Woodland Elves Christmas Tree Soap with ITP swirl

This fragrance officially welcomes you to the holiday season, with the perfect combination of Christmas trees and Christmas spices:

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Description of Bramble Berry Woodland Elves FO: This fragrance is the perfect combination of Christmas trees and Christmas spices including Siberian Fir, White Pine, Clove Buds and Mistletoe Berries. The pine and spice is tamed down by Pink Grapefruit, Frosted Lily and ripe Pineapple. Woodsy & spicy. CP: No Discolor; Sometimes A, sometimes no A. Strong – use 1/3 of normal amount.

 

The Plan:
5 lb mold with ITP swirl & MP embeds.
29 oz MP tree tube embed & MP gold star embeds
Use 57 oz of soap, 1.7 oz FO.
In The Pot Swirl.
Extra batter for samples and special projects.

Master batch Oils #16: 60 oz Oils (Makes 86 oz /5.3 lbs soap)
MB Oils: 60 oz/ 1701 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 8.4 oz / 238 grams
Distilled Water: (3.8 oz disc; 19.2 % disc): 16 oz / 453 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 17 grams (in oils or Lye water at 130 degrees)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 17 grams (in oils)
Ginseng Extract (1%): 17 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Green Tea Extract (1%): 17 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

60 oz Batter/Color/1.7 oz FO:
50 oz TD White
10 oz MM Hunter Green
Pour some batter on bottom of loaf.
Spritz tree tubes with alcohol and put them into mold
ITP swirl with green into white. Pour batter around tree.
Hunter Green, Gold & Silver mica oils on top. Add MP gold star on top.
Put in refrigerator to prevent MP embeds from melting.
Leftovers for samples.
(MM = Mica’s & More; TD = Titanium Dioxide)

 

The Reality:
I made several MP Tree tube embeds and MP gold star embeds a week before using detergent free low sweat Aloe & Olive glycerin soap and wrapped in plastic wrap to prevent sweating.

I combined lye and oil mixture at 87F & 89F, stick blending until emulsified (using an immersion blender). After separating out and coloring the batter, I made numerous Snowflake soaps in single molds while the main soap reached the right consistency for doing an In The Pot swirl. I could have stick blended the main batter and done that first, but then the extra soap may have gotten too thick for what I was planning with that (Clyde slide swirls).

When the soap was at a light to medium trace, I added the FO, mixed thoroughly, and poured the green into the white in various spots, then used a spatula to slightly swirl the two colors (about two passes with it.) I did not get any acceleration from the FO.

I realized that I had poured most of my batter from about 2 feet above the bowl and that much of it went down to the bottom of the bowl. (I should have poured from differing heights to vary the green color throughout.)

I poured about 1/5 of the batter into the mold and it was very green; spritzed each MP tree embed and put in the middle of the mold, then poured the rest of the batter around & on top of the trees; banging down the mold, to release any air pockets. To top it off, I added mica oil lines of green, gold, and silver in a diagonal, I used a toothpick to swirl them in the opposite diagonal and then made small circular swirls.

I spritzed the MP gold stars with alcohol and placed one in the middle of each bar. After sprinkling with fine iridescent glitter, I put into the refrigerator overnight to prevent heating up & gelling (and so that the embeds wouldn’t melt).

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The Cut:IMG_9554

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Conclusions:
Just like last year, these turned out beautifully! The woodsy scent really says Christmas!

You can see previous versions of this soap here, here, and here.

 

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