It’s about time for a new cold process recipe. We were so excited to try out the new Scotch Whisky Fragrance oil from Bramble Berry that we couldn’t help but whip up a batch of soap to showcase it. This fragrance oil does discolor, so we ended up with a brownish-green color as an end result. The change was unexpected, but it didn’t alter the appearance of the unique swirl design. This project was one of our employee’s first experiences with cold process soaping so we decided to use one of Bramble Berry’s quick mixes to ease her into the process. To achieve a bar of soap that was a little more out of the box, we used a column mold for a circular design that would model the distinct swirls.
Please enjoy our tutorial below.
What You’ll Need:
33 oz Basic Quick Mix
11 oz Distilled Water
4.75 oz Lye (6%)
2.04 oz Scotch Whisky Fragrance Oil
One teaspoon Activated Charcoal
One teaspoon Titanium Dioxide
4 tablespoons Jojoba Oil
One 2-quart mixing bowl
Small glass bowl to measure lye
Easy Pour mixing and measuring container
Container for Fragrance
Two small plastic mixing cups
Plastic mini mixer
Bramble Berry’s heavy duty column mold
**If you are not local, you can get all of this and more at Bramble Berry online. They will ship directly to you!**
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In a small plastic measuring cup or container, measure out one teaspoon activated charcoal and two tablespoons of any fixed oil. We used jojoba oil for this recipe. Repeat with the titanium dioxide in a separate container. Then combine using Bramble Berry’s mini mixer until fully incorporated and smooth.
Measure 11 oz of distilled water into one four cup glass container, and 4.75 oz of lye into a small glass bowl. 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 whisk until the lye has completely dissolved. Allow the lye to cool to around 105 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 contaminated!
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 105 degrees.
Once both the lye solution and the oils are around 105 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 glass measuring bowl. Pour the lye solution down the arm of the stick blender and start mixing until you have reached a thin trace. Check for trace often, as once trace has been reached it will begin to thicken quickly.
Once you have reached a thin trace, pour 1/3 of the mixture into an easy pour measuring container. This will be colored with titanium dioxide. Add the activated charcoal color to the remaining soap batter.
Add all of your fragrance to the black mixture.
We want to create swirls within the column. We do this by alternating between the white and black soap batter. Make sure that you’re pouring the batter from a height of about 5-6 inches above the mold to ensure that your new layer can break through the previous layer. You can clip the sides of the column to make sure that it does not separate during the process.
Wait 3-4 days to cut. The soap will be soft around the edges, so just be extra careful while unmolding your soap.
You may want to pop it in the freezer for and hour or two before attempting to unmold.