Once Upon a Dream Cold Process
Recipe type: Cold Process Soap
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Serves: 2-3 pounds of soap
Inspired by princesses, this cold process soap features a feminine color palette, lots of sparkle and the floral White Rose Fragrance Oil.
  • Tall Narrow Wood Loaf Mold
  • 1.9 oz. Avocado Butter
  • 5.9 oz. Avocado Oil
  • 7.8 oz. Coconut Oil
  • 9.8 oz. Olive Oil
  • 5.9 oz. Palm Oil
  • 7.8 oz. Rice Bran Oil
  • 5.3 oz. Sodium Hydroxide Lye
  • 12.9 oz. Distilled Water
  • Titanium Dioxide
  • Bright Blue Jean Colorant
  • Electric Bubble Gum Colorant
  • Iridescent Glitter
  • 2 oz. White Rose Fragrance Oil
  • Hanger tool
  • Medium 9 Ball Silicone Mold
  • 6 oz. Clear Melt and Pour
  • Super Pearly White Mica
  • Iridescent Glitter
Make the Embeds:
COLOR PREP: Mix 1 tsp. Super Pearly White Mica in 1 Tbs. 99% isopropyl alcohol. Use a mini mixer to get rid of any clumps.
  1. Chop and melt 6 oz. of clear melt and pour in the microwave using 15 second bursts. Add all the Super Pearly White mixture and stir to thoroughly combine. Add ⅛ tsp. Iridescent Glitter and stir to combine.
  2. Carefully pour the soap into the Medium 9 Ball Silicone Mold cavities. After pouring each sphere, spray with rubbing alcohol to disperse any bubbles. Set aside, and allow to fully cool and harden.
Make Cold Process
COLOR PREP: To ensure that the Titanium Dioxide blends smoothly into the soap batter, we recommend micronizing it before dispersing it in oil. Please note this is an optional tip but it does help with the titanium dioxide clumping in the soap =) To micronize colorant, simply use a coffee grinder to blend the colorant to break up any clumps of color and prevent streaks of white from showing in the final soap. We like to use a coffee grinder that has a removable, stainless steel mixing area for easy cleaning. Then, disperse 2 teaspoons of the colorant into 2 tablespoon of sunflower or sweet almond oil (or any other liquid oil). Disperse 2 teaspoon Bright Blue Jean Colorant into 2 tablespoon of light liquid oil. Finally, disperse 1 teaspoon Electric Bubble Gum Colorant into 1 tablespoon light liquid oil. Use a mini mixer to get the clumps of color worked out smoothly.
MOLD & TOOL PREP: Line the Tall Narrow Wood Loaf Mold with freezer paper with the shiny side up. For tips on how to line the mold, click here. Bend your hanger tool so it fits the mold perfectly by length.
  1. Slowly and carefully add the lye to the water and gently stir until the lye has fully dissolved and the liquid is clear. Set aside to cool.
  2. Melt and combine the avocado butter, avocado oil, coconut oil, olive oil, rice bran oil, and palm oils (remember to fully melt then mix your entire container of palm oil before portioning). Once the lye water and the oils have cooled to 130 degrees or below (and are ideally within 10 degrees of each other), add the lye water to the oils and stick blend until thin trace. If you’d like a harder bar of soap that releases faster from the mold, you can add sodium lactate to the cooled lye water. Use 1 teaspoon of sodium lactate per pound of oils in the recipe. For this recipe, you’d add about 2.5 tsp. sodium lactate.
  3. Once the batter has reached a light trace, split the batch into three separate containers. Two of the containers should contain about 500 mL, and the third container should contain about 700 mL.
  4. To the first small container, add ½ tsp. dispersed Electric Bubble Gum Colorant. To the second small container, add 5 tsp. dispersed Bright Blue Jean colorant. To the larger container, add all of the dispersed Titanium Dioxide Pigment. Use a whisk to thoroughly mix in the colorants.
  5. Add the White Rose Fragrance Oil evenly between the three containers. It’s okay to eyeball it! Use a whisk to thoroughly combine.
  6. Pour half of the blue soap into the mold and tap the mold firmly on the counter to eliminate bubbles.
  7. Slowly and carefully, pour ⅓ of the white soap on top of the blue layer. Pouring a small stream of soap very slowly will help avoid the white layer breaking through the blue.
  8. Continue to pour until the entire blue layer is covered. Tap the mold firmly on the counter to release air bubbles.
  9. Slowly and carefully pour half of the pink soap on top of the white layer. Pour the soap carefully to avoid the soap from breaking through the bottom layers. Tap the mold firmly on the counter to help get rid of air bubbles.
  10. Slowly pour the white soap on top of the pink. Pour very slow to ensure it does not break through to the next layer. Tap the mold firmly on the counter.
  11. Pour the remaining blue soap over the white layer. Tap the mold firmly on the counter.
  12. Pour the remaining white soap over the blue layer and tap down the mold on the counter. Now it’s time to make the hanger swirl! Insert the hanger into the soap, against the long side of the mold furthest away from you. Drag the hanger against the bottom of the mold toward you; once you drag the hanger about ⅓ of the way, pull the hanger up and out of the mold (shown below). Once the hanger is out of the mold, continue to move it towards you, and insert the hanger back into the soap, next to where it was pulled out, drag the hanger against the bottom, and pull out against the long side of the mold mold, closest to you.
  13. Now, it’s time to repeat the process, going in the opposite direction. Insert the hanger tool along the side of the mold closest to you, and drag the hanger against the bottom of the mold. Drag the hanger up and out of the soap. We did this process once in each direction for a total of two times, but you can repeat the motion more if you’d like.
  14. Check the consistency of the remaining pink soap. If it is not a thick trace, pulse the pink soap a few times with the stick blender to thicken.
  15. Use a spoon or spatula to place the pink soap on top.
  16. Using a spoon, begin to mound the soap towards the center. Don’t worry about making it perfect, lots of texture looks great!
  17. Place the sphere embeds into the pink soap. Leave a very small space in between each sphere so you have room to cut later.
  18. Sprinkle the top with Iridescent Glitter, and spritz with 99% isopropyl alcohol to prevent soda ash. Allow the soap to harden for 3-4 days before unmolding. Allow it to cure for 4 – 6 weeks and enjoy!
Recipe by Soap Queen at https://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/cold-process-soap/once-upon-a-dream-cold-process-tutorial/