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Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Creative Christmas soaps are my favorite projects to plan and create. This is a pretty advanced multi-step recipe. I have included the full recipes for each layer, along with specific instructions on the Bramble Berry web site here. Below is the general outline of how to make this cheery holiday soap.
Two days ahead of time, make your ‘Cranberry Inclusions.' This is an unscented batch of soft soap that is almost play dough like in its consistency. The batch is a small 45 oz. size and is meant to fit into our Silicone Pans.
Recipe:16 oz. Olive Oil7.9 oz. Macadamia Nut Oil6.1 oz. Coconut Oil.8 oz. Jojoba4.2 oz. Lye10 oz. Water
Wearing full safety gear and following basic CP principles (unsure about CP soap? Watch the FREE SoapQueen.TV tutorials on CP soap here), make your soap.
Add Burgundy Oxide and Merlot mica at thin trace and stick blend in. If you want to ensure no clumps at all, pre-mix color with 2 tsp of oil. Pour your soap and do not insulate. To keep the soap softer and more pliable, not going through gel phase is essential.
After the soap has set-up for just one day, use a melon baller, a cookie dough batter tool or just cut into squares and round off the corners and form with your hands. If the soap is too sticky, mix a little flour with Merlot Mica and apply to your hands to keep your hands from getting sticking to the soap.
Next make layers 1, 2 and 3: Get your soap to thin trace then, separate it into three batches.
This recipe is designed to give a good amount of working time for multiple swirls and layers.
Recipe:14 oz. Olive Oil8 oz. Coconut Oil6 oz. Canola Oil5 oz. Palm Oil2 oz. Palm Kernel5.0 oz. lye11.6 oz. water2.6 oz. Cranberry Fig FragranceColorants:Emerald Green LabColorGreen Chrome OxideBlack Iron OxideVintage Gray MicaSuper Pearly White
Add the fragrance right before you pour so that if your fragrance acclerates trace you will still have time to embed your cranberry inclusions.
Fragrance the white layer of soap. Pour a thin layer of white soap over the black/green mixture. Add the Cranberry Inclusions, two by two, spacing evenly along projected bar cut lines. Pour the rest of the white soap.
Spoon or pour the remainder of the black and green swirl over the Cranberry Inclusions/White layer.
For the last layer: Split the batch into two containers.
Recipe:4.88 oz. Olive Oil2.79 oz. Coconut Oil2.09 oz. Canola Oil1.74 oz. Palm Oil.7 oz. Palm Kernel1.76 oz. Lye4.03 oz. Water.9 oz. Cranberry FigBurgundy Oxide + Merlot mica
Swirl the colored soap and white soap together. Pour over the Green/Black layer.
Insulate well and allow to harden for a minimum of 2 days before cutting. To ensure your soap is mild and hard, be sure to make your soap by November 15th so it can dry for a full 4-6 weeks before the big day!
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Just in time for holiday craft fairs and Christmas gifts, Bramble Berry has created 2 seasonal cold process soap loaves.
First we have Winter Sleigh Ride (pictured above) made with a favorite holiday fragrance of ours that's a blend of orange and apple with peppermint and cloves.
Next we have Cranberry Fig, this one was so popular last year that we decided to do it again. This time we have created a rich swirl with Gold Sparkle mica and Merlot mica.
Liquid Soap Paste! Make your own liquid soap without the hassle of cooking your own paste. Or use it as a starter for your from-scratch liquid soapmaking.
Bramble Berry has 2 types of paste; High Sudsing, with Castor oil that makes lots of lather, and Castile, made with 100% Olive oil and nothing else.
Yes, we are already planning Soap Weekend Intensive for next year. It's going to be amazing!
Taking place in beautiful Bellingham, Washington over three gloriously intense days, this is an opportunity you won't want to miss!
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday
June 10, 11, & 12, 2011
Early Bird Special price is $350
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Bramble Berry Soapmaking Supplies
2138 Humboldt Street, Bellingham, Washington, 98225 phone: 360.734.8278 [email protected]
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