Pink Watermelon with Poppy Seeds

This is a remake of the Juicy Watermelon soap I made last year. Even though I was very pleased with how that one turned out, I tried a few different colors this time. I also experienced acceleration and ricing when I soaped it before at 100F, so this was done at lower temps with better results:


Description of Nature’s Garden Pink Watermelon FO: The aroma of fresh, crisp watermelon begins with top notes of watermelon and strawberry; followed by middle notes of jasmine, rose, and green notes; sitting on base notes of cassis, oakmoss, white woods, and vanilla. Reviews: a bit perfumy; SEIZED; sweet watermelon with a touch of tartness; behaved badly. CP: No A, R, D. No separation, good scent retention, .1% Vanilla. (Accelerated & riced soaping at 100F last time.)

Why Poppy Seeds? Besides the great look in soap, some say it’s a comforting home remedy for dry and itchy skin. It’s also exfoliating – exfoliation is key to maintaining smooth, soft and healthy skin. The process of exfoliating involves using a “scrubby” material coupled with manual scrubbing to remove dead skin. Removing dead skin allows moisturizer and other skin care products to absorb better. Removing dead skin also create a more even and radiant skin tone.


The Plan:
Use 52 oz for 3 lb mold
Layer of greens, white, then dark pink with poppy seeds.

Master batch Oils #10: 38 oz Oils (Makes 53.5 oz soap)
MB Oils: 38 oz/ 1077 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 5.43 oz / 154 grams
Distilled Water: (2.54 oz disc/ 20%): 10 oz / 283 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 11 grams (in Lye water at 130 degrees)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 11 grams (in oils)
Avocado Extract (1%): 11 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Calendula Extract (1%): 11 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

52 oz Batter/Color/FO (3 oz/ 85 grams):
1st Layer (rind):
7 oz dark green MM Hunter Green & MM Blackish Green, 8 ml FO
7 oz light green CC Granny Smith Apple Green & MM Fruit Green, 8 ml FO
2nd Layer:
5 oz ml TD white, 5 ml FO
3rd Layer:
33 oz TKB #30 True Red, TKB Cosmic Carolyn, & BB Raspberry mica, rest of FO
9 grams poppy seeds – mixed in
(BB = Bramble Berry; CC = Crafter’s Choice WSP; MM = Mica’s & More; TD = Titanium Dioxide; TKB = TKB Trading)


The Reality:
I soaped at 84F Lye and 83F oils, stick blending briefly with an immersion blender. (I find at these low temperatures, the soap thickens fast, which is what happened here. I think it’s a false trace, as it thinned out a bit when working with it.)

I separated and colored the batter, adding 8ml of FO to each green. There was a slight acceleration, but I had to wait a while for it to thicken up enough to pour alternate lines of color into the mold. I then put in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to help it set up. I followed this same procedure for the second (white layer).

When the second layer was set, I added the last layer, which was the perfect thickness. I wanted to do something with the top but scalloping never works that well, so I took a paper clip and bent it into a funky looking heart, touching it on the top randomly to get a design, then sprinkled with fine iridescent glitter and put in a room with a little heater.



The Cut:



The fragrances has mellowed from last year – the perfume-like scent has dissipated a lot, and I find this even yummier than before.

The little design on the top was a spur-of-the-moment thing, but very fun & easy to do. Bending some wire into different shapes and having them as part of my collection of soap top options would be great idea.

I like the juicy red/dark pink color of the watermelon. The greens are quite different than last time I made this soap (see blog here) – last year’s seem brighter and summery. Although this one feels more sophisticated and realistic to me. Which soap do you like better?



Margarita Coconut Milk with ITP swirl, layers & embeds

I’ve made this once before and wanted to create it again, with a few refinements on top and extra Lime fragrance inside.


Description of Nature’s Garden and Bramble Berry FO’s:
NG Margarita: A fresh lime fragrance with hints of lemon rinds and fresh greenery. This fragrance oil has high levels of essential oil of lime for a true-to-name aroma. Reviews: slight yellowing; very limey with a touch of salt; dead on margarita, takes longer for soap to firm up; Lime-Lemon scent. CP: NO R, A, D. Perfect pour.
BB Lime: Zesty, fresh and full of verve, this lime is bursting with energy and dripping with juiciness. Tart but not so tart that it’s bitter. It has a touch of sweetness that balances out those ‘pucker’ notes so often found in lime. CP: Performs well, no Discolor. Review: Gets Thick, yellow color.


The Plan:
2.5 oz NG Margarita FO & 1 oz BB Lime FO
3 lb mold; 50+ oz batter plus 2 oz embed tops.
Dark green layer, thin light green layer, then white & green ITP swirl.
Top with lines of color, swirl, then add lime embed and course dead sea salts.

Master batch Oils #10: 38 oz Oils (Makes 53.5 oz soap)
MB Oils: 38 oz/ 1077 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 5.43 oz / 154 grams
Frozen Coconut Milk & Frozen Distilled Water 1:1: (2.54 oz disc/ 20%): 10 oz / 283 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 11 grams (in Lye water at 130 degrees)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 11 grams (in oils)
Avocado Extract (1%): 11 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Cucumber Extract (1%): 11 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

Batter/Color/3.5 oz FO blend:
26 oz TD White (planned 24 oz)
15 oz MM Hunter Green (bottom) (planned 14 oz)
13 oz CC Granny Smith Apple Green mica & TD (1/4 for layer) (planned 12 oz)
(CC = Crafter’s Choice WSP; MM = Mica’s & More; TD = Titanium Dioxide)

Dark green layer on bottom, light green layer, then ITP swirl with leftovers (tiny dark green, mostly light green.)
Top with lines of color, mica oils in both greens and silver & swirl.
Add lime wedge embed on one side and course dead sea salt on other.
Put in Fridge/Freezer.


The Reality:
I let the frozen Coconut Milk & Distilled Water defrost for 15 minutes, then soaped the lye liquid and oils at 88F & 90F, stick blending (using an immersion blender) to emulsified, dividing the batter and adding colors.

I put some FO into the Hunter Green soap and stick blended, pouring 3/4 into the mold and put it in fridge for 15 minutes to set up. Then I added FO to Apple Green, stick blended, poured 1/2 into mold & put in fridge for 10 minutes while prepping white with FO & stick blending. The apple green was very firm – when adding to the white for ITP, it poured in clumps. The hunter green was still fluid enough for the ITP swirl.

I topped with lines of color that were a bit thick, added mica oils lines and swirled with a skinny chop stick. Put 1 lime wedge on one side of each bar, then sprinkled the other side with Course Dead Sea Salt and put in fridge to prevent milk from overheating.



The Cut:




This batter was extremely fluid and stayed that way (until stick blending) – a good combo to use with a complicated design, which I need to take advantage of next time. I did not find the BB Lime FO to discolor or thicken as reviewed.

I could have done an extra swirl with the spatula to blend the colors a bit more for the ITP swirl, but it’s a fine line between too much and not enough, and very difficult to tell.

You can see a previous blog of making this soap here.



Melon Ball – Marbling Effect?

I purchased a 2 oz sample of Melon Ball FO from Crafter’s Choice WSP and wanted to combine it with 1 oz of Cucumber Melon FO from Bramble Berry to make a 3 lb batch of soap, with little CP “melon ball” embeds on top. I wasn’t sure what to expect with opposing reviews of the FO behavior and this is the result:


Description of Crafter’s Choice Wholesale Supplies Plus and Bramble Berry FO’s:
CC Melon Ball, 2 oz: A juicy blend of ripe mango, papaya and watery melon. Reviews: summery; smells like fresh cut cantaloupe; watermelon & cantaloupe; very light. CP Reviews: Rices, slight acceleration, seized, no discolor, no ricing, no acceleration, scent fades.
BB Cucumber Melon, 1 oz: Juicy and ripe, not too sweet; more watermelon than cucumber. CP: No D. Behaves beautiful. A yummy watermelon scent, but 1 year later all the watermelon lost with just a cucumber scent remaining. Reversed Trace.


The Plan:
Drop or tear drop pour in 3 lb silicone mold
48 oz batter plus 6.6 oz CP embed “melon balls” on top

Master batch Oils #10: 34 oz Oils (Makes 48 oz soap)
MB Oils: 34 oz/ 964 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 4.86 oz / 138 grams
Distilled Water: (2.22 oz disc/ 20%): 9 oz / 255 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 10 grams (in Lye water at 130 degrees) (Forgot to add)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 10 grams (in oils)
Calendula Extract (1%): 10 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Carrot Extract (1%): 10 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

48 oz Batter/Colors/FO blend:
32 oz TD White
4 oz BB Fizzy Lemonade Yellow
4 oz BB Tangerine wow
4 oz CC Granny Smith Apple Green (light)
4 oz BB Raspberry (light)
(BB = Bramble Berry; CC = Crafter’s Choice WSP; TD = Titanium Dioxide)
Top with: small apple green, tangerine wow, yellow, raspberry CP “melon ball” embeds


The Reality:
With such mixed reviews on the Melon Ball scent, I figured combining it with Cucumber Melon FO, soaping cool and at emulsified, I wouldn’t have too much trouble. But of course, I was wrong!

I soaped my Lye & Oils at 88F & 92F, stick blending to emulsified (using an immersion blender), and separating out the batter. I mixed in all my colors, then poured a little bit of the FO into each color, with about 2 oz into the main batter.

Everything seemed to be going well – the soap stayed very thin – too thin to pour, so I was willing to wait. Several minutes later the white got super thick instantly – I quickly poured 2/3 into the mold and attempted to drop swirl the colors into it, but they mostly pooled on top.

I added more white – plopping it in and then decided to try a hanger swirl to mix in the colors a bit. That didn’t work at all, it just moved around white globs of soap. So I gave up on that and added the rest of my colors on top, swirling a bit with a toothpick and adding embeds, then spritzing with fine iridescent glitter. (The original plan was a white background for the colorful embeds, but of course nothing with this soap went as planned.)


The Cut:


I’m going to call this the marbling effect:




I thought pouring one FO into another would combine them, but maybe I should have blended the scents better – it might have helped with the acceleration, dispersing the Cucumber Melon more evenly, which may have assisted the Melon Ball to behave better (as the first FO tends to reverse trace). Or Not – I just don’t know.

Without ever using the Melon Ball FO before, first & foremost I should have made a test bar. Also, it would have been much better if I planned a ITP swirl or some design I could quickly start working with when it was very thin, then the extreme acceleration would have happened hopefully when I was closer to finishing. I thought of that and almost did an In The Pot swirl, but there are so many times when one reviewer has an issue and no one else does – and I wanted to try the tear drop or just a plain drop pour to go with the balls on top.

I am not pleased with the way this looks, although if one was trying for a marbling effect, this would be it. I’m very surprised (and happy) that there aren’t any air pockets. I do like the little melon balls on top and the fragrance is lovely.



Blue Man in Hanger Swirl

It’s been a while since I made Blue Man soap – you can click on links to a few previous blogs at the bottom of this post. I was very pleased with the last two batches I made and wanted to do a repeat – adjusting the colors and changing up the placement of a couple of them.


Description of Bramble Berry Blue Man FO: This is a duplication of the popular men’s cologne, Aquolina Blue Sugar. The base note of Black Patchouli blends perfectly with Orange Peel, Sparkling Mandarin, Coriander Leaves, Star Anise and Venezuela Tonka. It’s surprisingly sweet and majorly masculine. CP: 4.9 % Vanilla, discolors brown; accelerates a bit.


The Plan:
Use a horizontal hanger swirl in a 5 lb mold using 4 sections with 2 colors in each, and 4 oz of Blue Man FO.

Master batch Oils #10: 65 oz Oils (Makes 92 oz/5.75 lbs soap)
MB Oils: 65 oz/ 1843 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 9.28 oz / 263 grams
Distilled Water: (3.45 oz disc/ 16%): 18 oz / 510 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 18 grams (in Lye water at 130 degrees)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 18 grams (in oils)
Buckthorn Extract (1%):18 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Dulse Extract (1%):18 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

88 oz Batter/Colors/4 oz FO/ each section:
Section 1:
11 oz Black (Activated Charcoal) with 1.25 oz FO
11 oz Dark Blue (BB Ultramarine Blue) with .75 oz FO & .75 oz VS mixed together
Section 2:
11 oz Turquoise (BB Neon Blue Raspberry) with no FO
11 oz Med Blue-Purple (BB Ultraviolet Blue) with no FO
Section 3:
11 oz Dark Blue (BB Ultramarine Blue) with .75 oz FO & .75 oz VS mixed together
11 oz Black (Activated Charcoal) with 1.25 oz FO
Section 4:
11 oz TD white with no FO & .5 oz VS
11 oz Med Blue-Purple (BB Ultraviolet Blue) with no FO

Use VS (Vanilla Stabilizer) with the dark blue.
Add a bit of Stabilizer in the white to prevent any color bleed from scent.
4 sections, alternate color poured into each, then Hanger swirl horizontally.


The Reality:
I soaped my Lye liquid and oils at 91F & 89F, stick blending (using an immersion blender) just to emulsified, then divided and colored all the batter. I was expecting some acceleration from the Vanilla Stabilizer and the FO, but fortunately got none.

I poured each color simultaneously into their respective sections, a little at a time until full; removed the dividers, topped off the colors and hanger swirled numerous times horizontally, with a few vertical swirls. I then added rows of batter on top and swirled with a toothpick, spritzed a little fine iridescent glitter, then put in a 150F oven (pre-heated and turned off) for 4 hours to CPOP.


Top before adding iridescent glitter


The Cut:



There are some noticeable glycerine rivers in the white & even what looks like holes (below) – surprisingly there is not even a dent there, but rather a bit of an optical illusion





This was a wonderfully behaved soap and I really love the fragrance. It’s supposed to be a man’s soap, but there are just as many women that like the scent too.

I was surprised by the glycerine rivers in some of the white, as I never turned on the oven after pre-heating. But it doesn’t detract from the design and I think gives it some depth.

You can see previous blogs of Blue Man soap in tall & skinny shimmy here, tear drop here, circling Taiwan swirl here, and hanger swirl here, and here.




Sea Clay Avocado Facial bars with Easter Island Head embeds Plus 3 Activated Charcoal Bars

This is a standard facial bar that I have made numerous times (you can see the last blog about it  here.)


Activated Charcoal and Sea Clay Avocado Facial Bars


The Plan
9-bar mold: 48 oz + 6 oz Easter Island Heads (adds .7 oz per bar) = 54 oz total
Paisley mat on bottom, Chevron swirl on top with embeds. CPOP
Plus 3 bars in rectangular mold: 16 oz + 2 oz Easter Island Heads = 18 oz.
Using Activated Charcoal with natural swirl inside & embeds on top.

Master batch Oils #10: 44 oz Oils + 2 oz Avocado Butter (Makes 64 oz soap) 8% SF
MB Oils: 44 oz/ 1247 grams
+ Avocado Butter: 2 oz/ 57 grams
NaOH/ Lye 8% SF: 6.33 oz / 179 grams
Distilled Water: (3.2 oz disc/ 21%): 12 oz / 340 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 13 grams (in Lye water at 130 degrees)
Avocado Extract (2%): 26 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Carrot Extract (1%): 13 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

EO/FO Blend – 3 oz/ 85 grams Total:
29% 25 grams Lime FO
21% 18 grams Pink Grapefruit FO
21% 18 grams Lavender EO
17% 14 grams Sweet Basil EO (or White Thyme)
12% 10 grams Litsea Cubeba EO

48 oz Batter/Colors (use sparingly)/ EO Blend 2.25 oz
12 oz Green Sea Clay in water
12 oz Yellow Silt Clay in water
12 oz Red Brazilian Clay in water
12 oz Purple Brazilian Clay in water (plus touch of Queens Purple mica)
Easter Island Head embeds on top (6 oz)
CPOP in 150 degree oven for 4 hours

16 oz Batter (3 bars)/Colors/ EO Blend .75 oz
12 oz Activated Charcoal Black
4 oz TD white
ITP swirl with Natural (save some black for top).
Easter Island Head embeds on top (2 oz)


The Reality:
I added the fragrance blend to the oils, then combined the Lye Liquid and oils at 104F & 108F, and stick blended (using an immersion blender) just past emulsified, but stopping before light trace. After separating all the batter into containers, the soap went to a light to medium trace – even before adding the clays (which usually accelerate trace.) Fortunately as I added the clays it did not thicken up any more – I used each very sparingly, going for a lighter color than usual.

I poured lines of soap over and over in the 9-bar mold, then created a chevron patter by using a thin chopstick going width wise & lengthwise, adding dividers in the mold and then the Easter Island Head embeds on top. I put in a 150 degree oven (turned off after pre-heating) and left it in there for 4 hours.

I then worked on 3 single rectangular molds, pouring some of the white into the black and pouring into the molds, adding mostly black on top before topping with Easter Island Head embeds. (I made these, as I had 3 embeds left over and wanted to try the Activated Charcoal facial bars.)


The Cut:


With mat design on the bottom:

Facial Bars with Activated Charcoal:



Why Activated Charcoal?
Activated Charcoal is said to draw bacteria, poisons, chemicals, dirt and other micro-particles to the surface of skin, helping to achieve a flawless complexion and fight acne. It may also reduce inflammation, which is significant in preventing premature aging. The activated charcoal powder I use comes from various hard woods (a renewable resource). It is produced by a high temperature steam activation process and is used in pharmaceutical and food industries.


I like the brighter colors in the Sea Clay bars (compared to previous batches.) And I really like the Activated Charcoal soaps too – I’m surprised the white accent color shows up so prominently. But the scent is slightly strong for a facial soap – hopefully it will mellow out some.

I don’t know why I used that particular mat for the bottom – it has always been a nightmare and this was no exception. (It took over a week and some freezing before I was able to pull it off the bars – and it still caused some damage.)



Electric Lemonade Cocktail in (Failed) Skinny Shimmy Swirl

I’ve used this fragrance only once before, in a hanger swirl (you can see that blog here.) The last time I did a Skinny Shimmy Swirl was for a Soap Challenge, using a skinny mold (blog seen here.) I’ve wanted to do this swirl again, using my trusty 3 lb silicone mold, which will give it a flatter look. Unfortunately, the FO accelerated and I got this instead:


Description of Bramble Berry Electric Lemonade Cocktail FO: A fresh, bright, wake me up lemon, with just the right mix of sweet and tart juicy lemon. A blend of essence of Mandarin, Orange and Verbena infused with Fresh Pumpkin, Bergamot and Granny Smith Apple – all wrapped in a soft veil of Vanilla, Neroli and Amber. CP: Discolors dark ivory/tan/yellow; No A & R.


The Plan:
Use 3 lb silicone mold with skinny shimmy wall pour.

Master batch Oils #10: 38 oz Oils (Makes 53.5 oz soap)
MB Oils: 38 oz/ 1077 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 5.43 oz / 154 grams
Distilled Water: (2.54 oz disc/ 20%): 10 oz / 283 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 11 grams (in Lye water at 130 degrees)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 11 grams (in oils)
Avocado Extract (1%): 11 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Chamomile Extract (1%): 11 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

Batter/Colors/3 oz FO:
7.7 oz TD white
7.7 oz BB Fizzy Lemonade Yellow
7.7 oz TKB Yellow Lake
7.7 oz BB Tangerine Wow
7.7 oz MM Pink Lemonade
7.7 oz BB Raspberry Mica
7.7 oz BB Neon Blue Raspberry (Turquoise)
(BB = Bramble Berry; MM = Micas & More; TKB = TKB Trading; TD = Titanium Dioxide)

Pour all of FO into oils before adding Lye.
Skinny Shimmy wall pour alternating right & left, with the mold tilted and pouring down the opposite side of the mold, starting with right side: blue, Fizzy Lemonade yellow, white, pink, raspberry, tangerine, Lake yellow.


The Reality:
I added the fragrance to the oils and soaped the Lye liquid and oils at 86F & 88F, stick blending to emulsified (using an immersion blender). It got thick quickly and continued to accelerate to a medium trace. I had the mold reading by tucking a serving spoon under the left side. I mixed the first color, poured on the wall of the right side; mixed up the next, tilted the mold the other way, then poured again and continued until all colors were in the mold.

I used 7.7 oz of batter, saving a little for the top – where I put down lines of color and zig-zagged with a thick chopstick width-wise, then l lengthwise. Then added fine iridescent glitter, spritzed with alcohol and put in a room with towels on top and a heater:



The Cut:




This was a total fail as far as a Skinny Shimmy swirl – I knew as soon as I started to pour it. In hindsight, when the batter was getting thick I should have gone with a Plan B – making layers at an angle would have been a good idea. Straight layers or a “plop” & hanger or chopstick swirl would have been other options.

Of course I should have separated out all my batter, colored, then mixed in the FO – like I typically do. I think the acceleration may have been caused by the fragrance being two years old – this happens a lot to me when I use older Bramble Berry FO’s.

Interestingly, I only got some discolor on top, with the colors a bit muted. And I made a single bar that was originally very bright and vibrant and is now very beige and diminished. (I hope the rest of the bars don’t change – they have cured for 5 weeks, so I don’t expect any.)

I do like the colors – they are very vibrant and cheerful. And the scent is amazing – leading with a punch of sour lemon drop, then a complex blend of scents in the background.




Island Escape Sea Shell Coconut Milk Soap


Description of Bramble Berry & Bulk Apothecary FO’s:
BB Island Escape: A blend of Tamarind enhanced by notes of Mandarin, Red Currant, Dates & sweet Coconut Milk. Reviews: Light Mango Coconut scent. The perfect tropical drink of Mango, Papaya, Pineapple, Citrus and Coconut. CP: Minor Acceleration, discolors tan.
BA Coconut Kiwi: An addicting tropical blend of creamy coconut and juicy kiwi. Reviews: A coconut lime verbena with fresh, clean & sweet scent. CP: 2.11% Vanilla.


The Plan:
3 lb silicone mold
52 oz total: 48 oz batter with 4 oz CP embeds
Drop & Chopstick swirl
Use all of Island Escape FO (2.7 oz) plus .8 oz Coconut Kiwi FO

Master batch Oils #10: 38 oz Oils (Makes 53.5 oz soap)
MB Oils: 38 oz/ 1077 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 5.43 oz / 154 grams
Frozen Coconut Milk & Distilled Water: (2.54 oz disc/ 20%): 10 oz / 283 grams
(used 5 oz Frozen Coconut milk, 3 oz Frozen Coconut water, 2 oz Frozen Distilled water)
Sodium Lactate (1%): 11 grams (in Lye water at 130 degrees)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 11 grams (in oils)
Buckthorn Extract (1%): 11 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Dulse Extract (1%): 11 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

Batter/Colors/3.5 oz FO + 2.5 oz VS
32 oz TD White
4 oz BB Raspberry mica
4 oz BB Nuclear Orange & Racing Stripe Orange (turns yellow)
4 oz BB Fizzy Lemonade Yellow
4 oz TKB Coral Reef mica Blue
4 oz BB Queens purple mica
(BB = Bramble Berry; TKB = TKB Trading; TD= Titanium Dioxide; VS= Natures Garden Vanilla Stabilizer)
Drop & Chop stick swirls
Gold mica & fine iridescent glitter dusted on shells & soap top
Put in refrigerator.
Leftovers for samples.


The Reality:
I chose the colors above because I had made some shell embeds in those shades. I really didn’t have much of a plan with this soap. Since there was very little acceleration in the past, I wasn’t that concerned about it – I soaped the lye liquids & oils at 96F each. (In hindsight, I should have let the lye liquid cool longer. Instead, I warmed up the oils to match the lye temperature.) I stick blended (using an immersion blender) until emulsified.

I did take some precautions – dividing up my batter and coloring it first before adding the FO. When I mixed in the fragrance, it accelerated very fast to a thick trace. I worked quickly, but not fast enough, pouring most of the white, then drop swirling the colors in. I could only make one pass with the colors, as it was getting thick so fast.

I had planned on doing a hanger swirl, but everything was just too stiff, so I did a chop stick swirl instead, then added a thin layer of white and pushed in the embeds. I spritzed with some gold sparkle mica and fine iridescent glitter on the top and on the shells, then put the loaf in the refrigerator to prevent the milk from overheating.

I was working so fast, that I forgot to take pictures of it in the mold. Here’s a close up after un-molding:



The Cut:




I had planned to use half frozen Coconut milk and half frozen distilled water, but I found a small bag of Coconut water in the freezer and incorporated that too. Interestingly, the lye liquid was a bright pink color – which must have been from the coconut water, although that usually turns the liquid peachy.

I should have soaped at a lower temperature and stick blended to a very thin emulsified and worked much quicker – the heavy acceleration really took me by surprise.

I also wasted a lot of Vanilla Stabilizer – I had planned to use 1 oz, but as I was finishing one bottle and starting another the scale shut off and I wasn’t watching it closely as I started pouring from the new bottle. The large amount of stabilizer probably contributed to the acceleration, as it has done so in the past.

When I cut this, there was a lot of oiliness inside, which dissipated within a couple days. But there is a crystalline look in the soap – which you can see on the photos. I don’t know what caused this – it doesn’t look like glycerine rivers. I have gotten a rutty texture before when using 100% Buttermilk and wonder if this is the same. (I switched to 1:1 blend with water to help prevent this.)

I Ph tested this twice and it is not lye heavy. I have used a leftover bit of this soap and it felt wonderful on the skin, with no roughness or crumbling and the crystallized look went away on using.

I am very disappointed with the way this soap looks on the inside (I like the top), but it smells wonderful.