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Strawberry Smoothie Cold Process

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What You’ll Need:

5.37 oz Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
10 oz Distilled Water
4 oz Avocado Butter
2 oz Castor Oil
10 oz Coconut Oil
10 oz Olive Oil Pure
12 oz Palm Oil

2 oz Strawberry Fragrance Oil
1 tsp. Titanium Dioxide
1/2 tsp. Magenta Mica + 1/4 tsp. Super Pearly White
1/2 tsp. Magenta Mica + 1/8 tsp. Brick Red Oxide + 1/8 tsp. Nuclear Orange Pigment
Cranberry Seeds
Strawberry Seeds

10″ Silicone Loaf Mold
Easy Pour Containers
Spatulas

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

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COLOR PREP:

In small ramekins or dixie cups, measure out each mica combo and add 1 tbsp. of any fixed oil. We used avocado oil. Then, mix using Bramble Berry’s mini mixer. You should end up with white, pink and red.

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

We also drew a line on each easy pour container to indicate how much soap we needed for each color. On one easy pour container, draw a line at 12 oz, and on the second draw a line at 15 oz. There will be 21 oz left in your original container. This will make it easier to separate the soap batter out.

LYE PREP:

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 115 degrees.

Once the oils and lye solution are around 115 degrees (between 10 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 medium trace.

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Once you have reached trace, separate the soap batter into the designated easy pour containers.

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In the easy pour container that has 12 oz, add the titanium dioxide and mix in with a fork until fully incorporated. In the other easy pour container (15 oz) add the magenta + super pearly white mixture and mix in completely.

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In the original container, add the red colorant and mix in.

Just eye-balling it, add some of the fragrance oil to both the pink and red soap and mix in.

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Using the pink soap, pour it at 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, & 9 o’clock until all of the soap is gone. Be sure it breaks the surface of the red soap. We will be creating an in-the-pot swirl technique.

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When all of the pink soap has been poured into the red batter, take a utensil (we used the handle of a wooden spoon) and make one pass through the colors to create the swirl.

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Pour the soap from one end of the mold to the other and watch as this technique creates it’s own amazing swirl!

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Now you will grab the white soap and pour the rest of the fragrance oil in. You need this soap to be at a thick trace so you can manipulate the top. If it hasn’t thickened up by sitting out, grab your stick blender and give it a few good mixes to create a thicker trace.

Once you’re at the right consistency, pour the white soap over top a spatula so it doesn’t break through the first layered soap.

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Using a spoon, manipulate the top until you get your desired texture. Finish by sprinkling cranberry seeds and strawberry seeds down the center of the loaf mold.

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Spray with 99% rubbing alcohol to reduce soda ash and cover to encourage gel phase.

After a few days, unmold and cut the soap. Let cure for 4-6 weeks before using.

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Christmas Mint Cold Process

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Did you know that Christmas is only 37 days away?!? If you’re anything like us and have been busy prepping for the holidays, but haven’t actually gotten around to making your cold process soap, this is the tutorial for you!  This is number 4 in our 12 Blogs of Christmas series. It’s quick, easy, and smells spectacularly minty! And the best part is it only needs 4 weeks (28 days) to cure. So instead of stressing about how behind schedule life can get, we encourage you to celebrate victories of all size this season.

What you’ll need:

12 oz Distilled Water
5.2 oz Sodium Hydroxide
12 oz Coconut Oil
12 oz Palm Oil
12 oz Olive Oil Pure

1/4 tsp Chrome Green Oxide
1/2 tsp Light Gold Mica
1/2 tsp Apple Moss Mica

2.1 oz Moroccan Mint FO

10″ Silicone Loaf Mold
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!**

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COLOR PREP:

In small ramekins or dixie cups, measure out each mica and add 1 tbsp. of any fixed oil. We used avocado oil. Then, mix using Bramble Berry’s mini mixer and set aside.

Weigh out 2.1 oz Moroccan Mint FO into a small container and set aside.

We also drew a line on each easy pour container to indicate how much soap we needed for each color. On one easy pour container, draw a line to 8 oz, and on the second draw a line 10.5 oz. There will be 29.5 oz left in your original container. This will make it easier to separate the soap batter out.

LYE PREP:

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 115 degrees.

Once the oils and lye solution are around 115 degrees (between 10 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 medium trace.

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Once you have reached trace, pour the soap batter into the two easy pour containers at 8 oz and 10.5 oz.

Add your dispersed colors to each designated container.

8 oz soap gets Chrome Green Oxide
10.5 oz soap gets Light Gold Mica
29.5 oz soap gets Apple Moss Green Mica

Since you don’t want to make the soap batter any thicker, use a whisk or fork to mix in the colors really well.

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Next, eyeball the fragrance into each container and mix in thoroughly.

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Take the chrome green soap and pour it into the apple moss green at 12, 3, 6 & 9.  This will design an in-the-pot swirl effect.  Once all of the chrome green is poured into the apple moss, take a stirring utensil and give the batter one big stir to give movement to the greens.

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Now you are ready to pour! Take the swirled green batter and pour the entire amount into the 10” silicone loaf mold. By this time it will be fairly thick, which is good because afterwards we will be pouring the light gold soap on top.

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Carefully pour the light gold soap on top of the green soap (be sure it doesn’t break through the green soap as you’re pouring)

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Once the light gold soap is on top, use a spoon to manipulate the top to the way you like it.

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Spray the top with 99% rubbing alcohol to prevent soda ash, and insulate to encourage gel phase.

After a few days, unmold the soap and cut.

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12 Blogs of Christmas Schedule:

November 21st Eucalyptus Shower Fizzy
November 28th Lavender Rice Bag
December 1st Christmas Bubble Bars
December 8th Snowman Melt & Pour
December 12th Nose Chap
December 15th White Chocolate Lip Icing & Lotion
December 19th Travel Lotion
December 23rd Otion Cookie Exchange

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Raspberry Puree CP

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We saved our favorite puree soap tutorial for our grand finale for this month’s blog series. It was a bit more stressful than our usual soaping adventures, but the end result was beyond what we had originally imagined!  We could not be happier with every detail of this soap!  It smells delicious, it’s colors are vibrant and it’s skin loving ingredients will not disappoint.

What You Need:

10.5 oz Distilled Water
5.02 oz Sodium Hydroxide
3.3 oz Avocado Butter
1.8 oz Castor Oil
12 oz Coconut Oil
9 oz Olive Oil Pure
6.2 oz Palm Oil
2.7 oz Shea Butter
3.5 oz Raspberry Puree

1.5 oz Black Raspberry Vanilla FO
0.5 oz Lemon Verbena FO

1/2 tsp. Raspberry Mica
1 tsp. Titanium Dioxide
1 tsp. Buttercup Mica

2 Easy Pour Containers
10″ Silicone Loaf Mold
Hanger Swirl Tool

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

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COLOR PREP:

In small ramekins or dixie cups, measure out each mica and add 1 tbsp. of any fixed oil. We used sweet almond oil. Then, mix using Bramble Berry’s mini mixer and set aside.

We also drew a line on each easy pour container to indicate how much soap we needed for each color. On both easy pour containers, draw a line to 15 oz. There will be 15 oz left in your original container. This will make it easier to separate the soap batter out.

Weigh out 1.5 oz Black Raspberry Vanilla FO and 0.5 oz Lemon Verbena FO into a small container and set aside.

LYE PREP:

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.

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Once you have reached a light trace, add in the raspberry puree. Since you don’t want to make the soap batter any thicker, use a whisk to mix in the puree.
(To learn how to make a puree, check out our tutorial HERE!)

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Once the puree is added, pour 15 oz of soap into each easy pour container.
Add the buttercup mica in one container, raspberry mica in the other and the titanium dioxide into the bowl of leftover soap.
*Don’t be alarmed when your buttercup mica turns orange-ish. It will turn back, we promise!*

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Next, eyeball the fragrance into each container and mix in thoroughly with a fork.

Now you are ready to pour!

Fill 1/3 of the mold with the white soap.

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Now, drop swirl 1/2 the raspberry soap.

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Using the white soap again, drop swirl 1/2 of it into the loaf mold.

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After the white and raspberry soap has been put into the mold, now drop swirl the buttercup soap into the mold. We made sure to try and get some on the sides of the mold.

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Take the rest of the white and raspberry soap and drop swirl at a high angle. You want to be sure it breaks through the rest of the soap. Do that until both are completely gone.

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Once all the soap is in the mold, grab the hanger swirl tool and place down the side of the mold and swirl three times from one corner to the other. Like the picture below.

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After you are done with the hanger swirl tool, take a skewer and swirl however you’d like on the top!

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Spray the top with 99% rubbing alcohol to reduce soda ash and put directly into the fridge as you don’t want it to get too hot because of the sugar content in the puree.

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Rosemary Lavender Cold Process

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When it comes to making soap for friends, it’s common to find that not all scents are crowd favorites. However, reverting back to blends of two or three essential oils can often please a lot of people at once. Rosemary and Lavender? Yes please. We also decided to try out a fun natural colorant – tomato paste! Your friends will be sure to enjoy this beautiful soap. 🙂

 What You’ll Need:

22 oz Distilled Water
8.44 oz Sodium Hydroxide
5 oz Castor Oil
20 oz Coconut Oil
16 oz Olive Oil Pure
10 oz Rice Bran Oil
9 oz Shea Butter

2 oz Lavender 40/42 EO
1.5 oz Rosemary EO
2.5 tsp. Rose Clay (40 oz soap)
1.5 tsp. Alkanet Root (30 oz soap)
0.5 oz Tomato Paste (10 oz soap)
1.5 tsp. Sodium Lactate

5lb Wood Mold
5lb Silicone Liner
5lb Multi-Pour Sectioning Tool

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

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COLOR PREP:

In small ramekins or dixie cups, measure out each natural colorant and add 1 tbsp. of any fixed oil. We used sunflower oil. Mix using Bramble Berry’s mini mixer and set aside. You do not need to mix the tomato paste with a fixed oil, this one you can weigh out and just set aside.

We also drew a line on each glass container to show exactly where we needed to pour our soap to. On one container, we made a line at 30 oz and another at 10 oz.. There will be 40 oz left in your original container. This will make it easier to separate the soap batter out.

Weigh out 2 oz Lavender 40/42 EO and 1.5 oz Rosemary EO and set aside.

LYE PREP:

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.

Before you start soaping, assemble the 5lb multi-pour sectioning tool into the 5lb wooden mold. Be sure you have three sections.

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Once you have reached a light trace, separate the soap batch out. Pour 30 oz into one of your containers, and 1o oz into another.

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Mix in the colors into the following containers:
40 oz = Rose Clay
30 oz = Alkanet Root
10 oz = Tomato Paste

Mix in completely with a whisk or fork.

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After the color is added, eyeball the fragrance oil into each container and mix in thoroughly.

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Now you are ready to pour!

This is how we wanted the soap to look:

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Pour the rose clay colored soap into all three sections so the batter is filled evenly across the sections.

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We then poured the tomato paste soap into the far right section.

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And last but not least, pour the alkanet root soap into the last two sections evenly.
Technically you don’t need the far left section, but it helps stabilize the center piece.

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Carefully take out the sectioning tool and swirl with a skewer or another utensil.

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Spray the top with 99% rubbing alcohol and insulate. These two things will help prevent soda ash and encourage gel phase.

After a few days, unmold and cut. Let the soap bars cure for 4-6 weeks before enjoying!

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(The rippling in between the layers was due to thicker trace and can be prevented by soaping at a thinner trace.)

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Blueberry Puree CP

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This month we have been obsessed with using a variety of fruit purées. For this blog, we used a blueberry purée in our cold process recipe and we love the way it turned out! Utilizing hemp seed oil for its silky smooth feel and excellent lather, this blueberry purée soap is sure to be a favorite!

What You’ll Need:

8.5 oz Distilled Water
4.82 oz Sodium Hydroxide
2.7 oz Castor Oil
11 oz Coconut Oil
4.5 oz Refined Hemp Seed Oil
10 oz Olive Oil Pure
5.5 oz Palm Oil
2.8 oz Blueberry Puree

2 oz Blueberry Jam FO
1/2 tsp. Sunset Orange
1/2 tsp. Titanium Dioxide
1/2 tsp. Ultramarine Blue

3 Easy Pour Containers
12″ Silicone Loaf Mold

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

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COLOR PREP:

In small ramekins or dixie cups, measure out each mica and add 1 tbsp. of any fixed oil. We used sunflower oil. Mix using Bramble Berry’s mini mixer and set aside.

We also drew a line on each easy pour container to show exactly where we needed to pour our soap to. On each container, we drew a line at 7.5 oz. There will be 22.5 oz left in your original container. This will make it easier to separate the soap batter out.

Weigh out 2 oz Blueberry jam FO into a small container and set aside.

LYE PREP:

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.

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Add in the blueberry puree and mix in with either a whisk or a stick blender. We were at a very light trace so we decided to use a stick blender to thicken it up just a bit.

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Once you have reached trace, separate your soap into the three different easy pour containers. They should have 7.5 oz of soap each.

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Add sunset orange, titanium dioxide and ultramarine blue into each easy pour and mix in with a stirring utensil.

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Eyeball the fragrance oil and pour some in the container with 22.5 oz of soap. We won’t be coloring this soap, so once the fragrance is added, pour it into the loaf mold.

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Now you will fragrance the other three colors. Once the fragrance is in, mix in completely with a stirring utensil.

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Using a spatula (if desired) and start pouring the blue soap over your first layer. Be sure not to break through the previous layer of soap.

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Follow up with the white soap then finishing with the orange.

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Because our trace was thick, we used a spoon to manipulate the top.

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Once you are happy with the top of the soap, dust sparkle gold mica on top. We don’t recommend spraying with 99% rubbing alcohol, but put directly in the fridge so the soap doesn’t get too hot from the sugar content.

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Kumquat Hanger Swirl CP

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Sometimes the simplest designs create the most beautiful soaps. Combine a few simple techniques and some bright colors to get this stunning soap! Scented with Kumquat FO, this soap will ignite your senses and leave you looking forward to the next wash – but really, shouldn’t all great soaps do that? 🙂

What You’ll Need:

12 oz Distilled Water
4.87 oz Sodium Hydroxide
2 oz Avocado Butter
4 oz Castor Oil
10 oz Coconut Oil
3 oz Refined Hemp Seed Oil
6 oz Meadowfoam Oil
10 oz Palm Oil

2 oz Kumquat FO
1/2 tsp. Magenta Mica
1/2 tsp. Sunset Orange Mica
1/2 tsp. Buttercup Mica
1/2 tsp. Titanium Dioxide

3 Easy Pour Containers
12″ Silicone Loaf Mold

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

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Before you begin, mold the hanger swirl tool to fit the length of the 12″ silicone loaf mold. With this design we wanted the hanger swirl to be a little bit thicker, so we cut skewers to fit the length of the hanger tool and taped it together.

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COLOR PREP:

In small ramekins or dixie cups, measure out each mica and add 1 tbsp. of any fixed oil. We used sunflower oil. Mix using Bramble Berry’s mini mixer and set aside.

We also drew a line on each easy pour container to show exactly where we needed to pour our soap to. On each easy pour we made a line at 5 oz. There will be 33 oz left in your original container. This will make it easier to separate the soap batter out.

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

LYE PREP:

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.

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Once you have reached trace, pour 5 oz of soap into each easy pour container.

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If the container with 33 oz of soap add the titanium dioxide and mix in with a whisk. In the easy pour containers add in the other three colors.
(Don’t be alarmed when you color your soap with buttercup mica. It will change to orange, but we promise you, it will change back!)

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Eyeballing the fragrance, pour the Kumquat FO into each container. Mixing in thoroughly with a stirring utensil.

Place the hanger swirl tool in the center of the silicone loaf mold and hold with one hand (or a friend can help) while you pour half of the white soap into the mold.

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Once half the white soap has been poured, take the buttercup mica soap and carefully layer over the white. You can use a spatula to be sure the yellow doesn’t break through the white layer.

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After the yellow, layer the sunset orange then the magenta mica over that. All while still hanging on to that hanger swirl tool.
(This is normally when we ask for a friends help!)

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After the three bright colors have been layered, take the remaining white soap and carefully layer over top.

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Smooth out the soap the best you can, then pull the hanger swirl tool straight up out of the soap.

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We used the leftover color/oil combo to mica paint on the top of our soap loaf. We then took a skewer to add a fun swirl.

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We don’t recommend spraying the top with 99% rubbing alcohol because it will make the mica bleed all over the top of your soap. Insulate well and in a few days unmold!

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