Remember Me – Rosemary Peppermint in tear drops

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:
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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.

 

The Plan:
52 oz, 3 lb silicone mold
Tear Drops

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.

 

The Reality:
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.
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The Cut:

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Conclusions:
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.

Birds on a Wire – one of a kind soaps

I got this mold a few months ago and am so in love with it!

Yes, it’s only one mold, but I am really enjoying making a variety of soaps with it – using different colors and fragrances to create a one of a kind soap that is an adorable size in a rectangular shape.

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Birchwood Oud soap

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Four Thieves soap

Version 2

Blackberry Sage soap

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Tangerine Lemon soap

 

You can see that with more practice the soaps are even lovelier:

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Bergamot Lemon Tea

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Eucalyptus Mint Tea Tree

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Blueberry Thyme

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Indian Sandalwood

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Lavender (with in the pot swirl)

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Remember Me – Rosemary Peppermint

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Vetyver

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Dreamland Baby Buttermilk Bastille with Colloidal Oatmeal (essential oil blend of: Lemongrass, Clary Sage, Lavender)

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Huckleberry Harvest

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Four Thieves

 

 

Conclusions:
I bought this mold from Aliexpress.com. The brand was Grainrain. I have bought several of their molds and they are of very good quality.
What do you think?

POGY – Pineapple Orange Grapefruit Yuzu Pink Himalayan Salt soap in Peacock Swirl

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Description of Bramble Berry Essential and Fragrance Oils:
Pineapple fo: A ripe, realistic pineapple scent, with hints of coconut, orange, cilantro, vanilla, musk. CP: Slight peach color.
10X Orange eo: 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 fo: This is an exhilarating, wake-me-up citrus, with a juicy 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. Grapefruit is reputed to ease nervous exhaustion and relieve depression. CP: Water white.
Yuzu fo: 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.

 

The Plan:
18 bar mold, 6 oz bars.
Lines of colors and Peacock swirl
Pour of 10 oz for fragrance testing.

Salt MB Oils #3: 60 oz Oils (Makes 86 oz/5.375 lb – plus 32 oz PH Salt=118 oz/7.375 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)
Aloe Extract (2%): 34 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Calendula Extract (1%): 17 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Fine Pink Himalayan Salt: 32 oz (by weight)

POGY Scent Blend 7 oz:
1.5 oz Pineapple; 1.5 oz 10X Orange; 2 oz Pink Grapefruit; 2 oz Yuzu

108 oz Batter/Colors/EO-FO/ PH Salt:
19 oz BB Fizzy Lemonade, 1.5 oz Pineapple FO, + 8 oz PH Salt
19 oz BB Nuclear Orange, 1.5 oz 10X Orange EO, + 8 oz PH Salt
19 oz BB Radiant Plum, 2 oz Pink Grapefruit FO, + 8 oz PH Salt
19 oz BB Queens Mica, 2 oz Yuzu FO, + 8 oz PH Salt

Pour lines of color, Peacock swirl on top lengthwise.
Put in oven for 4 hours for CPOP, then un-mold when still warm.

 

The Reality:
Since I have had some major issues with the liner of my 18-bar mold (last batch warped 4 bars to the point of making them unsellable), I had to find the plastic sides and use freezer paper to line the mold (something I don’t think I ever done since I bought it.) After that little project, I was ready to go.

I soaped the lye liquid and oils at 84F & 108F, stick blending until emulsified (using an immersion blender), and dividing up the batter. I worked on a couple sample fragrances in individual molds first – and I’m so glad I did, as one accelerated super fast to medium trace (then stopped), while the other got lumpy. Which just shows how important it is to test new FO’s.

I then mixed up the colors, fragrances, and salts for the main batter. It was still too thin, so I stick blended them, then put down lines of colors in the mold. 2/3 of the way through this I swirled with a thin chopstick to create a pattern inside the bars (as the peacock swirl tools only reach down about 1/4 to 1/3 of the mold):

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When I finished laying in all my batter I used both peacock swirl tools (seen here) to design the top:

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In natural light a lot of the yellow looks green

 

I spritzed with iridescent glitter, then put in a 150F oven (pre-heated then turned off) for 4 hours to CPOP. It was still warm when I pulled it out, but easily came out of the mold. Still too soft to pull off the dividers, I waited about 20 minutes and every bar came off without a hitch.

 

The Cut/ Un-molding:
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Conclusions:
It feels like years since I did a Peacock swirl and it looks like I need a bit more practice!

You can see some previous blogs with this swirl here, here, and here.

 

Karma Sea Clay Avocado Detox Buttermilk in scalloped layers

Sadly, this will be the last big batch I make of Karma soap, as the fragrance was discontinued a couple years ago and I have unfortunately run out of my stash. I have tried several other brands, but none even come close to this scent combination. I have also attempted to recreate it myself, without success (I did come up with another wonderful blend, which I have been using in the Facial Detox soap.)

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Description of Bramble Berry Karma Essential Oil Blend: A mixture of patchouli, orange, lavendin, pine, Lemongrass, & Elemi Oils, and Gardenia extract. It is inspired by Lush’s Karma fragrance and smells deeply sensuous and alluring, with base notes of Patchouli and Orange. (I don’t get the orange, and I think it smells much better than Lush’s version.) CP: Accelerates and discolors beige/honey brown.

 

The Plan:
5 lb mold, 86 oz soap
Use 8% SF
Drop the liquid amount down 1 oz, due 1 oz distilled water used in the clays.
1:1 frozen Buttermilk/Yogurt blend & frozen distilled water.

 

Master batch Oils #13: 65 oz Oils + 3.25 oz Avocado Butter (4.8%) 68 oz oils (Makes 95 oz/5.9 lbs soap)
MB Oils: 65 oz/ 1843 grams
3.24 oz Avocado Butter
NaOH/Lye 8% SF: 9.26 oz/262 grams
1:1 Frozen Buttermilk & Distilled Water: (3.44 oz disc/ 15.3%): 18 oz; (used 8.5 oz of each)
Sodium Lactate (1%): 18 grams (in oils or Lye water at 130 degrees)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 18 grams (in oils)
Avocado Extract (2%): 36 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

88 oz (use 86 oz) Batter/Colors/4 oz Karma EO:
22 oz BB Red Brazilian Clay in water; 1 oz EO (touch of Plum & Neon Pink)
22 oz MM Turmeric in water, 1 oz EO (touch of Buttercup yellow – turned orange & TD)
22 oz BB Green Sea Clay & Spirulina in water, 1 oz EO (touch of Apple green)
22 oz BB Purple Brazilian Clay in water, 1 oz EO (touch of ultra-violet blue & plum)

Layer: Purple, Green, rose, yellow
Scallop each layer.
Finish with leftover colors. (Use remaining batter for samples.)
DO NOT CPOP – PUT IN FRIDGE/FREEZER DUE TO MILK

 

The Reality:
I wanted everything Avocado (butter, oils, & extracts), so I added Avocado Butter and ran the Master Batch oils recipe through a lye calculator (seen here).

I soaped my lye-liquid and oils at 89F & 97F, stick blending until emulsified (using an immersion blender). After separating out the batter I colored the first layer with purple clay and added 1 oz of the essential oil blend – then waited for some acceleration. I didn’t get any, so I stick blended to medium trace and poured 21.5 oz into the mold (weighing it for exact layers). It was quite thick and I was able to immediately use a scallop tool (used for cake decorating.)

I did the same with each layer: green, then pink, then yellow. I had planned on using Yellow Brazilian Clay but couldn’t find it, so I used Turmeric instead, which turned the batter orange. I tried lightening with a little TD with no effect.

After scalloping the last layer, I decided to add a little leftover pink & green on top and then scalloped again. This wasn’t very successful, as the added batters were too thick. (The purple was too stiff to even attempt to use.)

I spritzed with a tiny bit of fine iridescent glitter and put into the refrigerator to prevent the milk from overheating.

 

The Cut:

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Conclusions:
This was my first try at using a scalloping tool. You can see by the photos that the purple doesn’t have much of a definition, since the soap wasn’t stiff enough (even though at the time it seemed so). As I progressed with each row I got a little better at it.

I’m so sad that this will be my last full batch with this extraordinary essential oil blend. It was discontinued and even though I’ve been searching for something similar and tried numerous other brands,, I haven’t found anything that comes close. I will need to go back to trying to formulate the combination of these eo’s again and hope I can come up with something comparable.

 

Lavender Essential Oil with in the pot swirl and heart tube embeds

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.
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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.

 

The Plan:
Use 5 lb mold and 86 oz: 71 oz batter + 15 oz embed tubes (for 15 bars)
Embed Heart Tubes: 1 Fat Ultraviolet Blue; 1 Fat Queens Purple; 1 Skinny Plum & 2 inch of skinny Aqua.
Pour off 23 oz batter for future embeds & samples
ITP Swirl: White base, add heart on one side, more batter, another heart on other side & batter.

Master Batch Oils #13 & #14: 70 oz Oils (Makes 100 oz/6.25 lb soap)
MB Oils: 70 oz/ 1984 grams (used 8.8 oz #13 & 61.2 oz #14).
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)
Green Tea Extract (1%): 20 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

77 oz Batter (use 71 oz for Loaf)/Colors/4.5 oz EO:
59 oz TD White (use 59 oz), 4.5 oz eo
6 oz BB Radiant Plum (use 4 oz)
6 oz BB Queens Purple (use 4 oz)
6 oz BB Ultra-violet Blue (use 4 oz)
(BB = Bramble Berry, TD = Titanium Dioxide)
Use 73 oz for loaf, rest for sample soaps.
In The Pot swirl, pour third, add embeds, pour another third, add embeds, pour rest.
Lines of colored batter swirled on top with fine iridescent glitter.

 

The Reality:
I soaped the lye and oils at 86F & 94F, stick blending until emulsified (using an immersion blender). I needed a medium batter, but this gave me lots of time to make numerous embeds for future projects.

When the soap was light to medium trace, I poured 1/4 of the white in another container and added some of the plum, purple, & violet blue for an ITP swirl, then poured into mold. Most of the design elements were on the bottom, so I dribbled some additional colors on top and put in fridge to set up. When set, I added a row of heart tube embeds on one side, then more white batter and topped with more ITP swirled soap.

After that set, I added a row of heart tube embeds on the opposite side and ITP swirled batter, followed by some white soap. Topped with lined of colored batter and did a chevron swirl & zig-zag on top. After spritzing with fine iridescent glitter, I CPOP’ed in 150F Pre-heated oven for 4 hours. (At the 2 hour mark, I brought back up to 150F, then turned off again.)

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Top before adding fine iridescent glitter

 

The Cut:

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Conclusions:
When I made the purple embed tube heart I poured light and dark queens purple mica batter into the tube simultaneously to get a varied design. I like the unpredictability of the design in the heart. I’m not sure if this is too chaotic with the ITP swirl or if the solid hearts are better. What do you think?

Using two fat heart tube embeds and only one skinny one (which is longer), I didn’t have enough embed tubes for the 5 lb mold. I had a little leftover Aqua skinny heart tube from the previous Lavender soap and it was exactly enough for two bars in this soap (see in above photos).

I’m a bit disappointed that some of hearts sunk to the bottom of the bar. But I like how the Radiant Plum (skinny heart) is higher and lower in the different bars. I am ready to change up this design (watch for the next one!)

You can see more Lavender soaps with heart tube embeds here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

 

Four Thieves soap in advanced tiger stripe & layers

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Information on Essential Oils used:
Clove: An aroma stimulant; can help with fatigue & depression; can help respiratory system, muscle pain, & nausea; has analgesic properties; and considered an aphrodisiac.
Litsea Cubeba (May Chang): Used for a Lemon, or a base note in more elusive citrus notes, this is a lovely, uplifting & rejuvenating essential oil. It can also be used to treat acne or oily skin. It’s antibacterial and antiviral properties are said to make it effective against common infections like cold and cough. The oil is a tonic for the nervous system and can help with digestive problems as well.
Lemon: Reputed to be antiseptic, and has refreshing and cooling properties. On skin and hair it can be used for its cleansing effect. Research has also shown Lemon Essential Oil to enhance the ability to concentrate.
Cinnamon: Used as a stimulant, antiseptic, and natural insecticide. It is considered a broad spectrum anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antispasmodic.
Eucalyptus: It awakens the mind and opens the lungs. It helps remove exhaustion & mental sluggishness and rejuvenates the spirits of the sick. It has a pleasant aroma and is effective as a deodorant, antibacterial, antiseptic, and antimicrobial agent. Helps to clear sinuses.
Rosemary: Used as decongestant and for muscle pain, it is stimulating & energizing. Best known for its aid in memory and hair loss. (It is also considered a symbol of love, and the sprigs have been traditionally used in wedding ceremonies.)

 

The Plan:
92 oz total batter – use 86 oz, rest for samples & embeds
Use 5 lb mold and 3 layers
1st layer white with EO
2nd layer tiger wall pour (no eo, 6 colors)
3rd layer white with EO

Master batch Oils #13: 65 oz Oils (Makes 92 oz/5.75 lbs soap)
MB Oils: 65 oz/ 1843 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 9.19 oz / 261 grams
Distilled Water: (3.45 oz disc/ 16%): 18 oz / 510 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 18 grams (in oils or Lye water at 130 degrees)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 18 grams (in oils)
Dulse Extract (1%):18 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Ginseng Extract (1%):18 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

4.25 oz/120 grams Four Thieves oil blend (accelerates trace)
34% Clove leaf      1.44 oz 41 grams
30% 5X Lemon      1.27 oz 36 grams (used 3/4 Lemon & 1/4 Litsea/May Chang)
16% Cinnamon        .67 oz 19 grams
12% Eucalyptus       .49 oz 14 grams
8%   Rosemary         .34 oz 10 grams

92 oz (use 86 oz) Batter/Colors/ 4.25 oz EO Blend:
1st Layer:
38 oz TD white 2.3 oz EO blend
2nd Layer: 24 oz total – use 18 oz; No EO (2.5 oz tiger & .5 oz for top); leftovers for embeds/samples)
4 oz BB Fizzy Lemonade & CC Yellow locking Mica
4 oz MM Neon Orange, touch of BB Nuclear Orange & BB Sunset Orange (turns yellow)
4 oz BB Radiant Plum
4 oz BB Queens Purple
4 oz BB Zippy Blue
4 oz CC Apple Green Mica & MM Neon Green
3rd Layer:
30 oz TD White 1.95 oz EO blend
Top with lines of colors (swirled) & fine Iridescent Glitter.
CPOP.

(BB = Bramble Berry; CC = WSP Crafter’s Choice; MM = Mica’s & More; TD = Titanium Dioxide)

 

The Reality:
I soaped my lye & oils at 84F & 91F, stick blending until emulsified (using an immersion blender). After separating out the batter, I added a lot of TD to the 38 oz for the first layer. I then quickly mixed in 2.3 oz of eo blend – the soap turned a cream color. I was surprised that I didn’t get more acceleration, as I was able to mix very well & pour in mold and had to put in the fridge to stiffen enough to tip the mold on it’s side for the second layer.

I mixed up the colors, tilted the mold for an advanced tiger stripe, and did three passes of yellow, orange, plum, purple, blue, & green, then put in the refrigerator to set. While waiting for that, I used the leftover batter from the first layer – which was surprisingly still workable – and poured into an individual mold. I used a little of the leftover colored batter to make some embeds.

When the second layer was set, I repeated my process of the first layer and then poured it over a spatula into the mold, to avoid any breakthrough into the colored layer. I put down lines of color on top, swirled with a thin chopstick, spritzed on some fine iridescent glitter and put on a 150F oven (preheated & turned off) for 6 hours to CPOP. (Brought up to temperature at the two and four hour marks, then turned off again.)

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The Cut:
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Conclusions:
I was happy with less acceleration, as it gave me more time to work – maybe a new bottle Clove eo helped. I am very pleased with how this turned out – I really like the colors and design pattern.

 

 

The Story Behind The Four Thieves Blend:
The Bubonic Plague wreaked havoc in Europe off and on for about 600 years before peaking in the 1300s. Century after century, as late as the 1700s, outbreaks claimed up to half the population.

During the plague a group of four brothers began robbing the dead. At first, they were largely ignored, as everyone knew they would eventually pay the price by catching the contagion themselves but, to everyone’s surprise, they managed to avoid the plague and continued robbing graves, amassing a great deal of wealth. They became legendary and everyone wanted to know how they evaded the sickness.

When they were finally captured, they were asked for their secret during questioning. After much debating, they agreed to share their methods in return for their pardon.

These men were the offspring of a perfumer and herbalist. They learned about essential oils from their parents during their childhood. They knew these oils would protect them so they rubbed them on their bodies and used them to clean anything they brought back. The powerful blend is now called Four Thieves Blend. (They did use these oils & herbs in vinegar, and the vinegar probably played a big part in their wellness too).

An interesting note: There is a period of time when physicians wore dark robes, wide-brimmed hats, & masks with long beaks. These beaks held dried herbs, spices and essential oils which the physician breathed. The robe was doused with a similar fragrant concoction. (Scientific evidence today is building support for these actions.)

Tangerine Grapefruit Sunflower soap & 6 Chrysanthemums in 3 fragrances

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Description of Bramble Berry and New Directions Aromatics Fragrances:
NDA Ruby Grapefruit: Top notes of pink grapefruit, lemons and limes melds into notes of gardenia, lilac, powder and vanilla.
NDA Tangerine: Top notes of fresh ozone, tangerine and orange mingle with notes of carnation and soft powder at the base.
BB Chamomile Bergamot: Primarily Chamomile, with notes of Tangerine, Pettigrain, Sage, Geranium and Moss.
BB Earl Grey Lemon Tea: Meyer Lemons with Bergamot, heavy on citrus, light on tea notes; energized & positive; notes of citronella, marmalade & blood orange. CP: A & R, no D.
BB Southern Peach: Not a traditional peach, but softer, more rounded with some white floral notes and supporting softer tropical notes (guava, mango and ripe papaya) thrown in to make a complex, sweet peachy dessert scent. CP: yellow, accelerates a bit. Extremely light.

 

The Plan:
Make 6 Tangerine Grapefruit Sunflowers and 6 Chrysanthemums in various fragrances.
Make 2 Tube Embeds.

Master Batch Oils #13: 50 oz Oils (Makes 73 oz /4.5 lbs soap)
MB Oils: 50 oz/ 1417 grams
NaOH/Lye 5% SF: 7.07 oz / 200 grams
Distilled Water: (2.5 oz disc/ 15.15%): 14 oz / 397 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 14 grams (in oils or Lye water at 130 degrees)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 14 grams (in oils)
Calendula Extract (1%): 14 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Chamomile Extract (1%): 14 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

Sunflowers: 30 oz Batter/Colors/1.5 oz NDA Tangerine + 1.5 oz NDA Ruby Grapefruit
.25 oz BB Activated Charcoal
10 oz BB Fizzy Lemonade (only need 8 oz)
20 oz BB Tangerine Wow
Color soap before adding EO to make sure to get the right color.

Chrysanthemums: 30 oz Batter – 10 oz each:
2 Earl Grey Lemon, 1 oz FO – yellow, white, grey/black (made only 1 & 1 unscented)
2 Southern Peach, 1.5 oz FO – peach, white, dark peach
2 Chamomile Bergamot Lemon, (CB .75 oz & .25oz EGL FO) – yellow, white, pink( radiant Plum)
Cosmic swirl

Tube Embeds: 10 oz:
1 Fat Heart in Purple, 5 oz (light & dark purple)
1 Skinny Heart in Aqua, 5 oz (light & dark Aqua)

 

The Reality:
I wanted to make another batch of Sunflower soaps, but there are only 6 cavities in my mold – that’s just not enough soaping fun, so I thought I’d make some Chrysanthemum soaps, which also make six, and some tube embeds for future projects.

I soaped the lye & oils at 90F & 94F, stick blending until emulsified (using an immersion blender), then dividing up the batter for all my projects. The first thing I worked on was the black center of the sunflower. I used a tiny spoon and spread the soap with activated charcoal and it was perfect – the best job I’ve ever done. Then I spritzed with alcohol and the soap poured into all the petals and was the typical mess I usually make. Note to self: Don’t spritz!

I put this in the freezer to set quickly and made my tube embeds for future products. I then took out the sunflowers and scrapped away the excess black soap and poured yellow soap for the petals, putting the mold in the refrigerator to set up.

I started working on my first two Chrysanthemums with Earl Grey Lemon tea. I poured a beautiful Cosmic swirl in the first one and realized I forgot to add the fragrance oil. I added the FO and more batter, making one Chrysanthemum and one in another mold. I made the two Southern Peach Chrysanthemum soaps, then finished the Sunflower soaps and the last two soaps in Chamomile Bergamot Lemon.

 

The Cut:

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Chrysanthemums:
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Chamomile Bergamot Lemon:

 

Southern Peach:

 

 

 

Conclusions:
This was a complicated soaping session just because of all the different soaps and fragrances. I made several mistakes, but were able to correct them quickly. That’s just the way it is – sometimes soaping sessions are a series of blunders and others go flawlessly (on occasion). Being able to come up with a plan B is very important.

I had really wanted to make these Sunflowers a paler version of the usual (bright yellow & orange), but didn’t want them to be too pale as to look faded out & boring, so that was a balancing act.

When making the first two Chrysanthemums, I was doing a wonderful cosmic swirl and after the first soap I poured, I realized I forgot to add the FO! The others were also done in a cosmic swirl and turned out nicely. (Sadly my photography of them is not as nice as the soaps themselves.)