Pink Petals Soap Projecthttps://www.brambleberry.com/in-the-studio/projects/cold-process/pink-petals-soap-project/PS000249.html
If you're looking for a challenge, this Pink Petals Soap should be your next project! Layers of pink, white, and green soap are poured into the mold and then swirled with a Hanger Tool. It’s topped with rose petals and Gold Bursting Beads.
The soap is scented with Pink Petals Fragrance Oil, which is a soft and pretty floral scent. It does accelerate trace slightly, so be ready to work quickly once it's added. Don't worry too much about making each layer perfectly straight and even because they're swirled together at the end.
- Skill Level: Advanced
- Time to Complete: 2 hours
- Kit Yields: About 5 pounds of soap
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Pink Petals Soap Project
This cold process soap features a vibrant hanger swirl design and it's topped with pink rose petals and Bursting Beads.
5 lb. Wood Mold with Sliding Bottom
Silicone Liner for 5 lb. Wood Mold
Hanger Swirl Tool
2.8 oz. Avocado Butter (5%)
16.5 oz. Olive Oil (30%)
13.8 oz. Palm Oil (25%)
13.8 oz. Coconut Oil (25%)
8.3 oz. Sunflower Oil (15%)
7.7 oz. Sodium Hydroxide Lye
17.3 oz. Distilled Water
3.5 tsp. Sodium Lactate
4 oz. Pink Petals Fragrance Oil
Rose Pearl Mica
Electric Bubble Gum Colorant
Green Chrome Oxide Pigment
Pink Rose Petals
Gold Bursting Beads
FRAGRANCE PREP: Measure 4 ounces of Pink Petals Fragrance Oil into a small glass container and set aside.
COLORANT PREP: In separate containers, mix 2 teaspoons of Rose Pearl Mica and 2 teaspoons of titanium dioxide with 2 tablespoons of a lightweight liquid oil (like sweet almond or sunflower). Then, in separate containers, mix 1 teaspoon of Electric Bubble Gum Colorant and 1 teaspoon of Green Chrome Oxide Pigment with 1 tablespoon of lightweight liquid oil. Use a Mini Mixer to fully incorporate. 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.
TOOL PREP: Bend the Hanger Tool so it fits inside the mold by length.
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.
Slowly and carefully add 7.7 ounces of lye to 17.3 ounces of water and gently stir until the lye has fully dissolved and the liquid is clear. Set aside and when it's cool, add 3.5 teaspoons of sodium lactate. That helps the soap harden and unmold more quickly.
Melt and measure 2.8 ounces of avocado butter, 16.5 ounces of olive oil, 13.8 ounces of palm oil, 13.8 ounces of coconut oil, and 8.3 ounces of sunflower oil into a large heat-safe container (remember to fully melt the palm oil before measuring). Once the lye water and the oils have cooled to 110° 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.
Split the soap equally into 4 containers - each will have about 600 mL. Add the following amounts of dispersed colorants to each one and use a whisk to fully incorporate.
Pour the fragrance oil evenly into the 4 containers and use a whisk to fully incorporate. Stick blend the green soap until it's a light/medium trace. It's the bottom layer, so it needs to be thick enough to support the rest of the soap. Pour half of the green soap into the mold and tap on the counter to level.
Carefully pour half of the white soap on the green. Be careful to not break through to the green layer. You may want to use a spoon to add the white soap, or pour on top of a spatula to flood it in gently. If necessary, use a spoon to spread the white soap and create a more even layer.
Carefully pour half of the dark pink soap on top of the white. Use a spoon to spread the soap to create a more even layer and cover the white below.
Carefully pour half of the light pink soap on top of the dark pink. Use a spoon to spread the soap to create a more even layer and cover the dark pink below. Continue layering each color into the mold using the same order - green, white, dark pink, and light pink.
Insert the Hanger Swirl Tool in the mold on the side closest to you. Push it to the bottom, move it about 1/6th of the way through the mold, and pull it back toward the top. Be sure not to break through the soap on top. Move the tool away from you again and push it back toward the bottom. Repeat that motion until you reach the other side of the mold - move the hanger tool away from you, pull it toward the top, move it over, and push it back toward the bottom. When you reach the other side of the mold, repeat this process going in the other direction, and pull the Hanger Swirl Tool out carefully.
Use a small spoon to create texture on top - we created a wave look on one side, but feel free to create whatever you like. If the soap is not holding its shape, give it 5-10 minutes to thicken. Place rose petals and Gold Bursting Beads on top.
Spritz with 99% isopropyl alcohol to prevent soda ash and cover the soap to insulate for 24 hours.
Leave the soap in the mold for 3-4 days. Remove, cut into bars, and let them cure for 4-6 weeks. Enjoy!
Photographer: Amanda Kerzman