The Bramble Berry Quick Mix Oils are an easy way for you to save time weighing and blending oils. We do all the work for you.
The Swirl Recipe Quick Mix is comprised of Coconut, Palm Oil, Canola, Pure Olive Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Castor Oil and Vitamin E. It produces a recipe that gives plenty of time to swirl or do intricate designs. The resulting soap has a conditioning feel with stable, creamy bubbles. Because of the lathering properties, this recipe does best at a 7% superfat or lower.
NOTE: While it is possible to add extra butters or oils to our Quick Mixes, if you add extra butters or oil into this recipe, your soap will be softer, have smaller, more dense lather and will have a shorter shelf life.
Ingredients:Botanical Name: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Elaeis guineensis (Palm) Oil, Brassica Napus (Canola) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Sweet almond oil (Prunus amygdalus dulcis), Ricinus communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Tocepherol (Vitamin E) Common Name: Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Canola Oil, Olive Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Castor Oil, Vitamin E
I have been using this mix for several years now, I do however use my own blends, but when I am making large amounts of soap this swirl mix seems easier for me. At first, I did have trouble but I contacted bramble berry and they were very helpful.
I bought this last year and the first batch was great! Swirls were fantastic. Until I bought more, used the same recipe, same temp and it set up right in the bucket! I thought i had measured the lye and water wrong. I did it again, and it set up right in the bucket. So, here I have 2 batches of soap that look horrible and another 54 oz of this mxuture that I doubt I'll use again... not happy...
Kelsey from Bramble Berry replies...Hi Robyn! I'm so glad your first batch using the Swirl Quick Mix turned out great, though I'm sorry you've had trouble working with it more recently. This mix is specifically designed to stay more liquidy, giving you plenty of time to swirl and do intricate designs, so I'm surprised that happened. Often the fragrance oil is the main culprit for acceleration, though temperature and additives like clay can play a part. For more information on acceleration, check out our Soap Behaving Badly blog post. Customer service has emailed you directly to help troubleshoot!
It performed in the lab exactly as it was described but the true test came in the shower where it also scored well. I only gave it 4 stars because it did not perform any differently than my tried and true recipe with 50% coconut oil. It all seems to be about temperature: soap warm for a thick batter and soap cool for a thin batter. Mine performs the same for less money. Otherwise, this is a very nice oil combo that makes a very nice soap and allows ample time to soap if you soap cool. I used the oil at 100 F and the lye water at 110 F. I hope this helps.
Loved that I didn't have to guess as to the proportions with the 54oz package. If I get the 35lb, will I be able to break it down into 54 oz increments and utilize the same proportions of lye and water?
I have been staring at the quick mix for a while but never orderd it but then it was on sale so I got the 35lb bucket and I am in love. This quick mix is everything I needed. It has worked so well for me that I have no complaints, if your mixture seizes it is not because of the mix it will be your fragrance. I tried this mix with a fragrance that tends to speed up on me in my oil mix but in the swirl it did not speed up as fast as it normally would have on me had I used my oils. So I am thrilled, I am just tying to get my titanium dioxide to come out smoothe in my finished batch and not to have the little glycerin rivers I believe that is what they are called, but I hope to get that together so my soap can be more awesome than it is.
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