Add these very last, before pouring into the soap molds.

**A note about the dried mint leaves:  Add these right before the essential oils, and after you have tested for the "zap"---When the soap is ready to be poured. 

How to Make Soap Balls with Hot Process Soap:

Usually, I make a 3 pound amount of soap, but it is a bit too much for my soap molds.  So what do I do with the tops?  I make soap balls.  You just wait until the top has cooled down a bit--usually an hour or so--but not too much.  You want the top to be malleable, like Play Dough.  Just slice off the top of the loaf, cut into pieces, and mold with your hands into balls.  Fun for kids! 

The raised part is the part I cut off.  Just use a large, sharp knife and slice it straight across or down.  

The raised part is the part I cut off.  Just use a large, sharp knife and slice it straight across or down.  

And here are the balls.  The ones on the top and the left are the Double-Mint soap balls.  

And here are the balls.  The ones on the top and the left are the Double-Mint soap balls.  

If you don't want to make it yourself, you can just purchase it from my shop section until it's gone! 

This is a very nice Shea Butter.  I usually buy a lot, though, so I also purchase from Bulk Apothecary.  

**I get my Organic Olive Oil from Costco.  Price and quality, I think they are the best value.

You can also purchase any of the other oils through Amazon.com (see the above link by clicking on the picture of the Shea Butter).  If you purchase this way, I will receive a small commission, and I appreciate your support of my blogging.  It will not cost you anything!  

I recommend using quality essential oils.  I purchase mine through Mountain Rose Herbs or Nature's Oil (Bulk Apothecary) or Starwest Botanicals.  

I get my Lye here:

This article contains affiliate links, and this simply means that if you click through and make any kind of purchase, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you!  Thank you for supporting HHH and my blogging habit! 

Hugs & Self-Reliance!

Heidi

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