In case you didn’t know, this month Otion will be taking you through a colorful rainbow inspired journey with a variety of blogs! If you missed our last blog, you will want to check out the fun we came up with for red and orange! Today we’re moving along and diving into yellow. Not only does this soap tutorial turn out looking amazing, it will having you smelling bright and fresh due to the lemon verbena fragrance oil we paired it with. It’s the perfect soap to wake up to in the morning.
What You’ll Need:
13 oz Distilled Water
4.74 oz Lye
7 oz Avocado Oil
10 oz Coconut Oil
3 oz Jojoba Oil
5 oz Olive Oil
8 oz Palm Oil
2 oz Shea Butter
2 oz Lemon Verbena Fragrance Oil
12″ Silicone Loaf Mold
3 Easy Pour Containers
— If you are not local, you can get all of this and more at Bramble Berry! They will ship directly to you! —
Before we started, we made a line on each easy pour container to 12 oz. That way we knew exactly how much soap to put into each container.
In separate ramekins mix together:
1. 1/4 tsp yellow oxide and 1/8 tsp yellow mica with 1 tbsp apricot kernel oil.
2. 1/4 tsp yellow mica and 1/8 tsp yellow oxide with 1 tbsp apricot kernel oil.
3. 1/8 tsp yellow mica and half a mini scoop of titanium dioxide with 1 tbsp apricot kernel oil.
4. Tiny sprinkle of yellow mica and itty bitty dash of titanium dioxide with 1 tbsp apricot kernel oil.
(The last color is the lightest, so use a very small amount of yellow mica and titanium dioxide.)
Weigh out 2 oz Lemon Verbena FO in a fragrance safe container and set aside.
Separately weigh out the distilled water and lye into glass containers. As always, carefully add the lye to the water and gently stir with a stainless steel whisk until solution is clear. You can label and set aside, or you can put it into a designated freezer to cool down faster.
While the lye is cooling, weigh out all the oils in a large glass pyrex bowl and heat in the microwave until the oils are around 100 degrees.
Once the oils and lye solution are around 100 degrees (between 15 degrees of each other) you can now make your soap. Make sure you have gloves, goggles and long sleeves on while you are starting to make soap.
Put the stick blender into the oils and burp the blender so you 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 light trace.
Once you have come to trace, distribute the soap batter evenly into each easy pour container. Each container should have 12 oz of soap.
Once the soap has been divided between the containers, add one color to each bowl ad mix in well with a fork or other stirring utensil.
Just eyeballing it, pour the fragrance evenly into each container and mix in well.
Starting with the darkest color, (make sure the trace is a bit thicker so you can easily layer on top of it) pour it into the mold completely.
Now, using a spatula, pour the next lightest color over top the first layer. Be careful that the soap doesn’t break through and sink into the previous layer.
Keep layering the soap until you finally end up with the lightest color on top. Be sure to always use the spatula when pouring so your layers don’t break through each other.
Once all your soap is in the mold, take a spoon and manipulate the top however you’d like!
Spray the top with 99% rubbing alcohol to reduce soda ash and cover to encourage gel phase. Let sit for a couple days before unmolding and cutting!
Let the soap cure for 4-6 weeks before using!
If you liked this layered-ombre tutorial but soap isn’t quite your thing, check out this layered candle tutorial on SoapQueen!
Here is another great layered soap tutorial that we just love! This may have been my favorite soap to date!
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