Soaping Abbreviations

Soaping Abbreviations

Have you ever been on a forum or read a blog that used abbreviations, or acronyms for terms you did not understand?
Hopefully this list helps you weave through the minefield to success in understanding the oft used jargon.

Soaping Abbreviations

C of A - Certificate of Analysis
CM - Coconut Milk
CO - Coconut Oil
CP - Cold Process - soap not cooked after ingredient mixing
CPHP - Crock Pot Hot Process - soap cooked in a crock pot to speed the saponification process
CPOP - Cold Process Oven Process - cold process soap put in a warm oven to speed saponification
DBHP - Double Boiler Hot Process - soap cooked in a double boiler to speed the saponification process
DHHP - Direct Heat Hot Process - soap cooked on direct heat to speed the saponification process
D & C - Drug and Cosmetic - referring to colour classifications
DOS - Dreaded Orange Spots - caused by rancid or metal contact usually
EO - Essential Oil
EVOO - Extra Virgin Olive Oil
FD & C - Food, Drug and Cosmetic - referring to colour classifications
FO - Fragrance Oil
GM - Goat/s Milk
GMP - Goat/s Milk Powder
H2O - 2 Hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom = water
HP - Hot Process - soap that is cooked after ingredient mixing
INCI - International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients - standardised ingredient naming
KOH - Potassium Hydroxide (for liquid soap)
MP or M&P - Melt and Pour Soap Base
NaOH - Sodium Hydroxide (for bar soap)
OM - Oatmeal
OMH - Oatmeal, Milk and Honey
OO - Olive Oil
OHP - Oven Hot Process - cold process soap placed in a warm oven to speed saponification
pH - Potential of Hydrogen - measure of acidity to alkalinity
PPO - Per Pound of Oils - recipes from the USA may refer to this rather than the metric equivalent
PO - Palm Oil
RBO - Rice Bran Oil
ROE - Rosemary Oleoresin Extract - an antioxidant
SAP - Saponification Value - numeric value to allow calculation of the amount of caustic ingredient needed to turn one gram of fat or oil to soap
SDS - Safety Data Sheet
SF - Superfat - extra oils to add moisturising elements to the soap
SH - Sodium Hydroxide - rarely used with NaOH being more common
SL - Sodium Lactate - water additive to harden soap and aid mould release
TD - Titanium Dioxide - whitening agent
WD - Water Discount - reduction in water input to reduce evaporation time and cause less reaction with titanium dioxide which can cause “glycerine rivers” if not employed

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