I usually only make this once a year – in the fall, but someone wanted 13 out of 15 bars, so I decided to make another batch:
Why Buttermilk, Colloidal Oatmeal and Honey?
Buttermilk is an excellent skin softer. It has lots of extra moisturizing properties, along with alpha hydroxy acids that are great for dry, sensitive skin and delicate skin. The natural sugar in buttermilk helps increase the bubbles in soap.
Colloidal Oatmeal is a micro-fine, ground oatmeal and is one of the most gentle exfoliants you can use. It’s a great additive for those with extra dry skin and is used to alleviate itchiness. It’s also known for it’s soothing properties and has all the benefits of oatmeal without the scratchiness. It also makes skin feel smooth & refreshing.
Honey adds additional humectant properties and helps create bubbles. (A humectant is an ingredient that absorbs moisture from the air.) Humectants are great for the skin, as they can help the skin retain moisture. Honey also contains antioxidants and natural sugars which can increase the lather of soap.
Description of Bramble Berry Fragrances:
Oatmeal Milk & Honey Cybilla (OMHC): Warm oatmeal, with creamy milk & honey. CP: discolors to dark beige/tan; 1% Vanilla. Discontinued.
Oatmeal Milk & Honey (OMH): Sweet & toasty milky oatmeal, with hints of almond & honey and butter cream. CP: 2.5% Vanilla. (Possible green-brown discolor and acceleration.)
5 lb mold, 86 oz soap
Layer natural batter with colors, hanger swirl middle.
Top with bubble wrap.
Use 5.6 oz FO: the last of the OMH Cybillia (1.1 oz) & the rest in OMH (4.5 oz).
Leftovers for samples.
Master batch Oils #17: 65 oz Oils (Makes 90 oz/5.6 lbs soap)
MB Oils: 65 oz/ 1843 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 9.17 oz / 260 grams
1:1 Frozen Buttermilk & Distilled Water: (4.5 oz disc/ 22% disc) 16 oz / 454 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 18 grams (in oils or Lye water at 130 degrees)
Colloidal Oatmeal (1%): 18 grams (in oils)
Honey Powder (1%): 18 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Carrot Extract (1%): 18 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
90 oz Batter (use 86 oz)/Color/5.6 oz FO blend, 3 oz VS:
34 oz Natural, 2.5 OMH FO, .5 oz VS
20 oz Natural, 1.15 oz OMHC, .45 oz OMH FO, 1 oz VS
12 oz BB Purple Brazilian Clay (brown), in water .25 oz, 1 oz OMH FO, No VS
12 oz MM Turmeric Root Powder Orange, in water, .25 oz, .5 OMH FO, .5 VS (hint of Nuclear orange mica)
12 oz TD White; No FO, .5 oz VS
2 oz TKB Yellow Shimmer Pop mica
Pour 30 oz Natural, layer colors/drop swirl, pour 20 oz Natural, then hanger swirl.
Swirl top with toothpick and add bubble wrap.
PUT IN REFRIGERATOR to prevent milk from overheating.
DO NOT cut for 4 days.
(BB = Bramble Berry; MM= Mica’s & More; TD = Titanium Dioxide; TKB = TKB Trading; VS= Natures Garden Vanilla Stabilizer)
I froze the buttermilk and distilled water ahead of time, soaping the lye liquid and oils at 92F and 86F, and poured the lye liquid through a strainer (no undissolved milk or any bits caught); stick blending past emulsified, but stopping before light trace (using an immersion blender).
I separated out 34 oz and added the FO blend, pouring into the mold and putting into a refrigerator to set up for about 15 minutes. While waiting, I divided up the rest of the soap, and added color & fragrance to each container.
The batter behaved very well and I could have easily stick blended it more. I had 2 oz extra batter, and mixed up a little yellow mica, for a tiny accent color.
I drop swilled the 4 colors of batter, keeping the pour low so as not to go all the way to the bottom (just for something a little different); then hanger swirled (using a gear tie) – doing two figure eights in the batter. I added the 20 oz of natural – first a little to break through the other colors, with the majority poured on top.
After topping off with a few rows of colored soap, I zig-zagged with a toothpick horizontally, creating very fine lines, then again lengthwise. I then added bubble wrap on top and put in the refrigerator for 24 hours to prevent the milk from overheating.
This was a very well behaved batch of soap, which made it really enjoyable to create. The tiny bit of yellow accent color did not show up in most bars and the ones it did, it almost looked like some kind of discoloration, so it really wasn’t worth adding in.
There is more contrast between the darker, bottom half and the lighter top half of the Natural (uncolored) soap poured, which really pops more than the first batch (seen here).
I wish I would have had more OMH Cybillia fragrance, as I like that FO better than the straight OMH, but the former has been discontinued, and I used the very last bit of it. (The combination of the two is the best!)