Honestly, it's not as hard as it looks.
I use my crock pot to bring it to the sticky, taffy phase (liquid soap's version of trace) and then wrap it in a towel and set it in a Coleman cooler for 24 hours. When I'm done, it's a gorgeous paste.
Diluting takes a little while, but I use a slow method. I fill a large stock pot with water with a cake cooling rack in the bottom of the pan, and set mason jars on top of the wire rack so I can dilute my soap in mason jars. I'll try to take pics of that process next time. I heat 8-9 ozs of water in each mason jar first and then shred a pound of the paste into each jar. It takes 3-4 hours of simmering on low to dissolve the paste. Then I cap the jars and nestle them into the cooler. I heat them a 3rd time (after a week or so) to scent and color. But again, it's not necessary to wait. I added steps, but it fits my lifestyle.
Ready to dilute: