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Espresso Cream Melt & Pour

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This week’s blog was inspired by a dreamy dark Espresso drink with just a splash of milk. This exciting melt & pour project is definitely a more advanced one, but is sure to please even the most avid coffee lover. Fragranced with Espresso F.O., this soap is the perfect way to start your morning off with the wonderful aroma of coffee. It’s sure to aWAKEn your senses!

What You’ll Need:

40 oz Aloe M&P
8 oz Shea M&P
25 drops Liquid Black
5 drops Liquid Brown
10 mL Espresso F.O.
99% Isopropyl Alcohol

Scale
4 Quart Pyrex
Easy Pour
10″ Silicone Loaf Mold
Skewer
Dropper
Forks (2)

Weigh out 40 oz Aloe M&P and 8 oz Shea Melt & Pour.

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Melt Aloe Melt & Pour in microwave on 90 second bursts. While continuously mixing, add 25 drops of Liquid Black and 5 drops of Liquid Brown.

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Add 10 mL of Espresso F.O. and mix well.

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Pour into silicone loaf. Spray the top with rubbing alcohol to rid the top of bubbles.

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Once the first layer has formed a thick film on top but the middle of the soap is still liquid, we will begin to melt down the white soap. Melt the 8 oz of Shea M&P in the microwave on 30 second bursts. We want this soap to be very hot so it will break through the first layer. We will also not be fragrancing this layer, as we want it to be as white as possible.

When the Shea M&P is around 160 degrees Fahrenheit you can pour your next layer. Pour from as high away from the mold as you feel comfortable. Again, we want this layer to break through the first. Make your pours random, throughout the loaf so the white layer breaks through in a random pattern.

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If the Shea Melt & Pour does not appear to be breaking through the first layer, use a skewer to poke holes in the first layer.
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Allow to cool and harden enough for you to comfortably move it to the freezer.

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Allow to sit in freezer for about an hour until it fully hardens before unmolding. You can let it harden at room temperature, but it will take about 10 hours to fully harden.

Enjoy your Espresso Cream Melt and Pour Soap!

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Coffee Butter Lip Balm

final coffee lip balm

 It’s no secret that us Pacific North Westerners love our coffee. So we decided to dedicate this month to our favorite morning beverage! We’re kicking off Coffee Month with this super simple, super luxurious lip balm made almost entirely our of coffee butter. Coffee butter is safe to use in lip balm up to 100%, but we decided to add a little bit of beeswax to harden it just a tad, and a little bit of jojoba oil for an extra touch of amazing moisture. No need to flavor this wonderful product, as the smell and taste of the coffee butter is enough on its own. Coffee lovers rejoice!

**This recipe yields about 12 sliding lip tins**

What You’ll Need:

2 oz Coffee Butter
.3 oz White Beeswax
.35 oz Jojoba Oil

Hardware:

Scale
Microwave safe container
Spoon

Directions:

Measure 0.3 oz White Beeswax. Melt in microwave on 30 second bursts.

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Once completely melted, add 2 oz of Coffee Butter. Pop back in microwave on 10 second bursts until fully melted. Make sure to mix well in between bursts. We want to add as little of an outside heat source as possible, as the Coffee Butter can crystallize and form a grainy lip balm if melted too quickly.

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Add .35 oz Jojoba oil and mix well.

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Pour into sliding lip tins.

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Wait about 10-15 minutes for balm to cool before putting the lids on.

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Enjoy your caffeine-bursted lip balm!

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Salty Mariner Cold Process

Salty Mariner FinalBoy was this soap fun to make! We knew when we started out that Salty Mariner accelerates trace, but we didn’t realize it can produce ricing. We decided to roll with the punches and we ended up with one of favorite soaps to-date! This salty soap was inspired by the ebb and flow of the Ocean. Salty Mariner is a fresh and relaxing scent, while the simple and clean top with Fine Black Sea Salt adds the perfect touch to our nautical soap!

What You’ll Need:

5.2 oz Lye
12 oz Distilled Water

2 oz Apricot Kernel Oil
12 oz Coconut Oil
8 oz Olive Oil
12 oz Palm Oil
2 oz Rice Bran Oil

1/2 tsp Ultramarine Blue
1/2 tsp Titanium Dioxide
About 2 tbsp any fixed oil to disperse colors
2 oz Salty Mariner

About 2 tsp Sparkle Gold Mica
Fine Black Sea Salt

Hardware:

Scale
4 cup glass Pyrex (2)
12 cup glass Pyrex
Stainless steel whisk
Ramekin or Dixie cup (2)
Measuring spoons
Mini Mixer
Silicone Spatula
Small container to measure fragrance
Fork (2)
Easy Pour (2)
Powder Sifter

**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 Bramble Berry’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.

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DIRECTIONS:

COLOR PREP:

In a small ramekin or dixie cup, measure out 1/2 tsp Ultramarine Blue and add about 1 tbs of any fixed oil (we chose Meadowfoam Oil). Then combine using Bramble Berry’s mini mixer.
In a separate small ramekin, disperse 1/2 tsp of Titanium Dioxide using the same method.

OTHER PREP:

Weigh out 2 oz Salty Mariner FO into a small container and set aside.

Mark both of your easy pour containers at just below the 500 mL line.

Begin by organizing your area so that everything is ready to go. Place your ramekin of titanium dioxide by one of the easy pour containers. Have your Sparkle Gold Mica ready to dust, and your Fine Black Sea Salt ready.

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LYE PREP:

Measure the distilled water into one 4 cup glass Pyrex, and the lye into another. Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area, and you are wearing long sleeves, gloves, and goggles. Carefully add the lye to the water while gently stirring 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 Bramble Berry’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, weigh and combine your oils (making sure you are PRECISE!) and then microwave on 45 second bursts until the oils are around 115 degrees.

Once both the lye solution and the oils are around 115 degrees (between 10 degrees of each other) you can begin soaping!

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. Pour the lye solution down the arm of the stick blender and start mixing until you have reached a thin trace.

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Pour the soap batter to the lines on the easy pour containers. There should be some soap remaining after pouring.

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Add the dispersed Ultramarine Blue to the remaining soap (the soap NOT in either of the easy pours).

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Add the titanium dioxide to one of the easy pours. The second easy pour will not be colored.

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Once your color is fully incorporated, add ALL of the fragrance to the blue layer. This fragrance will immediately begin to rice and accelerate your traces. Stir your fragrance in quickly.

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Pour the white soap clockwise at 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and 9 o’clock in order to create an in-the-pot-swirl. Pour any remaining soap into the middle of the blue batter.

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Using the handle of a wooden spoon, swirl once through the concoction.

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Pour the in-the-pot swirl into the silicone loaf.

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Using a regular kitchen spoon, swoop the middle of the soap to create a wavy look in the soap.

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Using a powder sifter, sprinkle Sparkle Gold Mica on top of the first layer. We want the layer to be relatively thick so we can see the vein easily. However this can lead to separation of layers. Try to avoid the corners of the soap to help prevent separation.

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Now using a silicone spoon to help prevent breakthrough, slowly and carefully add the last layer of soap (the uncolored one) on top of the Sparkle Gold Mica.

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Spoon the soap towards the middle to create a peak look. You may need to wait a few minutes until the soap has set enough to be able to achieve this look.

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Sprinkle Fine Black Sea Salt on the peak of the soap.

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Spray with rubbing alcohol to help prevent soda ash and cover to help promote gel phase. Do not spray with rubbing alcohol after initial spray, as the activated charcoal in the salt can bleed.

Wait at least 48 hours to cut your soap. Lay on its side to cut to help prevent the salt from scratching the soap.

Allow to cure for 4-6 weeks before use. Enjoy!

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Bath Salts with Petals

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Mother’s Day is coming up fast! For those of you that need a last-minute gift, these bath salts are the perfect fit! This recipe is fun and easy and the salts smell soo good! Lavender Essential Oil is soothing and relaxing, while Epsom Salt helps to relax sore muscles from a hard days’ work. Keep reading to find out more about how to make the perfect Mother’s Day gift, or just a treat for yourself!

**This recipe yields about two 4 oz Spice Jars of Bath Salts**

What You’ll Need

3.25 oz Extra Small Pink Sea Salt
3.5 oz Medium Pink Sea Salt
2.75 oz Epsom Salt
1 mL Lavender E.O.
1 mL Clover & Aloe F.O.
1 mL Oatmeal Milk & Honey F.O.
Sprinkle Dried Rose Petals
Sprinkle Dried Lavender Buds
Sprinkle Calendula

Hardware:

Scale
Droppers (2)
Mixing bowls (3)
Mixing Spoons
4 oz Spice Jars (2) **We do not offer these particular jars at Otion, nor does Bramble Berry

**Not local?? You can find most of these ingredients and more online at Bramble Berry. They will ship directly to you!**

Directions:

Weigh out 3.25 oz of Extra Small Pink Sea Salt.

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Add 1 mL of Lavender 40/42 E.O. Mix well.

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In a separate bowl, measure out 3.5 oz of Medium Pink Sea Salt.

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Add 1 mL of Clover & Aloe F.O. and mix well.

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In a third bowl, measure out 2.75 oz of Epsom Salt.

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Add 1 mL of Oatmeal Milk and Honey F.O. and mix well.pic5

Divide the Medium Pink Sea Salt evenly between the two spice jars.

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Sprinkle a thin layer of dried rose petals on top of the salt.

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Divide the Epsom Salt evenly between the two spice jars.

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Sprinkle Dried Lavender Buds on top of the Epsom Salt.

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Fill the container right to the rim of the container with the Extra Small Pink Sea Salt.pic10

Add Dried Calendula to the top of the container. If you would like, you could also just fill the container to the top with the Extra Fine Pink Sea Salt. We did one each way.

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Enjoy your bath sea salts in a warm bath, or just as a display!

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Sea Salt Foot Scrub

final foot scrub

Spring is finally here and the sun is starting to come out! Time to break out the flip flops, but first-exfoliation. This invigorating sea salt foot scrub is the perfect way to start off the sunny season. Peppermint and cinnamon essential oils add the perfect therapeutic effects, Shea oil is so moisturizing that you won’t even need lotion afterward, and potassium cocoate leaves your feet feeling squeaky clean!

**This recipe yields about 16 oz of scrub**

What You’ll Need:

9 oz Medium Dead Sea Salt
7 oz Extra Fine Pink Sea Salt
.05 oz Shea Oil
1.5 oz Potassium Cocoate
5 drops Vitamin E
2 mL Optiphen
2 mL Carrot Extract
3 mL Peppermint 1st Dist. E.O.
1 mL Cinnamon Leaf E.O.

Equipment:

8 oz Short Bail Jar
4 oz Bail Jar (2)
Scale
Glass Mixing Bowl
Fork
Droppers (5)

Measure out 9 oz Medium Dead Sea Salt and 7 oz Extra Fine Pink Sea Salt in a glass mixing bowl. Mix well.

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Add 0.50 oz Shea Oil. Make sure to shake the Shea Oil well before adding, as Shea Oil likes to separate. Mix well.

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Add 1.5 oz Potassium Cocoate. Potassium Cocoate is a coconut oil soap base with a very nice lather. Mix well, breaking up any clumps that may have formed.

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Add 5 drops of Vitamin E. Mix well.

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Add 2 mL Optiphen and mix well. While there is no water content in this recipe, we assume you will be dipping wet hands into the concoction, and we don’t want any bacteria to grow!

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Add 2 mL Carrot Extract and mix well. Carrot extract is soothing to chapped and uncomfortable skin, and adds an extra touch of moisture to the skin.

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Add 3 mL of Peppermint 1st Dist. essential oil and 1 mL of Cinnamon Leaf essential oil and mix well. Peppermint essential oil is said to have antimicrobial properties, boost energy, and help to relieve sore muscles. Cinnamon essential oil helps improve circulation and blends wonderfully with Peppermint E.O.

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Once fully mixed, scoop the foot scrub into the bail jars.

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To use, wet your foot down with warm water. You can soak your feet for 10-15 minutes in a warm foot bath to help soften the skin and help the exfoliation process as well.

Scoop a small dollop of the scrub into your hands and start scrubbing! A little bit of this scrub goes a long way. Careful if using in the shower, it can leave your tub slippery if you use too much!

Rinse with warm water. The Shea Oil in this foot scrub helps to leave your feet feeling smooth and soft afterwards, but you can certainly apply lotion afterwards if desired.

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Super Hero Bath Bomb

Final Super Hero Bath Bomb

BOOM! POW! SMACK! For the last blog of super hero month, we thought some onomatopoeia bath bombs were the perfect way to wrap up the month! We used water soluble paper to wrap these Energy-fragranced bath bombs in comic-book themed action words. Pop them in the tub and watch as the bath bombs fizz and the paper melts away, leaving your bath water soft and smelling wonderful.

**This recipe yields about three halves of the stainless steel bath bomb mold**

What You’ll Need:

1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
5 drops cornflower blue la bomb
2 mL energy FO
About 3 oz clear M&P soap
Water soluble paper
Stainless steel bath bomb mold (3 halves)
Paint brush
Scale
Mug

**If you are not local, you can get all of this and more at Bramble Berry! They will ship directly to you!**

Directions:

Print graphics on water soluble paper (about two per page). Cut the paper into strips (8 1/2″ X 2″). Then cut a couple more blank strips (to use if you want them double wrapped).

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Combine 1 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup citric acid. Mix well. Make sure to break up any of the clumps that have formed.

Add 2 mL energy FO and mix well.

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Add about 5 drops of cornflower blue la bomb. Mix well.

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Press bath bomb mixture firmly into one half of the stainless steel bath bomb mold. Repeat with the other two halves, or until your bath bomb mixture is gone.

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Pop the bath bombs out of the molds after a couple of minutes. It helps to squeeze the mold slightly.

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Melt 3 oz of clear melt and pour soap.

Place one of the strips picture-side down and place bath bomb on top of graphic (flat-side up).

Wrap one side of strip around bath bomb and use melt and pour to glue onto bath bomb. Repeat with other side of strip.

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If you would like to double-band your bath bomb, repeat the above process, first with a blank strip, and then with a pictured strip. Have the strips be wrapped in opposite directions, as shown in the picture below.

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Pop them in the bath and watch as the paper dissolves away with the bath bombs!

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