Lavender Lemongrass Peppermint Pink Himalayan Salt Soap (9 in White Planes)

Description of Bramble Berry & Bulk Apothecary Essential Oils:
BB & BA Lavender 40/42: Similar to Lavender Provence essential oil, this is a mixture of lavender’s: 40/42 blends different kinds of Lavender for a consistent blend. The aroma can have a soothing effects on people suffering from stress, anxiety, and illness. CP: Water White, no A, D, R.
BA Lemongrass: Known for its invigorating and antiseptic properties, its astringent properties help fight acne and greasy skin. CP: has staying power; discolors yellow.
BB Peppermint 1st Distill: Smells minty fresh, like peppermint gum; herbaceous, sweet smelling; can improve mental performance, cognitive function, & digestion. CP: Water White, very potent.

The Plan

The Plan:
Make 86 oz batter.
18 bar mold: 86 oz soap, 28 oz salt, & 3 oz (9 embeds – 9 bars embed free)
(4:1.5:1.5) EO Blend Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint.

Salt MB Oils #4: 60 oz Oils (Makes 86 oz/5.375 lb – plus 28 oz PH Salt=114 oz/7.125 lb)
SMB Oils: 60 oz/ 1701 grams
NaOH/Lye 10% SF: 9 oz/255 grams
Distilled Water: (2.8 oz/14% disc): 17 oz/482 grams
Kaolin Clay (1%): 17 grams (in oils)
Aloe Extract (2%): 34 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Fine Pink Himalayan Salt: 28 oz (by weight)

Essential Oil Blend (4:1.5:1.5) = 7 oz:
4 oz Lavender
1.5 oz Lemongrass
1.5 oz Peppermint

86 oz Batter/Colors/28 oz PH Salt; 6.5 oz EO’s:
21.5 oz TD White, 7 oz PH Salt
21.5 oz BB Caribbean blue, 7 oz PH Salt
21.5 oz BB Aqua pearl mica, 7 oz PH Salt
21.5 oz BB Radiant Plum mica, 7 oz PH Salt
(28.5 batter total each container, including salts)

Add EO Blend into all of batter, then divide.
Pour lines of color.
Starburst swirl and then circle swirl with chopstick.
Add Airplane Embeds on top of 9 bars.
CPOP 6 hours, un-mold.

The Reality

I added the essential oil blend into the oils and soaped the lye & oils both at 100F, stick blending until emulsified (using an immersion blender). After dividing up the batter, it started to accelerate quickly. This happened last time I made it and I thought it was because of a different peppermint oil I used, but now I am sure it was the Lemongrass.

I worked as quickly as possible, but the batter was very thick throughout the process and very difficult to work with. (I just purchased a new Lemongrass scent, so I look forward to using that next time and hopefully going back to a relaxing pour and designing.)

After getting all the soap in the mold, I did a starburst swirl and circle swirl – and fortunately the batter on top swirled nicely. I added 9 white plane embeds to half the bars, sprinkled on a little fine iridescent glitter and put in a pre-heated 150F oven (that was turned off) for 6 hours, turning it back on briefly at the mid-way point.

I then removed and let sit for about one hour to slightly cool, then un-molded all the bars. After several days, I trimmed them, then steamed, and photographed.

The Cut:

Conclusions:

The Lemongrass essential oil caused some acceleration, which made the batter thicker than usual and difficult to work with. So I struggled a bit, and overcompensated, making the bars much bigger than usual.

The colors and scent are beautiful and the planes are cute.

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