Today, I made the ugliest soap EVER. I mean, I really lowered the bar for ugly soap. Let’s just say that my second try at swirling soap didn’t go very well, and that brown and black globs make a nasty gray colored soap.
Today I am trying CPOP. (No, it doesn’t stand for Chinese Pop Music; am I the only one who thinks that it does?) CPOP stands for Cold Process, Oven Process. Basically, you make a soap the regular cold process way, and then you stick it an oven preheated to 170 degrees for… a while.
No one seems to agree how long it’s supposed to stay in the oven. Some people check it every 10 minutes until it gels and then take it out. Some people leave it in for 2 hours, then turn the oven off and let it sit in there for 10-12 hours. I decided to follow The Soap Seduction’s method: put it in for an hour, turn the oven off, and let it sit. It seemed somewhere between the extremes.
There seems to be two main reasons for CPOP-ing. Some people use it to make sure their soap goes through a complete gel phase. Others say that it makes the soaps cure faster, although there is disagreement in when, exactly, you can use them. Some say they’re ready to go right out of the oven. Some say it cuts the curing time from 4 weeks to 2 weeks. And some folks say you should STILL cure them for at least 4 weeks. I guess we’ll see!
Something else that I haven’t really been able to determine in my research of CPOP is whether the soap is noticeably different from regular cold process soap. Is it better? Is it worse? Again, I guess we’ll find out!
There is one major benefit to CPOP-ing, though, and it should not be overlooked: My house smells AMAZING right now. (My soap may be ugly, but it smells DAMN good!)
See you when it comes out!