The scent of lavender has shown to have positive effects on mood and can help to alleviate mild feelings of agitation or distress. Lavender has been thought for centuries to arouse passions as an aphrodisiac. This is a bold yet fresh smelling Lavender essential oil, very similar to Lavender Provence.
Description of Bulk Apothecary Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil: The “40/42” refers to the balance of Linalool and Linalyl acetate esters, which is what gives it such a consistent floral scent but also means it is standardized in a lab to ensure consistency in smell. It also has a balsamic woody undertone with a floral, herbaceous fresh scent. CP: Water White, no acceleration.
Make 100 oz of soap, pour off 14 oz for fragrance testing.
5 lb mold with 3 tube hearts in pink, purple & aqua
Use 86 oz: 73 oz batter + 13 oz embed tubes (for 15 bars)
Master Batch Oils #13: 70 oz Oils (Makes 100 oz/6.25 lb soap)
MB Oils: 70 oz/ 1984 grams
NaOH/Lye 5% SF: 9.90 oz / 281 grams
Distilled Water: (3.1 oz disc/ 13.5%): 20 oz / 567 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 20 grams (in oils or Lye water at 130 degrees)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 20 grams (in oils)
Aloe Extract (1%): 20 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Chamomile Extract (1%): 20 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
86 oz Batter (use 73 oz for Loaf)/Colors/4.5 oz EO:
62 oz TD White (use 61 oz/had 63+ oz), 4.5 oz eo
6 oz TKB Neon Yellow (use 4 oz)
6 oz BB Fuchsia Pink & (use 4 oz)
6 oz BB Queens Purple (use 4 oz)
6 oz BB Aqua Pearl (use 4 oz)
(BB = Bramble Berry, TD = Titanium Dioxide; TKB = TKB Trading)
Use 73 oz for loaf, rest for sample soaps.
In The Pot swirl, pour half, add embeds, pour rest.
Lines of colored batter swirled on top with fine iridescent glitter.
I soaped the lye and oils at 92F, stick blending until emulsified (using an immersion blender). I could have gone to a light trace, as I needed a medium trace for an in the pot swirl, but I also had a lot of new fragrances I wanted to test.
I divided up my batter, coloring the soap and adding all the Lavender essential oil into the white, then worked on fragrance testing until the batter was the right thickness. The white was quite a bit thicker than the unscented colored soap, but I went with it anyway, adding the colored batter into the white, then pouring half of it into the mold, waiting a while for it to set up; adding heart embeds on one side, a little more batter, then heart embeds on the other side.
I topped with lines of color crosswise and swirled with a chopstick on the opposite diagonal, then zig-zaging length-wise and spritzed with fine iridescent glitter. I CPOP’d in a 150F oven for 6 hours (preheated, then turned off and brought back up to temperature twice).
I’m not quite sure what I was thinking adding the neon yellow color (I usually just use the 3 colors of the heart embeds). I was planning out another soap for the following day, so I think some of those thoughts carried over into this soap.