Peppermint Candy Cane Soap in tiger stripe and vertical hanger swirls with candy cane embeds on top

Description of Bramble Berry & New Directions Aromatics Essential Oils:
BB Peppermint 2nd Distill eo (P2): This smells more like a traditional mint smell, with a hint of candy canes. CP: Water White.
NDA Peppermint Supreme eo (PS): A top note with a strong aroma, Peppermint has a sharp, penetrating scent based on its high menthol content. This is on the sweeter side, like peppermint candy. CP: no info.
BB Peppermint Candy Cane fo (CC): A mix of sweet peppermint, vanilla, sugar, amber, and musk. CP: Mild Acceleration; 0% Vanilla; No D. (reviews: No A.)

The Plan:

5 lb Silicone mold with 3 oz candy cane embeds on top.
Tiger stripe pour.
15 white & 15 red CP candy canes on top.
Pour off 22 oz extra batter for 6 Snowflake soaps.

Master Batch Oils #19: 75 oz Oils (Makes 105 oz/6.6 lb soap)
MB Oils: 75 oz/ 2126 grams
NaOH/Lye 5% SF: 10.58 oz / 300 grams
Distilled Water: (4.66 oz disc/ 20% disc): 19 oz / 539 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 21 grams (in in oils or Lye water at 130 degrees)
Aloe Extract (1%): 21 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Avocado Extract (1%): 21 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

83 oz Batter/Colors/1.5 oz P2, 1.0 oz PS EO:
41.5 oz TD white
41.5 oz TKB #30 True Red & BB Red Mica
3 oz Embeds
Alternate white & red in tiger stripe pour.
Add 1 red & 1 white candy cane embed on top of each bar
CPOP 6 hrs

The Reality:

I soaped the lye liquid and oils at 89F, stick blending just until emulsified, (using an immersion blender), then poured off 22 oz for Snowflake individual soap molds, which I made first, adding Candy Cane FO and stick blended a bit to thicken, then dividing the batter into half red and half white.

I did a Clyde Slide pour into another container, alternating the red & white down the side until completely used up. 90 degrees from where I added the soap, I poured into the snowflake molds, producing a ribbon of red & white stripes. I added one red or white candy cane embed to the mold for a little surprise when removing the packaging.

Because the Clyde slide pour is so time consuming, the rest of my batter got too thick for a advanced tiger stripe pour (alternating colors on the side of the mold) so I did a regular tiger pour – alternating red & white down the middle of the loaf mold (lengthwise) over the previous color. When I used all the batter I did several vertical hanger swirls using a gear tie.

I finished off the top with 1 red and 1 white candy cane embed on each bar, spritzed with alcohol, then fine iridescent glitter and put in the oven for 6 hours to CPOP. (I preheated the oven to 150F, turned it off, set the mold in the middle of the oven and 3 hours, I turned it back on to bring the temperature back up to 150F, then off again for the rest of the time.)

The Cut:

Some of the Candy Cane FO Snowflake soaps:


I was very surprised that the main batter thickened up so much and so quickly. Even doing the tiger stripe pour was a struggle, having to pound down the mold after every color poured so that the next one would lay on top and spread out. Very Frustrating!

I probably did too many vertical hanger swirls (5-6), as the last one came out very pink and muddied. I remembered from the last time that I did this soap there weren’t enough vertical swirls (three?) so I wanted to do more.

In hindsight, I should have skipped the Snowflake soaps and just done the main loaf, focusing on the advanced tiger stripe design. However, I’m extremely pleased and pleasantly surprised how distinct the lines are and how beautifully the soap turned out.

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