Doing spiky layers seems to be all the rage now, so I thought I’d give it a try – but I failed miserably (however I do know why):
Description of Bramble Berry and Natures Garden Fragrances:
BB Spiked Eggnog (SE): Creamy vanilla and nutmeg blend to perfection with rum. A dash of sweet caramel, cinnamon and aromatic clove perfectly complete this delectable fragrance. CP: Mild A, Discolors Brown – 2% Vanilla.
NG Eggnog (E): Has strong notes of buttercream vanilla, with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Reviews: spiced cake/orange clove scent, seized immediately; spicy with cinnamon & clove scent & vanilla notes; smells buttercream, cinnamon & nutmeg; smells exactly like eggnog. CP: No R, Moderate A, discolors to almost black – 6.24% Vanilla.
Use 3 lb silicone mold.
MP Yellow Tube embed.
Layers of merlot, red, orange, yellow, & white with yellow MP tube in top layer.
Mica drizzle on top.
Pour off extra soap for individual holiday molds & embeds.
Master batch Oils #16: 60 oz Oils (Makes 86 oz /5.3 lbs soap)
MB Oils: 60 oz/ 1701 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 8.4 oz / 238 grams
1:1 Frozen Cream/Yogurt & Distilled Water: (1.79 oz disc/ % disc): 17 oz / 482 grams (used 8.25 C/Y & 8.85 W)
Sodium Lactate (1%): 17 grams (in oils or Lye water at 130 degrees)
Carrot Extract (1%): 17 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Chamomile Extract (1%): 17 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
47 oz Batter + 5 oz MP round tube mold/Colors/ 3 oz FO & VS (2 oz SE & 1 oz E):
9 oz BB Merlot mica & BB Red mica, 1 oz E, 1 oz VS
9 oz BB Red mica & TKB True Red, 0.7 oz SE, 0.7 oz VS
11 oz BB Neon Orange & BB Racing Stripe Orange (yellow) mica, 0.7 oz SE, 0.7 oz VS
9 oz BB Fizzy Lemonade Yellow & CC Yellow mica, 0.6 oz SE, 0.6 oz VS
9 oz TD White, No FO
5 oz Yellow MP Tube embed (in natural)
Layer colors pouring to create points/spikes
Add tube embed, into white layer and push down until covered with soap.
Top with yellow soap drops, merlot & red mica oil swirls.
(BB = Bramble Berry; CC = Crafter’s Choice WSP; TKB = TKB Trading; TD = Titanium Dioxide, VS = NG Vanilla Stabilizer)
I made a MP yellow tube embed a few weeks earlier for this project. I ran out of frozen cream and used frozen yogurt instead, as they both have similar properties for dry skin. I mixed the lye liquid and oils together at 82F & 88F, pouring through a strainer (in case of milk or lye not melting) and got a tiny 1/4 inch piece in the strainer. I blended until emulsified (using an immersion blender).
After dividing out the batter, I colored the soap and added the FO/VS blend to the merlot. I poured that for the bottom layer and put in the refrigerator to set up. After 10 minutes I poured the red soap (with FO/VS blend mixed in); put in fridge to set and continued with the other colors. By the time I did the yellow layer, the batter was thick enough to not have to wait for it to set up.
Each layer was slightly soft when pouring the next, as I wanted to create some spikes and uneven layers with the colors mixing up a bit. After pouring the last layer of white, I pushed the MP yellow embed into the soap until covered. I realized I should have either had the yellow at a lower point in the layers or had twice as much white so that the yellow tube mold would have stayed completely submerged in the white, instead of half in the yellow.
I topped with drops of yellow batter and merlot & red mica oils, then put in the refrigerator for 24 hours to prevent overheating the milk.
I blended the lye & oils just past emulsified, which worked to help stiffen the batter more quickly, but with all the side projects I had planned, the soap was a bit thick to work with, but still doable.
Next time I need to either have the yellow layer in between the red layers or use at least twice as much white so that the entire yellow tube is in the white area. Also, to get spiky layers I can’t push the tube into the soap, I need to pour around it. However, an egg effect came from pushing the yellow tube into the white, which looks kind of cool.
You can see last year’s version here.