I’ve made this scent blend before and it was a hit. I wanted to attempt the Tear Drop design, and thought this would be a good medium to try it in:
Description of Bramble Berry Essential Oils:
Rosemary (R): Best known for its aid in memory and hair loss, this distinctive smelling essential oil is considered stimulating in nature and is often found in energizing blends. It is also considered a symbol of love, and the sprigs have been traditionally used in wedding ceremonies. CP: Water white, no A or D.
Peppermint 1st Distill (P): Fresh, nostalgic, and instantly recognizable, Peppermint essential oil’s scent invigorates the mind and senses, while inspiring a sense of peace. This herbaceous, sweet smelling mint can improve mental performance, cognitive function, digestion, athletic performance, & pain tolerance. CP: Water White.
52 oz, 3 lb silicone mold
Master batch Oils #14: 38 oz Oils (Makes 53.5 oz soap)
MB Oils: 38 oz/ 1077 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 5.37 oz / 152 grams
Distilled Water: (2.54 oz disc/ 20%): 10 oz / 283 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 11 grams (in oils or Lye water at 130 degrees)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 11 grams (in oils)
Aloe Extract (1%): 11 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Chamomile Extract (1%): 11 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
52 oz Batter/Colors/2 oz R & 1.2 oz P EO blended together:
32 oz TD White
5+ oz BB Fizzy Lemonade Yellow & CC Yellow mica
5+ oz MM Pink Lemonade
5+ oz BB Raspberry mica
5+ oz CC Apple Green mica
(BB = Bramble Berry; CC = Crafters Choice WSP; MM = Micas & More; TD = Titanium Dioxide)
Pour all of white into mold; use squeeze bottles with extensions for tear drops inside.
Rest of colored soap on top & swirl.
To prepare the squeeze bottles: I cut off the bulb on the end of 4 plastic droppers and cut the dropper at an angle, then taped each one to the top of a squeeze bottle with electrical tape. The ends were not all evenly sized, which I hoped would create different sized tear drops.
I mixed the essential oil blend into the oils, as they are very well behaved. I soaped the lye and oils at 86F & 92F, stick blending until just past emulsified (using an immersion blender). I then separated the batter into small cups, colored each, and poured into the squeeze bottles. Finally, I added titanium dioxide to the remaining batter for a little whitening.
After pouring all of the white soap into the mold I tipped one bottle upside down & squeezed until the extension was full, then submerged it into the mold about 1/2 inch from the bottom and moved along the horizontal of the mold to the opposite end, squeezing as I went. I did that in 3 different places then switched colors and did again at different points in the mold, varying the height.
After 3 passes with each color, I drew lines on top of the white soap with the rest of the soap in the bottles, until filling up the mold. (I was glad I added extra batter in each bottle, as so much got stuck in the bottom.)
I zig-zagged the top with a toothpick, spritzed with fine iridescent glitter, then spritzed with alcohol several times; covered with plastic wrap and put to bed in my gelling room, wrapped in towels with a heater going for 3 hours to keep it warm and promote gel.
These didn’t exactly turn into rain drops, but I still think they are cute and pretty good for my first attempt. I love the color combo and the scent is amazing.
You can see the first time I made this soap using a hanger swirl here.