Peppermint Candy Cane in tiger & hanger swirls with candy cane embeds on top

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Description of Bramble Berry Peppermint 2nd Distill Essential Oil: This smells more like a traditional mint smell and a bit like candy canes. CP: Water White.

 

The Plan:
3 lb Silicone mold with candy cane embeds on top.
Tiger & zig-zag hanger swirl.
9 white & 9 red candy canes on top.
Pour off 36 oz for special projects

Master batch Oils #12: 60 oz Oils (Makes 86 oz /5.3 lbs soap)
MB Oils: 60 oz/ 1701 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 8.48 oz / 240 grams
Distilled Water: (2.8 oz disc/ 14.14): 17 oz / 482 grams (Used 16.6 oz)
Sodium Lactate (1%): 17 grams (in oils or Lye water at 130 degrees)
Calendula Extract (1%): 17 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Chamomile Extract (1%): 17 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

50 oz Batter/Colors/1.6 oz FO:
25 oz TD white
25 oz TKB #30 True Red & BB Red Mica
2 oz Candy Cane Embeds
(BB = Bramble Berry; TKB= TKB Trading; TD = Titanium Dioxide)
Alternate white & red in tiger pour.
Zig-zag up & down (vertically) with skinny hanger tool.
Top with red, gold, & silver mica oils.
Add 9 red & 9 white candy cane embeds on top.

 

The Reality:
I did not include Kaolin Clay, as I wanted my red to be as true as possible. And once again I made a lot of extra batter for some special projects.

I soaped my lye and oils at 86F & 90F, stick blending briefly to reach emulsification (using an immersion blender). After separating out all the batter for my loaf and each project, I colored the soaps – all except the white, as I like to do that last because titanium dioxide tends to thicken up the batter.

And then I had a bunch of interruptions…my Sweetie Pie phoned asking me to open the gate so the Propane Delivery man could come – Maybe this afternoon (it was 9am). Since I was already distracted, and my batter was thin, I went outside & opened the gate (least I get so into my soaping I forget). Two minutes later, just after adding my TD, the propane guy shows up. I scurry all over to gather up 6 extra propane bottles & talk to the guy. Now I’m out of breath and frustrated and I need to get to work on my soaps!!

Fortunately, everything seem to work out well, except for the vexed soaper, still rushing around like crazy.

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The colors on top seemed a bit blurred, but fortunately after setting, they cleared up and are very distinct.

 

The Cut:

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Conclusions:
I was very worried while doing the tiger pour, that the two colors were melding together instead of staying separate. But they turned out okay. I was a bit surprised the red wasn’t redder – probably due to the red mica – I need to stick to the true red next time.

I like the addition of the gold mica painted on the candy canes – they make them look richer. I thought of silver next time, as there is no other gold in the soap. You can see last year’s version of this soap here. Which one do you like the best?

Gingerbread Man Goat Milk Soap in drop and hanger swirl with embeds on top

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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 dark brown, some acceleration (got no acceleration).

 
The Plan:
3 lb silicone mold
44 oz batter (pour extra off for special projects).
8.3 oz Gingerbread embeds (9 red & 9 white) (Gold/silver tie, buttons, face).
Drop swirl & Hanger Swirl
Gold & Brown mica swirls on top.
Pour off extra batter for special projects.

Master batch Oils #12: 48 oz Oils (Makes 67 oz soap)
MB Oils: 48 oz/ 1361 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 6.78 oz / 192 grams
1:1 Frozen Goat Milk & Frozen Distilled Water: (3.84 oz disc/ 24%): 12 oz / 340 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)

44 oz Batter/Color/ 2.4 oz FO, .3 oz VS:
24 oz Natural (will discolor dark brown), 2.4 oz FO
5 oz TKB #30 True Red, 4 ml VS
5 oz BB Fizzy Lemonade Yellow & CC Yellow Locking Mica, 4 ml VS
5 oz BB Nuclear Orange & BB Yellow Lip save mica (discolors orange), 4 ml VS
5 oz TD White, 4 ml VS
(BB = Bramble Berry, TKB = TKB Trading; TD = Titanium Dioxide, VS = Vanilla Stabilizer)
Drop swirl into brown: red, yellow, orange, white, natural (brown)
Hanger Swirl horizontally & vertically
Top with lines of color and gold & brown mica oil swirls.
Add 1 red & 1 white gingerbread man on top.

 
The Reality:
I made some fat gingerbread men embeds a couple weeks previous and “painted” their buttons & bow with gold mica and the eyes & smile with silver mica.

I soaped the lye liquid & oils at 87F & 91F, stick blending briefly until emulsified (using an immersion blender). I had planned to add a little bit of FO to each color, but did not.

I poured 3/4 of the main batter (which will discolor dark brown) into the mold, then drop swirled the rest of the colors, plus some natural, several times. I then hanger swirled horizontally & vertically, topped with lines of leftover colored soap, then gold & brown mica oils, swirling diagonally and then lengthwise:

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I had to wait about 10 minutes until the top was set enough to hold the embeds, then added them and put into a fridge overnight to prevent the Goat Milk from overheating:

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The Cut:

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Conclusions:
This soaping session seemed to work out well, although the painted mica on the embeds did not stay on all of the little men. These guys seem a bit thick, while last year’s men came across to me as a bit skinny!

You can see three other varieties of Gingerbread man soap here, here, and here. Which one do you like the best?

Spiked Eggnog Cream in Drop Swirl

 

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Description of Bramble Berry and Natures Garden Fragrances:
BB Spiked Eggnog: Warm and comforting, this fragrance oil is relaxation in a bottle. 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: Strong notes of buttercream vanilla, with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. CP: No R, Moderate A, discolors to almost black; 6.24% Vanilla. (Review: discolors to goldenrod instantly; seized immediately.)

 
The Plan:
Use 9 Bar Silicone mold
Drop swirl.
Copper, silver, gold mica oils with ball on top.
50 oz Batter + 1.5 oz embed balls dusted/painted with gold mica
Pour off 36 oz for Holiday embeds.

Master batch Oils #11: 60 oz Oils (Makes 86 oz /5.3 lbs soap)
MB Oils: 60 oz/ 1701 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 8.57 oz / 243 grams
1:1 Frozen Milk & Cream; Frozen Distilled Water: (2.8 oz disc/ 14.14): 17 oz / 482 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 17 grams (in oils or Lye water at 130 degrees)
Avocado Extract (1%): 17 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Dulse Extract (1%): 17 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

50 oz Batter/Colors/ 2 oz SE (Spiked Eggnog) & 1 oz E (NG Eggnog) FO & VS:
28 oz BB Cappuccino Brown (hint of) (will discolor brown) .75 SE, 1 oz E, 1 oz VS (save some for top)
8 oz BB Gold Mica (will discolor tan) .75 oz SE, .5 VS
8 oz BB Fizzy Lemonade Yellow, .65 SE, .65 VS
6 oz TD White No FO, .25 VS (for top)
Copper, silver & gold mica oils for top.
CP Gold Embed ball on top spritzed with gold mica.
(BB = Bramble Berry; TD = Titanium Dioxide, VS = NG Vanilla Stabilizer)

 

The Reality:
This was an ambitious soaping project making lots of embeds for future Holiday soaps – especially using a milk soap. (In hindsight, I should have made the embeds using a lye water batch, as milk-based batter tends to thicken quicker.)

I defrosted my frozen Milk, Cream, & Distilled water for 10 minutes before adding the NaOH. The fat in the milk cream caused the lye to start to saponify even before adding it into the oils. I poured it through a strainer that had to be dipped into the oils to thin the lye liquid enough to go through. (With the cold temperatures of the frozen milk cream water, I used a strainer because I wanted to make sure there was no undissolved lye.)

I soaped the lye liquid and oils at 87F & 89F, stick blending to emulsified (using an immersion blender). I got my colors mixed in and was quite worried about acceleration when adding the fragrance, but I did not get any soaping this cool.

The plan was to add a touch of cappuccino mica to the main batter (28 oz), but the tiny container I had the mica oil in slipped out of my hand and fell into my soap. I pulled it out with the batter being slightly darker than planned. The only negative effect it had was that I wanted to add this mica oil to the top of the soap loaf, and instead used copper mica (which gave it some lovely red hues):

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I topped with nine CP gold balls – each bar will have one, and spritzed with additional dry sparkle gold mica.

Since my soaping refrigerator died a few weeks before, I waited for the soap to set (it warmed up quite a bit) and then put it in the freezer to prevent the milks from overheating. (In hindsight, it would be better to clear out a space in my regular fridge to allow a little time for the soap to set before putting in the freezer – to prevent a partial gel.)

 

The Cut:

Lots of discoloring after 2 weeks into the cure:

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After 5 weeks of curing:

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Conclusions:
I was very worried about the FO’s accelerating at any moment, so I poured my batter a bit thinner than I would have preferred, but I got no acceleration and it all worked out well. Because of the quicker thickening of milk soap, I wasn’t able to make all the embeds I wanted, so I made some sample soaps instead.

The crystal look in the yellow looks a bit like glycerine rivers, which I have gotten a couple times before in milk soaps – I think it got a little warm before it went into the freezer. It gives it a different look. Does it detract from the design?

This fragrance is very warm & comforting and smells lovely!

Master Batch Oils #12 for soap

The Plan & Reality:
I continued with my preferred soaping recipe of at least 60% hard oils. Coconut & Palm (or Tallow or Lard) are in that category, as well as all butters (even though some are harder than others). I like using 25% Coconut oil and 25% Palm – a mix of Palm Kernel Flakes & Palm oil. (Since I no longer have an excess of Palm Kernel Flakes, I backed off the amount of them from 8% to my usual 5%.)

In the past I used 10% butters, but went crazy this time and bumped them up to 15%, as I planned to make Holiday soaps with this batch and wanted them extra luxurious. So I went with 5% each of of Cocoa, Mango, and Shea butters.

I always like to include 5% Castor oil for lather (above 5% seems to cause acceleration).

I recommend you use your favorites for the rest of the oils. I have a variety of oils that have some wonderful skin loving properties and like to use a little of each.

For this batch, I again used 10% Sunflower Seed Oil, as it’s such a healing oil. I bumped the Olive Oil back up to 5%, as I have resupplied it. And I switched out the Hazelnut oil to Grape Seed Oil – wanting to get away from any issues with nut allergies. (I’m not sure I will stay with the Grape Seed Oil after using up the 7 lbs I bought, as this brand is very green – I will see how it affects the colors in my soaping. Although at only 5%, I am hopeful that it will not be a problem.)

Oil Recipe: 600 oz oils/37.5 lb (makes 880 oz/ 55 lbs of soap):
5%    Apricot Kernel Oil               30 oz      850 grams
5%    Avocado Oil                          30 oz      850 grams
5%    Castor Oil                              30 oz      850 grams
5%    Cocoa Butter (Golden)        30 oz      850 grams
25%  Coconut Oil (92 degree)   150 oz    4252 grams
5%    Grape Seed Oil                     30 oz       850 grams
5%    Mango Butter                       30 oz       850 grams
5%    Olive Oil                                30 oz       850 grams
5%    Palm Kernel Flakes             30 oz       850 grams
15%  Palm Oil                                 90 oz    2552 grams
5%    Rice Bran Oil                         30 oz      850 grams
5%    Shea Butter (refined)           30 oz      850 grams
10%  Sunflower Seed Oil              60 oz    1700 grams

Total oils: 600 oz/ 17,006 grams

I melt all of these in containers in a microwave oven, then mix them together in a huge bucket and divide into five 1 gallon jugs and put in a refrigerator and/or freezer until I’m ready to use them (this slows down or stops the aging of the oils.)

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After measuring & heating the oils & butters, they all go into a bucket and are stirred thoroughly to blend together

I entered this recipe into a Lye Calculator (I used Bramble Berry’s (found here) at my usual 5% Super Fat and then resized the batch two dozen times to get different batch sizes. (I also adjusted the super fat on some for facial soap.) I then copied those down, with calculations included for the additives – here are some examples:

 

Master Batch Oils #12: 100 oz Oils (Makes 142 oz/8.87 lb soap)
MB Oils: 100 oz/ 2835 grams
NaOH/Lye 5% SF: 14.13 oz / 401 grams
Distilled Water: (5 oz disc/ 18%): 28 oz / 794 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 28 grams (in oils or Lye water at 130 degrees)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 28 grams (in oils)
Extract (1%): 28 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

 
Master batch Oils #12: 50 oz Oils (Makes 73 oz /4.5 lbs soap)
MB Oils: 50 oz/ 1417 grams
NaOH/Lye 5% SF: 7.06 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)
Extract (1%): 14 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

 
Master batch Oils #12: 28 oz Oils (Makes 40 oz soap)
MB Oils: 28 oz/ 794 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 3.96 oz / 112 grams
Distilled Water: (1.24 oz disc/ 13.3%): 8 oz / 227 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 8 grams (in oils or Lye water at 130 degrees)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 8 grams (in oils)
Extract (1%): 8 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

 

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MB Oils #12 in the jugs and ready to use!

 

For Additional Resources – click on the links below:

Soaping Oils Recipes:
Master Batch #10 & #11 oils – plus additional information on oils & butters
Master Batch #8 & #9 oils
Master Batch #7 oils
Master Batch #6 oils
Master Batch #5 oils
Master Batch #4 oils
Master Batch #3 oils

Shampoo Recipes:
Shampoo Master Batch Oils #2 – new and improved!
Shampoo Master Batch Oils #1

Salt Bar Recipes:
Salt Master Batch Oils #2 (“Everything But the Kitchen Sink”)
Salt Master Batch Oils #1

Pumpkin & Brown Sugar Buttermilk In The Pot Swirl with Pumpkin embed inside

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Description of Bramble Berry Fragrances:
Pumpkin & Brown Sugar: This warm, buttery pumpkin fragrance features top notes of butter and caramel, a heart of pumpkin and brown sugar, and is tied together with a base of maple and vanilla bean. CP: NO A, but D dark tan/orange/light brown (3% Vanilla).
Pumpkin Pie Cybillia: More spicy than sweet; butter, vanilla, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg. CP: D, 4.5% Vanilla. Discontinued.

 

The Plan:
Add Pumpkin Seed Oil & Pumpkin Seed Butter to oils & run through lye calculator.
3 lb Silicone mold with pumpkin tube embed.
2 oz Pumpkin & Brown Sugar FO and 1 oz Pumpkin Pie Cybillia FO
9.25 oz Pumpkin embeds
ITP Swirl with brown, gold (tan), orange, red.
Pour off 20 oz extra batter for special projects.

Master batch Oils #11: 49.5 oz Oils + 2 .25oz Pumpkin Seed Oil & 2.25 oz Pumpkin Seed Butter (Makes 70 oz /4.5 lbs soap)
MB Oils: 49.5 oz/ 1403 grams
Pumpkin Oil: 2.25 oz/ 64 grams
Pumpkin Butter: 2.25 oz/ 64 grams
NaOH/Lye 5% SF: 6.99 oz / 198 grams
Frozen Buttermilk & Frozen Distilled Water: (2.34 oz disc/ 15%): 14 oz / 397 grams (9 oz & 5 oz)
Sodium Lactate (1%): 15 grams (in oils or Lye water at 130 degrees)
Carrot Extract (1%): 15 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

50 oz Batter/Colors/ 2.25 oz PB & 1.25 oz PP FO (3.5 oz total FO):
32 oz BB Cappuccino Brown mica (just a hint, will discolor), 1 oz PB FO, 1 oz PP FO
6 oz BB Gold Sparkle mica, .5 oz PB FO, .5 oz VS
6 oz BB Nuclear Orange, .5 oz PB FO, .5 oz VS
6 oz TKB True Red, .25 oz PP, .25 oz PB FO, .5 oz VS
9.25 oz Orange Pumpkin embed
Top with Copper, Gold, & Cappuccino mica oils.
(Extra batter for Pumpkin & Brown Sugar Buttermilk Gingerbread Men & Snowflakes)
(BB = Bramble Berry; PB = Pumpkin & Brown Sugar FO; PP = Pumpkin Pie FO; TKB = TBK Trading; VS = Natures Garden Vanilla Stabilizer)

 

The Reality:
I figured out how much Pumpkin oil and Pumpkin butter to add to batch; imputing all the Master Batch oils, plus the extra oil & butter into the Bramble Berry Lye Calculator (found here) to get the precise amount of NaOH to use.

I soaped my lye liquids and oils at 85F and 90F, stick blending just until emulsified (using an immersion blender); divided out all the batter & colored, then added the separate FO’s to each container. It didn’t take long for the batter to be the right thickness for an In the Pot swirl. I put about 1/4 inch of soap into the base of the mold, then added a small piece of the pumpkin embed (I had to make 2 to get the 10 inches I needed.)

This immediately settled to the bottom of the mold, so I waited about 5 minutes to try the bigger embed. By now the soap was very thick and the second pumpkin tube easily sat on top of the soap. I made the mistake of trying to pull up the first embed, add some soap around it and then worried about it leaving a gap underneath – fortunately that didn’t happen. (In hindsight, I should have pulled it completely out, added more soap, then put it back on top.)

The soap was stiff, but I was able to pour it into the loaf. I continually stopped and banged the mold down to try to prevent air pockets. I added a few lines of colored batter on top, swirled diagonally with a thin chopstick, added mica oils in the same angle, but swirled it the opposite slant and then zig-zagged lengthwise:

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This was put in a refrigerator for a few hours to set, then into the freezer overnight to prevent gel and overheating.

 

The Cut:

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Conclusions:
I’m not thrilled with the design I got, but the awesome scent makes up for it.

I suspect I had a bit of acceleration from the Pumpkin Pie FO, as it was a little old (and this tends to happen with some fragrances.) Soaping with milk thickens the batter too.

I’m considering giving up on using Buttermilk, as it seems to make the soap so rough looking, which is from such a high fat content. (Although milks are so good for your skin. I may try using less milk).

The most interesting part of this soap is the tube mold – it has such a variety of shadings in it and you can imagine seeing a face on the pumpkin.

You can see some different techniques using pumpkin fragrances here, here, here, and here.

Cranberry Orange in Tiger & Hanger swirls with embeds on top

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Description of Bramble Berry Essential and Fragrance Oils:
Cranberry Chutney FO: With notes of traditional cranberry chutney, this tartly sweet scent is supported by subtle spice notes, vanilla, golden raisin, cooking apples and musk and sweetened with delightful concord grape. CP: turns yellow/tan; Sometime turns blue, but will disappear within 24 hrs.
Cranberry Sweet FO: This is a sweet, traditional single note Cranberry scent. Cranberry is a tart seasonal scent that is a wonderful foil for one too many spicy scents. CP: A – soap low temps, discolors yellow, but fades to cream.
10X Orange EO: Smells juicy, ripe and delicious orange. CP: Turns bright egg-yoke yellow color (but fades to beige without any other colorant added). Sticks well.

 
The Plan:
3 lb Silicone mold with Tiger & Hanger swirls, embeds on top
Use 1.3 oz of each Cranberry Chutney, Cranberry Sweet, & 10X Orange eo (extra for snowflake soaps)
Soap below 90F and stick blend only to emulsified for acceleration in Cranberry Sweet.
Extra batter for special projects.

Master batch Oils #11: 60 oz Oils (Makes 86 oz /5.3 lbs soap)
MB Oils: 60 oz/ 1701 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 8.57 oz / 243 grams
Distilled Water: (2.8 oz disc/ 14.14): 17 oz / 482 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 17 grams (in oils or Lye water at 130 degrees)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 17 grams (in oils)
Avocado Extract (1%): 17 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Carrot Extract (1%): 17 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

62 oz Batter/ Colors/1.3 oz each FO (3.9 oz total, blended together):
14 oz TKB True Red
14 oz BB Nuclear orange & Sunset orange (yellow)
10 oz BB Merlot mica
10 oz BB Fizzy Lemonade
14 oz TD White
Use 50 oz Batter, rest for Snowflake soaps.
Tiger pour with hanger swirl.
Swirl top with chopstick, add 3 oz embeds.
(BB = Bramble Berry; TKB = TBK Trading; TD = Titanium Dioxide)

 

The Reality:
I soaped my lye & oils at 86F & 85F, stick blending until emulsified, which happened very quickly (using an immersion blender). I poured off the extra batter (for a special project), mixed in my colors and FO blend, then started with my tiger pour – pouring a line of batter down the middle of the mold, with subsequent colors after until filling the mold.

I then used a skinny hanger and zig-zagged my swirl up and down (vertically) through the mold. Topped off with a few more lines of colored batter, swirled with a thin chopstick, then added little berry & orange slice embeds on top, finishing off with a spritz of fine iridescent glitter:

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I covered & wrapped up in towels, then put in a small room with a heater to promote gel.

 

The Cut:

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Conclusions:
As I poured, I knew that the batter was too thin, but I was worried about acceleration. I’m sure I got some slight acceleration (as I used less FO in the white and it stayed thinner than the other colors), but the soap was still very thin when I finished, so in hindsight I could have waited until it was a bit thicker before starting the pour – I just would rather have it too thin than too thick on this design.

You can see more Cranberry Orange soaps in different designs here and here.

Hazelnut Toffee Latte Cream soap in layers and hanger swirl

These have a lovely fragrance of Hazelnut Toffee, with underlying notes of coffee and a hint of caramel:

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Description of Bramble Berry and Essential Depot Fragrances:
BB Buttercream (B):  Like caramelized sugar, with top notes of applewood, smoked cedar, and leather. Middle notes of oat, coffee, and chamomile are followed by base notes of brown sugar and amber. CP: no A, discolors dark brown.
BB Chipotle Caramel (CC): Sweet, creamy caramel is blended with supporting notes of vanilla and nut for a traditional caramel base and then livened up with heavy doses of chipotle, cinnamon, clove and a surprising note of pimento. CP: A & D: discolors dark tan to brown/ caramel; 3% Vanilla.
ED Coffee Bean (CB): A deep, rich smell of freshly dark roasted coffee beans. CP: stays white.
BB Espresso (E): A traditional coffee scent, opening notes of bitter-sweet chocolate, coconut, and almond. Middle notes of honey and caramel while finishing off with notes of roasted coffee bean and burnt sugar. CP: No A & R, discolors dark brown. 3.5 % Vanilla.
BB Hazelnut Toffee (HT): Roasted warm hazelnuts meld beautifully with the sultry notes of Madagascar vanilla and supporting notes of marshmallow fluff, butterscotch taffy, caramel, and a touch of golden walnut butter and shea nut round out this crowd pleaser of a fragrance. CP: No A, Discolors dark brown.

 

The Plan:
3 lb silicone mold, 51 oz soap, 1.6 oz embeds
Layers: 1/3 of each color: dark brown on bottom, toffee middle, cream on top.
Use thick hanger to swirl top 2 layers.
Top with 1.6 oz CP coffee bean embeds (5 on each bar)

Master batch Oils #11: 38 oz Oils + 1.52 oz Coffee Butter (3.8%) (Makes 56 oz soap)
MB Oils: 38 oz/ 1077 grams
+ Coffee Butter: 1.52 oz/43 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 5.62 oz / 159 grams
Distilled Water: (2.04 oz disc/ 15.6%): 11 oz / 312 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 11 grams (in oils or Lye water at 130 degrees)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 11 grams (in oils)
Dulse Extract (1%): 11 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

56 oz (use 51 oz) Batter/Colors/3.5 oz FO’s:
18.7 oz BB Cappuccino Mica (Dark brown), 1.1 oz HT FO, .3 E FO; 1/4 tsp poppy seeds
18.7 oz BB Copper Mica (toffee color), .45 oz B FO, .45 oz CC FO, .3 E FO, .5 oz VS
18.7 oz TD White: 1.2 oz CB FO, .25 VS
Pour 17 oz Dark brown, let set up
Pour 17 oz Toffee color, let set up
Pour 12 oz white & hanger swirl top 2 layers.
Add 5 oz more white on top and CP coffee bean embeds

 

The Reality:
I ran my oils, with the addition of coffee butter – through the lye calculator. I utilized a variety of fragrance oils because I wanted to finish up the Hazelnut Toffee FO, boosting it a bit so that the coffee scent was more of an underlying note.

My oils were a little warm, but I went with it, as I was only doing simple layers. I soaped my lye liquid and oils at 81F and 102F, stick blending until just past emulsified (using an immersion blender). Then divided up the batter and started with the first layer: adding the poppy seeds and stick blending a tiny bit more. When this layer was thick enough to hold the next one, I added that.

After most of my third layer was poured I hanger swirled the top & middle one. (After pouring my first layer, I marked on my hanger how low I could go before hitting the next layer, so when swirling, I made sure not to go lower than my marks.) I topped off with more white batter, then added 5 coffee beans on each slice.

This looked really boring to me so I spritzed with gold mica (which helped a tiny bit) and put in the refrigerator to prevent the milks from overheating. (I had a thought of swirling some brown mica oil before adding the beans, but forgot to do this. I think it would have put it over the top!)

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The Cut:

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Conclusions:
As these have cured, the coffee notes have come forward and the Hazelnut has dissipated, but the caramel & toffee hints are still there. Hopefully that will settle down and more of the Hazelnut notes will come back.

This was a fun and easy soap to make – and it smells wonderful! It was a very late addition to my holiday soap line-up, but foodie soaps are fun for winter.