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.
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
5 oz ml TD white, 5 ml FO
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)
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 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?