Lemon Verbena in Drop & Hanger swirls, with coconut water


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:


The green looks like guacamole to me


Close up


The Cut:


The green settled down to it’s familiar color



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:


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.


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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