The oils are melting while the lye and water are cooling.
When the lye and water mixture and the oils are both at around 100 degrees, I added the lye part to the oils. There were no fumes at all by the time I brought the lye/water inside. I started stirring for a bit, then used an immersion blender. You have to blend, then stop, blend and stop, or the blender gets too hot. It probably takes about 15 minutes of blending till it starts to get thicker.
This is how it looks when you start blending...
...and this is how it looks after about 15 minutes. Sort of pudding like. It's getting to the stage that is called "trace".
Note the goggle get up, gloves and long sleeves. See, I was being VERY very careful!
Now for the fun part. I added some honey, some lavendar essential oil and some ground up oatmeal.
I poured into two plastic velveeta storage containers that I got at Save and Serve thrift shop for 25 cents each. They are lined with parchment paper and sprayed with Pam. I laid saran wrap on top of the soap, put on the lids and then wrapped them in towels for 24 hours, because it has to cool slowly.
After 24 hours, I put my gloves back on, took the "logs" out of the mold and cut them, it sliced kind of like cheese. Then the hardest part, waiting a whole month for them to cure or saponify. The lye and oils react together and turn into SOAP! Ta da...lavendar honey oatmeal soap.
These bars looks really big and well, they really are. The recipe made eight large square bars. See the little oatmeal flecks in them?? They are about ready to use now, it's been 4 weeks. I've been using the small end pieces that I cut off and it works really nice. Kind of a feeling of satisfaction to know I made it! I made my second batch last week. Stephanie helped me. This batch we tried goats milk soap...yes, we used the goats milk from the goats I milked. It's a little trickier because the milk has to be slushy frozen so the lye doesn't curdle it because it gets so hot. Stephanie did the lye part and the blender mixing. She thought it was great fun! I now have 16 nice size bars of soap. Now she found a recipe for chocolate soap and wants to try that next. And on Dr. Oz this morning, there was a lady on who had made soap using breast milk. Oh, the possibilities!!! But we decided we'll probably stick to the goats milk...