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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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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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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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GingerZombie Melt & Pour

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Can we just take a moment to say how clever and adorably ghoulish these are???  Instead of carving pumpkins we carved into gingerbread men. =) These guys were a blast to create and we love that you can utilize Bramble Berry’s gingerbread man mold for two different holidays! These melt and pour soaps are sure to be an eye catching addition to any Halloween festivity.

What You’ll Need:

24 oz Clear Melt & Pour Soap
Milkyway Gingerbread Mold
Liquid Brown
Liquid White
Cedar & Amber Fragrance Oil
White Melt & Pour
Liquid Red
Clean-up Tool

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In a microwaveable safe container, melt down 12 oz of clear melt & pour soap.

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Once melted down, add 3 drops liquid brown and 15 drops cedar & amber fragrance oil.

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Pour into the gingerbread mold and spritz the back with rubbing alcohol. Place in the freezer to harden.

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While the soap is hardening in the freezer, melt down another 12 oz of clear melt & pour soap.

Add 7 drops of liquid white and 15 drops of cedar & amber fragrance oil.

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After the brown gingerbread soaps have hardened, pop them out of the mold and pour the white soap in its place. Spritz with rubbing alcohol and place back in the freezer.

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After all the soaps have hardened and been taken out of the mold, use a clean-up tool to scrape off all the details of the gingerbread men.

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After all the details have been scraped off, use the clean-up tool to turn your gingerbread men into gingerbread zombies! Carve out eyes, peg legs and stitches.

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In a microwaveable safe container, melt down a few ounces of white melt & pour soap and use a dropper to fill in all the detail work you just did. With the left over white soap, add a few drops of liquid red. Mix in and use the dropper to add ‘blood’ to the gingerzombies.

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Set these fun Halloween inspired soaps out for everyone to enjoy!

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Jelly Worms Melt & Pour

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Ewwww! Grrrrooosss! If you’re really into decorating for Halloween, we bet you try to get these reactions every year. Take your bath and body products and turn them into creepy crawly decorations with these jelly soap worms! (Plus, the dirt is made of soap too. 😉 )

What You’ll Need:

Worms:

8 oz Stephenson Jelly Melt & Pour Soap
2 mL Grass Stain FO
Bendy Straws
Skinny Cup (to hold up straws)
Liquid Pink
Liquid Orange
Liquid Red
Droppers
2 Small Plastic Cups

Dirt:

7.5 oz Clear Melt & Pour
4 drops Liquid Brown
3 drops Liquid Black

Shredded Dirt:

6 oz Clear Melt & Pour
8 drops Liquid Brown
8 drops Liquid Black

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In a skinny container, place the straws in it so they stand upright. Set aside.

In an easy pour container, weigh out 8 oz of jelly soap and melt down.

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Once melted, add in 2 mL Grass Stain FO.

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Next, add 8 drops liquid pink and a small stripe of liquid orange and liquid red on the back of the fork. An entire drop will be far too much color.

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Working quickly, fill a dropper with the jelly soap and fill the straws as best you can. The soap will ‘harden’ up quickly, so work as fast as you can for this part.

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Make as many straws of jelly soap as you’d like. The soap goes back to its jelly like state rather quickly. Once it has gone back, take a knife and carefully cut the straw open and take the soap out. Cut to desired size.

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In another microwaveable safe container, melt down 7.5 oz of clear melt & pour soap.

Once melted, add 4 drops liquid brown and 3 drops liquid black. Mix in completely.

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Pour half the soap into one plastic cup and the other half in another plastic cup and spritz the top with rubbing alcohol to get rid of any bubbles.

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Melt down 3 oz of clear melt & pour soap and add 8 drops liquid brown. Pour into any mold. You will use this bar of soap to shred.

In another cup, melt down the last 3 oz of clear melt & pour soap and add 8 drops liquid black. Pour into any mold. This will also be used to shred.

Once harden, shred the soap with a cheese grater.

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Mix the soap shreds together and place on top of the cup of melt & pour soap once it has hardened completely.

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Place the jelly worms on top of the shredded soap.

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