Description of Bramble Berry Peppermint 2nd Distill Essential Oil: Less herbaceous than 1st distill, this smells like a more traditional mint, with a bit of a candy cane scent. CP: Water White. No issues.
3 lb silicone mold, 50 oz soap + 2 oz Candy Cane embeds (9 white & 9 red) dusted with silver mica.
2 oz Peppermint 2nd Distill EO.
Tiger stripe with vertical zig-zag hanger swirl.
Plus: 6 individual snowflake molds (3.5 oz each, 21 oz total): 4 peppermint and 2 unscented.
71 oz total. (Leftover batter: make embeds for future projects).
Master batch Oils #8: 55 oz Oils (Makes 77 oz /4.8 lbs soap)
MB Oils: 55 oz/ 1559 grams
NaOH/Lye 5% SF: 7.84 oz / 222 grams
Distilled Water: (3.15 oz disc; 17.36% disc): 15 oz / 425 grams
Sodium Lactate (1%): 16 grams (in Lye water at 130 degrees)
Buckthorn Extract (1%): 16 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Dulse Extract (1%): 16 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Batter/Colors/2 oz EO: (fill 2 snowflake soap molds before adding EO)
For Candy Cane soaps:
25 oz TD white
25 oz TKB #30 True Red
For Snowflake soaps:
10.5 oz TD white
10.5 oz TKB #30 True Red
Soaped lye liquid & oils at 114F & 110F, stick blending (with immersion blender) to emulsified. Divided batter and poured off extra soap for embeds to use in future projects.
I mixed up the colors for the Snowflake soaps and poured 2 unscented ones, alternating the white & red. I added the eo to the rest of the batter; it accelerated and got lumpy – a first for this essential oil. Too old? Could be, the bottle was dated 2 years ago (although essential oils seem to last several years).
I abandoned the snowflakes and quickly got started on my loaf soap, alternating the red & white in a tiger stripe, then using my skinny hanger tool to zig-zag up and down a bit. I finished off the top with some lines of color and swirled with a toothpick:
I then added the candy cane embeds. The top set very fast, so I had to push them into the soap a bit:
Finally, I sprinkled the top with glitter, using a powder spray bottle (found at Qosmedix here):
I attempted to mix out the lumps in the containers for the snowflake soaps and alternated pouring them into the 4 molds – the batter was at a medium to thick trace and still lumpy.
Unscented Snowflake soaps:
Peppermint Snowflake soaps:
I can’t quite explain why the essential oil acted so strange – I had used it a month before with no issues. Fortunately, I was able to still pour thin enough lines and hanger swirl without too much difficulty. I love the Peppermint Candy Canes soap – they look even prettier in person than in the photos.
I think the snowflakes would look nicer with an In the Pot swirl (which is what I did the next time and they turned out great. Look for them in an upcoming blog.) I do like the striped effect on the sides of the snowflakes. Sprinkling a little dry sliver mica and iridescent glitter on top adds a little sparkle too (not easily seen in the photos).