Wednesday, July 20, 2011

When it's hot out...make soap

Since Sunday Wisconsin has been part of the heat wave covering most of the country.  While I was making liquid soap yesterday in my hot steamy kitchen and watching the news how some people cooked steak in their cars...I thought to myself, "why not cook my liquid soap outside?"  So here goes my experiment.  Years ago I bought the book Making Natural Liquid Soaps and have found it to be a valuable tool.  So this experiment uses one of the formulations from that book.  

First off, I got the paste started in the house...melting the oils and mixing the lye water into the oils using the stick blender.  Next I took it outside...On our thermometer you can see the inside and outside temps along with time, date and humidity.  
 After being outside for a couple of hours I went back to check...You can see the soap cooking!!!  So I had to mix it up a bit.  

see the cracks in the soap paste?  I knew it was cooking!!!

Keep the heat outside and cook my soap.

Went out to check again...the spoon is extremely HOT and had to use a hot pan holder to stir. 

See the color change...I don't smell much lye at all at this point.

Put the cover back on and get my things around to dilute the paste.
We're at the peak of the day for the heat!!!  
This soap turned out great...see for yourself.  These are listed on Etsy... Blood orange, unscented, white cherry blossom, blackberry apple and carrot cake.


  1. I'm excited to see how this turns out. LOL
    You always amaze me.

  2. Wow!!!!!! I guess you can now cook more than eggs on the pavement when it's that hot outside.

    Great post and photos. Love to see the process.