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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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Avenger’s Water Soluble Melt & Pour Soap

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Continuing on with Super Hero month, we decided to make Avenger’s soap! We love water-soluble paper here. Anything you can print on a piece of paper can be embedded into your melt and pour soap! We couldn’t wait to embed our favorite crime-fighting team into soap! Keep reading to learn more about how to put YOUR favorite heroes in soap 🙂

What You’ll Need:

Water Soluble Paper
12 bar square silicone mold
Smoky Patchouli FO
10 drops liquid red
5 drops liquid orange
2 drops liquid black
2 drops liquid green
Droppers
Scale
Forks (6)
Mugs (6)

If you are not local, you can find all of this and more at Bramble Berry!

Directions:

***You will need to print your pictures at least 24 hours in advance to help prevent the ink from bleeding***

Ensure your pictures are 2 1/2″ by 2 1/2″. Print your pictures through your laser printer. Cut them before you begin soaping.

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Melt 4 oz of clear melt & pour soap. It needs to be clear melt & pour specifically, because other “clear” melt and pour bases, such as aloe or olive oil, have a slight tint to them, and we need this first layer to be as clear as possible. We also don’t want to fragrance this layer. Fragrance oils can discolor soap and again, we want to be able to see our picture as clearly as possible!

Melt 9 oz of shea melt & pour soap. Add 15 drops of Smoky Patchouli FO. Mix well. This soap will be the second layer of the soap. We want it to be white so the picture will really pop.

Remove your fork from the mug with the clear melt & pour and spray your mug with rubbing alcohol to rid the mug of bubbles. Wait for a minute or two before pouring to also help prevent bubbles.

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Pour just enough of the clear soap into the mold as to cover the bottom of the mold. Spray once or twice with rubbing alcohol to remove any bubbles that may have formed.

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Immediately place your picture face down in the soap. Place one end of the picture in the soap and slowly let the picture fall. The soap should slowly saturate the picture. Repeat with all four pictures. Remember which cavity has which picture! We will be corresponding the pictures to the colors on the second layer of the soap. Wait a few minutes for the soap to solidify enough to layer.

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Once the first layer has solidified enough to layer, pour your shea melt & pour soap over a spoon or a fork to help prevent breakthrough. We call this the spoon-fork technique. If you don’t have experience working with layering melt and pour soap, we recommend you check out this blog first. Fill the mold about halfway full.

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Measure out two mugs each with 3 oz of shea melt & pour. Measure our another two mugs, each with 3 oz of clear melt & pour. Pop in the microwave on 30 second bursts until fully melted.

In one of the shea mugs, add 10 drops of liquid red oxide colorant and 5 drops Smoky Patchouli FO.

In the other shea mug, add 5 drops orange colorant and 5 drops Smoky Patchouli FO.

In one of the clear mugs, add 2 drops liquid black oxide and 5 drops Smoky Patchouli FO.

In the other clear mug, add 2 drops liquid green and 5 drops Smoky Patchouli FO.

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Once the second layer has solidified enough to layer, pour your layers using the spoon-fork technique. The black layer is for the avengers logo, the green is for the hulk, the orange is for black widow, and the red is for Iron Man.

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Let your soap solidify completely, either by placing in a freezer for about 30 minutes, or leaving at room temperature for a couple of hours. Pop of of the mold and enjoy!

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Blueberry Jam Cupcakes

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For the final blog of fruit month, we went big with soap cupcakes! That’s right- while these treats look good enough to eat, they are in fact soap. We used Blueberry Jam fragrance oil to scent these fruit-inspired cupcakes and make them smell as delicious as they look. Be careful to warn those in your life with sweet-tooths!

Ingredients:

Melt & Pour:

45oz Clear M&P
12 mL Blueberry Jam FO
12 drops Liquid White
12 drops Liquid Blue
Large glass pyrex
Fork
Scale
Silicone cupcake mold (2)
Small 9 ball silicone mold (2)
Rubbing alcohol

Cold Process Frosting:

7.6 oz Kokum Butter
7.6 oz Coconut Oil
3.8 oz Olive Oil
6.3 oz Distilled Water
2.77 oz Sodium Hydroxide
1/2 tsp Titanium Dioxide
1/2 tsp Ultramarine Blue
2 tbs Sweet Almond Oil
1M Frosting Tip
Frosting Bag
Hand Mixer
Silicone Spatula
Temp gun
Glass pyrex (2)
Small Ramekins/Dixie cups (2)
Mini Mixer

**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.

Melt & Pour Instructions:

Weigh out 45oz clear melt and pour. Melt in microwave on 60 second bursts.

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Add 12mL Blueberry Jam fragrance oil.

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Add 12 drops of liquid white and 12 drops of liquid blue.

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Pour soap into the cupcake molds and spray with rubbing alcohol.

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Pour soap into a small 9 ball silicone mold. Be careful, they fill up very quickly! Spray with rubbing alcohol. Allow to harden at room temperature or pop in the freezer to quicken the process.

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Once the soap has hardened pop out of the mold.

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COLOR/FRAGRANCE PREP:

In a small ramekin or dixie cup, measure out 1/2 tsp of titanium dioxide in 1 tbsp of any fixed oil. We chose sweet almond oil. Mix well with Bramble Berry’s mini mixer. Repeat with blue.

Weigh out .5 oz of Blueberry Jam fragrance oil. Set aside.

LYE PREP:

Make sure you have gloves, goggles and long sleeves on before beginning to process the lye. 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 60 degrees Fahrenheit 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, weigh out all the fixed oils in a large glass Pyrex bowl and heat in the microwave just until the kokum butter has melted.

For this technique we want our lye and our oils significantly cooler than usual. We want our lye to be around 60 degrees Fahrenheit, and our lye around 70 degrees before combining.

Frosting Instructions:

Whip the oils into a soft consistency using a hand mixer. They should be opaque before combining with lye.

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Slowly pour a small amount of the lye into the whipped oils, and use a spoon to incorporate. Be careful not to splash any of the lye water. This soapmaking process is a lot more laid back that normal cold process, so you have much more time to work with your soap. Take your time adding the lye!

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Once the lye has been incorporated into the oils (this can take a few minutes), turn the hand mixer or stand mixer on low. Scrape any batter that has splattered on the side of the container and then turn the mixer to a medium setting. Continue to whip for several minutes.

Once the lye and oils are completely combined, add the Blueberry Jam fragrance oil. Incorporate the fragrance oil with a spoon or spatula first until mixed, then turn the mixer on low and whip the ingredients together until completely combined. pic13
Continue mixing until you have achieved a frosting-like consistency. A good test is to lift the mixer out of the soap and if it keeps a peak, it is ready. This process can take between 20 and 30 minutes. Sometimes the soap will actually increase in temperature because of the lye reaction, so testing the temperature regularly and popping the mixture into the freezer for a few minutes can help this process.

Once the soap has reached the frosting-like consistency, split the frosting in half and add the titanium dioxide to half and the ultramarine blue to the other. Mix the color in well with a spatula or whisk. You can also give it a quick mix with the hand mixer.

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Cut off about a half inch from the tip of the frosting bag and push the tip through. Scoop two frosting colors into opposite sides of the bag until full. You will have some frosting left over, and will need to fill the bag again during the frosting process.

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Squeeze of some of the frosting until both colors come out, and to burp any air pockets that may be in the bag. Squeeze a dollop of frosting onto the middle of the cupcake bottoms.
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Pipe the frosting around the dollop of frosting in a circular motion until you have reached a peak.

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Sprinkle with glitter and place a small ball on top.

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This recipe yields anywhere from 10-13 cupcakes, depending on how tall you make your frosting. We were able to make 11.

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Let soap cure for 4-6 weeks before use. Enjoy your soapy cupcake treats!

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Black & White Bee Soap

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It is officially February, and this month we are bringing you everything BEES! This project utilized one of our favorite silicone loaf molds and smells of the amazing pure honey fragrance oil! Read on to find out how to make this bee inspired soap.

What You’ll Need:

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4.5 oz Clear Melt & Pour Soap
Fizzy Lemonade Color Block
Yellow Oxide Color Block
Mini Heart Silicone Embed
Easy Pour Container

Loaf:
3 lb Clear Melt & Pour Soap
Black Oxide Color Block
Titanium Dioxide Color Block
10 mL Pure Honey Fragrance Oil
Tall 12″ Silicone Loaf Mold
Droppers
2 Pyrex 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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In an easy pour container, melt down 4.5 oz clear melt & pour soap. Once melted, add in shavings of fizzy lemonade color block and yellow oxide color block. (We used more fizzy lemonade then yellow oxide.)

Once you get your desired color, place the mini heart embed in a tall cup and pour the soap into the embed. Leave on the counter to fully harden or place in the freezer.

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While you are waiting for the embed to harden up, melt down 22.5 oz clear melt & pour soap in a pyrex container. Once fully melted, add in shavings of the black oxide color block as well as 5 mL of fragrance oil. Mix in well and set aside.

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In another pyrex container melt down another 22.5 oz clear melt and pour. Add in shavings of titanium dioxide color block and 5 mL fragrance oil. Mix everything in until completely incorporated.

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Check on the heart embed and see if it has hardened up yet. If it has, take it out of the mold, and cut to the length of the tall 12″ silicone loaf mold. Set aside.

Pour the black soap into the bottom of the loaf mold about 1/2 inch. Spray with rubbing alcohol to get rid of any bubbles.

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Once the first layer has hardened up enough to pour another layer of soap, use a spoon and spoon in white soap on top of the black layer. Keep adding white soap until there is about 1/2 inch of soap. Spray with rubbing alcohol.

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When the white layer has harden up a bit, place the heart embed off-centered on top of the layer of soap. Be sure not to press down to hard as you don’t want to puncture the previous layer. Spray well and start adding another layer of black soap. Add enough soap to fully cover the heart embed.

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Repeat with one more layer of white soap and finish with a layer of black soap. In the end, there will be three layers of black and two layers of white.

Spray the top with rubbing alcohol to ensure you have a smooth surface. Let fully harden before unmolding.
*Note: Do not place the soap loaf into the freezer as this will increase the chances having the layers separate.*

After you have unmolded the soap, place the soap loaf on its side and cut the bars going with the layers, not against. This will also help ensure the layers don’t separate.

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Sleepover Soap Truffles

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The holidays are over and 2017 is here! We have been hard at work to bring you fun tutorials for all ages. These Sleepover Soap Truffles are perfect for any age to create and even better, you and your friends can do it together! Read on to learn how to make these soap truffles.

What You’ll Need:

13.5 oz Clear Melt & Pour
1/4 Fired Up Fuchsia Color Block
3 mL Moonlight Pomegranate FO
2 mini scoops Fine Iridescent Glitter
9 Ball Silicone Mold – Large
Rubbing Alcohol in a spray bottle

6.5 oz Clear Melt & Pour
Shaving of Titanium Dioxide Color Block
1.5 mL Cotton Candy FO
Extra Small Pink Sea Salt
Jasmine Jojoba Beads
Fine Iridescent Glitter
9 Clear Soap Boxes

**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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In a pyrex container, heat 13.5 oz clear melt & pour soap until completely melted. Once melted, add 1/4 fired up fuchsia color block and stir around until the color has mixed in thoroughly. Once the color is added, add in 3 mL moonlight pomegranate fo and 2 mini scoops of fine iridescent glitter. Mix in completely.

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Pour the soap into the large 9 ball silicone mold and spritz the top with rubbing alcohol. Once that is done, place in the freezer for 30 minutes.

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After 30 minutes, pop the soap out of the mold and place onto a cutting board. Freeze for another 15 minutes.

While that is happening, melt 6.5 oz clear melt & pour soap in the same pyrex you used before. Add a small shaving of the titanium dioxide color block and 1.5 mL cotton candy fo. Stir until the color is completely mixed in.

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Take the soaps out of the freezer and gently pour the melted soap onto the frozen balls and adorn each with glitter, jojoba beads, and pink salt as you wish. You can even pour a second layer for more variety.

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Let the soap balls fully harden before using a clean-up tool to scrape off the extra soap.

Put together 9 clear soap boxes and place the soap truffles inside.

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Snowman Melt & Pour

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The clock is ticking down the seconds until Christmas and it’s not long before “Santa” will be delivering presents! If you’re looking for a fun way to stuff stockings this year, try this cute melt and pour project. Using water soluble paper, make little snowmen in need of  hats and keep your loved ones warm, even with the holiday rush.

What You’ll Need:

12 Bar Silicone Square Mold
~8 oz White M&P
~2 oz Clear M&P
2 mL Holiday Candy Fragrance Oil
Water Soluble Paper w/ printed snowman face

**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 start this project, you need to print the snowman face on the water soluble paper 24 hours in advance. This makes it so the ink fully dries and won’t bleed when it gets embedded into the soap.

Decide on the size you want the snowman face to be and create in a word document. Once printed, cut out pictures to the size of the mold. This makes it so the picture is centered and won’t move around.

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After the water soluble paper has had time to sit for 24 hours, weigh out ~2 oz clear m&p and pour enough clear to just cover the bottom of the mold. Spray with rubbing alcohol and instantly place the water soluble paper upside down. We recommend doing one soap at a time so the clear doesn’t harden up.

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While you’re waiting for the clear to harden up a bit, weigh out ~8 oz white m&p and heat until melted. Once melted, add 2 mL holiday candy fragrance oil and mix in completely.

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Check the layer of clear m&p to see if it has harden up. You want to be sure it has hardened up enough that when you pour the next layer it won’t break through. But, you don’t want it cooled all the way down. If it has, chances are it will separate.

When the clear is ready for the next layer, do the spoon-fork technique and pour over your stirring utensil. This helps the soap disperse evenly without breaking through the previous layer.

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Spray with rubbing alcohol to get rid of all the bubbles and set aside to solidify. We do not recommend putting in the freezer as this can make the layers separate.

Once fully solidified pop the soaps out and place a small mitten on the top of the soap and tie with a ribbon. This is for the snowmans hat.

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