Time: 1 1/2 hours
Yields: 5 bars/cups
Guest post from Amanda at Lovin’ Soap. Thanks, Amanda!
My name is Amanda Griffin and I am a soap maker living in Grand Prairie, TX. My passion is sharing, talking and teaching the craft of soap making in the classroom, on my blog (www.lovinsoap.com) and in my eZine, Lovin’ Soap.
One of the best things about soap making is being a part of the soaping community. Whether it’s on a forum, at a meet-up, at a conference or at a local supply shop; soap makers are some of the most passionate, creative and caring people I have ever met. I’m truly grateful to be a part of this amazing community of crafters.
Chai Latte Soap!
I’ve been on a chai kick lately. I managed to wean myself off of Starbucks Peppermint Mochas only to discover the greatness of their Chai Lattes. Those things are addicting. So look-y what I ordered to soap!
I ordered Bramble Berry’s Chai Tea Cybilla. It smells wonderful! I was going to blend it with some coffee but I looked through my FO stash and couldn’t find any. O’well.
I found these little 3 fl. oz. white cups at the grocery store awhile ago and knew that I wanted them for my Chai soap.
This was going to be a test batch so I came up with a small recipe. When you’re doing a recipe this size be sure to measure in grams and be as exact as you can.
Palm oil – 90 g
Coconut oil – 90 g
Olive oil – 90 g
Cocoa butter – 30 g
Castor oil – 30 g
Lye – 46 g
Water – 100 g
*A note on this recipe + BB’s Chai Tea. I knew the fragrance oil would probably accelerate a bit because it does contain spice. I didn’t even use a stick blender; I just mixed with a spoon and it thickened quickly and also got very hot. Also note that my recipe is a pretty quick tracing recipe because of the palm and the cocoa butter. So if you want to slow things down when using fragrance oils like this…use a recipe that contains higher amounts of olive. If you’re okay with lard, lard is slower to trace than palm so works great also. Keep your temps down as soaping cooler tends to slow trace. Adding the fragrance oil to your melted oils helps also if you have a fast moving FO.*
For this soap, I’m going to make this recipe twice. Once for the bottoms and again for the tops. So make your soap as usual and bring to trace. Pour it into the individual cups.
That was easy enough! Now we’re going to make the tops. Since these are hot drinks I wanted a layer of cream on top that molded to the top instead of a whipped top like they put on the cold drinks. I’m going to make our same recipe and do sort of a partial whipped. I used a cold lye solution but melted the oils like I usually do and let them cool a bit. Since I used cocoa butter I couldn’t let them cool too much or it would start to re-solidify. I wanted the topping to be more white so I added some Titanium Dioxide dissolved in water.
Once you have your lye solution cold (put it covered and labeled in the fridge) pour your lye into the melted oils. I wanted to whip some air into this mixture so I used a beater instead of my stick blender. I didn’t add any fragrance oil because I wanted it to stay nice and white.
You can see after I’ve whipped it for a bit it gets more white in color.
I beat it for about 10 minutes. Longer than I thought it would take! You want to look for it to become whiter and a bit frothy/slightly whipped. My goal is to pour it over the tops of the drink bottoms and have it spread on its own. So you don’t want something that you have to spread with a knife. We’re ready to pour the tops on.
I scraped off the tops of the cups to make them more even. I would actually recommend leaving a bit more head room in your drinks than I did so you have room for the cream topping (so spoon out a bit). I’ll add more cream topping for the next batch – lesson learned.
Gently spoon the topping on. If you do it slow enough and a bit at a time it will form a nice dome without running over the sides.
Depending on what drink you’re making, you can sprinkle of some topping. I added a bit of cinnamon to these. If I were doing a peppermint mocha I would shave a bit of brown soap to look like chocolate shavings on top.
These cups are super easy to unmold. Let them sit like this for about 24 hours, pop in the freezer for 10 minutes or so and gently push from the bottom while squeezing the sides gently. They pop right out.
On Bramble Berry’s website they do state that this fragrance oil discolors to brown. This is exactly what I want so I didn’t add any colorant. If I wanted a darker brown I could have added some brown mica or even some cocoa powder.
Here are the chai soaps labeled. You could leave them naked, put a label around the naked soap or my favorite (see below)…put them back in cups and put the label on the cups. They ended up being about 3.5 ounces (so if you download my label template, make sure to check the size of your batch).
Download the label template here.
Want more from Amanda at Lovin’ Soap? Check out her Lovin’ Soap E-Zine.
How long do these need to cure for?
Becky with Bramble Berry says
Any Cold Process soap, should cure for anywhere from 4-6 weeks. If you want to test it and make sure it has cured fully, you can do the zap test! Just like when you lick a 9-volt battery to see if it has any ‘juice’ left, you lick the soap, if it zings like a 9-volt battery does, it is still in the curing process and you’ll need to wait a little longer. 🙂
-Becky with Bramble Berry
I honestly cannot wait to give this a go! These are absolutely adorable. Quick question though, how much of the FO did you end up using for this test batch? I just wouldn’t want it to be too faint or too strong.
Becky with Bramble Berry says
This is a guest post from the fabulous Amanda at Lovin’ Soap! I just used the Fragrance Calculator to calculate how FO should be in the recipe according to the weights we were given and it’s 1.03 ounces. 🙂
-Becky with Bramble Berry
i so want to make it but what can i use instead of titanium dioxide? 🙁
There’s not much you can use except Titanium Dioxide as a whitening agent. I’d like to give you a better answer but Titanium Dioxide is really the only thing that’s going to lighten up the soap for you =)
thank u so much. it’s sad cause i don’t know how to buy Titanium Dioxide here.
Where are you at? Some cake decorating stores do carry it.
i’m from vietnam. i’m ur big fan. i so appreciate and thank u for bringing me the love of soap. i’ll try finding it in cake store :).
C. Buttons says
Great recipe! I made this last weekend and it turned out great. FYI – I added the fragrance to my white topping and it is as white as can be. I did a 1:1 ratio of oxide in 1 tblsp of water. A lot, maybe, but I’ve never had a problem with my ultra-white soaps. Thanks for posting this – looking forward to more!
Fantastic – glad to hear this good report. YAY! =) And, thanks for trusting and trying the recipe. I hope you love it when you soap it up. I cut my little cups in half and that was a more manageable bar size in my opinion.
Is there a substitute for Palm Oil? If the palm oil is imported (which I think all of it is) then cultivating palm oil is harmful to rain forests in tropical nations.
There isn’t really a substitute for Palm Oil. But you can still make this recipe using a different cold process recipe and the same wonderful Chai Tea fragrance oil.
If you purchase your Palm Oil from Bramble Berry, our Palm oil supplier is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), an organization that supports sustainable palm oil production. Here’s their website http://rspo.org/
-Courtney from BB
This is a great recipe! However, I tried twice downloading the lovely templates, but they downloaded blank labels only 🙁
The labels are designed to be blank so you can write your fragrance in the blank space. Or am I mis-understanding and you’re literally getting a full blank page?
Yep! I full blank page, with no pre designed label 🙁 am I doing wrong with downloading?
Her E-zine really showcases her creativity beautifully.
I totally designed a St. Patty’s Day project based on her fun idea. She is genius!
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I’m SURE you could manage it. It’s such a fun project that it’s worth the effort to try =)
Adorable, aren’t they?
A sweet gift or a diabolical gift … =)
It is a small world. Have you seen her amazing E-Zine? https://www.brambleberry.com/Lo… She specializes in fun CP soap projects in the E-Zine and I love all the projects that she does in there. =)
I love these! These could be coffee lattes or any hot drink really. Depends how one tops it. Funny, I found Amanda at Lovin’ Soap for the first time a few days ago and here she is on your blog. Go figure. It’s a small world.
Michelle Valadez says
Super cute! I know a few coffee addicts that are trying to quit. Wouldn’t this be the best gift to help their cravings 😉
Melissa Hussell says
Those are too awesome!!!
How totally adorable, Amanda! Thanks for sharing!
I would love to get some of this BB fragrance!
Perfect, thank you! I have already dreamed up my variation. 🙂
Excellent step-by-step! I think even *I* could manage it 🙂 Thanks for posting this!!
Erin Calig says
super cute, makes me want a chai!
Misty Sprouse says
Wonderful! Amanda is so talented! She explains her processes so perfectly.
Evermore Organics says
Goodness these are darling! Great project, thanks for posting.
Amanda is so creative. She has so many darling projects to drool over =)
They definitely look cute enough to eat!
They are general plastic cups for the bathroom (brushing your teeth and such). And yes…SO cute!
What material are the cups? (Plastic-paper-styro?)
Loooove! So creative…they look adorable!
Kelley Perea-Shafer says
Oh my gosh!! I want to EAT that!! ;o)