The last time I made this it wasn’t as popular as it used to be – it was the only salt bar that didn’t have embeds and it had a bit of a flat color profile, so I made up some multi-colored Hibiscus embeds for this batch and amped up the colors:
Description of Bramble Berry Essential and Fragrance oil’s:
Pineapple: A ripe, realistic pineapple scent, with hints of coconut, orange, cilantro, vanilla, musk. CP: Slight peach discolor.
10X Orange Essential Oil: The scent of Sweet Orange is warming, comforting and “fodder for the heart”. It encourages you take things in good humor and absolves emotional confusion. It is stimulating & uplifting and good for colds & other ailments. CP: Discolors orange (after curing turns beige).
Pink Grapefruit: A juicy, ruby red grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit is believed by aromatherapists to be a spiritual up-lifter, and to ease muscle fatigue and stiffness. It is also said to be a purifier of congested, oily and acne prone skin. CP: Water white.
Yuzu: A fresh and sparkling light Japanese citrus. It is also referred to as Japanese Grapefruit; with top notes of mandarin, tangerine, lemon satsuma, and ruby red grapefruit. A very subtle fragrance. CP: Water white.
18 bar mold.
Pour off 4 oz for EO testing.
Lines of color, with starburst and circle swirl with tropical embeds on top.
Salt MB Oils #4: 60 oz Oils (Makes 86 oz/5.375 lb – plus 28 oz PH Salt=114 oz/7.125 lb)
MB Oils: 60 oz/ 1701 grams
NaOH/Lye 10% SF: 9 oz/255 grams
Aloe Juice & Distilled Water: (2.8 oz/14% disc): 17 oz/482 grams (8 oz Aloe, 9 oz water)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 17 grams (in oils)
Carrot (2%): 34 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Green Tea Extract (1%): 17 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Fine Pink Himalayan Salt: 28 oz (by weight)
POGY Scent 7 oz:
1.5 oz Pineapple; 1.5 oz 10X Orange; 2 oz Pink Grapefruit; 2 oz Yuzu
86 oz Batter/Colors/7 oz EO-FO/ 28 oz PH Salt:
22 oz BB Fizzy Lemonade & CC Yellow Locking mica, 1.5 oz Pineapple FO, + 7 oz PH Salt
10 oz BB Tangerine Wow, 0.75 oz 10X Orange EO, + 3 oz PH Salt
18 oz BB Radiant Plum, 1 oz Pink Grapefruit FO, 0.375 oz 10X Orange EO, + 6 oz PH Salt
18 oz BB Queens Mica, 1 oz Yuzu FO, 0.375 oz 10X Orange EO, + 6 oz PH Salt
10 oz BB Aqua Pearl mica, 1 oz Pink Grapefruit FO, + 3 oz PH Salt
10 oz BB Ultra-marine Blue, 1 oz Yuzu FO, + 3 oz PH Salt
Pour lines of color.
Starburst swirl and then circle swirl with chopstick.
Add 4 oz embeds on top.
CPOP 5 hours, un-mold.
(BB = Bramble Berry; CC = Crafter’s Choice WSP; TD = Titanium Dioxide)
I soaped the Lye liquid and oils at 75F & 95F, stick blending until just past emulsification (using an immersion blender). I could have and should have blended I little longer, but I also wanted to test some fragrance blends with the extra batter, so this gave me plenty of time to do that.
After separating and coloring the batter, I added the salt and EO/FO – eye-balling the fragrances measured out. I alternated pouring lines of batter until the bottom of the mold was covered, then did a Chevron swirl – just so the bottom of the bar would look nice. I continued to pour the batter until almost done and I had a nice color variety on top. (I weighed the mold before pouring, calculated how much it would weigh with the correct amount of soap, and then weighed again, adding until I had what I needed.)
I pulled a skinny chopstick through at a diagonal in several places (instead of doing a starburst). I then did a circle swirl, added the dividers and embeds, then some fine iridescent glitter and put into the oven for 5 hours to CPOP. (Pre-heating to 150F, turning it off, then brought it back up to 150F and off again at 2.5 hours.) CPOP (cold process, oven process) is so important with salt bars…if they are too set/hard, they can be almost impossible to get off the dividers without breaking them.
I always try to keep the lye and oils within 10F when combining (and as close to the same temperatures as possible), but this time there was a 20F difference – the lye liquid was in an ice bath too long. But the fragrances are so forgiving, I didn’t have to worry about any acceleration from them and the salt soap formula is also very tolerant, so I knew I would be okay with these temperature variations.
This soap stayed so fluid that even when I placed the embeds on top, they sank in – which turned out to be really nice, as sometimes the embeds get in the way (if too high) when using the soap.