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.
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.
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 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.