Making Soap Part 2

So last night, I set the soap in the oven on 170 degrees for 2 hours.  Then I turned off the oven and left it overnight, supposed to be about 11 hours, or 9 am, but I couldn’t wait and opened it just a few minutes ago (6am).

See how it’s darkened to a honey brown? When I took it out of the oven, it was ready to slice.

Normally, cold process soap has to sit for 4 -6 weeks for it to saponify completely, but I’m using the cpop method.  That stands for cold process oven process.  This speeds up the saponification, and once it comes out of the oven, it’s supposed to be completely ready to be used.

I’m a little concerned that some soap is sticking to the freezer paper.  I might not have left it in the oven long enough and probably will adjust to 3 hours at 170 degrees, and then the full 11 hours overnight.

I’m cutting it with a pastry cutter.  That’s what I’ve seen other soapmakers use.  It feels like I’m cutting fudge.

I’ve lined up the slices so that air can circulate around them.  In a little bit I’ll move this soap to a shelf where it can sit for a while. I want to be safe.  Caution is my middle name.  So I’m still going to wait 2 more weeks before using this, and I’ll also check it with pH paper.  The pH should end up around 7 – 7.5 which is nearly neutral, neither too alkaline or too acidic.  Water is pH 7.

I made my mold so that it would make a bar of soap with the dimensions 3.5 x 2.5.  I sliced it to a thickness of 1 inch. It smells like honey and orange, and mingled with the soap smell, like brown sugar or even maple syrup. Sweet!

After a while, I’ll melt a glycerin melt and pour soup and color it like honey, and drizzle it on the top of my honey loaf.

Soap is almost like making jams or jellies — you take simple ingredients, mix them together, and come up with something entirely different.  As the change occurs, their original properties disappear, and they thicken into a new substance.  Soap saponifies, jellies jell.  A change of state from something raw to something luxurious . . .

Not bad for the first try!  Beginner’s luck. Now, more than ever, I want to make cpop soap!  It’s addicting . . .

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