Fresh Snow with doves & tube mold embeds, in drop swirl; Plus Fresh Snow Snowflake soaps

 

I used this fragrance last year with a zebra stripe – you can see that blog post here.

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Fresh Snow Doves and Fresh Snow Snowflake soaps

Description of Bramble Berry Fresh Snow FO: This fragrance is designed to mimic the feeling of peace and tranquility after a fresh snowfall. It is a very ozone-y fragrance, reminiscent of clean laundry or fresh cotton. The actual notes however are intriguing; this fragrance has a crisp heliotrope top with supporting notes of spring water, juniper berry, vetyver and sandalwood. CP: no discolor. Reviews: no acceleration, very strong; reverses trace.

 

The Plan:
For Main Soap:
2.5 oz FO
3 lb mold, 45.5 oz soap plus 6.6 oz Embeds (5.15 oz tube + 1.45 oz doves).
Use round tube mold with multi colored blues & white, and 9 white doves, dusted with gold mica.
Light blue & dark blue, with hint of purple drop swirl into white (darker blues near tube mold).
For Snowflake soap:
.75 oz FO, 21.5 oz total batter
ITP swirl with white, light blue & dark blue and hint of purple

Master batch Oils #8 & #9: 48 oz Oils (Makes 67 oz soap)
MB Oils: 48 oz/ 1361 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 6.84 oz / 194 grams
Distilled Water: (3.84 oz/ 24% disc): 13 oz / 369 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 14 grams (in Lye water at 130 degrees)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 14 grams (in oils)
Buckthorn Extract (1%): 14 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Chamomile Extract (1%): 14 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

Batter/Color/FO (3.25 oz total):
For Main Soap: 45.5 oz soap, 2.5 oz FO:
32.5 oz TD White
5 oz CC Blue Locking mica (light blue) (MORPHED TO GREY, then purple)
5 oz BB Ultramarine Blue (dark blue)
3 oz BB Ultramarine Violet (purple)
Pour 2/3 of white, drop swirl blues, add embed on top of dark blue area, drop swirl rest of white & blues.
Top with lines of blues, violet, white, & silver mica.

For Snowflakes: 21.5 oz soap, .75 oz FO:
15.5 oz TD White
3 oz BB Ultramarine Blue (dark blue)
3 oz CC Blue Locking mica (light blue)
ITP Swirl

 

The Reality:
I combined the lye and oils at 106F and 108F, stick blending until emulsified (using immersion blender), then pouring off 21.5 oz to make the Snowflake soaps, adding .75 oz of FO to the batter and stick blending until light trace.

I did an In the Pot swirl and poured into 6 individual snowflake molds.

I then added 2.5 oz of FO to the remaining batter, stick blended to light trace, and separated some out for the colored portions of the loaf soap, adding titanium dioxide to the rest of the batter. I had to wait 15 minutes until it all thickened to the perfect consistency I wanted (a light-medium trace).

I poured just over half the batter in the mold, then drop swirled the colors; added the tube mold, more white, and more colors; finishing with a layer of white. I topped it off with lines of leftover color and silver & blue mica lines; swirled with a chop stick, then put one white dove (dusted with gold mica) on what will be each slice:

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You can better see the blue mica that was still blue in places and in others had already morphed to grey (both which eventually turned purple)

I spritzed with iridescent glitter – using a powder spray bottle (purchased at Qosmedix here) and put in a room with a little heater, wrapped in towels to promote gel.

 

The Cut:

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Conclusions:
This is definitely a good fragrance to use when making a complicated design, as it seems to take a very long time to thicken. It is also really strong and 3.25 oz of FO for 4+ lb of soap is too much, 2 to 2.5 oz of scent may be a better choice next time.

I was so disappointed that the CC Blue Locking mica (light blue) morphed to a grey. I added more & more color, but it didn’t help. I have only used this mica a couple times, but it didn’t turn grey. (You can see this blog post here, where it turned a nice shade of blue.) Of course, the next day it was purple. So instead of having 2 blues and a hint of purple, I have lots of purple with a little blue.

The round tube embed seems strange in this soap. I was originally thinking of a snowball in each bar, but that’s not quite what I got. I find the drop swirl design & embed inelegant and boring. Not a winner for me, but I really love the top – if only the whole soap could look as pretty as the top does!

A white round tube embed with a light blue base and possibly ITP swirl might have worked better.

 

Fresh Snow Snowflake soaps:

The In The Pot swirl gives these soaps a nice look:

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Conclusions:
Doing an ITP swirl is a great way to go with snowflakes, as alternating the pour (seen in Peppermint Snowflakes blog here) makes them a bit clunky. The colors really blended nicely in these, which create a lovely design on the sides too.

 

 

 

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