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)
New FO Blend (5.2 oz FO):
0.7 oz Black Tea
1.15 oz Blackberry Cybillia
0.9 oz Blackberry Sage
2.2 oz Sweet Meyer Lemon
0.4 oz Vanilla Stabilizer
78 oz Batter/Colors/FO Blend (5.2 FO)
42 oz TKB TKB Shimmer Lemon Pop
2.2 oz SM Lemon, 0.4 oz Black Tea, 0.4 VS
36 oz BB Queens Purple; 2 oz Blackberry & 0.3 oz Black Tea FO’s
1 Yellow Fat Heart Tube & 0.6 Skinny Heart Tube Embed (7.35 oz) (TKB Shimmer Lemon Pop)
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 1/3 of 2nd layer, add embed, pour rest.
Top with gold & purple mica oil drops and pull through with toothpick for hearts.
(BB = Bramble Berry; TKB = TKB Trading; VS = NG Vanilla Stabilizer)
I soaped the lye & oils at 90F & 94F degrees and stick blended (using an immersion blender) very lightly until just emulsified. After dividing up the batter, I put only the Sweet Meyer Lemon & a tiny bit of black tea fragrance oils into the yellow batter. This is a departure from my usual and worked very well, as the SML discolors a slight yellow/tan and accelerates trace a bit.
After mixing, I tilted the five pound mold to almost 45 degrees and used something to hold it in place, then poured 42 oz of batter into the mold. (I weighed the container of batter before & after pouring to get the correct amount.)
While that was setting up, I made some tube mold embeds and tested a couple fragrances with the extra batter I had.
When the yellow was set, I mixed up the purple batter (adding the coloring & fragrance oils) and poured 1/3 over a spatula to prevent any break through into the yellow. I let that set for a little bit, then added the yellow heart tube embed and the rest of the batter.
I then added some gold & purple mica oils to the top and swirled with a toothpick.
I love the brighter, deeper colors produced by just having the blackberry fragrance oil in purple and not including the Sweet Meyer Lemon FO. The slight discoloration of the Lemon muddied the purple a tiny bit in the past.
I also prefer the gold & purple mica oils on top, instead of yellow soap batter. I makes the top pop more too (although the photos don’t do it justice).
I think this batch turned out really well!