Smokey Bay Leaf soap in tiger and hanger swirls

Description of Bramble Berry Fragrances:
Tobacco & Bay Leaf (TB): A rich & complex scent with top notes of bay leaf and fir needle, mingled with cedarwood and bergamot – warm, woodsy, & sophisticated. The fragrance has a fresh, clean aroma with well-balanced natural notes. CP: No A, Discolors to beige.
Vetyver (V): Has top notes of Lemon & Rosemary. The middle notes contain florals, Sandalwood and Patchouli and finally, the luscious blend finishes off with musk and vetyver. CP: water white.
Black Tea (BT): Tea leaves with tobacco overtones; top notes of Bergamot, Sicilian Lemon, & orange; jasmine, cedar wood, amber, musk. CP: No D

The Plan:

3 lb silicone mold – 52 oz batter
Pour off extra soap for Sunshine Orange Yuzu Sunflower soaps (see that blog here)

Master batch Oils #20: 60 oz Oils (Makes 84 oz /5.25 lbs soap)
MB Oils: 60 oz/ 1701 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 8.46 oz / 240 grams
Distilled Water: (3.93 oz disc/ 21% disc): 15 oz / 424 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 17 grams (in oils or Lye water at 130 degrees)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 17 grams (in oils)
Aloe Extract (1%): 17 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Cucumber Extract (1%): 17 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

Scent Blend: 3 oz total: 2 oz TB, 0.5 oz V, 0.5 oz BT

52 oz Batter/Colors/ 3 oz Blend:
26 oz TD White
26 oz MM Mint Green
(MM = Micas & More; TD = Titanium Dioxide)
Alternate pouring white & green into mold in tiger stripe pour (in center of mold).
Hanger swirl vertically.

The Reality:

I combined the lye liquid and oils at 84F & 92F, stick blending very briefly (using an immersion blender). Then divided up the batter for 2 soap projects (see blog here for other soap).

It had been a while since I did a tiger pour, so I wasn’t exactly sure about the thickness of my batter. I alternated lines of colored soap down the middle of the loaf until full. (It seemed like the perfect pour, but I also noticed how much the white & green merged while pouring.) I then did a vertical hanger swirl (alternating up & down 5 times), using my thick hanger (which is a gear tie).

I finished with lines of color on top and swirled width-wise with a toothpick, then zig-zagged length-wise, to get some very fine lines. Since this is a masculine scent, I restrained myself from adding some glitter on top. After spritzing several times with Isopropyl Alcohol, I put some plastic wrap on top and covered with towels to help promote gel.

The Cut:

If you look below at the soap on the left, you can see even more clearly how the edges turned pink.


The making of this soap flowed smoothly and turned out beautifully.

This fragrance can do strange things with the colors. The first time I made it, it turned purple, then slowly morphed almost back to the original color. The last time I made it (see here), I used a light green that turned grey and stayed that way – very disappointing.

I made a sample soap a few months ago with these same colors and it stayed white & green, with no morphing. This time it came out slightly lighter than I had planned. And a strange thing happened when I cut it – all the edges inside were discolored – the green, a darker green, and the white turned into pink and sadly has stayed that way. But the scent is wonderful.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s