Raspberry Porter in Tiger & Hanger swirls with cp/mp raspberries embeds

This is the last batch of Raspberry Porter soap, as the fragrance has been discontinued:

Description of Bramble Berry Raspberry Porter: This fruity beer fragrance smells crisp and clean. It’s a fresh combination of Sun ripened Raspberry, Squeezed Lemon and a winey fruit scent with hints of Green Leaf and Rose. A discontinued fragrance. CP: discolors tan, .2% Vanilla. Behaves wonderfully in cold process soap but loses some of the sweet notes leaving you with a spicy raspberry scent.


The Plan:
3 lb mold 48+ oz batter & 3.35 oz embeds (27 raspberries)
Dale’s Pale Ale, alcohol cooked out and frozen, plus frozen distilled water.
Tiger & Hanger swirl with raspberry embeds on top.
2.85 oz Raspberry Porter (all available)
.2 oz Sun Ripened Raspberry (Accelerates)

Master batch Oils #10: 34 oz Oils (Makes 48 oz soap)
MB Oils: 34 oz/ 964 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 4.86 oz / 138 grams
Frozen Beer & Frozen Distilled Water: (2.22 oz disc/ 20%): 9 oz / 255 grams (2:1 Dale’s Pale Ale +H2O) 6 oz beer, 3 oz water.
Sodium Lactate (1%): 10 grams (in oils – can add in Lye water at 130 degrees)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 10 grams (in oils)
Buckthorn Extract (1%): 10 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Dulse Extract (1%): 10 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

Batter/Colors/ 3 oz RP FO:
20 oz White/Cream/Natural
6 oz BB Raspberry Mica
6 oz MM Pink Lemonade
8 oz MM Fruit Green & CC Apple Green (Light green)
8 oz MM Hunter Green (Dark green)
(BB = Bramble Berry, MM = Mica’s & More, CC = Crafters Choice Wholesale Supplies Plus)

Tiger & vertical Hanger swirls with 3 raspberry embeds on each bar.
Put in fridge to prevent overheating beer.


The Reality:
Soaped the lye liquid & oils at 86F & 94F, stick blending (using an immersion blender) to emulsified – which took only seconds. I divided & colored the batter, then mixed in the FO blend and started on my Tiger pour. It got thicker & thicker as I poured, with some slight acceleration from the beer, TD, and Raspberry FO. (Although I did add 1/2 oz of oils from my batter to the FO blend, which is supposed to help slow down acceleration. It was such a tiny amount, I have no idea if that helped.)

The acceleration was doable and I was able to finish the pour & hanger swirl. I topped with lines of color and used my thin chopstick to swirl into a chevron patter; added 3 raspberry MP & CP embeds on top, spritzed with iridescent glitter & alcohol, and put in the fridge to prevent the beer from overheating.


Top before adding glitter


The Cut:




I really love the tiger stripe and vertical hanger swirl combination.

These colors are slightly different than the previous batch (which you can see here). I think I like that one a little better, even though it looked a bit Christmasy. I would have used more embeds on top, but didn’t have any extra in the red/pink/raspberry tones.





Pineapple Papaya with hanger swirl

A new fragrance – Pineapple Papaya – with new neon colors:


Description of Bramble Berry Pineapple Papaya FO: A tantalizing blend of citrus top notes, sweet fruits and sugared base notes. At first sniff, mandarin, pineapple and coconut palms open this bright fragrance. Mid notes of papaya guava and pomegranate are rounded out with a base of sugarcane, sandalwood and cypress. CP: A & D (light tan). Reviews: Some had A, some did not.


The Plan:
3 lb silicone mold, 52 oz, 3.5 oz FO (3 oz FO for loaf, .5 oz samples)
Use 1 divider – soap half yellow, half orange
Hanger swirl in middle
Top with mica oil drops
Leftovers for sample bars

Master batch Oils #10: 40 oz Oils (Makes 56 oz soap)
MB Oils: 40 oz/ 1134 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 5.71 oz / 162 grams
Distilled Water: (2.2 oz disc/ 16.6%): 11 oz / 312 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 11 grams (in Lye water at 130 degrees)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 11 grams (in oils)
Calendula Extract (1%): 11 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Carrot Extract (1%): 11 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

52 oz Batter/Colors/3 oz FO:
26 oz MM Yellin’ Yellow Neon mica, 1.5 oz FO
26 oz MM Outrageous Orange Neon mica, 1.5 oz FO
Half on each side of divider, remove & hanger swirl.
Mica Oil drops on top: 3 yellow (on orange side) & 3 orange (on yellow side)


The Reality:
I stick blended to emulsified (with an immersion blender) when the lye & oils were 89F, separating the batter and pouring off the extra for sample soaps. After coloring, I added 1.5 oz of FO into each batter and simultaneously poured them in each side of the mold.

The soap was very thin, so I hesitated removing the divider for a few minutes. When I did pull it out, I added more batter, and hanger swirling horizontally – however the soap had accelerated and was extremely thick.

I smoothed out the top and added 3 mica oil drops on each side (yellow on orange soap and orange on yellow soap.) Sadly, I need to work on getting the top perfectly straight, as some of the oil drops distorted & merged into others. I tried to swirl these a bit, but the batter was too thick. I added some fine iridescent glitter, covered, & put in a room with a small heater to gel.

I used the extra batter and .5 oz FO for sample soaps.


The Cut:
Since there wasn’t much of a swirl inside, I found the soaps to be a bit plain, so I added some tiny birds & hearts, as well as bears & a lion – I mixed up the theme as I only had a few of each (they were “glued” on with MP soap.) I think this gives the soap more interest:




The batter started out extremely thin – to the point of the soap not staying on each side of the divider. Even as I was pouring it simultaneously, the colors started to merge – hence the reason for holding off on removing the divider, as I was afraid of more soap mixing together. Suddenly the batter accelerated very quickly, making it too thick to hanger swirl.

The neon yellow & neon orange colors were difficult to photograph – they were just so bright I couldn’t get a proper photo.

I defiantly need more work on making my top perfectly straight across if I want to keep the mica dots from flowing all over!

This is a wonderful smelling FO!







POGY – Pineapple Orange Grapefruit Yuzu Pink Himalayan Salt soap with tiny embeds on top and negative impression mat on bottom

The Why’s of Salt Soap:
Why Salt Bars? They combine the cleansing, exfoliating and detoxifying qualities of a salt bath with handmade natural soap. Salt soap bars blend the best of both natural soap and a sea salt bath. Sea salts draw toxins out of the body, which will naturally lead to feeling refreshed. They also cleanse & detoxify the face and body, and are relaxing to your skin & muscles. Many people love the way they make your skin feel.

Why Pink Himalayan Salt? It is a pure, hand-mined salt that is derived from ancient sea salt deposits, and it is believed to be the purest form of salt available. It is used by holistic chefs, spas, health professionals, and individuals for its range of nutritional and therapeutic properties. Externally, pink salt can be used to stimulate circulation, relax the body, lower blood pressure, sooth sore muscles, and remove toxins from the body. This salt has a rich mineral content that includes over 84 minerals and trace elements such as: calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron. It can also assist with relief from arthritis, skin rashes, eczema, psoriasis, herpes, and flu and fever symptoms.


Front & Back

Why Exfoliate? Extra-fine salt (used here) gives a gentle to medium exfoliation, which is the key to maintaining smooth, soft and healthy skin. The process of exfoliating involves using a “scrubby” material coupled with manual scrubbing to remove dead skin. Removing dead skin allows moisturizer and other skin care products to absorb better. Removing dead skin also create a more even and radiant skin tone.


The Plan:
Pour off 10 oz for embeds.
18 bar mold with negative impression mat on bottom.
Lines of mica colors & Taiwan swirl on top, then embed flowers.
Leftovers in Sunflower molds and samples.

Salt MB Oils #2: 60 oz Oils (Makes 86 oz/5.375 lb – plus 32 oz PH Salt=118 oz/7.375 lb)
SMB Oils: 60 oz/ 1701 grams
NaOH/Lye 10% SF: 9 oz/255 grams
Aloe Juice & Distilled Water: (2.8 oz/14% disc): 17 oz/482 grams (8 oz Aloe, 9 oz water)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 17 grams (in oils)
Avocado Extract (2%): 34 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Calendula Extract (1%): 17 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Fine Pink Himalayan Salt: 32 oz (by weight)

POGY Scent 7 oz:
1.5 oz Pineapple FO; 1.5 oz 10X Orange EO; 2 oz Pink Grapefruit FO; 2 oz Yuzu FO

Batter/Colors/EO-FO/ PH Salt:
19 oz MM Sunflower Yellow mica, 1.5 oz Pineapple FO, + 8 oz PH Salt
19 oz MM Outrageous Orange Neon mica, 1.5 oz 10X Orange EO, + 8 oz PH Salt
19 oz MM Ruby Rose mica (dark pink), 2 oz Pink Grapefruit FO, + 8 oz PH Salt
19 oz MM Violet mica, 2 oz Yuzu FO, + 8 oz PH Salt
(MM = Micas & More)

Pour lines of color, swirl top with chopstick, then add embed flowers.
CPOP in 150F oven for 4 hours, then un-mold when still warm.


The Reality:
I soaped the lye liquid & oils at 128F & 127F, stick blending (with an immersion blender) until emulsified. (I like to soap salt bars at about 130F, as they seem to work best at a higher temperature.)

I divided out the batter and made some embeds (for future projects); added colors and FO/EO’s, then the PH Salt. I put down lines of color into the mold repeatedly, then zig-zagged with a thick chopstick into a chevron patter; added the dividers, then the embeds & iridescent glitter.


CPOP in a 150F pre-heated oven for 4 hours. Turned the oven back on to bring it up to temperature at 2 hours, then off again. When removing after 4 hours, the soap was still slightly warm. As usual, I needed a pliers (with ends taped) to pull the liner out of the wooden mold. Then I waited an hour and un-molded the soaps. They were extremely soft and a few got slightly damaged.


The Un-molding:


Back of bars:



Maybe I should have waited a bit to un-mold, as the bars were really soft. But I have had the experience too many times of waiting too long and the soap breaks off of the dividers in shards.

I love the vibrant colors – these are the most intense colors I have ever gotten with salt bars – as the salt tends to fade out the colors (which it did a bit with the yellow).


Additional Resources:

Check out more Salt Bars on the links below:
Lavender, Litsea, Rosemary & Tea Tree PH Salt with meadowfoam & tamanu oils
Eucalyptus Mint Tree PH Salt with Neem & Tamanu oils. Plus Unscented PH Salt Bars
LLP: Lavender Lemongrass Peppermint Pink Himalayan Salt & Dead Sea Salt
Unscented Pink Himalayan Salt & Dead Sea Salt Soap with clay & plant colorants
Pink Himalayan Salt Test Soap Batch with Tamanu & Neem Oils
Eucalyptus Mint Tree with Neem Oil & tiny embeds
Grapefruit, Kumquat & Lime with tiny embeds
2 Batches: Unscented and Lavender, Moroccan Mint, Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage & Black Tea Blend
Orange Lemongrass Patchouli & Unscented
Lemongrass, Lavender, Rosemary, Peppermint
Peach Mango Kumquat with Aloe & Coconut water
POGY: Pineapple Orange Grapefruit Yuzu


For Salt Bar Recipes, click on these links:
Salt Master Batch Oils #1
Salt Master Batch Oils #2 (“Everything But the Kitchen Sink”)


Crazy Coconut – Coconut Milk soap in drop & hanger swirls MP palm “fronds”

I have been searching for years for a coconut fragrance that will stick in CP and that smells nice. I also wanted bright colors, as most of the coconut soaps I see are cream, beige and brown.

I was going to do a complicated design for this soap, but I feel like I’ve been having a lot of issues lately (like acceleration), so I decided to play it safe with this new fragrance, doing drop & hanger swirls:


Description of Nature’s Garden Coconut Craziness FO: Begins with top notes of lemon, orange, pineapple, and lime; rounded-out with middle notes of caramel and coconut, with base notes of buttercream, coconut milk, vanilla bean, and musk. Reviews: Riced badly; discolored to toasted coconut color; no D or A; Fast A; smells amazing; moderate A; smells like blossom of coconut; smells like creamy coconut. CP: No R, slight A, no separation, discolors tan. 2% Vanilla.


The Plan:
3 lb silicone mold
48 oz soap + 5.4 oz MP “frond” embeds
Drop & hanger swirls

Master batch Oils #10: 34 oz Oils (Makes 48 oz soap)
MB Oils: 34 oz/ 964 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 4.86 oz / 138 grams
Distilled Water: (2.22 oz disc/ 20%): 9 oz / 255 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 10 grams (in Lye water at 130 degrees)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 10 grams (in oils)
Avocado Extract (1%): 10 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Calendula Extract (1%): 10 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

48 oz Batter/Color/3 oz FO + 1 oz VS:
28 oz TD white
4 oz BB Fizzy Lemonade Yellow
4 oz BB Tangerine Wow
4 oz MM Raspberry Lemonade
4 oz BB Aqua Pearl Mica
4 oz BB Neon Blue Raspberry (Turquoise)
(BB = Bramble Berry; CC = Crafter’s Choice WSP; MM = Mica’s & More; TD= Titanium Dioxide; VS = Nature’s Garden Vanilla Stabilizer)

Soap very cool, stick blend to just emulsified, add colors & FO.
Drop & Hanger swirl
Put in freezer, then refrigerator to avoid MP embeds melting and milk overheating.


The Reality:
I used a tray from some frozen dumplings to make the MP (glycerin soap) embeds a couple days before soaping. They kind of look like palm fronds to me, so I thought they would be fun on this soap. I decided to cut them in half and put two halves on each bar.

I soaped the Lye liquid & oils at 86F & 87F, stick blending to emulsified (using an immersion blender), separating out the batter and coloring. I mixed the FO & VS together and added a bit in each color, not getting enough in 3 – as they stayed very thin, and a bit more in two of them, that riced. The slight ricing was easily mixed out with a spoon.

I added the rest of the FO into the white and it accelerated extremely fast, then stopped. I poured 1/2 of the white into the mold, then drop swirled the colors twice; added more white – which had actually thinned out a tiny bit, then more of the colors, which did not “drop” into the rest of the batter, but stayed on top – even when pouring from a couple feet away.

I hanger swirled and added a little bit of white on top, then swirled with a chop stick. I started putting on my MP embeds, but they sunk into the soap, so I waited 5 minutes while the top set up, which happened fast, as I had to push the embeds in. I put it in the freezer to prevent the milk from overheating and the embeds from melting.



The Cut:



I love these fun embeds, but they seem a bit clunky on this soap. They were a tight fit on top – in hindsight, I should have trimmed them a little, instead of squeezing them on.

This soap was frustrating to work with – too thick, ricing, too thin, then too thick again. Crazy, like the name!

I’m disappointed with the design inside – I over swirled and some colors look muddy & difficult to distinguish. The bright yellow and aqua are lost on many bars and the raspberry and orange seem to merge together in some places.

The best part about this soap is the true coconut scent, which is wonderful.



Pink Watermelon with Poppy Seeds

This is a remake of the Juicy Watermelon soap I made last year. Even though I was very pleased with how that one turned out, I tried a few different colors this time. I also experienced acceleration and ricing when I soaped it before at 100F, so this was done at lower temps with better results:


Description of Nature’s Garden Pink Watermelon FO: The aroma of fresh, crisp watermelon begins with top notes of watermelon and strawberry; followed by middle notes of jasmine, rose, and green notes; sitting on base notes of cassis, oakmoss, white woods, and vanilla. Reviews: a bit perfumy; SEIZED; sweet watermelon with a touch of tartness; behaved badly. CP: No A, R, D. No separation, good scent retention, .1% Vanilla. (Accelerated & riced soaping at 100F last time.)

Why Poppy Seeds? Besides the great look in soap, some say it’s a comforting home remedy for dry and itchy skin. It’s also exfoliating – exfoliation is key to maintaining smooth, soft and healthy skin. The process of exfoliating involves using a “scrubby” material coupled with manual scrubbing to remove dead skin. Removing dead skin allows moisturizer and other skin care products to absorb better. Removing dead skin also create a more even and radiant skin tone.


The Plan:
Use 52 oz for 3 lb mold
Layer of greens, white, then dark pink with poppy seeds.

Master batch Oils #10: 38 oz Oils (Makes 53.5 oz soap)
MB Oils: 38 oz/ 1077 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 5.43 oz / 154 grams
Distilled Water: (2.54 oz disc/ 20%): 10 oz / 283 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 11 grams (in Lye water at 130 degrees)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 11 grams (in oils)
Avocado Extract (1%): 11 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Calendula Extract (1%): 11 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

52 oz Batter/Color/FO (3 oz/ 85 grams):
1st Layer (rind):
7 oz dark green MM Hunter Green & MM Blackish Green, 8 ml FO
7 oz light green CC Granny Smith Apple Green & MM Fruit Green, 8 ml FO
2nd Layer:
5 oz ml TD white, 5 ml FO
3rd Layer:
33 oz TKB #30 True Red, TKB Cosmic Carolyn, & BB Raspberry mica, rest of FO
9 grams poppy seeds – mixed in
(BB = Bramble Berry; CC = Crafter’s Choice WSP; MM = Mica’s & More; TD = Titanium Dioxide; TKB = TKB Trading)


The Reality:
I soaped at 84F Lye and 83F oils, stick blending briefly with an immersion blender. (I find at these low temperatures, the soap thickens fast, which is what happened here. I think it’s a false trace, as it thinned out a bit when working with it.)

I separated and colored the batter, adding 8ml of FO to each green. There was a slight acceleration, but I had to wait a while for it to thicken up enough to pour alternate lines of color into the mold. I then put in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to help it set up. I followed this same procedure for the second (white layer).

When the second layer was set, I added the last layer, which was the perfect thickness. I wanted to do something with the top but scalloping never works that well, so I took a paper clip and bent it into a funky looking heart, touching it on the top randomly to get a design, then sprinkled with fine iridescent glitter and put in a room with a little heater.



The Cut:



The fragrances has mellowed from last year – the perfume-like scent has dissipated a lot, and I find this even yummier than before.

The little design on the top was a spur-of-the-moment thing, but very fun & easy to do. Bending some wire into different shapes and having them as part of my collection of soap top options would be great idea.

I like the juicy red/dark pink color of the watermelon. The greens are quite different than last time I made this soap (see blog here) – last year’s seem brighter and summery. Although this one feels more sophisticated and realistic to me. Which soap do you like better?



Margarita Coconut Milk with ITP swirl, layers & embeds

I’ve made this once before and wanted to create it again, with a few refinements on top and extra Lime fragrance inside.


Description of Nature’s Garden and Bramble Berry FO’s:
NG Margarita: A fresh lime fragrance with hints of lemon rinds and fresh greenery. This fragrance oil has high levels of essential oil of lime for a true-to-name aroma. Reviews: slight yellowing; very limey with a touch of salt; dead on margarita, takes longer for soap to firm up; Lime-Lemon scent. CP: NO R, A, D. Perfect pour.
BB Lime: Zesty, fresh and full of verve, this lime is bursting with energy and dripping with juiciness. Tart but not so tart that it’s bitter. It has a touch of sweetness that balances out those ‘pucker’ notes so often found in lime. CP: Performs well, no Discolor. Review: Gets Thick, yellow color.


The Plan:
2.5 oz NG Margarita FO & 1 oz BB Lime FO
3 lb mold; 50+ oz batter plus 2 oz embed tops.
Dark green layer, thin light green layer, then white & green ITP swirl.
Top with lines of color, swirl, then add lime embed and course dead sea salts.

Master batch Oils #10: 38 oz Oils (Makes 53.5 oz soap)
MB Oils: 38 oz/ 1077 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 5.43 oz / 154 grams
Frozen Coconut Milk & Frozen Distilled Water 1:1: (2.54 oz disc/ 20%): 10 oz / 283 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 11 grams (in Lye water at 130 degrees)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 11 grams (in oils)
Avocado Extract (1%): 11 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Cucumber Extract (1%): 11 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

Batter/Color/3.5 oz FO blend:
26 oz TD White (planned 24 oz)
15 oz MM Hunter Green (bottom) (planned 14 oz)
13 oz CC Granny Smith Apple Green mica & TD (1/4 for layer) (planned 12 oz)
(CC = Crafter’s Choice WSP; MM = Mica’s & More; TD = Titanium Dioxide)

Dark green layer on bottom, light green layer, then ITP swirl with leftovers (tiny dark green, mostly light green.)
Top with lines of color, mica oils in both greens and silver & swirl.
Add lime wedge embed on one side and course dead sea salt on other.
Put in Fridge/Freezer.


The Reality:
I let the frozen Coconut Milk & Distilled Water defrost for 15 minutes, then soaped the lye liquid and oils at 88F & 90F, stick blending (using an immersion blender) to emulsified, dividing the batter and adding colors.

I put some FO into the Hunter Green soap and stick blended, pouring 3/4 into the mold and put it in fridge for 15 minutes to set up. Then I added FO to Apple Green, stick blended, poured 1/2 into mold & put in fridge for 10 minutes while prepping white with FO & stick blending. The apple green was very firm – when adding to the white for ITP, it poured in clumps. The hunter green was still fluid enough for the ITP swirl.

I topped with lines of color that were a bit thick, added mica oils lines and swirled with a skinny chop stick. Put 1 lime wedge on one side of each bar, then sprinkled the other side with Course Dead Sea Salt and put in fridge to prevent milk from overheating.



The Cut:




This batter was extremely fluid and stayed that way (until stick blending) – a good combo to use with a complicated design, which I need to take advantage of next time. I did not find the BB Lime FO to discolor or thicken as reviewed.

I could have done an extra swirl with the spatula to blend the colors a bit more for the ITP swirl, but it’s a fine line between too much and not enough, and very difficult to tell.

You can see a previous blog of making this soap here.



Melon Ball – Marbling Effect?

I purchased a 2 oz sample of Melon Ball FO from Crafter’s Choice WSP and wanted to combine it with 1 oz of Cucumber Melon FO from Bramble Berry to make a 3 lb batch of soap, with little CP “melon ball” embeds on top. I wasn’t sure what to expect with opposing reviews of the FO behavior and this is the result:


Description of Crafter’s Choice Wholesale Supplies Plus and Bramble Berry FO’s:
CC Melon Ball, 2 oz: A juicy blend of ripe mango, papaya and watery melon. Reviews: summery; smells like fresh cut cantaloupe; watermelon & cantaloupe; very light. CP Reviews: Rices, slight acceleration, seized, no discolor, no ricing, no acceleration, scent fades.
BB Cucumber Melon, 1 oz: Juicy and ripe, not too sweet; more watermelon than cucumber. CP: No D. Behaves beautiful. A yummy watermelon scent, but 1 year later all the watermelon lost with just a cucumber scent remaining. Reversed Trace.


The Plan:
Drop or tear drop pour in 3 lb silicone mold
48 oz batter plus 6.6 oz CP embed “melon balls” on top

Master batch Oils #10: 34 oz Oils (Makes 48 oz soap)
MB Oils: 34 oz/ 964 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 4.86 oz / 138 grams
Distilled Water: (2.22 oz disc/ 20%): 9 oz / 255 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 10 grams (in Lye water at 130 degrees) (Forgot to add)
Kaolin Clay (1%): 10 grams (in oils)
Calendula Extract (1%): 10 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Carrot Extract (1%): 10 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

48 oz Batter/Colors/FO blend:
32 oz TD White
4 oz BB Fizzy Lemonade Yellow
4 oz BB Tangerine wow
4 oz CC Granny Smith Apple Green (light)
4 oz BB Raspberry (light)
(BB = Bramble Berry; CC = Crafter’s Choice WSP; TD = Titanium Dioxide)
Top with: small apple green, tangerine wow, yellow, raspberry CP “melon ball” embeds


The Reality:
With such mixed reviews on the Melon Ball scent, I figured combining it with Cucumber Melon FO, soaping cool and at emulsified, I wouldn’t have too much trouble. But of course, I was wrong!

I soaped my Lye & Oils at 88F & 92F, stick blending to emulsified (using an immersion blender), and separating out the batter. I mixed in all my colors, then poured a little bit of the FO into each color, with about 2 oz into the main batter.

Everything seemed to be going well – the soap stayed very thin – too thin to pour, so I was willing to wait. Several minutes later the white got super thick instantly – I quickly poured 2/3 into the mold and attempted to drop swirl the colors into it, but they mostly pooled on top.

I added more white – plopping it in and then decided to try a hanger swirl to mix in the colors a bit. That didn’t work at all, it just moved around white globs of soap. So I gave up on that and added the rest of my colors on top, swirling a bit with a toothpick and adding embeds, then spritzing with fine iridescent glitter. (The original plan was a white background for the colorful embeds, but of course nothing with this soap went as planned.)


The Cut:


I’m going to call this the marbling effect:




I thought pouring one FO into another would combine them, but maybe I should have blended the scents better – it might have helped with the acceleration, dispersing the Cucumber Melon more evenly, which may have assisted the Melon Ball to behave better (as the first FO tends to reverse trace). Or Not – I just don’t know.

Without ever using the Melon Ball FO before, first & foremost I should have made a test bar. Also, it would have been much better if I planned a ITP swirl or some design I could quickly start working with when it was very thin, then the extreme acceleration would have happened hopefully when I was closer to finishing. I thought of that and almost did an In The Pot swirl, but there are so many times when one reviewer has an issue and no one else does – and I wanted to try the tear drop or just a plain drop pour to go with the balls on top.

I am not pleased with the way this looks, although if one was trying for a marbling effect, this would be it. I’m very surprised (and happy) that there aren’t any air pockets. I do like the little melon balls on top and the fragrance is lovely.