Lemon Verbena in Drop & Hanger swirls, with coconut water

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BB Lemon Verbena description:  A wonderfully complex blend of Italian Bergamot, Lemon Verbena mixed with sultry Primrose and Violet. Rounding the blend out is a dry down of Amber and White Musk and just a little drop of Peppermint for an energizing surprise (Yankee Type FO). Accelerates, keep temperatures down. (Reviews say acceleration is workable.)

 

The Plan:
Use 3 lb mold (52 oz), drop swirl colors in the middle and hanger swirl from middle outwards (trying to get a bit of a heart design).

50 oz Oils (Makes 73 oz /4.5 lbs soap)
Master Batch #6 Oils
Oils: 50 oz/ 1417 grams
NaOH/Lye 5% SF: 7.11 oz / 202 grams
Coconut water & Distilled Water: (2.5 oz disc): 14 oz / 397 grams
Sodium Lactate: 14 grams
Kaolin Clay: 14 grams

Batter/Colors/FO – 3 oz:
36 oz TD White base (all FO)
4 oz CC Yellow Locking mica
4 oz CC Green Mojito
4 oz BB Radiant Plum (dark pink)
4 oz BB Ultraviolet Purple

Used 11.5 oz coconut water – very cold but not frozen + 2.5 oz of frozen distilled water, in ice bath. Added NaOH and temp heated up to 177 degrees, turning the lye-liquid orange, then brown as it started cooling.

I soaped with both Lye & oils at 98 degrees, blending to emulsified. Divided & mixed in colorants, then FO. The batter was still too thin to pour for 5+ minutes, then it really accelerated and I had to get into mold quickly.

I drop swirled the colors in middle and hanger swirl from middle outwards, 3-4 times on each side.

You can see how thick the colors got in the swirl on top – especially the green:

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The green looks like guacamole to me

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Close up

 

The Cut:

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The green settled down to it’s familiar color

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Dropping all the colors in the middle and swirling the hanger from the middle outwards, served to split many of the soaps in half, rather than the idea of creating a heart shape. So this feels like a fail to me, but I’m glad I at least got nice designs in the soaps that look like flowers to me:

 

Conclusions:
I prefer BB Fizzy Lemonade Yellow to CC Yellow Locking Mica, but I was out of the former – I think it would have been a nicer color in this soap.

I would like to work on this theory of dropping all the colors in the middle and swirling to create a heart. Maybe just one swirl from the middle outward would create the effect I was looking for. If anyone has any input in this, I would appreciate hearing from you.

 

Leftovers:
Tube Molds: Made skinny heart & big heart tubes in purple for other projects.

An Aside:
Testing scents in Victorian Hearts:

  • 1:2 BB Lemon Verbena and BB Sun Ripened Raspberry (2 ml:4 ml)
  • BB Black Amber & Lavender (8 ml) (Discolors Dark Brown, 11.5% Vanilla)
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