Description of Bramble Berry Fragrances:
Grapefruit Bellini (GB): This sparkling, fruity fragrance is a bright, happy scent. Top notes of Pineapple, Jasmine and Grapefruit are enlivened by Peach Nectar and Mango then finished off with Rhubarb and Sugared Musk. CP: Pale tan/yellow discolor; some fading of top notes, cures very light; accelerated last time used. Fades – use 1.5 oz/1 lb soap.
Pink Grapefruit (PG): Light, exhilarating, wake-me-up grapefruit. CP: wonderful, really hangs on, no fading.
Soap low temperatures to slow acceleration.
3 lb mold with clear MP embeds.
3 MP Butterfly embeds on top of each bar – 4.65 oz total.
Tiger swirl & hanger swirl in butterfly shape?
Master batch Oils #9: 38 oz Oils (Makes 54 oz soap)
MB Oils: 38 oz/ 1077 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 5.41 oz / 153 grams
Distilled Water: (1.54 oz disc/ 12.3%): 11 oz / 312 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 11 grams (in Lye water at 130 degrees)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 11 grams (in oils)
Carrot Extract (1%): 11 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Dulse Extract (1%): 11 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
54 oz Batter/Colors/ 4.4 oz GB + .5 oz PG FO:
18 oz TD White
9 oz BB Queens purple mica
9 oz BB Raspberry mica
9 oz BB Nuclear Orange & Racing Stripe Orange (turns yellow)
9 oz CC Yellow Locking mica & BB Fizzy Lemonade colorant
(BB = Bramble Berry; TD = Titanium Dioxide; CC = Crafters Choice Wholesale Supplies Plus.)
Use 47.35 oz for loaf mold; rest of batter for oval soaps.
Tiger stripe then hanger swirl in shape of butterfly.
Put 3 clear MP Butterfly embeds on top of each bar: (Pink, purple, yellow, orange) – 4.65 oz total.
Sprinkle with fine iridescent glitter.
Make 3 oval soaps, ITP swirl, with leftover MP butterflies on top (8 – 1.45 oz total.)
PUT IN FRIDGE SO MP EMBEDS DON’T MELT
I soaped at very low temperatures: 92F for lye liquid and 90F for oils, stick blending until just emulsified (using an immersion blender). After dividing up all the batter and mixing in the colors, I added the FO blend. It stayed very thin for several minutes, and then accelerated fast.
I quickly poured Tiger stripe lines in this order: purple, raspberry, white, orange, yellow, white – then repeated several times. I made very hefty pours, as I didn’t know how much thicker the batter would get. (It accelerated just past a medium trace, then stopped without thickening anymore.)
I then attempted to create a butterfly swirl inside with my thin hanger tool, (from Bramble Berry, here) still working quickly, as I was unsure how stiff the batter was inside. I put the hanger in the middle of the mold and moved it half way down, then pulled it up and over to one side, zig-zagging a bit as I moved it half way down the outer side and pulled it up to the middle. I did the other side the same way.
When I brought it back to the middle of the mold the second time, I moved it down & out to the side, zig-zagging again from the edge down to the bottom, then pulling it up to the middle and repeated the other side. I was working blind, but trying to trace the outline of a butterfly inside the mold with the hanger tool.
I then swirled the top diagonally with a chopstick and zig-zagged it horizontally down the length of the mold several times; topped with MP butterfly embeds and fine iridescent glitter:
In this close up you can see the swirls underneath the MP butterfly embeds a little better, as well as the fine iridescent glitter:
I know this was a huge amount of FO for 3 1/3 lbs of soap, but I actually worried that I hadn’t used enough. I remember the Grapefruit Bellini fading in this fragrance last time I used it, which is why I added some Pink Grapefruit FO. (I had 4.4 oz left of Grapefruit Bellini and wanted to finish it off. If I buy this again, it may be better to use a higher ratio of Grapefruit FO with it.)
After curing, this fragrance smells really amazing but is very light. The Grapefruit Bellini was almost 2 years old, so this may be one of those fragrances that have a short shelf life (although I remember it was light when new too).
I forgot that in the description of this FO, it says it discolors tan or yellow and I did not take this into consideration with my colors, however I didn’t get any discolor.
All the intricate swirls I made with the hanger did not produce a butterfly – it looks like a bird or rising phoenix to me. I’m not sure why I thought I could get a butterfly look – I truly had no idea – but thought I would try it anyway. However, I really like the unique design that was created.
It’s interesting that I used the same amount of purple & raspberry as yellow & orange, and yet the first two colors seem like accent colors and the last two appear to be the primary colors. I think this is because the white helps boost the lighter colors and contrasts with the darker ones.
I am very pleased with this design and would like to try it again sometime.