Description of Bramble Berry Fragrances:
Sweet Meyer Lemon: A lush, Caribbean garden bursting with the aroma of sweet lemons, horned melons, succulent kiwis, and ripe pineapple wedges. Sweet tropical florals complete this island wonder. CP: Discolors to a light ivory/tan, may get slight acceleration.
Blackberry Cybilla: This ripe and juicy fragrance oil will take you back to the days of picking sweet blackberries off the vine during the long days of summer. CP: No A or R. .5% Vanilla. turns very green. (No green with VS added)
Black Tea: Smoky tea leaves with tobacco overtones; top notes of Bergamot, Sicilian Lemon, & orange; jasmine, cedar wood, amber, musk. CP: No discolor.
5 lb mold – 1.6 Yellow Heart Tube embeds
Yellow on bottom angle (weigh soap container before & after pouring)
Queens Purple on top with 1 Fat & 0.6 Skinny Yellow Heart Tubes
Use 78 batter. Pour off extra 20 oz for embeds (11 oz for heart tubes)
Master Batch Oils #20: 70 oz Oils (Makes 98 oz/6.2 lb soap)
MB Oils: 70 oz/ 1984 grams
NaOH/Lye 5% SF: 9.87 oz / 280 grams
Distilled Water: (4.08 oz disc/ 18% disc): 18 oz / 510 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 20 grams (in oils or Lye water at 130 degrees)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 20 grams (in oils)
Aloe Extract (1%): 20 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Avocado Extract (1%): 20 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
FO Blend (5.2 oz FO):
1 oz Black Tea
2.2 oz Sweet Meyer Lemon
2 oz Blackberry Cybillia (used 2.05 oz)
0.8 oz Vanilla Stabilizer (used 0.85 oz)
78 oz Batter/Colors/FO Blend (5.2 FO + 0.75 oz VS = 5.95 oz Blend)
43 oz TKB #10 Lake Yellow & BB Fizzy Lemonade yellow, 3.3 oz FO/VS blend
(Pour off 1 oz before adding FO)
35 oz BB Queens Purple, 2.65 oz FO/VS blend
1 Yellow Fat Heart Tube & 0.6 Skinny Heart Tube Embed (7.35 oz)
Pour off 1 oz of yellow before adding FO.
1st layer at an angle, let set. (First weigh bowl with batter, pour & re-weigh to get right amount of soap into mold.)
After set, pour half of purple, add embed, pour rest.
Top with 1 oz of yellow soap and swirl.
(BB = Bramble Berry; TKB = TKB Trading; VS = NG Vanilla Stabilizer)
I soaped the lye and oils at 84F & 90F, stick blending until emulsified (using an immersion blender). After dividing up, coloring, and adding the fragrance blend, I stick blended the yellow again, weighed the container, poured the yellow into the mold that was set at about a 45 degree angle, then weight the soap container again. I add a few more ounces of batter, then let it set.
When the soap in the mold was set, I tipped it back down and added some purple batter, then the yellow heart tube embed and more purple batter. Topped with 1 oz of yellow soap and swirled with a chop stick.
In hindsight, it would have been better to have a thinner yellow batter, so when I added a little extra it would have spread out more evenly for a straighter line. Also, I should have added less purple soap before setting the yellow heart tube mold inside, as it turned out very close to the top of the bar. And thirdly, instead of putting some yellow soap on top, using yellow or gold mica oil and purple mica oil would make the top really pop.
The switch to Queens Purple mica for coloring really helped this – although the yellow in the fragrance oil still discolored the purple a bit. The #10 Lake Yellow color was also a much nicer yellow (although I used the last of what I had, so will have to come up with another plan next time). The yellow heart tube embed seems to look better than when I had the colors reversed and using a purple heart tube embed.