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Super Hero Bath Bomb

Final Super Hero Bath Bomb

BOOM! POW! SMACK! For the last blog of super hero month, we thought some onomatopoeia bath bombs were the perfect way to wrap up the month! We used water soluble paper to wrap these Energy-fragranced bath bombs in comic-book themed action words. Pop them in the tub and watch as the bath bombs fizz and the paper melts away, leaving your bath water soft and smelling wonderful.

**This recipe yields about three halves of the stainless steel bath bomb mold**

What You’ll Need:

1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
5 drops cornflower blue la bomb
2 mL energy FO
About 3 oz clear M&P soap
Water soluble paper
Stainless steel bath bomb mold (3 halves)
Paint brush
Scale
Mug

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Directions:

Print graphics on water soluble paper (about two per page). Cut the paper into strips (8 1/2″ X 2″). Then cut a couple more blank strips (to use if you want them double wrapped).

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Combine 1 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup citric acid. Mix well. Make sure to break up any of the clumps that have formed.

Add 2 mL energy FO and mix well.

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Add about 5 drops of cornflower blue la bomb. Mix well.

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Press bath bomb mixture firmly into one half of the stainless steel bath bomb mold. Repeat with the other two halves, or until your bath bomb mixture is gone.

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Pop the bath bombs out of the molds after a couple of minutes. It helps to squeeze the mold slightly.

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Melt 3 oz of clear melt and pour soap.

Place one of the strips picture-side down and place bath bomb on top of graphic (flat-side up).

Wrap one side of strip around bath bomb and use melt and pour to glue onto bath bomb. Repeat with other side of strip.

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If you would like to double-band your bath bomb, repeat the above process, first with a blank strip, and then with a pictured strip. Have the strips be wrapped in opposite directions, as shown in the picture below.

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Pop them in the bath and watch as the paper dissolves away with the bath bombs!

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Did you enjoy this blog? Check out this blog from Soap Queen on how to save destroyed bath bombs with water soluble paper!

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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 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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Mint to Bee Lip Balm

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Continuing on with bee month, we have created an amazing moisturizing lip balm that is perfect for this pesky winter weather!

What You’ll Need:

0.35 oz Yellow Beeswax
0.25 oz Coconut Oil
0.65 oz Jojoba Oil
0.25 oz Cocoa Butter
0.15 oz Shea Butter
1.5 mL – 2 mL Mint Julep Flavor Oil
10 Black Lip Balm Tubes

**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 small container, weigh out the beeswax, coconut oil and jojoba oil. Heat in the microwave on 30 second bursts until the beeswax is completely melted.

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Once the beeswax is heated, add in both the cocoa butter and shea butter. If needed, place back in the microwave on 10 second bursts until melted. Be sure not to heat the butters too much as overheating can cause them to crystallize.

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Now you can add in the flavor oil. Add 1.5 mL – 2 mL Mint Julep flavor oil and mix in completely.

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Line the lip balm containers up, and pour to the very top. Let sit for 15-30 minutes to fully harden before use.

If you want nice flat tops, you can always use a cutter/scraper to make them consistent.

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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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