This was a fun design last time I made it (see blog here) so I decided to reverse the colors this time:
Description of Bramble Berry Fragrances:
Sweet Meyer Lemon (SML): A lush, Caribbean garden bursting with the aroma of sweet lemons, horned melons, succulent kiwis, and ripe pineapple wedges. Sweet tropical florals complete this island wonder. CP: Discolors to a light ivory/tan, may get slight acceleration.
Blackberry Cybilla (BC): This ripe and juicy fragrance oil will take you back to the days of picking sweet blackberries off the vine during the long days of summer. CP: No A or R. .5% Vanilla. turns very green. (No green with VS added)
Earl Grey Lemon Tea (EGL): Meyer Lemons with Bergamot, heavy on citrus, light on tea notes; energized & positive; notes of citronella, marmalade & blood orange. CP: Sometimes A & R. No D.
5 lb mold – 1.4 purple skinny hearts in cosmic purple
Pour off 4 oz for embeds.
Master batch Oils #17: 60 oz Oils (Makes 84 oz /5.25 lbs soap)
MB Oils: 60 oz/ 1701 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 8.46 oz / 240 grams
Distilled Water: (3.93 oz disc/ 21% disc): 15 oz / 424 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 17 grams (in oils or Lye water at 130 degrees)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 17 grams (in oils)
Carrot Extract (1%): 17 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Green Tea Extract (1%): 17 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Fragrance Blend (5.2 oz FO):
1.4 oz Earl Grey Lemon; 2 oz Sweet Meyer Lemon; 1.8 oz Blackberry Cybillia; 0.75 oz Vanilla Stabilizer
80 oz Batter/Colors/FO Blend (5.2 FO + 0.75 oz VS = 5.95 oz Blend)
43 oz BB Cosmic Purple, (pour off 1 oz before adding FO); 3.3 oz FO/VS blend
37 oz BB Fizzy Lemonade & CC Yellow mica, 2.65 oz FO/VS blend
Cosmic Purple Heart Tube Embeds (1.4 Tubes – 6 oz)
Pour 1st layer at an angle, let set.
Then pour half of 2nd layer, add embed, pour rest.
Top with 1 oz of purple soap.
(BB = Bramble Berry; CC = Crafter’s Choice WSP; VS = NG Vanilla Stabilizer)
This was a very straight forward design and soaping session. The heart tube embeds were pre-made and I needed just under 1 1/2 tubes. I soaped the lye and oils at 80F and 88F, stick blending until just past emulsified (using an immersion blender). After dividing out and coloring the batter, I added the FO blend.
The mold was tilted as close to a 45 degree angle as possible and propped up to remain that way. I poured the cosmic purple and let it set. (While that was happening, I used my extra soap to make embeds for future projects).
I then righted the mold, poured half the yellow batter, added the purple heart tube embeds, then the rest of the yellow soap. I took the 1 oz of purple I had saved earlier and poured two lines of color down the top and swirled with a thin chopstick.
After sprinkling with fine iridescent glitter and spritzing with alcohol, I put the mold in a 150F pre-heated oven for 4 hours. (The oven was off until the halfway mark, then turned back on to bring up to heat, and off again for the remainder of the time.)
This is called CPOP – cold process oven processed. It helps the soap to come to a nice gel, which brightens the colors and sets the soap faster (for quicker removal from the mold and faster cutting). However, the embeds had been curing for a while, so I let the soap set for several days before cutting. (For CPOP in most areas, 170F is used. Because I live at 6,000 feet elevation, that is too hot and 150F works better.)
I weigh my mold before starting and usually during and after pouring each layer – to get the exact amount of batter I want, and I planned to do that here. Except I couldn’t, as I had to keep the mold at an angle to set, (which I didn’t realize until I was pouring the soap), so I just estimated the amount of purple batter. I ended up a bit light on the first layer. (Next time I need to weigh the batter in the container before pouring and after pouring, to make sure to get the correct amount in the mold.)
I also didn’t swirl any of the opposite colored soap (yellow) in the first layer (as I did when I made this previously) – I just was in a mood to keep is simple – and I think it turned out okay. Next time though, I want to make the yellow a bit lighter or use a different tint, as this one feels a little heavy.
Since the heart tubes were made at different times, I didn’t get the colors matched exactly, and the partial tube used is more blue that the purple-blue (cosmic purple) of the first heart. When making the cosmic purple heart tube, I alternated dark and light purple to get a bit of design in the heart (see photos.) I did this in the last batch, when I used a yellow heart, but it was difficult to discern with yellow being such a light color (see blog here).