This is my 3rd time making Chai Tea soap for the holidays.
The photo on the left is the soap in 2013, using a silicone brownie pan. The photo on the right is the 2014 version, using a square soaping pan:
In 2014 I got the bottom layers/colors reversed, producing less contrast with the top colors, but I like the crisp, clean dark look on the bottom and I attempted to do the same for 2015.
This time I used a 9-bar horizontal mold with dividers. I knew using the dividers would alter the appearance a bit, and the bars would be slimmer, taller & fatter.
I also revised the scent: instead of a straight Chai Tea I did a 3:4 mix of Cranberry Chutney and Chia tea.
I used 40 oz of my Master batched oils (See Sept 27th blog) and 12 oz of frozen Goat’s Milk.
Here was the plan:
17 oz brown – bottom layer with 2 oz Chai tea FO
17 oz BB Yellow Oxide & CC Yellow Locking Mica – middle layer with 1.5 oz Cranberry chutney
8 oz TD white – top layer (no FO)
7 oz TKB #30 True red – top layer (no FO)
7 oz BB Hydrated Chrome green/teal & BB Chrome Oxide, for a Christmas green – top layer (no FO)
In the bottom layer of my 9-bar mold I poured 17 oz of brown with the Chai Tea Cybilla, which discolors dark brown; followed by 17 oz of yellow with Cranberry Chutney, which discolors yellow/beige.
For the top layer I poured stripes of white, red, & green, adding a little Vanilla Stabilizer to help prevent discolor bleed from the FO’s. A more precise way to do this would have been to use squirt bottles to make stripes….but I really hate the cleaning!
With all the soap poured, I did a zig-zag diagonally with a chop stick, then swirled loops; added the dividers, and put it to bed in the freezer for a day, then the fridge for another day before un-molding.
After un-molding, the sides that did not have dividers on them looked like this. The photo on the left is taken just after un-molding. The photo on the right is the same bar, 1 week later. (I steamed the one on the right, which brighten up the colors too.)
Each bar turned out uniquely different:
I did not take good notes in 2014, but I may have used more of a white base layer, with the red & green swirled on top, where in this batch I used equal amounts of red, green, & white. I like the whiter base of 2014, but I love the more intricate swirls of this new batch.
I’m still unsure of which sides I like better: the crisp, clean lines of different layers or the top colors & design pulled over the sides.