How To Make Snow Soap

So just as we are all eagerly awaiting the melting of the snow, here is a recipe on how to make snow soap!
This one goes in the why didn’t I think of that files!!
Not to be misleading – the end soap doesn’t look like snow, we are talking about using snow as the water portion in the lye mix.


I would like to try it because it is different, because it could have some great summer soap marketing appeal, because snow and rain water is said to be nice to use as it is soft water and because lately I have been having greater success with my soap batches by mixing at low lye and oil temperatures so I figure it will reduce the cool down wait time.
I will definitely be posting more on this later as I give it a try myself but I didn’t want you to miss out as who knows how much longer we will have snow out there!
Here is the link. You can of course create your own recipe using snow.
I would love to hear from you if you do!


OK, I couldn’t wait!

I HAD to try it on a batch of castile soap I was already planning to make.
I made a video of mixing the lye/snow up but it is having sound issues so I am going to try to get that here for you asap so that you can see how it goes for yourself.

I did snap a few photos of the melted snow for lye water…

 This is the lye water after the snow has melted.
As you can see, despite my best efforts, it does have some floaties in it and since the water isn’t clear, I can’t verify that there is no undissolved lye in it, so I decided to filter it.
I didn’t get a picture, but I use a cream cheese maker (it may be known as something else, you put yogurt in it to drain and make yogurt/cream cheese for cheesecake etc.) I will follow up with more on that as well.
Here is a picture of a piece of lye that did stick to the bowl.
I added it here because it is something that you do need to watch if you try this method.

Watch for Undissolved Lye on the Bowl…

All in all, it did what I was hoping it would do, which was to reduce cool down time for the lye.
I like to pour when both lye and oils are about 80 degrees. Ironically I ended up waiting for the oils to warm up!
Soapmaking is an art, timing is not one of the least skills you get better at as you go along.
Or not lol.
If you decide to try this method, please be very careful and aware.
I will post more of my own experience with it, stay tuned!
(NOTE: If you have experience in using frozen goat milk to make soap, this process is not unlike doing that)
Happy Snow Soap Making!!!
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