Eucalyptus Mint Tree Pink Himalayan Salt Bars with Neem Oil (and tiny embeds)

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Description of the Essential Oils:
Eucalyptus: It awakens the mind and opens the lungs. It helps remove exhaustion & mental sluggishness and rejuvenates the spirits of the sick. It has a pleasant aroma and is effective as a deodorant, antibacterial, antiseptic, and antimicrobial agent.
Peppermint: Fresh, nostalgic, and instantly recognizable, Peppermint essential oil’s scent invigorates the mind and senses, while inspiring a sense of peace. This herbaceous, sweet smelling mint improves mental performance, cognitive function, digestion, athletic performance, & pain tolerance. It is used for its soothing qualities on the digestive system.
Tea Tree (Melaleuca): Has a minty, earthy smell that leaves you energized & revitalized. Tea tree oil has claimed to be useful for treating a wide variety of medical conditions and shows promise as an antimicrobial. It may be effective in a variety of dermatologic conditions including dandruff, acne, lice, herpes, and other skin infections.

What is Neem Oil and why use it?
Neem Oil is very effective antiseptic, anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiviral agent. Assists in the healing of skin disorders including eczema, psoriasis, rashes, burns and acne. Considered a natural insect repellent. It has a very strong odor that is often described as a blend of nut and garlic (more like really bad garlic and something dead – fortunately this scent cures out). Rich in essential fatty acids, triglycerides, vitamin E & calcium; known to smooth wrinkles, reduce eczema and acne, stimulate collagen and relieve dry skin.

For more details on Neem Oil and experimentation with it, See Facial Soap with Neem Oil – 1 lb Test Batch Blog here.

The Plan:
PH Salt Master Batch Oils: 50 oz/1417 grams oils, plus 2.5 oz Neem Oil = 75oz/ 4.75 lbs batter. (Run through the Lye Calculator). Add 28 oz PH salt for total of 103 oz/6.4 lb soap.
Pour off 8 oz of batter for embeds before adding EO, Neem Oil, and Salt.
Use 6-bar (36 oz) and 9-bar (54 oz) molds. (Use leaf mold for leftovers.)

PH Salt Master Batch Oils: 50 oz /1417 grams oils Plus 2.5 oz Neem Oil:
75 oz/4.75 lbs plus 28 oz (by weight) salt = 103 oz/ 6.4 lb batter
Oils: 50 oz/ 1417 grams
Neem Oil: 2.5 oz/ 71 grams
NaOH/Lye 10% SF: 7.77 oz/ 220 grams
Distilled Water & Aloe 1:1: 15 oz/425 grams
Mallow Extract: .5 oz/14 grams + Chamomile Extract .5 oz/ 14 grams
Kaolin Clay: 1 oz/ 28 grams
Pink Himalayan Salt: 28 oz

More Detailed Recipe:
4.8%         Castor Oil                     2.5 oz              71 grams
66.7%       Coconut Oil                  35 oz            992 grams
4.8%         Hazelnut Oil                2.5 oz              71 grams
4.8%         Neem Oil                     2.5 oz              71 grams
9.5%         Palm Oil                          5 oz            142 grams
4.8%         Shea Butter Refined  2.5 oz             71  grams
4.8%         Sunflower seed Oil    2.5 oz              71 grams
10% SF    NaOH/Lye                  7.77 oz            220 grams
2.33oz disc  Water & Aloe 1:1    15 oz             425 grams

Scent Blend 3.75 oz Total: 1.25 oz of each: Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Tea Tree.

95 oz Batter/Colors/Salt/EO Blend:
15 oz soap + 7 oz PH Salt, BB Apple Green LabColor
15 oz soap + 7 oz PH Salt, BB Aqua Blue LabColor  + Ultraviolet blue
37 oz soap + 14 oz PH Salt, BB TD White
ITP swirl: White base, with green & blue added.
Top with little birds & hearts one on each bar.

Soap at 130 degrees, do not stick blend. Pour off 8+ oz for embeds before adding Neem Oil & Salt.

The Reality:
Soaped the Lye & oils at 122 & 124 degrees.

Poured off 8 oz for embeds, then added the Neem Oil & EO Blend and separated into 3 containers. Added colors.

Sadly, with the dark brown of the Neem Oil, it distorts all the colors:

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Clockwise: blue (should morph to blue), green & white

I added the salt and poured the green & blue into the white for an In The Pot swirl. Poured into 6-bar and 9-bar mold and added heart & bird embeds.

Unfortunately, it looks very boring, but the discolor from the Neem Oil should dissipate:

The Cut/ Un-molding:
I am quite disappointed that the bright green and blues did not come through. In a test batch with Neem oil (see March 27, 2017 blog here), and the colors appeared in a couple weeks, but not these. After 2+ weeks they still looked like concrete, so I gave up. Surprisingly, 3+ weeks into the cure they all turned to a lovely shade of pale green.

Only 2 soaps from the 9-bar mold have a hint of the colors I used:

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Not captured very well in these photos is the pale green color of all the soap.

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Soaps from the 6-bar mold have a hint of Ultraviolet Blue trying to get through, but can’t quite make it.

You can see more of colors trying to come out on the back side of the 6-bar mold with impression mat:

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Leftovers were put in a leaf mold:

Conclusions:
I really like the cute little embeds on top and the impression mat on the bottom – I should have used the mat for all the bars. I obviously need, much, much more color next time and I need to keep in mind the green-brown hue from the Neem oil, plus the pink from the PH salt when I plan the color palette.

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