I was very pleased with how last year’s batch turned out and I wanted to repeat that here. I mixed two Watermelon fragrances I’ve used separately and really love.
Description of Bramble Berry and Natures Garden Fragrances:
BB Cucumber Melon: Juicy and ripe, not too sweet; much more watermelon than cucumber: a clean, crisp watermelon scent combined with cool refreshing cucumber. CP: No D. Behaves beautiful.
NG Pink Watermelon: 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. CP: No A, R, D.
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.
Use rest of MB oils #14 (9 oz) plus MB oils #15.
Pour off extra batter for testing.
86 oz soap in 5 lb mold.
Layers for rind & poppy seeds for exfoliation.
2.45 oz BB Cucumber Melon FO & 2.55 oz NG Pink Watermelon FO (last of this FO).
Master batch Oils # 14 & #15: 65 oz Oils (Makes 92 oz/5.75 lbs soap)
MB Oils: 65 oz/ 1843 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 9.17 oz / 260 grams
Distilled Water: (2.5 oz disc/ % disc) 18 oz / 510 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 18 grams (in oils or Lye water at 130 degrees)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 18 grams (in oils)
Aloe Extract (1%):18 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Cucumber Extract (1%):18 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
86 oz Batter/Color/FO 5 oz:
1st Layer (rind): (put in fridge 15 min to set up)
11.5 oz dark green MM Hunter Green & MM Blackish Green, 13 ml FO (used 11 oz batter)
11.5 oz light green CC Granny Smith Apple Green & MM Fruit Green, 13 ml FO (used 11 oz batter)
2nd Layer (rind): (put in fridge 15 min to set up)
8 oz TD white, 9 ml FO
55 oz TKB #30 True Red, MM Pink Lemonade, & BB Raspberry mica, rest of FO
13 grams poppy seeds
CPOP 4 hrs in 150F oven.
(BB = Bramble Berry; CC = Crafters Choice WSP; MM = Mica’s & More; TD = Titanium Dioxide; TKB = TKB Trading)
I soaped my lye liquid and oils at 75F & 85F, stick blending until just past emulsified (using an immersion blender). I measured out and mixed up my batters for the first layer, and waited a bit until it was thick enough to pour.
I poured lines of green in the mold until all used up, which was a bit more than I had used in the past. It was getting pretty thick, so I didn’t need to put in the refrigerator to set up (I think the FO’s gave me some acceleration – since I was soaping at such low temperatures, it was a slow acceleration.)
I prepped my next layer and poured into the mold over a spatula to prevent break through and then got the last of the batter ready, using about 2/3 red to 1/3 raspberry mica. After adding the poppy seeds and the rest of the fragrance, I waited about 10 minutes until the white layer was set before pouring (once again, over a spatula to prevent breaking through to the white layer.)
I put in a 150F pre-heated oven for 4 hours (oven turned off after preheating, then brought back up to temperature at the half-way mark.) CPOP (Cold Process Oven Process) helps promote gelling, which can intensifies the colors and speeds up the curing.
I thought about doing black rain drops instead of poppy seeds, but I just haven’t mastered that technique yet and didn’t want to ruin a 5 pound batch if they came out too big or too small, or not “drop looking” enough.
This smells amazing. I like the combination of the two FO’s – the Pink Watermelon always seemed a little too floral for me (although everyone else seemed to like it.)