Amber Frankincense & Myrrh Soap

No, it’s not Christmas deja vu…this soap is a special order. It is a very nice fragrance blend that, like pumpkin, gets overlooked for most of the year.

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I used 42 oz of my master batch oils #2 formula:
5%        Apricot Kernel Oil
10%      Avocado Oil
5%        Castor Oil
5%        Cocoa Butter
25%      Coconut Oil
5%        Grape seed Oil
20%      Palm Oil
5%        Palm Kernel Flakes
5%        Rice Bran Oil
5%        Refined Shea Butter
10%      Soybean Oil
1%        Green Tea Extract
With:
5.949 oz/169 grams – Lye (5% superfat)
12.3 oz/350 grams – Distilled Water (slight discount)
16 grams – Sodium Lactate (1 tsp/lb oils)

This made 60 oz of batter. I poured off 8 oz and used 52 oz with my 3 lb silicone mold for this project. (I frequently make extra soap batter to try new scents, molds, & techniques.)

I planned my color pallet to take into account discoloring (and slight acceleration) from the fo’s. I measured out 1.5 oz of BB Amber and 1.5 oz BB Frankincense & Myrrh Cybilla. (You can see the natural discolor of this scent combo in my Oct 17, 2015 – Gold Frankincense & Myrrh Blog).

Why Black? Activated charcoal seems to be the new thing. A colleague showed me an ad for AC soap and they wanted $15 a bar. It is good for your skin, and if it’s in, then maybe people will find black soap more appealing. (I’m hoping, as it’s a nice color to work with.)

Activated Charcoal is said to draw bacteria, poisons, chemicals, dirt and other micro-particles to the surface of skin, helping to achieve a flawless complexion and fight acne. It also is said to reduce inflammation, which is significant in preventing premature aging.

Back to soaping:

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Soap ready to pour: CC Yellow Locking mica, BB Celine Red mica (will morph to orange), TKB #30 Lake True Red, BB Cappuccino Brown mica, BB Activated Charcoal.

Color Pallet & fo mix:
20 oz black – BB Activated Charcoal –  1 oz FM fo; 1 oz Amber fo
8 oz brown – BB Cappuccino Mica –  .5 oz FM fo; .5 oz Amber fo
8 oz yellow – CC Yellow Locking Mica – no fo
8 oz red – TKB #30 Lake – True Red – no fo
8 oz orange – BB Celine Red Mica (morphs to orange) – no fo

I stick blended to emulsification, and by the time I prepared each part with color & fo, the soap was at a very light trace. The brown batter got a bit thicker than the rest.

I poured all the black into the mold, then drop swirled the brown, yellow, red, orange. I then did a horizontal, followed by a vertical hanger swirl. I had done something similar in my Santa’s Sleigh Ride soap and really liked the results. (See Oct 12, 2015 Blog – Santa’s Sleigh Ride).

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Top before swirling.

I then splattered the leftover colors and swirled the top with a chop stick.

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Top of soap loaf after swirling.

 

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Close up of a section of the soap top.

20 hours later, the soap easily came out of the mold.

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The soap sliced nicely in my new soap slicer from Santa.

The Celine Red mica is morphing nicely to orange.

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I’m surprised there isn’t more yellow. Instead of equal amounts of the four colors, I should have used more yellow to offset the red & orange, which are so close in color. The orange may still morph a bit and the brown may darken a little more too.

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I love how the mirrored images look and that each bar is so different.

It’s interesting that there seems to be more of a vertical hanger swirl than the horizontal. I did about 8 horizontal hanger swirls and only 4 vertical swirls, yet they all seem to be just vertical. A very different result than I was expecting, but I really like that it looks like flames.

 

Extra Bits:
I used my left over batter to make a Heavenly Honeysuckle soap (left) and an Electric Lemonade soap (right), in Large Victorian Heart molds with soap shavings inside. I  wanted to try these scent samples plus I wanted to see how these soaps would look with the colored bits inside.

I also attempted to use the top of the mold of the first soap like an impression mat – pouring all red, then scraping off the extra, with yellow as the contrasting color behind it. It proved a bit difficult to do inside the mold. And as I poured the rest of the soap, it broke through the yellow and some of the red.

I randomly poured in my 3 colors of soap in the Electric Lemonade, and there is not much difference between the two – I even prefer the random one on the right.

I had just enough batter left to make an unscented Guest Victorian Heart soap:

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I like having samples around for people that are afraid to try homemade soap or that have skin problems from cheap store bought soap (Pink Himalayan salt bars are a miracle worker for this). It’s wonderful when they get up the courage to use handmade soap and love it.

 

2 comments on “Amber Frankincense & Myrrh Soap

  1. April says:

    Gorgeous Sly 🙂 I really love how colorful your soaps are. Congrats on your new cutter! I need to find a couple little cute molds, your hearts are as pretty as your bars!!!

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    • soapsbysly says:

      Thank you so much April!
      I really love using the large & guest Victorian Heart Molds – they are a good size to try different scents & colors and some people will only buy the hearts for gifts.
      I noticed that Brambleberry has a variety of 4 molds in one on their web specials this month – that might be worth checking out.
      Sly

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