Yesterday was a whirlwind afternoon. I tested 8 new fragrances for Spring 2011 and I tested the new Mint Chocolate Chip Fragrance Oil in a 5 pound batch of cold process. The results are in and I’m pleased to announce the Mint Chocolate Chip behaved beautifully! The scent holds up nicely and it didn’t accelerate trace in the slightest. I used a swirling technique using ketchup and mustard squirt bottles to layer in some thin lines of green (mint) and brown (chocolate). Originally I was going for a chocolatey-minty-icecreamy swirl but ended up with a camouflaged army motif. Since there was such a high percentage of olive oil in my recipe, the base color turned out a little more yellow than I had planned. But the soap still turned out great. I’ll be sure to keep you updated after the unmolding ceremony.
Below are the potential Spring 2011 fragrances that I’m testing. There are so many promising fragrances but they have a long way to go to get into the Bramble Berry line of fragrances. Only one fragrance seemed to separate a little bit but the rest are looking promising (holding back an exited girly scream). I’m in LOVE with these scents and can’t wait to release them!
Then some unexpected visitors. My brother, Erik, brought the “kids” over to say ‘Hi‘ to their favorite auntie. Sammy on the left and Toby on the right…my little angels!
Oh and if you’re looking for a super cute Mint Chocolate Chip melt and pour project and missed my re-post on Friday, learn how to make these sweet soaps (below) on The Soap King blog.
Catherine Dreher says
It looks like you have the ketchup bottle down in the soap a bit. Is that so? That’s a great idea! I have the hardest time getting my swirls to “sink in”. May have to give this technique a try! Now, I need some ice cream! 🙂
I must have it! It’s just what I have been looking for!
Guess theré’s a new Soap Queen TV Tecnique on the way!!…Love that blue silicon mold!!!!
Let us know Anne Marie!
Hi AM- I am excited for the new scents! I should be getting my order any day….I ordered some new scents, molds and the stuff to make the lotion bars on your brothers blog. I can’t wait for my order! I am trying to get organized for the holiday season…yesterday I was going through old holiday posts…is there an easier way to find projects for the upcoming holidays? This year, I am preparing for Christmas way before Christmas! Last year did me in! I was not prepared. Thanks for your fantastic blog! Lots of love! Heidi Outre Beauty Bistro
It’s a test mold I’m … testing. It’s awesome so far. Fingers crossed.
I released colored soap by squeezing as I swirled; I figured I’d try the new “technique” and see how it turned out. After unmolding, I’ll be able to see if it’s a winner of an idea that deserves more experimentation. =)
Agreed. So agreed.
I hope it turns out lovely as well but I’m a little ‘meh’ about the chocolate color turning out more dessert brown than chocolate brown. I’m going to try and unmold tomorrow if there’s time. And yes, Sammy and Toby are adddddorable!
Hey, what mold is that blue one with your test fragrances?
New fragrances! WooHoo! You always get me on that one! We can’t wait either!
So, on the swirly technique, did you just use the ketchup and mustards to swirl, or did you release colored soap by squeezing as you swirled?
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is my fave. I absolutely MUST make some of that!
The swirl is beautiful! The poochies are just too adoreable!! 🙂
Wonder Turtle Soaps says
Wow, the Mint Chocolate Chip CP batch looks like it’s going to turn out great! The swirls are so pretty … And Sammy and Toby are so cute together!