3 Ways to Use the Soap Guild Cold Process Kit

By on 5-17-2013 in Tutorials

To support the 2013 Handcrafted Soap And Cosmetic Guild Conference, we’re sent an exclusive mini cold process kit for their goodie bags! But d0n’t worry, you can get a kit with out attending the conference. While the attendees received a mini kit with enough ingredients to make one batch of soap, in this kit, you’ll have enough supplies to make three awesome cold process recipes. These recipes showcase a variety of Bramble Berry’s clays, molds and scented oils (including our most popular lavender essential oil!) We hope you enjoy the kit. Happy soaping!

What comes in the Soap Guild kit:

33 oz Swirl Quick Mix Oil
.2 oz Purple Brazilian Clay
.2 oz Red Brazilian Clay
.2 oz Activated Charcoal
.2 oz Annatto Seed
2 oz Lavender 40/42
2 oz Cranberry Chutney
4 inch Silicone loaf Mold
Tiny 9 ball Sphere mold

Save over $15 by purchasing the entire kit here.

Tutorial #1: Embedded Spheres

Part one: Make the embeds

Recipe:
1.3 oz Swirl Quick Mix
0.2 oz Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
0.4 oz Distilled Water
9 Ball Sphere Mold

SAFETY: When working with lye, always remember the number one priority is safety.  Wear long sleeves, gloves, and eye protection! Additionally, keep kids and pets away from the area, and clear the floor of any tripping hazards. Always soap in a well-ventilated area.

ONE: Melt the bag of Quick Mix oils in the microwave in 1 minute bursts and measure out 1.3 ounces.

TWO: Now prepare the lye. Always add the lye to the water and stir until clear in a well ventilated area. Set aside in a safe place to cool.

THREE: Take the temperature of your lye and oils. When they are both about 120°F, carefully pour the lye water into the oils. “Burp” your stick blender, and then keep a steady mix until the lye water and oils are full mixed. Blend until the mixture reaches medium trace.

FOUR: Pour the soap into the mold. Use a soap cutter or other straight edge to clean the top of the mold of any spills.

FIVE: Cover and insulate for 24 hours. Unmold after 3-4 days.

Part two: Make the soap

Recipe:
9.7 oz Swirl Quick Mix
1.3 oz Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
3.2 oz Distilled Water
0.75 oz Lavender Essential Oil
Activated Charcoal
Small Silicone Loaf Mold

SAFETY: When working with lye, always remember the number one priority is safety.  Wear long sleeves, gloves, and eye protection! Additionally, keep kids and pets away from the area, and clear the floor of any tripping hazards. Always soap in a well-ventilated area.

ONE: Melt the bag of Quick Mix oils in 1 minute bursts in the microwave and  measure out 9.7 ounces.

TWO: Now prepare the lye. Always add the lye to the water and stir until clear. Set aside in a safe place to cool.

THREE: Take the temperature of your lye and oils. When they are both about 120°F, carefully pour the lye water into the oils. “Burp” your stick blender, and then keep a steady mix until the lye water and oils are full mixed. Blend until the mixture reaches light trace.

FOUR: Mix in the Lavender Essential oil with a whisk.

FIVE: Stick blend in the Activated Charcoal. Blend until the mixture reaches medium-thick trace.

SIX: Pour the charcoal colored soap into the mold until it’s about 1/4 full. Then randomly place 3 embeds  in the soap. Cover with another 1/4 layer of the soap, and place another three embeds in the soap. Repeat with one more layer of soap and embeds, and cover with one last layer of soap so that the embeds are completely hidden.

SEVEN: Spray the surface with 91% Isopropyl Alcohol and cover. Insulate for 24 hours and unmold after 3-4 days.

Tutorial #2: Layered Soap

Part one: Make the embeds

Recipe:
1.3 oz Swirl Quick Mix
0.2 oz Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
0.4 oz Distilled Water
9 Ball Sphere Mold

SAFETY: When working with lye, always remember the number one priority is safety.  Wear long sleeves, gloves, and eye protection! Additionally, keep kids and pets away from the area, and clear the floor of any tripping hazards. Always soap in a well-ventilated area.

ONE: Melt the bag of Quick Mix oils in 1 minute bursts in the microwave and measure out 1.3 ounces.

TWO: Now prepare the lye. Always add the lye to the water and  stir until clear. Set aside in a safe place to cool.

THREE: Take the temperature of your lye and oils. When they are both about 120°F, carefully pour the lye water into the oils. “Burp” your stick blender, and then keep a steady mix until the lye water and oils are full mixed. Blend until the mixture reaches medium trace.

FOUR: Pour the soap into the mold. Use a soap cutter or other straight edge to clean the top of the mold of any spills.

FIVE: Cover and insulate for 24 hours. Unmold after 3-4 days.

Part two: Make the soap

Recipe:
9.7 oz Swirl Quick Mix
1.3 oz Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
3.2 oz Distilled Water
0.75 oz Lavender Essential Oil
Activated Charcoal
Purple Brazilian Clay, dispersed (see below)
.75 oz Lavender Essential Oil
Small Silicone Loaf Mold

DISPERSE CLAY: Mix 2 teaspoons Purple Brazilian Clay in 2 teaspoons water.

SAFETY: When working with lye, always remember the number one priority is safety.  Wear long sleeves, gloves, and eye protection! Additionally, keep kids and pets away from the area, and clear the floor of any tripping hazards. Always soap in a well-ventilated area.

ONE: Melt the bag of Quick Mix oils for 1 minute bursts and  measure out 9.7 ounces.

TWO: Now prepare the lye. Always add the lye to the water and d stir until clear. Set aside in a safe place to cool.

THREE: Take the temperature of your lye and oils. When they are both 120 degrees and below, carefully pour the lye water into the oils. “Burp” your stick blender, and then keep a steady mix until the lye water and oils are full mixed. Blend until the mixture reaches light trace.

FOUR: Whisk in the Lavender Essential oil.

FIVE: Now split the batch into two equal parts. In the first container, add a level 1/8 teaspoon Activated Charcoal. In the second, batch add 1 3/4 teaspoons dispersed Purple Brazilian Clay. Use a stick blender to incorporate the clays. Blend until you reach medium-thick trace.

SIX: Pour the charcoal colored soap into the mold and bump it on the table to flatten out the layer. Then, while pouring the soap over a spatula to prevent breakthrough, pour the purple colored soap over the charcoal colored soap.

SEVEN: Build a peak in the center of the soap using a spatula or spoon. Place four embeds in the center of the peak.

EIGHT: Spray the surface with alcohol. Cover and insulate for 24 hours. Unmold after 3-4 days.

Tutorial #3: In-The-Pot Swirl
Recipe:
11 oz Swirl Quick Mix oil
1.5 oz Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
3.6 oz Distilled Water
0.75 oz Cranberry Chutney Fragrance Oil
Annatto Seed Infusion (see below)
Red Brazilian Clay, dispersed (see below)
Small Silicone Loaf Mold

INFUSE: 0.2 oz (about 1/2 Tablespoon) Annatto Seed in 1.25 oz (by weight) Sunflower Oil or other lightweight liquid oil.

DISPERSE CLAY: Mix 1/2 teaspoon Red Brazilian Clay in 1 teaspoon water.

SAFETY: When working with lye, always remember the number one priority is safety.  Wear long sleeves, gloves, and eye protection! Additionally, keep kids and pets away from the area, and clear the floor of any tripping hazards. Always soap in a well-ventilated area.

ONE: Melt the bag of Quick Mix oils in 1 minute bursts in the microwave and  measure out 11 ounces.

TWO: Now prepare the lye. Always add the lye to the water and d stir until clear. Set aside in a safe place to cool.

THREE: Take the temperature of your lye and oils. When they are both about 120°F, carefully pour the lye water into the oils. “Burp” your stick blender, and then keep a steady mix until the lye water and oils are full mixed. Blend until the mixture reaches light trace.

FOUR: Stick blend in the Cranberry Chutney fragrance oil. Mix until the batter reaches medium trace.

FIVE: Split the batches into three equal parts. Be sure to mix in each colorant with a whisk so you do not accelerate trace. To the first batch, add 2 teaspoons Annatto Seed infusion. To the second, add all of the dispersed clay and leave the third part uncolored.

SIX: Now add the colorants to the uncolored soap. Holding the container at a high point, pour the Annatto Seed colored soap batch in three spots: 12:00, 4:00 and 8:00, then one in the center. Save about 2 Tablespoons of soap for the swirled top. Repeat this process with the Red Brazilian clay colored batch. Using a chopstick or skewer, drag through each of the entry points and including the center. Be careful! You do not want to over mix or you will lose the swirl.

SEVEN: Pour the soap into the mold. Using the leftover Annatto colored soap, pour in an “s” curve parallel to the longer edge of the mold. Follow the “s” created with the Annatto soap with a second “s” using the Red Brazilian clay colored soap. Drag a skewer or chopstick inserted into the top 1/4” of the soap in another “s” curve that is perpendicular to the one created by the soap.

EIGHT: Spray the surface with alcohol. Cover and insulate for 24 hours. Unmold after 3-4 days.