Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na Batman! What would super hero month be without the famous Batman?? This cold process soap was inspired by our good Samaritan friend Batman! We chose to use Bramble Berry’s Lots of Lather Quick Mix as our recipe. This Quick mix yields a wonderfully moisturizing bar of soap with-you guessed it-an amazing lather! Scented with Vetyver fragrance oil to add a wonderfully woodsy aroma, this soap is sure to pack a powerfully cleansing kick to your daily routine!
***This recipe yields about three pounds of soap***
What You’ll Need:
33 oz Lots of Lather Quick Mix
4.7 oz lye
11 oz water
1 tsp activated charcoal (dispersed in avocado oil)
1/2 tsp fizzy lemonade (dispersed in avocado oil)
2 oz Vetyver FO
10″ Silicone Loaf Mold
Hanger Swirl Tool
Small ramekins (2)
Glass pyrex (2 four oz, 1 two quartz)
Stainless steel whisk
*If you are not local, you can get all of this and more at Bramble Berry! They will ship directly to you!**
If you’ve never made Cold Process soap before, stop here! I highly recommend checking out Brambleberry’s FREE four part SoapQueen.tv series on Cold Process Soapmaking, especially the episode on lye safety. And if you’d rather do some reading, Bramble Berry carries a wide range of books on the topic, including Anne-Marie’s newest book, Pure Soapmaking. You can also checkout the digital downloads for that instant gratification factor.
In a small ramekin or dixie cup, measure out 1 tsp activated charcoal and add a small amount of any fixed oil (we chose avocado oil). Use just enough oil to saturate the charcoal. Then combine using Bramble Berry’s mini mixer.
In a separate small ramekin, disperse 1/2 tsp fizzy lemonade in avocado oil using the same method.
Weigh out 2 oz Vetyver FO into a small container and set aside.
Mark your easy pour container at the 500 mL line.
Begin by organizing your area so that everything is ready to go. Place your ramekin of fizzy lemonade by the easy pour container. Have your fragrance, mold, and swirl hanger ready to go. Measure the swirl hanger to the length of the 10″ silicone loaf.
Measure the distilled water into one glass container, and the lye into another. Carefully add the lye to the water and gently stir with a stainless steel whisk until solution is clear. Allow the lye to cool to around 115 degrees by either labeling and setting aside, or by placing into a designated freezer. We recommend using Brambleberry’s Infrared Thermometer. These are amazing because they are so easy to use and you don’t have to worry about getting your thermometer covered in lye water!
While the lye is cooling, microwave the lots of lather quick mix on 30 second bursts until the oils are around 115 degrees.
Once both the lye solution and the lots of lather quick mix solution are around 115 degrees (between 10 degrees of each other) you can begin soaping! Make sure you have gloves, goggles and long sleeves for protection.
Place the stick blender into the oils at an angle and burp the blender by gently knocking the stick blender on the bottom of the Pyrex to avoid mixing in any air bubbles. Pour the lye solution down the arm of the stick blender and start mixing until you have reached a thin trace.
Once you have reached trace, pour the soap batter in your easy pour container to the line. Add the dispersed fizzy lemonade and mix well until fully incorporated. Be sure the get all the sides of the easy pour.
Leave the rest of the soap batter in the 2 quart mixing bowl and add the dispersed activated charcoal. Mix well until fully incorporated.
Add about 1/3 of the fragrance to the fizzy lemonade soap batter and mix well (you can eyeball this).
Add the rest of the fragrance oil to the activated charcoal soap batter and mix well.
Pour a thin layer of the activated charcoal layer on the bottom of the 10″ silicone loaf mold.
Gently tap the mold on the table to even the soap out.
Pour about half the yellow soap batter to one side of the silicone loaf mold.
Pour most of the remaining activated charcoal soap batter on the opposite side of the yellow soap batter.
Pour the remaining yellow soap batter on the same side as before.
Pour the remaining activated charcoal batter on top of the soap.
Push the hanger down the side of the soap with the yellow soap batter and swirl away from your body 2-3 times, emerging from the soap in the middle of the loaf.
Spoon the middle of the soap.
Spray with 99% rubbing alcohol to help prevent soda ash and cover to promote gel phase.
Wait at least 48 hours to cut with a multi-bar cutter. Let cure 4-6 weeks.
Enjoy your batman-themed soap!
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