Eucalyptus Mint Tree and Unscented Invigorating Shampoo Bars with Silk – using impression mats and embeds on top

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Eucalyptus Peppermint Tea Tree Shampoo Bars – front & back

Description of Bulk Apothecary and Bramble Berry Essential Oils:
BA 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.
BB Peppermint 1st Distill: 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.
BB 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.

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Unscented Shampoo Bars – bottom & top

 

The Plan:
Use 9-bar mold; 50 oz + 4 oz shell embeds, with negative impression mat on bottom. Scent with EO Blend.
Use 6-bar mold: 34 oz, with peacock impression mat on bottom; and random pour & swirl with peacock #1 comb swirl tool (found here). Unscented.

Shampoo Master Batch Oils #1 (Makes 93 oz/ 5.8 lbs):
Oils: 65 oz/ 1842 grams
NaOH/Lye 6% SF: 9.01 oz/ 255 grams
Distilled Water: (2.45 oz/ 11% disc): 19 oz/ 539 grams
Tussah Silk Fibers: (enough fibers to loosely fill 1 teaspoon or no more than 1/2 tsp/lb.) Cut into small pieces with scissors and add to lye water right away.
Sodium Lactate: 18 grams (add to lye water)
DL-Panthenol (3%): 55 grams (add to lye water)

Pour off 9 oz for samples.

Essential Oil Blend – 2.4 oz total: .8 oz each of Eucalyptus, Peppermint 1st Distill, & Tea Tree.

Batter/Color/FO: (use 50 oz for 9-bar mold)
14 oz TKB Coral Reef Blue 1/4 EO Blend
14 oz BB Ultraviolet Blue 1/4 EO Blend
28 oz TD White 1/2 EO Blend

Batter/Color/Unscented: (34 oz 6-bar mold)
17 oz TKB Coral Reef Blue
17 oz TD White

 

The Reality:
With all the additives in the Lye water, it seemed to take forever to cool – even in an ice bath. I combined the lye & oils when they were both at 112 degrees.

It’s my policy Not to stick blend, as the shampoo batter always sets up so fast. However, the last time I made this (See Blog Post Jan 2, 2017 here), it took forever to set up and even longer to saponify – and 4 days until I could un-mold. So this time I decided to do a couple burst with the stick blender – four to be exact, and it was way too much. Note to Self: stir first and then try 1 or 2 bursts with the blender.

The batter set up incredibly fast and it was a struggle to get it into the molds.

I poured the 6-bar unscented soap first and swirled it with BB #1 peacock swirl tool (seen here). This should become the bottom, if the Peacock impression mat (on the bottom of mold) turns out well. In trying to pound the mold to reduce air bubbles, I messed up the soap design on the top and bottom edges:

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6-bar mold using #1 swirl tool comb on top (which will become the bottom)

 

The 9-bar mold was even more difficult to pour, – more like glop into the mold. I was unsuccessful in getting it into all the corners, so a couple of those bars turned out a bit uneven.

I only had 8 shell soap embeds (made using an 8 cavity wax tart mold), so I used an additional shell from another mold:

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9-bar mold with shell embeds on top (and negative impression mat on bottom)

 

The Cut/ Un-molding:

Eucalyptus Mint Tree:

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Eucalyptus Peppermint Tea Tree shampoo bars

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Bottom of Eucalyptus Peppermint Tea Tree shampoo bars

I think both sides turned out great:

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Unscented Shampoo Bars:

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Designs on top and sides

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The designs on all sides look really nice:

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Back & front

 

Conclusions:
I love how both of these shampoo bars turned out – I like the colors and designs of each. I do think the embed may be a bit chunky – what do you think?

I like the idea of decorating both the top & the bottom and it’s not that much extra effort.

Next time I need to go back to my policy of no stick blending, or first hand mix, then just one or two stick blender bursts and back to hand mixing.

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