But the soap separated in the oven. I have a gas stove and the oil leaked onto the floor of the oven, which has holes in it to allow the hot air from the gas burners into the cavity. Oil on the flame would start a fire instantly. I quickly turned the oven off and removed the molds, dripping oil and dumped the contents into the soap pot with the other third of remaining. Then I had to clean the oil from the oven before trying to get the soap rescued.
This soap was a milk and lard soap with added castor and meadowfoam oil for conditioning. It can be used as a shampoo bar without stripping the hair and will be good for most hair types, but not oily scalps. It is also a great facial and body soap because of the extra conditioning oils and milk. Milk has lactose which acts as a exfoliator on the skin, leaving it soft, while the meadowfoam oil is a long chain fatty acid that is extremely kind to skin and hair.
It separated in the pot again and again. I tried to beat it into submission with a stick blender, but it burned out, so I used a second one and burned that one out too. So, I stirred by hand, for almost 2 hours! Finally it gelled. then turned into the mashed potato texture that is soap. I tested it by touching some cooled soap to my tongue and it had no more "zap" so I put the whole 10 pound batch into the huge container I had bought, lined with parchment paper for easy removal.
I cut the soap into manageable bars for grating and remilling. The grating will have to be done quickly or the soap will become very hard and difficult to grate. The grated soap will be melted with added ingredients and the resulting soap is a better, long lasting soap than the original product. This was my first near disaster making soap and I finally turned in to bed around 12:30 with two tired arms and terrible mess in the kitchen. The next few days, the milled soap will be in the making. Keep watch!