Made with rose water and Rosehip Jasmine Fragrance Oil, this cute cold process project smells amazing! Topped with roses and a purple mica swirl, this project is for the more advanced soaper. This kit includes:
This kit is a little different than our other kits in that you can remove or get extra of each item in your shopping cart (and the price will adjust accordingly) before you check out. So you can just get what you need. Also please note that there are no printed instructions included with this kit, learn how to make this soap on the Soap Queen Blog here. Instructions for Frosting:COLOR PREP: Disperse 1 teaspoon of Fired Up Fuchsia into 1 tablespoon of light liquid oil.
LYE & OIL PREP: In order to get soapy frosting to actually look like frosting, the lye and oils much be very cold. We recommend making the lye water a full day ahead of time and clearly labeling it and keep it in a refrigerator not used for food. If you must use a food refrigerator, be sure to put a sign on the outside of the fridge clearly letting everyone know there is lye inside. The lye should be around 60 degrees F before adding it to the oils. Additionally, you want your oils to be around 70 degrees F. They should be semi-solid at this temperature.
ONE: With the hand mixer, whip the oils for 1 - 2 minutes. Occasionally take a break to scrap the boom and sides of the container to incorporate all the oils. You want the oils to be nice and fluffy before adding the lye.
TWO: When your oils have thicken, turn off the mixer and slowly add the lye water. Swirl the batter around with your hand mixer before turning it on a low setting. Scrap any batter that has splattered on the side of the container and then turn the mixer to a medium setting. Continue to whip for another 3 - 7 minutes.
THREE: When the lye is fully mixed and the batter has thicken, add 1 teaspoon dispersed Fired Up Fuchsia. Whip the colorant into the batter.
FOUR: When the pink coloring is even, add 1 oz. of Baby Rose Fragrance Oil. Whip the batter until it can form stiff peaks.
FIVE: Cut off about a half inch from the tip of the frosting bag and push the tip through. Then, if your frosting can hold shape, scoop it into the bag. Lay down a piece of parchment paper (in our case we used a clean 18-bar Birchwood Silicone Liner) and then start making the roses. Start on the outside and work your way into the middle, keeping your movements small and tight. Our roses were about 1.5 inches in diameter. Allow the roses to harden for 24 hours before moving on and making the base.
Instructions for Base:
COLOR PREP: Disperse 1 teaspoon of Ultramarine Violet and Chrome Green into 1 tablespoon of light liquid oil. We use Sweet Almond or Sunflower oil. Disperse 2 teaspoons of Amethyst Purple Mica and Titanium Dioxide into 2 tablespoons of liquid oil. Use a mini mixer to get the clumps of color worked out smoothly.
ONE: Slowly and carefully add the lye to the rose water and gently stir. You'll notice the lye might do some strange things! If any floaty chunks appear or if the lye doesn't go clear, that's okay. Set aside to cool to 100 - 110 degrees F.
TWO: Combine the Canola, Coconut, Rice Bran, Shea 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 120 degrees or below (and are ideally within 10 degrees of each other), add the lye water to the oils and stick blend until light to medium 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.
THREE: When you've reached a light to medium trace, split a portion of the batter into two separate containers. Split off about 3 cups of batter into each container. Whisk in the following dispersed colors:
FOUR: Split the Rosehip Jasmine Fragrance Oil between the three containers and whisk.
FIVE: Pour a layer of white batter into the mold. Pour just enough to cover the bottom of the mold entirely.
SIX: Next, pour all of the purple batter. At this point your batter might be getting thick, so use a spatula to spread it over the white layer, almost as if you were frosting a cake. Repeat step 6 with the green batter.
SEVEN: Pour a second layer of white batter. Be sure to leave yourself about a half cup or so to finish off the top. Spread the white batter over the green batter with a spatula.
EIGHT: Scrape the sides of your containers and empty all the purple and green batters for the next layer. Smooth them over with a spatula.
NINE: With the remaining half cup of white batter, pour a final layer. The soap may be very thick at this point, so be sure to tamp the mold on the table several times to release any air bubbles.
TEN: Now for the fun part! This technique is called a Hanger Swirl, and to achieve it we bent one of our reeds to fit into the 18 Bar Birchwood Mold. If you don't have a reed, you can use the item from which this technique gets its name -- a bent metal hanger! Starting at one end of the mold, push the 'hanger' straight down to the bottom of the mold. While it's still in the soap, drag it about an inch through the mold before pulling it up and out. With the tool above the soap, move it up another inch up, and then push it back down. Repeat this process, slowly inching the tool up and out, until you reach the end of the mold.
ELEVEN: Because your soap will be thick at this point, it's very important to tamp it hard on your work surface. This will ensure the soap will fill in the gaps left by your hanger tool. You can also carefully smooth the white soap over with a spatula if it becomes uneven. Once you're satisfied with the white soap, use a dropper to drizzle dispersed Amethyst Purple mica in a zig-zag pattern horizontally on top of the mold.
TWELVE: Insert a chopstick or dowel about 1/4 inch into the soap and drag it in a zig-zag pattern vertically until you reach the other end of the mold.
THIRTEEN: When you've reached the other end of the mold, make the same zig-zag pattern horizontally across the mold.
FOURTEEN: When you're satisfied with your swirl, place your soapy roses four across the mold. We placed 20 roses on top, but it may vary depending on the size of your roses.
FIFTEEN: Allow soap to harden in mold for 3-4 days before unmolding. Allow to cure for 4-6 weeks and enjoy!
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Linda O’Sullivan (also known as Mimi and Boo) creates stunning cold process soap and bath fizzies in the UK. I first came across her soaps on Instagram, via the hashtag #SoapShare. I quickly found myself scrolling through her dreamy Instagram feed, feeling incredibly inspired. All of Linda’s creations are elegant and sophisticated. I love how […]
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