I made this last summer, with less then stunning results (see July 11, 2016 Soap Challenge). But I love the scent and wanted to try my hand at it again.
Bramble Berry Karma Essential Oil Blend: A mixture of patchouli, orange, lavendin, pine, Lemongrass, & Elemi Oils, and Gardenia extract. It is inspired by Lush’s Karma fragrance and smells deeply sensuous and alluring, with base notes of Patchouli and Orange. CP: Accelerates and discolors beige/honey brown.
The Plan: 62 oz total batter
Add Argan Oil to Master Batch oils
3 lb mold, 50 oz, In The Pot swirl
Pour off 12 oz for sample & guest molds
42.3 oz Oils + 1.7 oz Argon Oil (44 oz Total Oils)
Master batch #6 oils (Makes 62 oz/3.8 lb soap)
Oils: 42.3 oz/ 1199 grams
Argan Oil (3.8%): 1.7 oz/ 48 grams
NaOH/Lye 8% SF: 6.04 oz / 171 grams
Frozen Buttermilk & Distilled Water: (2.52 oz disc): 12 oz / 340 grams (6 oz of each)
Sodium Lactate: 12 grams
Kaolin Clay: 12 grams
I added Argan oil for it’s skin loving attributes: Argan has similar properties as Chia & Jojoba oil – it’s high in antioxidants, with essential fatty acids that are nourishing & moisturizing.
I also bumped up the Super Fat so this can be used as a facial soap.
50 oz Batter/Colors/ 3 oz Karma EO:
26 oz Yellow Silt Clay in water
8 oz Green Sea Clay in water
8 oz Red Brazilian Clay in water
8 oz Indigo Powder in oil
It’s always a huge bonus when things turn out better than what you planned.
Thanks to the frozen Buttermilk & distilled water, my lye-liquid was at 94 degrees for soaping with 108 degree oils. (I used a strainer to filter the lye, in case some did not dissolve in the milk.) I stick blended to emulsified and divided my batter, then colored it before adding the EO.
I expected the fast acceleration I had gotten last summer, but it didn’t happen, staying at a light trace. I did not mark down the temperatures I soaped at last time, so these lower temps may have made all the difference.
Since the batter didn’t thicken, I decided to take advantage of this and do a drop & hanger swirl (instead of ITP swirl). As I was scrambling for my gear tie for the 3 lb mold, the batter started moving a little faster. But it was just the right thickness for this swirl, which I quickly accomplished.
Top after pouring & swirling:
I put it into the fridge (due to the Buttermilk) and worked on my guest molds.
Fortunately the soap colors lightened up a bit.
I obviously need more practice with using clay. I think these look a little rough and got too dark. After cutting the loaf, the soap lighted up a bit, but is still too dark for me. I need to use clay a little more sparingly.
Guest/Sample size soaps with 1 oz Karma eo:
1 – Leaf mold square
1 – Heart in round
1 – Love square
1 – Guest Victorian Heart
1 – Rectangle with leftovers