My sleep deprived brain is not functioning at peek performance, but hopefully I can make this post make sense. I decided to try making my soap using the Room Temperature Cold Process (RTCP) method. I've come to understand there are two ways to do this method. The way I did it was to measure out my hard oils/butters into my pot, coconut oil, shea butter, etc. I then mix my lye and water together. Once the lye was totally dissolved in the water I poured it into my pot. The high heat of the lye solution is what melts your oils. I squished up any chunks with my stick blender, then added the rest of my oils and additives. I have to say this is wayyyy faster then melting your oils on the stove top and waiting for your lye to cool down. I added Calendula petals to this batch, next time I think I'll add less.
I read that some soapers don't like this method because the soap comes out soft. I did have to leave this one in the mold longer then usual, but I also tried a different recipe, which could be the culprit. I have a problem with trying more than one new thing at a time! I didn't use Palm oil, like I normally do, and I added Canola oil as well. I used less than 30% Canola, but that can make a soft bar too. All I know is this is one silky, lathery, yummy soap, it just doesn't last long! I think I'll put the Palm oil back in and use less Canola next time and see what happens. Happy soaping, everyone!