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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

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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:

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

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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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Coffee Clay Mud Mask

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Need an excuse to pamper yourself? This mask is your ticket!  It’s the perfect combo of clay, coffee, rose water and essential oil to get yourself glowing again. We love the idea of designating an evening every week to take a little extra time for yourself. This is an easy addition to a relaxing bubble bath, or a night in with the girls.

What You’ll Need:

2 tsp. French Green Clay
1 tsp. Coffee Grounds
1-1.5 tsp. Rose Water
2-3 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

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 In a small bowl, add the dry ingredients together.

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Once the dry ingredients are mixed together, add the rose water and tea tree oil to form a paste. If it is still too dry, add a few drops extra of rose water.

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Use fingers to spread the mask over the face. Be sure not to get too close to your eyes.

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Let sit for 5-15 minutes or until the mask hardens but doesn’t overly dry.
*When the mask is damp, your skin is being detoxified and infused with the clay’s minerals. When it starts to harden, your blood flow increases as the mask contracts, but once it starts to overly dry you can dehydrate your skin or cause irritation.

Rinse with warm water using slight circular motions. Pat dry with a clean towel and finish with a moisturizer.

*If you’d like, you can create this mask minus the rose water and essential oil and keep in a jar. When you’d like to use it, you can take out some of the clay mixture and mix the rose water and essential oil in your hand.

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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

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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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No. 2 Poo Spray

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Let’s be real, we all go number two. Two or three sprays of this before you go, and no one will ever know. 😉

What You’ll Need:

Distilled Water
1 tsp. Liquid Glycerin
2 tbsp. Rubbing Alcohol
1 mL Lavender 40/42 EO
1 mL Orange 10x EO
1 mL Optiphen ND
4 oz Blue Glass Spray Bottle (only sold at Otion)

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In the glass spray bottle add the essential oils, optiphen nd and liquid glycerin and give it all a swirl to mix together.

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Add the rubbing alcohol to the bottle and top off with distilled water.

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Tighten the spray top on the bottle and give a good shake.

Shake and spritz 2-3 times in the toilet bowl before going number two!

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