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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 Oval Bee Soap

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Continuing on with bee month, this adorably simple bar of soap is a fun and easy project for beginners and experts alike! Activated charcoal helps to pull out impurities while the combination of jojoba and rice bran oil leave your skin feeling extra hydrated for these blustery winter months. Read on to learn how to create this BEE-utiful soap!

Yields about 5 pounds (about three 6 Bar Oval Silicone Molds)

What You’ll Need:

Ingredients:

20 oz Distilled Water
8.52 oz Lye
0.3 oz Apricot Kernel Oil
3.5 oz Castor Oil
18 oz Coconut Oil
1.4 oz Jojoba Oil
9.5 oz Olive Oil Pure
16 oz Palm Oil
11.3 oz Rice Bran Oil

3.5 oz Sultry Black Jasmine Fragrance Oil
1 tbsp. Activated Charcoal (dispersed in olive oil)
99% Isopropyl Alcohol

Hardware:

6 Bar Oval Silicone Mold (3)
Small Ramekin
Measuring Spoons
Mini Mixer
Thermometer
Glass Pyrex (3)
Stainless Steel Whisk (2)
Stick Blender
Gloves
Goggles
Toy Bees

**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.

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COLOR PREP:

In small ramekin or dixie cup, measure out 1 tbsp activated charcoal and add to a small amount of any fixed oil (we chose olive oil). Use just enough oil to saturate the charcoal.  Then combine using Bramble Berry’s mini mixer.

Weigh out 3.5 oz Sultry Black Jasmine FO into a small container and set aside.

LYE PREP:

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 115 degrees 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 until the oils are around 115 degrees.

Once both the lye solution and the fixed oil solution are around 115 degrees (between 10 degrees of each other) you can begin soaping! Make sure you have gloves, goggles and long sleeves for protection.

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 to 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 thin trace. The fragrance oil we will be using accelerates trace, so beginning with a light trace will help us when we add that fragrance oil.

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Once you have reached trace, add the activated charcoal and mix with a whisk until fully incorporated.

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Add the fragrance oil and whisk until fully incorporated.

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As this fragrance accelerates trace, you will want to work quickly when pouring the soap into the mold.

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As soon as you have poured the soap into the oval silicone mold, place one of Brambleberry’s toy bees in the center of each cavity just enough for the bee to stick to the soap.

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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 let sit for 4-6 weeks to fully cure.

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Do you LOVE activated charcoal as much as we do? If so, check out this awesome Soap Queen tutorial on Charcoal Facial Soap!

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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:

Embed:
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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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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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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Warm Flannel Lotion

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Still looking for a great holiday gift idea? Bases are on sale this month at Otion! We used Bramble Berry’s Shea Body Butter Base to make this amazing gift…plus, check out our creative wrapping idea below. 😉

What You’ll Need:

4 oz Shea Body Butter Base
.5 mL Warm Flannel FO
1 mL Oat Extract
(2) 2 oz Clear Bottle w/ Cap
Whisk
Easy Pour Container
Droppers

**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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Scoop out the shea body butter base into an easy pour container and heat in the microwave on 20 second bursts until the consistency has thinned. Be sure not to exceed 130 degrees.

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Add the fragrance oil and extract to the shea body butter base and mix in with a whisk until fully incorporated.

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Once the fragrance oil and extract have been added, pour into the bottles using a funnel.

Leave the caps off until the lotion has fully cooled.

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You can now pack up all your little goodies into a pair of slippers and tie a ribbon around them as the perfect gift!
The things we put in the slippers were: vapor rub, rice bag, eucalyptus shower fizzy, nose chap and a small lotion.

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