Fresh Snow Coconut Milk soap with Snowman and Snowflake Embeds

Description of Bramble Berry Fresh Snow FO: This fragrance is designed to mimic the feeling of peace and tranquility after a fresh snowfall. It is a very ozone-y fragrance, reminiscent of clean laundry or fresh cotton. The actual notes however are intriguing; crisp heliotrope, with supporting notes of spring water, juniper berry, vetyver and sandalwood. CP: NO A, D, R. Very Strong. Batter stays thin for a long time (milk helps it thicken up faster).

The Plan:


Use 5 lb mold; 62 oz batter + 24 oz embeds (snowmen tubes 20.3 oz) & CP/MP snowflakes (3.7oz)
Make 4 layers – each a different combinations of blues & whites
Add snowmen tube embed after first layer.
Top with 30 MP turquoise snowflakes & 15 Light & Dark Blue CP snowflake.
Use 2 oz FO for 5 lb, plus 0.6 oz FO for 6 Snowflake soaps.
Pour off 22 oz extra batter for Snowflake soaps (individual molds).

Master batch Oils #19: 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)

62 oz Batter/Colors/2 oz FO:
14 oz BB Ultramarine Blue (dark blue)
18 oz BB Caribbean Blue (light blue)
18 oz BB Neon Blue Raspberry (turquoise)
12 oz TD White

Combine:
11 oz dark blue & 6 oz turquoise for bottom layer (clyde slide/ITP swirl)
Add Snowmen Embeds
3 oz dark blue, 8 oz light blue, 3 oz turquoise, 2nd layer layer
10 oz light blue, 6 oz turquoise, 4 oz white, 3rd layer
3 oz turquoise, 8 oz white, top layer
Top each bar with 2 MP Aqua snowflake & 1 CP Blue Snowflake.
PUT in refrigerator to prevent MP embeds from melting and milk from overheating.
NOTE: Made snowflake embeds half the thickness as last year and got the snowmen down to almost the bottom so the snowflakes fit on top better.

The Reality:


I strained the lye liquid into the oils in case any frozen bits had not dissolved, and I did not find any. I mixed the lye and oils at 90F & 95F, stick blending until emulsified (using an immersion blender), and separated out all the batter.

I colored all my main batter with the different blues and left the white for later (as titanium dioxide accelerated trace).

Since everything was very thin, I worked on making 6 snowflake soaps with the extra batter. I first added the fragrance oil and stick blended to thicken, then divided it out using the same colors as for the main batter. I did a clyde slide pour alternating the colors white, dark blue, light blue, & turquoise into the side of a separate container until all the soap was used. I then poured from the spout (90 degrees from where I added the batter) for a ribbon of colors into each mold. I added 1 MP snowflake embed on the bottom of the soap, as I had leftovers. It looks cute, and will be a fun surprise when removing the packaging.

As soon as I finished with the individual molds, the batter was thick enough to proceed on the main soap. I again did a clyde slide pour with each layer – which was a lot of work and took quite a bit of time. But the batter stayed a light to medium trace until the end, then it started to reverse trace and thin out a bit.

Each bar was topped with with 2 MP Aqua snowflakes and 1 CP blue snowflake. After spritzing with alcohol and fine iridescent glitter, I put into a dedicated soaping refrigerator to prevent the milk from overheating and the glycerine embeds from melting.

The Cut:

Conclusions:

This is the most time consuming soap I create: making snowman and snowflake embeds ahead of time, then all the colors and layers involved. But the fragrance is so stable, I don’t have to worry about the batter accelerating.

It is always a joy to make, as it is so unique and my most popular holiday soap. The fragrance is so snowy, I am a bit surprised and sad that it isn’t sought after all winter long.

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