MOLD PREP: Place bubble wrap into the bottom of the Silicone
Tray Mold, textured side up. Using a mesh tea strainer, lightly dust the bubble
wrap with a somewhat uneven coat of Sparkle Gold Mica.
If you have never made cold process soap before,
I strongly suggest getting a couple of basic recipes under your belt before
diving in. Check out Soap Queen TV
on Cold Process if you want to get started
with cold process. It’s a 4 part series that will take you through the basics
(and be sure to watch the episode on Lye Safety). You need gloves, goggles, and
long sleeves. Always soap in a room that has great ventilation! Safety is the
most important part of any soap recipe. If you’re a book worm, Bramble Berry
also has some helpful reading on the cold process technique.
With your gloves and goggles on, slowly and carefully add
the lye to the water and stir until clear. Set aside to cool to between 140 and
TWO: Melt and combine the Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil,
Rice Bran Oil, and Sunflower Seed Oil. Melt the beeswax in a double boiler.
Because of its high melt point, beeswax can shatter glass in the microwave and
should not be melted in the microwave. Set the melted wax aside without adding
it to the base oils
THREE: Check the temperature of your oils and lye. You want to
be at 140-150 degrees F for both. Minding temperatures is key for this recipe!
When both the oils and the lye water are at appropriate temperatures, carefully
add the lye water to the oils and stick blend until you reach trace.
FOUR: Add Honey Beeswax fragrance oil and mix in well with a
whisk. Do the same with the honey.
FIVE: While the stick blender is on, add the melted beeswax. Be
sure that the temperature of the soap batter is at least 140 degrees before
adding beeswax. If your soap batter temperature is too low when you add the
melted beeswax it will begin to solidify.
SIX: Split off about 1.5 cups of the soap batter and add 1
teaspoon Sparkle Gold Mica. Stir with a whisk until incorporated.
SEVEN: Pour the 1.5 cups of Sparkle Gold-colored soap back into
the original batch at several different entry points (as you would for an 'in
the pot' swirl soap), reserving about an ounce
or so for a final swirl if desired. Drag a chopstick, dowel or spatula through
each of the entry points just once for a swirl effect (we don’t want to mix it
fully back in!).
EIGHT: Pour the soap into the mold, on top of the mica dusted
bubble wrap. If desired, layer the reserved soap into the main soap and swirl.
Allow the soap to sit in the mold for 1-3 days, cut and cure for 4-6 weeks.