Frosted Fir Soap Project

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Skill Level: Intermediate
Time: 2 hours
Yield: About 3 pounds of soap

Project Description

This cold process soap is inspired by the beauty of winter, specifically fresh snow on tree branches.

It’s colored green and white and topped with Snowflake Sparkle Mica. The design is a combination of a drop swirl and a hanger swirl, which gives each bar a unique look.

Frosted Fir Fragrance Oil adds notes of wild berry, pacific breeze, spruce, and plumeria.

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Lots of Lather Quick Mix - 33 oz
Lots of Lather Quick Mix - 33 oz Item#: M900009
$12.99
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Sodium Lactate - 4 oz
Sodium Lactate - 4 oz Item#: IB002096
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$2.00
Sodium Hydroxide Lye
Sodium Hydroxide Lye Item#: IB002149
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Frosted Fir Fragrance Oil - 2 oz
Frosted Fir Fragrance Oil - 2 oz Item#: IB004426
$7.73
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Titanium Dioxide Pigment - 1 oz
Titanium Dioxide Pigment - 1 oz Item#: IB002531
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Black Oxide Pigment - 1 oz
Black Oxide Pigment - 1 oz Item#: IB002545
$3.25
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Green Chrome Oxide Pigment - 1 oz
Green Chrome Oxide Pigment - 1 oz Item#: IB002537
$4.79
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Snowflake Sparkle Mica - 1 oz
Snowflake Sparkle Mica - 1 oz Item#: IB002179
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Cranberry Seeds - 1 oz
Cranberry Seeds - 1 oz Item#: IB002787
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10 inch Silicone Loaf Mold
10 inch Silicone Loaf Mold Item#: IB002867
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Hanger Swirl Tool
Hanger Swirl Tool Item#: IB003276
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Instructions

Frosted Fir Soap Project

  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: About 3 pounds of soap

It’s colored green and white and topped with Snowflake Sparkle Mica. The design is a combination of a drop swirl and a hanger swirl, which gives each bar a unique look.

Frosted Fir Fragrance Oil adds notes of wild berry, pacific breeze, spruce, and plumeria.

You will need:

  • 10" Silicone Loaf Mold
  • Hanger Swirl Tool
  • 33 oz. Lots of Lather Quick Mix
  • 4.7 oz. Sodium Hydroxide Lye
  • 10.5 oz. Distilled Water
  • 2 oz. Frosted Fir Fragrance Oil
  • Titanium Dioxide
  • Black Oxide
  • Green Chrome Oxide Pigment
  • Snowflake Sparkle Mica
  • Cranberry Seeds

Follow these steps:

FRAGRANCE PREP: Measure 2 ounces of Frosted Fir Fragrance Oil into a small glass container and set aside. 

HANGER SWIRL TOOL PREP: Bend the Hanger Swirl Tool to fit inside the 10" Silicone Mold.

COLORANT PREP: Disperse 2 teaspoons of titanium dioxide into 2 tablespoons of a lightweight liquid oil such as sunflower or sweet almond. Then in separate containers, disperse 1 teaspoon of Green Chrome Oxide Pigment and 1 teaspoon of black oxide into 1 tablespoon of lightweight liquid oil. Use a mini mixer to get rid of clumps. Have cranberry seeds and Snowflake Sparkle Mica nearby to sprinkle on top. Optional: To ensure the titanium dioxide blends smoothly into the soap, we recommend micronizing it before dispersing it in oil. Use a coffee grinder to break up any clumps of color and prevent streaks of white from showing in the final soap. We like to use a coffee grinder that has a removable stainless steel mixing area for easy cleaning. 

SAFETY FIRST: Suit up for safe handling practices. That means goggles, gloves, and long sleeves. Make sure kids, pets, other distractions, and tripping hazards are out of the house or don’t have access to your space. Always make soap in a well-ventilated area.

1

Slowly and carefully add 4.7 ounces of lye to 10.5 ounces of distilled water. Gently stir until the lye has fully dissolved. Set it aside to cool. Optional: Add 2 teaspoons of sodium lactate to help the bars harden more quickly.

2

Melt the entire bag of Lots of Lather Quick Mix until there is no cloudiness. Shake to mix the oils and measure 33 ounces into a heat-safe container. Once the lye water and the oils have cooled to 130° F or below (and are ideally within 10 degrees of each other), add the lye water to the oils and stick blend the mixture to a very thin trace.

3

Split the soap into the following amounts and add the following dispersed colorants. Whisk each one thoroughly.

  • Container A (400 mL): 2 teaspoons dispersed Green Chrome Oxide + drops of dispersed black oxide (to preference)
  • Container B (200 mL): 1/4 teaspoon dispersed Green Chrome Oxide + 1 teaspoon dispersed titanum dioxide
  • Container C (remaining soap): 2 tablespoons dispersed titanium dioxide

4

Add the 2 ounces of Frosted Fir Fragrance Oil proportionally to each container (it's okay to eyeball it). Whisk in thoroughly. If the soap batter is still extremely thin, pulse each container quickly with the stick blender to slightly thicken and thoroughly mix in the colorants and fragrance.

5

Pour a small amount of the white soap into the mold – just enough to cover the bottom. Then alternate pouring small amounts of the dark green, white, and light green soap into the mold at various heights. That helps the soap drop to different areas of the mold rather than sitting on top and creating layers. Don’t worry about being too precise when you’re pouring. Tip: Pouring white soap between the two shades of green helps define the swirls. 

6

Once all the soap has been poured, insert the Hanger Swirl Tool into one side of the mold. Then, use loop-de-loop motions to swirl the soap. There is no right or wrong way to do this necessarily, but different motions and patterns will result in slightly different looking swirl. Some loops should be big and some small. Varying the direction (horizontal versus vertical) also creates a more complex swirl. Once you’ve swirled the soap about 7-10 times, remove the Hanger Swirl Tool by bringing it up and out on one side of the mold.

7

Use the back of a spoon to create peaks and divots into the soap. Have fun with the texture – there is no right or wrong way to do it. Sprinkle Snowflake Sparkle Mica and cranberry seeds on top. 

8

Place the soap on a heating pad set to medium-high heat for 1-2 hours to promote a gentle gel phase. Allow the soap to stay in the mold for 2-3 days. Unmold, cut into bars, and allow the soap to cure for 4-6 weeks. Enjoy!

Tutorial credits

Photographer: Amanda Kerzman

Frosted Fir Soap Project

  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: About 3 pounds of soap

It’s colored green and white and topped with Snowflake Sparkle Mica. The design is a combination of a drop swirl and a hanger swirl, which gives each bar a unique look.

Frosted Fir Fragrance Oil adds notes of wild berry, pacific breeze, spruce, and plumeria.

You will need:

  • 10" Silicone Loaf Mold
  • Hanger Swirl Tool
  • 33 oz. Lots of Lather Quick Mix
  • 4.7 oz. Sodium Hydroxide Lye
  • 10.5 oz. Distilled Water
  • 2 oz. Frosted Fir Fragrance Oil
  • Titanium Dioxide
  • Black Oxide
  • Green Chrome Oxide Pigment
  • Snowflake Sparkle Mica
  • Cranberry Seeds

Follow these steps:

FRAGRANCE PREP: Measure 2 ounces of Frosted Fir Fragrance Oil into a small glass container and set aside. 

HANGER SWIRL TOOL PREP: Bend the Hanger Swirl Tool to fit inside the 10" Silicone Mold.

COLORANT PREP: Disperse 2 teaspoons of titanium dioxide into 2 tablespoons of a lightweight liquid oil such as sunflower or sweet almond. Then in separate containers, disperse 1 teaspoon of Green Chrome Oxide Pigment and 1 teaspoon of black oxide into 1 tablespoon of lightweight liquid oil. Use a mini mixer to get rid of clumps. Have cranberry seeds and Snowflake Sparkle Mica nearby to sprinkle on top. Optional: To ensure the titanium dioxide blends smoothly into the soap, we recommend micronizing it before dispersing it in oil. Use a coffee grinder to break up any clumps of color and prevent streaks of white from showing in the final soap. We like to use a coffee grinder that has a removable stainless steel mixing area for easy cleaning. 

SAFETY FIRST: Suit up for safe handling practices. That means goggles, gloves, and long sleeves. Make sure kids, pets, other distractions, and tripping hazards are out of the house or don’t have access to your space. Always make soap in a well-ventilated area.

1

Slowly and carefully add 4.7 ounces of lye to 10.5 ounces of distilled water. Gently stir until the lye has fully dissolved. Set it aside to cool. Optional: Add 2 teaspoons of sodium lactate to help the bars harden more quickly.

2

Melt the entire bag of Lots of Lather Quick Mix until there is no cloudiness. Shake to mix the oils and measure 33 ounces into a heat-safe container. Once the lye water and the oils have cooled to 130° F or below (and are ideally within 10 degrees of each other), add the lye water to the oils and stick blend the mixture to a very thin trace.

3

Split the soap into the following amounts and add the following dispersed colorants. Whisk each one thoroughly.

  • Container A (400 mL): 2 teaspoons dispersed Green Chrome Oxide + drops of dispersed black oxide (to preference)
  • Container B (200 mL): 1/4 teaspoon dispersed Green Chrome Oxide + 1 teaspoon dispersed titanum dioxide
  • Container C (remaining soap): 2 tablespoons dispersed titanium dioxide

4

Add the 2 ounces of Frosted Fir Fragrance Oil proportionally to each container (it's okay to eyeball it). Whisk in thoroughly. If the soap batter is still extremely thin, pulse each container quickly with the stick blender to slightly thicken and thoroughly mix in the colorants and fragrance.

5

Pour a small amount of the white soap into the mold – just enough to cover the bottom. Then alternate pouring small amounts of the dark green, white, and light green soap into the mold at various heights. That helps the soap drop to different areas of the mold rather than sitting on top and creating layers. Don’t worry about being too precise when you’re pouring. Tip: Pouring white soap between the two shades of green helps define the swirls. 

6

Once all the soap has been poured, insert the Hanger Swirl Tool into one side of the mold. Then, use loop-de-loop motions to swirl the soap. There is no right or wrong way to do this necessarily, but different motions and patterns will result in slightly different looking swirl. Some loops should be big and some small. Varying the direction (horizontal versus vertical) also creates a more complex swirl. Once you’ve swirled the soap about 7-10 times, remove the Hanger Swirl Tool by bringing it up and out on one side of the mold.

7

Use the back of a spoon to create peaks and divots into the soap. Have fun with the texture – there is no right or wrong way to do it. Sprinkle Snowflake Sparkle Mica and cranberry seeds on top. 

8

Place the soap on a heating pad set to medium-high heat for 1-2 hours to promote a gentle gel phase. Allow the soap to stay in the mold for 2-3 days. Unmold, cut into bars, and allow the soap to cure for 4-6 weeks. Enjoy!

Tutorial credits

Photographer: Amanda Kerzman

You will need:

  • 10" Silicone Loaf Mold
  • Hanger Swirl Tool
  • 33 oz. Lots of Lather Quick Mix
  • 4.7 oz. Sodium Hydroxide Lye
  • 10.5 oz. Distilled Water
  • 2 oz. Frosted Fir Fragrance Oil
  • Titanium Dioxide
  • Black Oxide
  • Green Chrome Oxide Pigment
  • Snowflake Sparkle Mica
  • Cranberry Seeds

Follow these steps:

FRAGRANCE PREP: Measure 2 ounces of Frosted Fir Fragrance Oil into a small glass container and set aside. 

HANGER SWIRL TOOL PREP: Bend the Hanger Swirl Tool to fit inside the 10" Silicone Mold.

COLORANT PREP: Disperse 2 teaspoons of titanium dioxide into 2 tablespoons of a lightweight liquid oil such as sunflower or sweet almond. Then in separate containers, disperse 1 teaspoon of Green Chrome Oxide Pigment and 1 teaspoon of black oxide into 1 tablespoon of lightweight liquid oil. Use a mini mixer to get rid of clumps. Have cranberry seeds and Snowflake Sparkle Mica nearby to sprinkle on top. Optional: To ensure the titanium dioxide blends smoothly into the soap, we recommend micronizing it before dispersing it in oil. Use a coffee grinder to break up any clumps of color and prevent streaks of white from showing in the final soap. We like to use a coffee grinder that has a removable stainless steel mixing area for easy cleaning. 

SAFETY FIRST: Suit up for safe handling practices. That means goggles, gloves, and long sleeves. Make sure kids, pets, other distractions, and tripping hazards are out of the house or don’t have access to your space. Always make soap in a well-ventilated area.

1

Slowly and carefully add 4.7 ounces of lye to 10.5 ounces of distilled water. Gently stir until the lye has fully dissolved. Set it aside to cool. Optional: Add 2 teaspoons of sodium lactate to help the bars harden more quickly.

2

Melt the entire bag of Lots of Lather Quick Mix until there is no cloudiness. Shake to mix the oils and measure 33 ounces into a heat-safe container. Once the lye water and the oils have cooled to 130° F or below (and are ideally within 10 degrees of each other), add the lye water to the oils and stick blend the mixture to a very thin trace.

3

Split the soap into the following amounts and add the following dispersed colorants. Whisk each one thoroughly.

  • Container A (400 mL): 2 teaspoons dispersed Green Chrome Oxide + drops of dispersed black oxide (to preference)
  • Container B (200 mL): 1/4 teaspoon dispersed Green Chrome Oxide + 1 teaspoon dispersed titanum dioxide
  • Container C (remaining soap): 2 tablespoons dispersed titanium dioxide

4

Add the 2 ounces of Frosted Fir Fragrance Oil proportionally to each container (it's okay to eyeball it). Whisk in thoroughly. If the soap batter is still extremely thin, pulse each container quickly with the stick blender to slightly thicken and thoroughly mix in the colorants and fragrance.

5

Pour a small amount of the white soap into the mold – just enough to cover the bottom. Then alternate pouring small amounts of the dark green, white, and light green soap into the mold at various heights. That helps the soap drop to different areas of the mold rather than sitting on top and creating layers. Don’t worry about being too precise when you’re pouring. Tip: Pouring white soap between the two shades of green helps define the swirls. 

6

Once all the soap has been poured, insert the Hanger Swirl Tool into one side of the mold. Then, use loop-de-loop motions to swirl the soap. There is no right or wrong way to do this necessarily, but different motions and patterns will result in slightly different looking swirl. Some loops should be big and some small. Varying the direction (horizontal versus vertical) also creates a more complex swirl. Once you’ve swirled the soap about 7-10 times, remove the Hanger Swirl Tool by bringing it up and out on one side of the mold.

7

Use the back of a spoon to create peaks and divots into the soap. Have fun with the texture – there is no right or wrong way to do it. Sprinkle Snowflake Sparkle Mica and cranberry seeds on top. 

8

Place the soap on a heating pad set to medium-high heat for 1-2 hours to promote a gentle gel phase. Allow the soap to stay in the mold for 2-3 days. Unmold, cut into bars, and allow the soap to cure for 4-6 weeks. Enjoy!

Tutorial credits

Photographer: Amanda Kerzman

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