I really enjoyed participating in the soap challenge sponsored by Great Cakes Soapworks. For more info about the challenge, please read my last few posts starting here. Anyway, I decided to try and do the last technique, the leopard spot, using the hot process technique of making soap.
I mainly make my soaps through the cold process technique because there is a lot more variety in design. I do like the efficiency of hot process though and have made a bunch of batches using it. Now hot process soaps come out looking a bit more rustic looking, but still they are lovely bars of soap.
I like the look of hot process but I figured there had to be some way to “jazz” it up a bit. At first I tried handstamping my hot process soaps:
Not too bad. I like the look of hand stamped soap, but I didn’t feel like investing in a ton of different stamps to change up my hot process soaps.
I decided to try adding more than one color to my soaps. By plopping different colored hot process soap into a mold, I was able to at least get an intriguing variation of color that was pretty. For example:
Then I tried three colors:
Not too bad. I did attempt a full fledged swirl with another hot process soap, but managed to misplace the photos, so I’ll have to get back to you all on that. After these experiments, I tried combining the two, stamping and two colors. I love how this soap came out and I used a yummy Buttercream Snickerdoodle fragrance oil to scent it.
I was pleasantly surprised. The more I worked with hot process, the more confident I felt I could make it somewhat less “rustic” and more “pretty.” I decided to try making a leopard spot hot process soap. Pretty ammbitious, I know, but fun!
It took a lot of pre-planning and I know the first attempt is not perfect, but it really did come out much better than I thought. I will try this technique again with HP and plan on videotaping it so I can post to my youtube channel. Just one more reason to make soap!
Here’s my latest HP creation:
Hope I’ve inspired a few folks into trying hot process. It may not be as old of a technique as cold process, but has it’s own unique benefits and style!