Description of Bramble Berry Lavender essential oil: The scent of lavender has shown to have positive effects on mood and can help to alleviate mild feelings of agitation or distress. Lavender has been thought for centuries to arouse passions as an aphrodisiac. This is a bold yet fresh smelling Lavender essential oil, very similar to Lavender Provence. CP: No A, D, R.
Use 74 oz batter for 5 lb mold plus tube embeds.
Pour off extra soap (16 oz) for new tube embeds for future projects.
13 oz of Heart Tubes Embed: 1 skinny Aqua, 1 Fat Yellow, 0.5 Queens Purple skinny & 0.5 Ultraviolet blue = 13 oz.
Master batch Oils #18: 65 oz Oils (Makes 90 oz/5.6 lbs soap)
MB Oils: 65 oz/ 1843 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 9.17 oz / 260 grams
Distilled Water: (4.5 oz disc/ 22% disc) 16 oz / 454 grams (Used 14 oz)
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)
Sea Buckthorn Extract (1%): 18 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
74 oz batter/Colors/5 oz EO:
Add EO to batter, then separate into:
40 oz TD White (in distilled water)
15 oz BB Queens Purple mica in oil (pour off 1 oz for top)
11 oz BB Fizzy Lemonade & BB Yellow Lip Safe in oil (pour off 1 oz for top)
8 oz BB Aqua Pearl mica in oil (pour off 1 oz for top)
14 oz layer of Queen’s Purple on bottom (stick blend)
10 oz layer of Yellow (middle) layer (stick blend)
7 oz layer of Aqua Pearl last layer
1/2 white, add heart tube embeds & rest of white.
Top with lines of colored batter swirled on top, spritz fine iridescent glitter.
CPOP, but don’t turned on at halfway
(BB = Bramble Berry, TD = Titanium Dioxide)
I combined the lye liquid and oils when they were both 99F, and I stick blended until just past emulsified, (using an immersion blender), then separated it out for layers. I added purple mica & eo to the batter for the first layer, poured off 1 oz for the top, then stick blended quite a bit and poured into mold. It set very quickly, as it was pretty stiff.
I mixed up the yellow batter with color & eo and stick blended, then poured over the purple and put in the fridge to stiffen. While waiting for that, I prepped the aqua color & eo and prepped soap for some tube embeds.
I poured the aqua pearl batter over the yellow layer (over a spatula to prevent break through – and there wasn’t any. Since this soap wasn’t stick blended, I put in the fridge to stiffen for a while, while making tube embeds.
I mixed up the 40 oz of batter with TD and eo – it was Very stiff. I had to stick blend the TD in water into the batter, which did not help. (After trying the TD in water several times, I think I will go back to prepping it in oil and pouring through a fine tea strainer. I have much more control and don’t need to stick blend.)
I had to glop the last layer in – attempted to do it over a spatula without success. The aqua layer seemed set, but with such big plops of white batter, it did upset it and broke through. After adding about half, I set the heart tube embeds on top and finished with more white.
The three 1 oz of colored batter I had separated out were still very fluid (except the aqua was stiffer). I poured all on top in lines and swirled with a small chopstick; spritzed with alcohol, then fine iridescent glitter, more alcohol spritzing, and finally put in a 150F preheated oven to CPOP for 4 hours. (I did not turn the oven back on half way, as the soap seemed to be very warm to begin with. I remembered that it felt like the essential oil “cooked off” a bit last time.)
This is called CPOP – cold process oven processed. It helps the soap to come to a nice gel, which brightens the colors and sets the soap faster (for quicker removal from the mold and faster cutting & curing). (For CPOP in most areas, 170F is used. Because I live at 6,000 feet elevation, that is too hot and 150F works better.)
I should have stick blended just until emulsified, as by the time I got to the white layer, it was really thick. I also think I will switch back to titanium dioxide in oil instead of distilled water. If it’s dissolved in water, it needs to be stick blended to incorporate, and with such a thick batter that makes it very difficult, plus I don’t need to thicken it more by stick blending.
The only reason I used 1/2 heart tube embed of Ultraviolet blue instead of a full tube embed of Queens Purple, is because that was all I had. The color difference is slight, but noticeable if you look closely. Next time I hope to have enough of each embed. I did a Clyde slide pour when making the Aqua embeds, which gives it a nice swirl inside the heart.
I like the overall color combination used here. And in spite of a couple areas where the white dropped into the aqua layer, it still turned out well.