Grapefruit Bellini Confetti Soap

I had some leftover bits of soap (from the Rimmed Soap Challenge, March 19, 2016 blog) and lots of additional soap scraps from trimming my bars, so I decided it would be fun to make a simple Confetti soap.


I just got some wonderful FO: Grapefruit Bellini, from Bramble Berry. It smells divine. Here is the description: 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.

I had about 10 oz of confetti and used 43 oz of soap batter (using master batch oils #2; see Jan 9, 2016 blog – Amber Frankincense & Myrrh for recipe). This did give me some leftover soap batter that I planned to use to test some new scents.

For this batch, I used 1/3 of one brand of lye that I’ve been having some weird results with (see previous April 1 blog) and 2/3 of another brand that is newer and works perfectly. I hate to throw things out (I have 3 lbs left of the weird stuff) and since this was a very straight forward technique, I thought I would try a mix of the two lye brands.

The batter really accelerated and got thick, but it’s possible that it could have been the FO – although in all the reviews no one has had this problem. (The old lye on it’s own has been accelerating trace, then reversing trace – but there was no reversing in this batch.)

My lye-water reached 195-200 degrees, which is in a very acceptable range. (I usually get 200-210 degrees.)

I split my batter in half, coloring one half with BB Fizzy Lemonade Yellow and the other with BB Ultramarine Pink – a pink that I have had for ages, but haven’t used much. The pink got very dark and more purple than I had wanted (even though I really love purple), so I added some TD and leftover Electric Bubblegum pink to try to lighten it up a bit.

I have read some complains about the Ultramarine Pink clumping, even when using oil and blending with a mini-mixer. I preheated my oil and had no issues. (I’m so glad I read about this technique a couple months ago, as it works great.)

I added all the soap scraps from the rimmed soap (yellow, orange, pink, & green) to the yellow batter and used pastels with lots of pinks & purples in the pink batter. I then tried to hanger swirl the two sides, but the soap was way too thick for that.

I tried swirling the top, but the confetti seemed to get in the way too.


Top swirled, but you can see how thick the soap is, with confetti poking out

In hindsight I should have mixed all the scraps together first, as the yellow ended up with more of an orange hue of confetti, while the pink had more of a purple hue of confetti – so each side looks very different.

This soap smells amazing! I think it’s my new favorite scent. I used 3 oz in 3.5 lbs of soap and I want to use even more in the next batch. (Or maybe boost with some straight grapefruit or other note in the blend.)


 An Aside:

With the extra soap batter that I had, I tested some new BB scents: (clockwise) Papaya Coconut, Coconut Cybilla, and Butter Mints:

They all smell wonderful, especially the Papaya Coconut & Butter Mints.



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