I ordered these to try out Humblebee & Me's recipe for Cranberry Sauce CP soap. I was blown away by the rich color!
I love the texture, the feel and the scent, but when I add them to my melt and pour goat milk base, they float to the top of the mold I am using. What am I doing wrong? i really tried to blend, but feel there is a secret that I am not grasping.
Terah from Bramble Berry replies...Hi Jeri! I'm so glad you love the texture, feel and scent of our Cranberry Seeds. Though I'm sorry you're having trouble getting them to suspend in the soap. The key is pouring at a lower temperature, around 120 degrees F, to increase the viscosity of the soap. This combined with continual stirring will get you the results you want!
I initially wanted to use these seeds as a little pop of red color in a batch of cp spa bars. Unfortunately, not only did they turn from red to black in the soap, they discolored the area immediately around each and every seed. The discoloration sort of resembled little halos of DOS, so I'm not sure if the seeds just immediately went rancid inside the soap during the first 36 hours or not. Was I right in thinking that these were intended to be used in cp soap?
As an exfoliant they are somewhat on the coarse side, and are at least twice the size of poppy seeds. They are an effective exfoliant, but I don't think I would want to try them in a bar soap again.
Terah from Bramble Berry replies...Hi Alicia! I'm so sorry this product was not your favorite. We love these Cranberry Seeds as exfoliants and can be used in melt & pour soap, cold process soap, scrubs, and washes. Though, it is totally normal to get a halo with these seeds, as with many other natural or herbal based additives. I will email you personally to figure out what might have happened!
I used these in a CP soap I made at the end of last year (2014). I did about 2/3 without it and the top 2/3 with the cranberry seeds mixed in. i only used a teaspoon in a three pound bath but they were rougher than I would have liked for my sensitive skin. I gave a few to family and friends and they thought they were the perfect scrubiness so I guess it depends on the person.
Terah from Bramble Berry replies...Hi Stephanie! I'm so glad your family thought your soaps using our Cranberry Seeds were the perfect scrubbiness! For a more gentle exfoliant you may want to try our Crushed Grape Seeds.
I know you can add it in soap, but will it be safe to add in lotion bars, solid sugar scrubs,scrubs & creams?
Terah from Bramble Berry replies...Hi Belle! Our Cranberry Seeds are skin safe so they can safely be used in lotion bars, solid sugar scrubs, scrubs and creams. Though, I'm not sure how well they would work in a lotion bar and cream as seen in our Cranberry Seed Foot Scrub tutorial. With both of these products there is a chance the seeds will settle to the bottom. Also, because these are leave on products the Cranberry Seeds would either be left on the skin or have to be picked off. I will email you personally to discuss this further.
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