Coffee Candle

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Bramble Berry’s 100% Handmade Mug is just too cute, we HAD to incorporate it into our coffee themed month! One of the best parts when using a mug as a candle jar is the extended burn time! How can you say no to a candle that burns longer?! The mug can handle heat better than normal glass, so the warmth of the container will not melt the wax quickly like a glass container does. This candle had a burn time of almost 40 hours! WOW!

What You’ll Need:

14 oz Nature C-3 Wax
CD 20 Wick
.9 oz Espresso FO
Orange Candle Dye Block
Black Candle Dye Block

100% Handmade Mug
Scale
Large (4 Cup) Pyrex
Butter Knife (2)
Fork

**If you are not local, you can get all of this and more at Bramble Berry! They will ship directly to you!**

**Quick Tip**
Put a butter knife in the freezer. This comes in handy when you want to check on what color your candle will turn once it has completely cooled and solidified.

Weigh out 14 oz of Nature C-3 wax into a microwave safe container (we used a 4 cup Pyrex). Melt in microwave on 30 second bursts until fully melted (Approximately 3 1/2 min and 160 degrees Fahrenheit). Using a butter knife, shave about a third of the Black Candle Dye Block and mix into melted wax and mix well until fully melted.

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Using a clean butter knife, shred about half the amount of Orange Candle Dye Block and mix well until pieces have fully melted.

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It can be difficult to know what color your wax will be once it hardens, as it will look much darker when it is melted. Take the butter knife out of the freezer and dip it in the melted wax. It will instantly solidify to the color your candle will become.

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Once you have reached your desired color, add 0.9 oz Espresso F.O. and mix well.

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 Take the CD-20 wick and dip the end into the melted wax. Follow with ‘gluing’ the wick to the bottom of the mug. After the wick is adhered to the mug, grab a pen and lay it on top of the mug and carefully clip the wick into the pen as shown in the below picture. This helps the wick stay in place when you pour the wax.

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Slowly pour the melted wax into your mug until it is ALMOST full.

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You may have some extra wax. Bramble Berry offers Small Cube Wax Tarts for Wax Melts which are perfect for any extra wax.

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Cover your candle to help it insulate and cool slower. Let sit at least 24 hours before use to ensure the candle has completely solidified.

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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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Coffee Cold Process Soap

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Ever wonder what to do with your leftover coffee in the coffee pot? Or the coffee grounds? Well worry no more, soaping is the solution (isn’t it always?)! Using coffee instead of water to make your soap is surprisingly easy, and incorporating local coffee helps with the “locally handmade” aspect of artisan soap. When first combining your lye and your coffee, the solution will smell quite foul! But once your soap has been made, that will disappear, leaving behind Hazelnut Toffee and Turkish Mocha to make a hearty coffee fragrance. Keep caffeinated and keep on soaping!

What You’ll Need:

12 oz Brewed Coffee
5.26 oz Lye

12 oz Coconut Oil
12 oz Palm Oil
5 oz Sweet Almond Oil
3 oz Castor Oil
4 oz Hazelnut Oil

.9 oz Hazelnut Toffee FO
.9 oz Turkish Mocha FO

1/2 tsp Titanium Dioxide
1/2 tsp Cappuccino Mica

About 4 tbs Ground Coffee (unbrewed)
About 2 tbs Whole Coffee Beans

Hardware:

Scale
4 cup glass Pyrex (2)
12 cup glass Pyrex
Stainless steel whisk
Ramekin or Dixie cup (2)
Measuring spoons
Mini Mixer
Silicone Spatula
Small container to measure fragrance
Fork (2)
Easy Pour (2)

**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 Bramble Berry’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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DIRECTIONS:

COLOR PREP:

In a small ramekin or dixie cup, measure out 1/2 tsp Titanium Dioxide and add about 2 tbs of any fixed oil (we chose Avocado Oil). Then combine using Bramble Berry’s mini mixer.
In a separate small ramekin, disperse 1/2 tsp of Cappuccino using the same method.

OTHER PREP:

Weigh out .9 oz Hazelnut Toffee FO and .9 Turkish Mocha FO into a small container and set aside (you can combine the fragrances in the same container)

Mark both of your easy pour containers at just below the 500 mL line.

Begin by organizing your area so that everything is ready to go. Place your ramekin of Titanium Dioxide by one of the easy pour containers and your Cappuccino Mica by the other. Have your coffee grounds and coffee beans ready to go.

COFFEE PREP:

Brew your coffee relatively strong. We used 2 cups of water with 4 tbs of coffee grounds. The stronger the coffee, the darker your soap will be. Allow the coffee to cool room temperature, if not cooler. The cooler your coffee is the less it will smell when you add your lye, and the less it will discolor your soap.

We chose to use unbrewed coffee grounds for the veins in between layers and for the middle layer in which we incorporated the coffee grounds. Unbrewed coffee grounds can discolor your soap, but our soap was already so dark it did not affect our final product!

LYE PREP:

Measure 12 oz of coffee into one 4 cup glass Pyrex, and 5.6 oz of lye into another. Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area, and you are wearing long sleeves, gloves, and goggles. Carefully add the lye to the Coffee while gently stirring with a stainless steel whisk until the lye has completely dissolved. The lye coffee will smell super bad! 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 Bramble Berry’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 and combine your oils (making sure you are PRECISE!) and then microwave on 45 second bursts until the oils are around 115 degrees.

Once both the lye solution and the oils are around 115 degrees (between 10 degrees of each other) you can begin soaping!

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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. Pour the lye solution down the arm of the stick blender and start mixing until you have reached a thin trace.
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Once you have reached a thin trace, pour the soap batter in the designated easy pour containers to the line.

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Add the cappuccino Mica to one of the easy pours, and the Titanium Dioxide to the other. Mix well.

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Add about half of the fragrance to the Cappuccino Mica easy pour. You can eyeball this. Mix well.

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Pour the Cappuccino layer into the 10″ Silicone Loaf Mold.

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Using a mini spatula, texture the layer using a swooping method.

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Sprinkle coffee grounds on top of the first layer, avoiding the sides to help prevent separation.

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Add about 2 tbsp of coffee grounds to the uncolored layer of soap. Mix well.

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Add the rest of the fragrance and mix well. Using a silicone spatula to help prevent breakthroughs, pour the coffee ground layer on top of the Cappuccino layer.

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Using a spatula, texture the second layer using the same technique as before.

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Sprinkle coffee grounds on top of the second layer, again avoiding the sides to help prevent separation.

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Using a silicone spatula to help prevent breakthrough, pour the Titanium Dioxide layer on top of the coffee grounds layer.

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Spoon the soap to the middle to create a small peak. You may need to wait a few minutes until the soap thickens up enough to do this. Be careful to not spoon too deep into the top layer, or you may scoop coffee grounds up to the top layer. We want this top layer to be uncolored, without grounds.

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Add coffee beans to the top of the peak.

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Allow to sit out at room temperature, uncovered, for three days. Unmold carefully, as the coffee prolongs the hardening and curing process.

Cut the soap on it’s side to help prevent the coffee beans and grounds from creating scrape marks on the soap.

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Allow to cure 6-8 weeks before use.

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Coffee Butter Lip Balm

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 It’s no secret that us Pacific North Westerners love our coffee. So we decided to dedicate this month to our favorite morning beverage! We’re kicking off Coffee Month with this super simple, super luxurious lip balm made almost entirely our of coffee butter. Coffee butter is safe to use in lip balm up to 100%, but we decided to add a little bit of beeswax to harden it just a tad, and a little bit of jojoba oil for an extra touch of amazing moisture. No need to flavor this wonderful product, as the smell and taste of the coffee butter is enough on its own. Coffee lovers rejoice!

**This recipe yields about 12 sliding lip tins**

What You’ll Need:

2 oz Coffee Butter
.3 oz White Beeswax
.35 oz Jojoba Oil

Hardware:

Scale
Microwave safe container
Spoon

Directions:

Measure 0.3 oz White Beeswax. Melt in microwave on 30 second bursts.

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Once completely melted, add 2 oz of Coffee Butter. Pop back in microwave on 10 second bursts until fully melted. Make sure to mix well in between bursts. We want to add as little of an outside heat source as possible, as the Coffee Butter can crystallize and form a grainy lip balm if melted too quickly.

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Add .35 oz Jojoba oil and mix well.

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Pour into sliding lip tins.

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Wait about 10-15 minutes for balm to cool before putting the lids on.

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Enjoy your caffeine-bursted lip balm!

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Pink Body Polish

finalWhat’s a better way to start off the sunny months than with a scrub! This wonderful scrub uses both salt and sugar in order to achieve the perfect exfoliation. The sugar melts away in order to ensure you aren’t over-exfoliating, and the Extra Small Pink Sea Salt is not too grating. Rose absolute makes this project quite the treat and leaves a wonderfully relaxing scent behind. There are no oil additives (other than the extract), so it won’t leave your shower slippery. Keep reading to find out more!

What You’ll Need:

8 oz Extra Small Pink Sea Salt
5 oz Sugar
1/4 tsp Snowflake Sparkle Mica
1 tbs Crushed Rose Petals
1.8 oz Shredded Kokum Butter
2 mL Optiphen
3 mL Ginseng Extract
2 mL Rose Absolute Essential Oil

*Not local?? You can find all these ingredients and more at Bramble Berry! And they will ship directly to you!*

Hardware:

Grater
Scale
4 oz Tin w/ Clear cover (4) **These are found exclusively here at Otion: the Soap Bar!

Directions:

Weigh out 8 oz of Extra Small Pink Sea Salt.

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Add 5 oz Sugar. Mix well.

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Add 1/4 tsp of Snowflake Sparkle. Mix well.

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Add 1 tbsp of Crushed Rose Petals. Mix well.

Shred 1.8 oz of Kokum Butter and then add to bowl.

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Mix well, breaking up the bits of Kokum Butter to fully incorporate into the salt and sugar mixture.

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Add 2 mL of Optiphen and 3 mL of Ginseng Extract. Mix well.

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Add 2 mL of Rose Absolute Essential Oil. Mix well.

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Pack into 4 oz Tins with Clear Cover.
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Salty Mariner Cold Process

Salty Mariner FinalBoy was this soap fun to make! We knew when we started out that Salty Mariner accelerates trace, but we didn’t realize it can produce ricing. We decided to roll with the punches and we ended up with one of favorite soaps to-date! This salty soap was inspired by the ebb and flow of the Ocean. Salty Mariner is a fresh and relaxing scent, while the simple and clean top with Fine Black Sea Salt adds the perfect touch to our nautical soap!

What You’ll Need:

5.2 oz Lye
12 oz Distilled Water

2 oz Apricot Kernel Oil
12 oz Coconut Oil
8 oz Olive Oil
12 oz Palm Oil
2 oz Rice Bran Oil

1/2 tsp Ultramarine Blue
1/2 tsp Titanium Dioxide
About 2 tbsp any fixed oil to disperse colors
2 oz Salty Mariner

About 2 tsp Sparkle Gold Mica
Fine Black Sea Salt

Hardware:

Scale
4 cup glass Pyrex (2)
12 cup glass Pyrex
Stainless steel whisk
Ramekin or Dixie cup (2)
Measuring spoons
Mini Mixer
Silicone Spatula
Small container to measure fragrance
Fork (2)
Easy Pour (2)
Powder Sifter

**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 Bramble Berry’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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DIRECTIONS:

COLOR PREP:

In a small ramekin or dixie cup, measure out 1/2 tsp Ultramarine Blue and add about 1 tbs of any fixed oil (we chose Meadowfoam Oil). Then combine using Bramble Berry’s mini mixer.
In a separate small ramekin, disperse 1/2 tsp of Titanium Dioxide using the same method.

OTHER PREP:

Weigh out 2 oz Salty Mariner FO into a small container and set aside.

Mark both of your easy pour containers at just below the 500 mL line.

Begin by organizing your area so that everything is ready to go. Place your ramekin of titanium dioxide by one of the easy pour containers. Have your Sparkle Gold Mica ready to dust, and your Fine Black Sea Salt ready.

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LYE PREP:

Measure the distilled water into one 4 cup glass Pyrex, and the lye into another. Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area, and you are wearing long sleeves, gloves, and goggles. Carefully add the lye to the water while gently stirring 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 Bramble Berry’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 and combine your oils (making sure you are PRECISE!) and then microwave on 45 second bursts until the oils are around 115 degrees.

Once both the lye solution and the oils are around 115 degrees (between 10 degrees of each other) you can begin soaping!

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. Pour the lye solution down the arm of the stick blender and start mixing until you have reached a thin trace.

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Pour the soap batter to the lines on the easy pour containers. There should be some soap remaining after pouring.

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Add the dispersed Ultramarine Blue to the remaining soap (the soap NOT in either of the easy pours).

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Add the titanium dioxide to one of the easy pours. The second easy pour will not be colored.

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Once your color is fully incorporated, add ALL of the fragrance to the blue layer. This fragrance will immediately begin to rice and accelerate your traces. Stir your fragrance in quickly.

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Pour the white soap clockwise at 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and 9 o’clock in order to create an in-the-pot-swirl. Pour any remaining soap into the middle of the blue batter.

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Using the handle of a wooden spoon, swirl once through the concoction.

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Pour the in-the-pot swirl into the silicone loaf.

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Using a regular kitchen spoon, swoop the middle of the soap to create a wavy look in the soap.

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Using a powder sifter, sprinkle Sparkle Gold Mica on top of the first layer. We want the layer to be relatively thick so we can see the vein easily. However this can lead to separation of layers. Try to avoid the corners of the soap to help prevent separation.

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Now using a silicone spoon to help prevent breakthrough, slowly and carefully add the last layer of soap (the uncolored one) on top of the Sparkle Gold Mica.

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Spoon the soap towards the middle to create a peak look. You may need to wait a few minutes until the soap has set enough to be able to achieve this look.

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Sprinkle Fine Black Sea Salt on the peak of the soap.

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Spray with rubbing alcohol to help prevent soda ash and cover to help promote gel phase. Do not spray with rubbing alcohol after initial spray, as the activated charcoal in the salt can bleed.

Wait at least 48 hours to cut your soap. Lay on its side to cut to help prevent the salt from scratching the soap.

Allow to cure for 4-6 weeks before use. Enjoy!

Salty Final

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