Lavender eo soap with layers and 2 heart tube embeds

Description of Bramble Berry & Bulk Apothecary Lavender 40/42 essential oil:
The scent of lavender has shown to have positive effects on mood and can help to alleviate mild feelings of agitation or distress. Lavender has been thought for centuries to arouse passions as an aphrodisiac. This is a bold yet fresh smelling Lavender essential oil, very similar to Lavender Provence. CP: No A, D, R.

The Plan:

Use 74 oz batter for 5 lb mold plus 12? oz heart tube embeds.
Embed Heart Tubes: 1 fat Queens Purple, 0.6 Skinny Queens Purple, 1 fat Plum, 0.6 Skinny Plum.

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)
Avocado Extract (1%): 16 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Sea Buckthorn Extract (1%): 16 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

74 oz batter/Colors/5 oz EO: (Use 2.5 BB & 2.5 BA eo’s)
Add EO to batter, then separate:
48 oz TD White (in distilled water)
15 oz BB Queens Purple (pour off 1 oz for top)
11 oz BB Plum (pour off 1 oz for top)

Layers:
14 oz layer of Queen’s Purple on bottom (stick blend & in fridge to stiffen) (20 min)
10 oz layer of Plum (next layer) (put in fridge to stiffen) (20 min in fridge)
1/2 white, add heart tube embeds & rest of white.
Top with lines of colored batter swirled on top, spritz fine iridescent glitter.
Refrigerate until set, then put in freezer for 24 hours to prevent milk from overheating.
(BB = Bramble Berry, TD = Titanium Dioxide)

The Reality:

I soaped the lye and oils at 88F & 94F, stick blending until emulsified (using an immersion blender), then mixed in the Lavender essential oil. After separating out the batter, I colored & blended the Queens Purple layer a bit more to thicken, put the mold on the scale, tared, and poured 14 oz of the purple. Then put in the fridge for 20 minutes to stiffen.

I prepped the plum color (no extra stick blending), and when the first layer was ready, put the mold on the scale, tared again, and added 10 oz of the batter in the mold – pouring over a spatula to prevent break through into the other layer. Then put back into the refrigerator for another 20 minutes to set.

I prepared the white soap and spritzed the heart tube embeds. I added about half of the white (pouring over a spatula again) and then attempted to set the hearts in it, but it was too thin, so I waited 10-15 minutes, then slowly set the heart tubes into the batter. Then topped off with more white soap.

I took the extra purple & plum and poured 2 rows of each lengthwise across the top of the loaf, then swirled with a thin chopstick in a figure eight pattern widthwise. I used a toothpick to create a zig-zag pattern lengthwise down the mold; spritzed with 91% Isopropyl Alcohol, then with fine iridescent glitter and put in a pre-heated 150F oven (turned off) for 4-5 hours, bringing back up to temperature at the half way mark.

The Cut:

Conclusions:

These bars turned out quite lovely. I am especially pleased with the Clyde Slide swirl inside each of the heart tube embeds – they are very well defined and have some beautiful patterns. I could have possibly put the embeds slightly lower, but in the last soap I made, they were a bit too low. Working blindly, it’s difficult to tell how deep they are in the mold.

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