Sunshine Orange Yuzu Sunflower, Ruby Red Grapefruit Chrysanthemum, and Gardenia Chrysanthemum soaps

Description of Bramble Berry & NDA FO/EO’s:
BB 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).
BB 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.
NDA Rube Red Grapefruit FO: This juicy, ruby red grapefruit scent will make your mouth water. Top notes of pink grapefruit, lemons and limes melds into notes of gardenia, lilac, powder and vanilla.CP: no issues.
BB Gardenia FO: Main note of Gardenia, with hints of rose & orchid to accentuate and make it deeper & more complex. CP: Accelerates trace, & gets lumpy. Added: Mix and pour immediately, only use for layered soap.

The Plan

77 oz Batter for multiple projects.
Use 30 oz for Sunshine Orange Yuzu in sunflower molds, with brown eye, yellow petals, rest orange.
Use 15 oz for Ruby Red Grapefruit in Chrysanthemum mold, with Clyde slide swirl & pour.
Use 15 oz for Gardenia in Chrysanthemum molds, with Clyde slide swirl & pour.
Pour off 17 oz for heart tube embeds & Plumeria embeds

Master batch Oils #20: 55 oz Oils (Makes 77 oz /4.8 lbs soap)
MB Oils: 55 oz/ 1559 grams
NaOH/Lye 5% SF: 7.76 oz / 220 grams
Distilled Water: (2.35 oz disc/ 13.5 % disc): 15 oz / 425 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 16 grams (in oils or Lye water at 130 degrees)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 16 grams (in oils)
Aloe Extract (1%): 16 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Avocado Extract (1%): 16 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

For Sunshine Orange Yuzu Sunflowers: (30 oz Batter/Colors/ 2.5 oz FO/EO) (used 3 oz FO/EO)
EO/FO Blend: 1.5 oz Orange (used 0.5 Orange Peal FO; 0.4 oz 5x Orange eo; 0.6 10x Orange) + 1.5 oz Yuzu FO
.25 oz BB Cappuccino brown mica
14 oz BB Fizzy Lemonade, BB Yellow Mica, CC Banana yellow (may only need 8 oz), 1.5 oz EO/FO
16 oz BB Nuclear orange, 1.5 oz EO/FO
Color soap before adding EO to make sure to get the right color.
Dark Brown for the eye of the flower (use pipet) – put in fridge to set.
Yellow for the petals – put in fridge to set.
Orange for rest of soap.

For Gardenia Chrysanthemums: (15 oz Batter/Colors/ 1 oz FO) (Make First: Accelerates)
7 oz BB Hydrated Green Chrome oxide
8 oz TD White.
Clyde slide pour and swirl.

For Ruby Red Grapefruit Chrysanthemums: (15 oz Batter/Colors/ 1.3 oz FO) (used 0.9 Ruby Red & 0.4 Grapefruit fo)
4 oz BB Red Mica
4 oz MM Pink Lemonade
7 oz TD White
Clyde slide pour and swirl.

The Reality

I soaped the lye & oils at 81F & 95F, stick blending until emulsified (using an immersion blender). I had wanted to start this as cool as possible (for the Gardenia FO), but got my oils too hot to make that happen (I should have put the container in the fridge for awhile.)

The plan was to make the Gardenia Chrysanthemums first, as my notes say that the fragrance accelerates trace. But I got distracted with making a few embeds that the batter seemed perfect for. And then I colored a little soap brown for the center of the sunflower…and while I was at it, added the yellow and orange for the rest of the sunflower batter, then used some orange for birds in a single mold.

The soap was still fine, just not as thin as if I would have used it immediately. But when I added the Gardenia FO, it got really thick and lumpy. I attempted to use a tiny blender to mix out the lumps, but that seemed to just make it thicker. And I also eye-balled the pour of the fragrance in the white and green, but I should have weighed it out, as the green got much thicker than the white.

I attempted a Clyde Slide pour, but was quickly thwarted and realized I needed to get this soap in the molds immediately, or I would have “soap on a stick.”

It was easy-peasy with the Grapefruit and Sunflower soaps after that!!

The Cut

Sunshine Orange Yuzu Sunflower soap
Ruby Red Grapefruit Chrysanthemum soap
Gardenia Chrysanthemum Soap


It had been almost 3 years since I made Gardenia soap, and I just made one to test it. Too long ago to take my notes of acceleration and lumpiness extremely serious. I should have had notes of “mix and pour immediately. Use only for layered soap.” Or something with exclamation points on it – to take it more earnestly. (Living Dangerous in soap making!!)

I knew that the batter for the Grapefruit was a little thin, but I didn’t want to wait too long for it to get to the exact consistency, as I needed time to add all the layers on the Sunflower soap. So the Clyde Slide swirl was a little muddied, and the distinct colors of light pink, dark pink, and white did not come through on all the bars. But is still looks and smells lovely.

Choices always have to be made when making several different soaps from the same batter. I think in the end, these all came out looking lovely and smelling awesome!

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