Sunshine Orange Yuzu Sunflower soap

Description of Bramble Berry Fragrance & Essential oils:
Orange 10X EO: The scent of Sweet Orange is warming, comforting and “fodder for the heart”. It encourages you take things in good humor and absolves emotional confusion. It is stimulating & uplifting and good for colds & other ailments. CP: Discolors orange (after curing turns beige).
Yuzu FO: A fresh and sparkling light Japanese citrus. It is also referred to as Japanese Grapefruit; with top notes of mandarin, tangerine, lemon satsuma, and ruby red grapefruit. A very subtle fragrance. CP: Water White. Very Light.

The Plan:

Use 30 oz in sunflower molds for Sunshine Orange Yuzu soap.
Sunflowers: brown eye, yellow petals, rest orange.
Use soap batter (32 oz) from Smokey Bay leaf soap (see blog here).

30 oz Batter/Colors/ 2.5 oz FO/EO:
EO/FO Blend: 1 oz 10x Orange + 1.5 oz Yuzu FO
.25 oz BB Cappuccino brown mica
14 oz CC Yellow Locking Mica (may only need 8 oz), 1.5 oz EO/FO
16 oz BB Nuclear orange, 2.5 oz EO/FO
Color soap before adding EO to make sure to get the right color.
Dark Brown for the eye of the flower – put in fridge to set.
Yellow for the petals – put in fridge to set.
Orange for rest of soap.

The Reality:

This was two projects in one – you can see the details on making the soap batter here.

I poured off a tiny bit of soap that I colored brown and used a dropper to put down the batter in the center of each mold, then put in the fridge to set. When set, I poured a layer of yellow (for the petals) and again put in the fridge to set. It was not 100% firm when I was ready to add the orange layer, so I poured the soap over a spatula to prevent break through into the yellow.

This was a pretty straight forward layered pour, just in individual molds. I waited several days, before un-molding (freezing for a bit to make sure the petals didn’t get damaged in the process of removing from the mold.)

The Cut:


The two tricky things about making this soap is to not use too much brown for the center – as it will bleed into the petals – and making sure that the brown is completely set before pouring the next layer. Then when coloring the batter – get the exact color of yellow and orange before adding the fragrance blend, as the scent will turn the yellow into an orange and the orange a bit muddy. After setting, it will turn back to the true colors.

This fragrance is a lovely staple, with an uplifting scent of orange and a hint of grapefruit. The bars fit nicely in your hand and make happy gifts all year round.

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