Would You Like Some Bamboo With That?

  • Difficulty:Beginner
  • Time:30 Minutes
  • Yields:4 bars of soap

Fresh Bamboo is an bright fresh smelling fragrance oil that has gone completely under the radar. So we snuck Fresh Bamboo fragrance oil samples in the Bramble Berry packages going out the door for the month of February to get the word out.

Have you seen our new featured sample idea page on the website? We’re excited about it. I thought it would be fun to feature this project on the blog for our Soap Queen readers as well. It’s a simple melt and pour project using soft and natural colorants with a refreshing scent to match.

Tools and Ingredients:
13 oz. Olive Oil Melt and Pour
1/2 oz Fresh Bamboo Fragrance
3 mini scoops Olive Leaf Powder
5 mini scoops Sea Clay
4 Teaspoons Bamboo Extract
Framed Bamboo Mold
Mini Scoops
Injector Tool

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ONE: Melt 13 ounces of Olive Oil Melt and Pour Soap Base in the microwave on 30 second intervals until fully melted. Mix in ½ oz of Fresh Bamboo Fragrance Oil.

TWO: Into a separate small, heat safe container, pour out 1 oz of the melted soap and mix in 3 mini scoops of Olive Leaf Powder. Mix until there are very few clumps. Rubbing alcohol will help to break up the clumps. If the soap starts to cool down too quickly and you are unable to stir, just pop it back in the microwave for 10 seconds.

TIP: Cover the remaining soap in the large container with plastic wrap. This will keep the soap warm and prevent a skin from forming on top of the soap.

THREE: Use the injector tool to fill in the square borders of each cavity. Keep the fill line low so none of the soap flows into the bamboo part of the design. But if you do get a little overflow, try using the clean-up tool or a toothpick to remove the excess soap once it sets-up.

FOUR: Pour out another ounce of the clear soap and add 5 scoops of the Sea Clay. Mix well and reheat if necessary. Then use an injector to fill in the bamboo and leaves parts of each cavity. Let the soap cool. Since it’s such a thin layer it should only take 5-10 minutes.

FIVE: Reheat the remaining Olive Oil soap base if necessary and mix in 4 teaspoons of Bamboo Extract Powder. Mix well until there are no clumps. Once the soap has cooled down to 130 degrees, spray the first two layers of soap with rubbing alcohol then fill each cavity to the top.

Special Bonus! Check out some unique blends that you can make with Fresh Bamboo!

1 part Fresh Bamboo
1 part Ginger Ale
1 part Grass Stain

1 part Fresh Bamboo
1 part White Magnolia
1 part Red Apple

3 parts Fresh Bamboo
1 part Grass Stain

1 part Fresh Bamboo
1 part Dragon’s blood

2 parts Fresh Bamboo
2 parts Juniper Breeze
1 part Lime

3 parts Fresh Bamboo
1 part Orange 10x
1/2 part Patchouli EO

13 Responses to “Would You Like Some Bamboo With That?”

  1. Jennifer Holey says:

    Okay!!! I loved this idea and printed out when you first posted it. Well, I read through it again on the blog that was added today. I had already purchased everything to make this soap and I noticed a little switcheroo! The first time it was posted, you said to use green zeolite clay, and in this blog it was switched to sea clay!!! I know that for sure since I printed out the recipe when it was first introduced! Does it matter? I’ve already got quite an investment in this soap already and don’t really want to purchase sea clay when I’ve already purchased the green zeolite clay………….let me know, please! Thanks!

    • Anne-Marie says:

      No worries – they can easily sub for one another. We switched it up for this project for stocking reasons but they do the same thing =) Great question! And let me know how the batch turns out!

  2. I love the featured sample idea sheet! Such a great way to help us get inspired after getting our hot little hands on your awesome samples! I have a customer who would probably love the Bamboo FO. Can’t wait to try it!

  3. Daphne says:

    I love the featured sample idea sheet! For future reference, can you tell me how to locate it from the home page of the website so I can easily find it for future orders? Thanks!

  4. Sparkling Finish says:

    I LOVE Fresh Bamboo!!! It is my best seller. I always have bars pre-ordered for this scent. Please keep this in stock!

  5. Fiorella says:

    This was a nice surprise when I got my package:)

  6. I am shopping for holiday gifts and I am REALLY thinking this might suit a few people on my list. I have a problem understanding the directions and the picture. If the kit makes 4 bars and the mold makes 3, what do you do with the leftover mixture so it doesn’t get wasted? Do I tell the recipients to only make half a batch at a time and use only 2 of the molds at a time? Thanks. My shopping cart is full from your website and I am waiting for your answer before I checkout.

    • Good morning, Michelle!

      This would be a great holidays gift and they smell absolutely fresh and invigorating. The best thing about melt and pour soap is that if it hardens up while you are waiting for the already poured soaps to harden, you can just pop it in the microwave for 30 second bursts until it melts again. And, if they ever have any questions, we are available to answer questions on the blog and on our Facebook page! :)

      https://www.facebook.com/BrambleBerry

      I hope this helps! :)
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  7. Shauna in New Mexico says:

    I tried this kit as my first run with making soap. It was great. the soap turned out so much better than I could have hoped for. I will be back for more kits.

    • Good morning, Shauna!

      We are so excited that you tried this kit out, it’s actually one of my favorites (I’m a huge fan of the Fresh Bamboo fragrance). Be sure to let us know how your other soaping adventures go and if you get any pictures you can share them with us on Bramble Berry’s website. :)

      Happy Soaping!
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  8. Tina says:

    I bought this kit as my first ever try at melt-and-pour. It was so easy and fun and my house smells great! I’m sitting here staring at the molds, though, and wondering… about how long do I wait before I can pop them out?

    Thanks!

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