Description of Bramble Berry Peppermint 2nd Distill Essential Oil: This smells more like a traditional mint smell and a bit like candy canes. CP: Water White.
3 lb Silicone mold with candy cane embeds on top.
Tiger & zig-zag hanger swirl.
9 white & 9 red candy canes on top.
Pour off 36 oz for special projects
Master batch Oils #12: 60 oz Oils (Makes 86 oz /5.3 lbs soap)
MB Oils: 60 oz/ 1701 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 8.48 oz / 240 grams
Distilled Water: (2.8 oz disc/ 14.14): 17 oz / 482 grams (Used 16.6 oz)
Sodium Lactate (1%): 17 grams (in oils or Lye water at 130 degrees)
Calendula Extract (1%): 17 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Chamomile Extract (1%): 17 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
50 oz Batter/Colors/1.6 oz FO:
25 oz TD white
25 oz TKB #30 True Red & BB Red Mica
2 oz Candy Cane Embeds
(BB = Bramble Berry; TKB= TKB Trading; TD = Titanium Dioxide)
Alternate white & red in tiger pour.
Zig-zag up & down (vertically) with skinny hanger tool.
Top with red, gold, & silver mica oils.
Add 9 red & 9 white candy cane embeds on top.
I did not include Kaolin Clay, as I wanted my red to be as true as possible. And once again I made a lot of extra batter for some special projects.
I soaped my lye and oils at 86F & 90F, stick blending briefly to reach emulsification (using an immersion blender). After separating out all the batter for my loaf and each project, I colored the soaps – all except the white, as I like to do that last because titanium dioxide tends to thicken up the batter.
And then I had a bunch of interruptions…my Sweetie Pie phoned asking me to open the gate so the Propane Delivery man could come – Maybe this afternoon (it was 9am). Since I was already distracted, and my batter was thin, I went outside & opened the gate (least I get so into my soaping I forget). Two minutes later, just after adding my TD, the propane guy shows up. I scurry all over to gather up 6 extra propane bottles & talk to the guy. Now I’m out of breath and frustrated and I need to get to work on my soaps!!
Fortunately, everything seem to work out well, except for the vexed soaper, still rushing around like crazy.
I was very worried while doing the tiger pour, that the two colors were melding together instead of staying separate. But they turned out okay. I was a bit surprised the red wasn’t redder – probably due to the red mica – I need to stick to the true red next time.
I like the addition of the gold mica painted on the candy canes – they make them look richer. I thought of silver next time, as there is no other gold in the soap. You can see last year’s version of this soap here. Which one do you like the best?