Description of Bramble Berry Gingersnap FO: This is the quintessential holiday fragrance, smells just like baked Gingersnap. It has some additional spice notes to give it that extra spark: Caraway Seed, Cinnamon, Cardamom – with Vanilla to warm up and compliment the spices. CP: 4.1% Vanilla, discolors to med to dark brown, some acceleration (got no acceleration).
3 lb mold, 48 oz + 5.6 oz embeds on top (2 per bar: 1 red with silver mica dust, 1 white with gold mica dust = 18 total)
Drop swirl & Hanger swirl
Silver & Brown mica oil swirls on top
Master batch #8 oils: 38 oz Oils (Makes 54 oz soap)
MB Oils: 38 oz/ 1077 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 5.41 oz / 153 grams
Frozen Goats Milk & Distilled Water: (1.54 oz disc; 12.3% disc): 11 oz / 312 grams (8 oz GM, 3 oz water)
Sodium Lactate (1%): 11 grams (in lye liquid)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 11 grams (in oils)
Aloe Extract (1%): 11 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Green Tea Extract (1%): 11 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Batter/Color/ 3 oz FO:
24 oz BB Cappuccino Mica, 2 oz FO
6 oz TKB #30 True Red, .4 oz FO with .4 oz NG Vanilla Stabilizer
6 oz BB Fizzy Lemonade Yellow, .2 oz FO with .2 oz VS
6 oz BB Tangerine Wow .4 oz FO with .4 oz VS
6 oz TD White No FO with .2 oz VS
(BB = Bramble Berry, TKB = TKB Trading; TD = Titanium Dioxide, NG = Natures Garden; VS = vanilla stabilizer)
A week earlier, I made red and white embeds with CP soap, dusting the red ones with silver mica and the white ones with gold mica.
I had mixed up a 2/3 batch of powdered Goat’s Milk in Distilled water, then froze it. But I wanted a 1:1 batch of Goat’s Milk to water, so I used the 2/3 batch I froze and added 3 oz of frozen distilled water, which roughly gave me half of the full strength Goat’s Milk and half water. (I am finding out that this seems to be the best working combination, so next time I mix up a batch of Goat’s Milk I need to dilute it even more to this strength.)
I added 83F lye liquid to 98F oils, stick blending until emulsified, and let it thicken to light trace before soaping. This seems to work best for me, because if I mix to light trace, it keeps thickening on it’s own (due to the immersion blender disturbing the molecules). It had been a year since I used this FO and was unsure if I would get any acceleration (I got just a tiny bit).
Poured all the light brown batter, then drop swirled all the other colors in this order: red, white, orange, & yellow. Then hanger swirled circular and vertically, added two lines of each color on top, plus some mica oil lines and swirled:
I had to wait a bit before it was thick enough to hold the embeds, then submerged two embeds into each bar, dusting with fine iridescent glitter:
All the light brown areas will turn a dark brown:
I like these little gingerbread men and think they are a fun top to add, although half of the body is submerged into the soap. I am also pleased that there are so many colors and that the brown does not dominate the soaps, but I could use a little more white next time or maybe make a brown gingerbread man instead of white.