Crock Pot Hot
Here is an easy process for CPHP (Crock Pot Hot
Process). Any recipe for CP can be used for CPHP. I think
both of my crock pots are 6-7 quarts.
Take out your crock pot & turn on to
"HIGH". Mix up your soap as you normally do ... same
proportions, and get it to a MEDIUM trace in your soap pot. (I use
a stick blender)
Empty the soap pot into your crock pot. Put the
crock on "LOW" and cover with the glass lid.
You can peek through the lid and this is what you
will observe. The edges will start turning into the "Vaseline
When all the edges look this way and the middle is
still thicker than the rest, it is ok to stir.
In the final stage, all the soap turns into the
"Vaseline" stage. Depending on the batch, it finally
comes to the consistency of mashed potatoes or thick
applesauce. Use soap approved colors, gels, powders or
herbs. Check for the "lye" sting!
Leave the lid on. Turn off crock pot. Let it cool
down a bit. Add essential oil(s) or fragrance oils
& color . Stir well with a stainless steel wire whisk. The
ones with a long handle are easier so you don't burn your fingers.
Ask me how I know LOL!
Put it in the appropriate molds (NOT Life of the
Party molds). If you want smoother soap, insulate with
towels or blankets. I use an old quilt. This makes it
go back tot he gel stage and the top of the soap will be smoother
Let it insulate overnight. Uncover & let cool till
just warm. Then slice. It's pretty much ready to use as soon as it is
firm. If you want your soap to last longer, "cure" for one
week. The whole "cooking" process takes about an hour.
Most of my batches are not made with majority of olive oil, so my
batches have never cooked longer than an hour. Milks and honey
elevate the temperature of your soap.