Soap Making – A pretty top for your Hot Process Soap
One of the many questions new soap makers ask me is how to make the tops of their Hot Process Soap look more like the tops of their Cold Process Soap.
The truth is there is no real way to do this. The texture is completely different and almost immediately after you pour your hot process soap it begins to cool and harden.
You really have no time to work with it at all. The best you can do is sprinkle some herbs on the top and push them in hoping that some will stick.
You can also shred a little bit of colorful soap scraps and push them in for a confetti top appearance. I have even made soap curls out of cold process scraps and pushed them into the top of the soap.
Basically the appearance of the top of your hot process soap will never match the beautiful swirls you can make with cold process soap.
So why not have the best of both worlds?
Who says you can’t have it all?
Begin by making the hot process soap, and finish off with cold process on the top.
The secret to success for this method is preparation.
You need to be ready with the cold process. You can’t let the hot process cool and settle for too long or you will miss the bonding opportunity.
As soon as possible, you will need to add the cold process or the 2 will separate.
This soap is one of my Intention Soaps.
There is an actual semiprecious stone inside the soap. You can read about them on this page:
Maybe I should make a quick video showing you this cold process over hot process method.
I would love to hear some comments on this method. I have not seen it anywhere else, like many ideas, this method came to me as a solution to a problem.
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