I spent Sunday soaping. Batch one was a Cold Process batch made with Cappuccino Mica (the brown colored soap in the photo) and non-colored soap (the ivory). I used a vegetable peeler to peel little curls off of pre-made melt and pour soap. The green swirls are colored with Emerald Green LabColor and the yellow swirls are Canary LabColor. I’m interested to see if the colors migrate into the cold process soap soap.
The second batch was to test a prototype loaf mold for the Bramble Berry Flexible Mold Line. The light brown is made with Cappuccino Mica with lighter little swirls of Apricot Blush. The color didn’t do well in the cold process soap. I used a lot of color and it faded quickly but I’ll wait to judge until gel phase is done and the soap is cut. The peaks are made by dipping a whisk 1/2″ down into the soap and pulling up to create texture. There is too much air in the batch. The air bubbles rising to the surface make the over-blending obvious.
Finally, this batch is a lovely 3 color pour made with Cappuccino Mica, Apricot Blush and Orange Mica (discontinued) scented with Peach Fragrance Oil. Again, I was too excitable with the stick blender and blended the Cappuccino-colored soap too much. A few heavy taps got rid of most of the bubbles. Hopefully the rest will migrate to the top and out of the soap during gel phase.
I did mar our kitchen table by setting down a cup with dripping fresh soap. It ate the wood and finish on the table. But, it’s not the first time this table has been abused (if you don’t remember the beeswax spill, click here and here) and won’t be the last. Hopefully my husband will be his normal easy-going self when viewing the lye stain.
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Ken Castillo says
I think the Cappuccino and the Apricot Blush Micas would go well with the beer fragrance. I would intentionally add the air bubbles to the top layer (1/2″) to make it look like foam on the surface of the beer.
That sounds like a fun idea! If you make it, be sure to post a photo to our FB page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bramble-Berry/100412115503
I sent you an email as well but this mold:
is in stock and definitely is a wonderful and durable loaf mold =)
Hello soap queen tv, aka annemarie, i was wondering something about your soap loaf mold. I checked brambleberry.com and it has 2 sizes of the soap loaf molds that look like the one you use in your videos on youtube. there is a 12 inch and a 9 inch. Please let me know which size you use 🙂 Also it says that the 12 inch one is out of stock, yet will be back on for sale by mid november, its almost december and its still not availabile for purchase.
Thanks for your help. Contact me at [email protected] or http://www.prettybelly17.etsy.com
I unmolded the soap last night without a video camera … mostly because the videographer (hubby) wasn’t home. There will be other batches though.
The loaf molds are a 3 and 5 pound size currently.
Carrie ~ Gigi says
A flexible soap loaf mold would be wonderful… I never have liked lining the wooden molds.
How many pounds would the soap loaf hold?
Eat Well (was Teresa R) says
I can’t wait to see the video too…thanks, Joanna for suggesting it. 🙂
What a fun, creative Sunday, you had, Anne-Marie!
Joanna Schmidt says
Well, a day later, the Melt and Pour soap seems to be attracting glycerin dew (like crazy!) and is all dewy. It’s really not the best look ever.
A video is a great idea, Joanna. =)
Ooh, I like the video idea. I’ve been thinking about flexible log molds. What a time saver!
I’m so glad to see some cp soap…I’ve been wondering what would happen if you embedded m&p in cp. Can’t wait to see the final products.
Joanna Schmidt says
Can’t wait for that mold. I’d love to see a video of the soap releasing from the mold. Yes, Anne-Marie?
A flexible loaf mold?