I love love love product sourcing – finding and testing new products is beyond exciting. All Bramble Berry products go through a grueling testing phase before going live on the website. This is to make sure they are high quality and work well in soap and other products. If you’re looking for some fun new soapy tools and items, check out the “What’s New” section of the website. You can find the “What’s New” tab on the top right of BrambleBerry.com. Below are some of my favorite new products.
Without a doubt, my new favorite category of soapy ingredients are new fragrance and essential oils. I’m constantly dreaming up new soapy projects and designs, and new scents are often the source of my inspiration. One of my favorite new fragrance oil is the Bramble Berry Juicy Couture Fragrance Oil, which is based on the popular women’s perfume, the original Juicy Couture® (no, we’re not associated with them; this is just an inspired fragrance duplication). It smells feminine and features notes of lily, mandarin and a touch of musk. If you’re looking for masculine scent, the new Bramble Berry’s Fierce Type Fragrance Oil is based on the popular men’s cologne. It features notes of citrus, woody amber and white musk accord.
Other new fragrances include the rich and creamy smelling Butter Mints Fragrance Oil. This fragrance was the winner of the 2015 S.O.A.P. Panel and performs wonderfully in cold process soap. Looking for a smoky scent? The new Smoldering Embers Fragrance Oil features notes of cocoa powder, tobacco, suede and patchouli. It smells amazing blended with Espresso Fragrance Oil! If you prefer natural essential oils, the new Petitgrain Essential Oil is produced from the leaves and young branches of the bitter orange tree. It smells fresh and green.
With the new fragrance oils based on popular perfumes and colognes (find more here!), I thought new perfume packaging was in order. For an elegant look, the Glass Rectangle Perfume Bottle works for both men and women. If you’re traveling or on the go, the Mini Spray Bottle is the perfect size.
In addition to fragrance oils, the team has been working hard to bring in new soapy tools to take your soap production to the next level. Below is the new Wire Soap Slicer, which is perfect for designs that are best highlighted with a horizontal cut. It’s also great for removing thin layers of soap. For example, if the top of your soap didn’t come out quite right, the wire slicer can be adjusted to slice off the very top and save the remaining soap (think: soda ash, begone!).
Looking to give your bars a clean and finished look? The Soap Shaver is here for you! This adjustable tool can remove fine slivers of soap, or 1/16″ layers to remover deeper blemishes. I love it for removing soda ash, creating soap shavings and refreshing the “face” of the bar. Just be careful when using and cleaning it, the blade is extremely sharp (!).
The Soap Shaver is perfect for slicing off thin layers of soap. It works great for removing soda ash or minor imperfections.
With the holidays right around the corner, red, green and glitter are going to be everywhere. If you would like to create festive colored soap this holiday season, the Christmas Colorant Sampler Pack includes 10 samples of a variety of micas, glitter and colorants. Most of the colorants work perfectly in cold process soap, with the exception of King’s Gold Mica (which is perfect for mica painting on top!) When used together, Electric Bubble Gum and Merlot Sparkle Mica create a wonderful red shade in cold process soap.
The Christmas Colorant Sampler Pack includes .2 ounces of ten colorants, including both micas and oxides.
If you’re looking for that beautiful red color for cold process soap, you can find it in the Hot Process Series: CPOP Swirls tutorial. This recipe also uses the Hydrated Green Chrome Oxide, which is included in the sampler pack, to create the gorgeous green. If you’re looking for more Christmas inspiration, the Christmas Tree Swirl Cold Process tutorial uses various shades of green to create a tree-like swirl in the center. Then, it’s covered Gold Sparkle Mica for a finished look.
We can’t forget new molds and, you can never have enough. The 6 Bar Oval Silicone Mold was downsized (less cavities) to make the mold easier to handle and store. It’s also great for smaller batches. If you prefer plastic molds, the new Queen Bee Mold would be perfect for any honey soap recipes. The Tree of Life Tray Mold is another brand new mold option; I love the ease of tray molds. Click here to learn more about making cold process soap in plastic molds.
Have you tried any of these new products? I would love to hear what you think In addition, if you have any suggestions for new products, I always appreciate the feedback. =)