After several tests of sent combos, I think I finally came up with one that will work: a 5:2 ratio of Pumpkin to Espresso FO. Here is the descriptions of the Bramble Berry scents:
- Pumpkin Pie Cybilia: This pumpkin scent is more spicy than sweet, with butter, vanilla, clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Discolors Brown, 4.5% Vanilla. No A. Light Scent. (Discontinued.)
- Espresso: This comforting and familiar scent smells just like that good ol’ cup a Joe. The fragrance entices the senses with opening notes of bitter-sweet chocolate, coconut, and almond. Middle notes of honey and caramel, then finishing off with notes of roasted coffee bean and burnt sugar. Discolors dark brown. No A.
Add some Pumpkin Seed Oil and Coffee Butter for a more luxurious soap, as well as a little extra fragrance (3.8 oz in a 3+ lb mold), since the Pumpkin scent is so light. Use a dark base color (to go with the brown discolor), and drop swirl colors: cream, orange, red-orange, and black.
Master batch #5 oils: 36 oz; Plus: 1.8 oz Coffee Butter & 1.8 oz Pumpkin Seed Oil = 39.6 oz oils; 56 oz Soap Batter/ 3.5 lbs Soap (put through lye calculator)
Oils: 36 oz/ 1021 grams
Coffee Butter: 1.8 oz/ 51 grams
Pumpkin Seed Oil: 1.8 oz/ 51 grams
Lye: 5.54 oz/ 157 grams
(2.27 oz disc) Frozen Goat Milk: 11 oz/ 312 grams
Sodium Lactate: 16 grams (into Lye liquid at 130 degrees/less)
Batter/Colors/FO 3.8 oz (2.7 oz Pumpkin Pie & 1.1 oz Espresso blended)
20 oz BB natural (with a touch of Sienna Shimmer mica); 3 oz FO blend (will discolor)
14 oz TD white; no FO & .5 oz Vanilla Stabilizer
6 oz BB Activated Charcoal (with a touch of Sienna Shimmer mica); .8 oz FO blend
8 oz BB Racing Stripe Orange mica; no FO & .25 oz VS (turns yellow in CP)
8 oz BB Coral mica (with a touch of TKB #30 True red); no FO & .25 oz VS
Top Mica oils swirls: Racing Stripe Orange, Sienna Shimmer, & Coral micas.
I went with the Racing Stripe Orange, as it seems like a bright Pumpkin color to me. However, I did not look at my notes, which say that it turns yellow in CP. This was the first time using it and I should have studied up – Oops!!
I added my scents and poured the 20 oz base soap into a 3 lb silicone mold, then drop swirled the other colors.
I then added mica oils of Racing Stripe Orange, Sienna Shimmer, & Coral, then swirled the top again:
Where did all this pink come from?
I un-molded & cut the bars and they were very beige inside (like the sides in the photo above.) The black looked hideous with the beige. I thought that maybe I should have left out the black (I put it in because it was the dark, black color of coffee).
I should have taken a couple photos immediately after the cut, but I had to run out of town for several days. When I got back, the soap had morphed to a beautiful dark brown and the black looked lovely with it (the brown is so dark, the black is barely visible in places). The Racing Stripe Orange turned to a golden yellow, which works well with the browns. And the pink morphed to a pinkish-orange-red…not ideal, but not too noticeable either.
I’m not that excited about this drop swirl without following up with a hanger swirl. I think the ratio of colored soap to base soap is too high – much less color would have made this pop more. I am also very disappointed with the Coral being so pink and not having enough orange. The Racing Stripe Orange that morphed to a pumpkin yellow is okay, but I wanted more of a true pumpkin orange and some red orange, like the colors I had in the mixed oils.
It’s a bit of a theme of mine – over doing it with too much color and I need to learn more restraint and subtleness.
Testing a 5:4 blend of Chai Tea & Vanilla Bean FO (dusted with Gold Sparkle Mica):