Who doesn’t love toasting to a special occasion with some good champagne? We just love the smell of Bramble Berry’s Champagne fragrance oil so much, and combined with the simple yet zesty smell of Limes we were able to create this masterpiece. Oh yeah, I said masterpiece. This refreshingly zingy soap scent is sure to help put some zip into your hand-washing regime. We also added Kokum Butter, one of Bramble Berry’s newer items, to create a wonderfully moisturizing as well as great-smelling soap.
What You’ll Need
**This recipe yields about 3 pounds of soap**
13 oz Distilled Water
4.95 oz Lye
1 oz Castor Oil
10 oz Coconut Oil
3 oz Kokum Butter
5 oz Olive Oil
9 oz Palm Oil
7 oz Rice Bran Oil
1.5 mL Polysorbate 80
1 oz Champagne Fragrance Oil
1 oz Lime Fragrance Oil
1/2 tsp Sparkle Gold Mica
1/2 tsp Titanium Dioxide
1/4 tsp Kermit Green Mica
1/4 tsp Titanium Dioxide
Sprinkle Kelly Green Mica
99% Isopropyl Alcohol
4 oz Large Bath Crystals
1 oz Medium Dead Sea Salt
Glass Pyrex (2)
Easy Pour (3)
Small Bowl (2)
12″ Tall Silicone Loaf Mold
**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 bowl, measure out 4 oz of Large Bath Crystals. Add 1 mL of Polysorbate 80. Sprinkle Kelly Green Mica and mix well with hands until you reach the desired color.
In a separate small bowl, measure out 1 oz of Medium Dead Sea Salt. Add .5 mL of Polysorbate 80. Sprinkle Kelly Green Mica and mix well with hands until you reach the desired color.
In small ramekins or dixie cups, measure out each mica combo (except the sprinkle of Kelly Green) 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 two ramekins of white, one of gold and one of green.
Weigh out 1 oz Champagne FO and 1 oz Lime FO and combine into a small container. Set aside.
Draw a line on each easy pour container to indicate how much soap needed for each color. This will make it easier to separate out the soap batter. On two of the easy pour containers draw a line at 16 oz. On the other one draw a line at 8oz. There will be 8 oz left in your original container.
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 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!
Begin by organizing your area so that everything is ready to go. Place the Ramekin (or dixie cup) filled with color next to the corresponding easy pour container. Have your fragrance, mold, and salts ready to go.
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 medium trace.
Once you have reached a medium trace, separate the soap batter into the designated easy pour containers.
In one of the easy pour containers that has 16 oz add the Sparkling Gold Mica and mix with a fork until it is fully incorporated.
In the other easy pour container that has 16 oz add 1/2 tsp of Titanium Dioxide and mix with a fork until it is fully incorporated.
In the easy pour container with 8 oz add the Kermit Green Mica and mix with a fork until it is fully incorporated.
In the pyrex with the remaining soap, add 1/4 tsp of Titanium Dioxide and mix with a fork until it is fully incorporated.
Just eyeballing it, add the fragrance to each of the containers of soap batter.
Pour the Sparkling Gold Layer into the 12″ Tall Silicone Loaf Mold.
Now for the in-the-pot swirl for the middle layer. Add the Kermit Green Mica soap batter to the pyrex with the white soap 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 white soap.
When all of the green soap batter has been poured into the white batter, take a utensil (we used the handle of a wooden spoon) and make one pass through the colors to create the swirl.
Using a silicone spatula to help prevent breakthrough, pour the swirled soap over the gold layer.
Using a silicone spatula to help prevent breakthrough, pour the white soap over the swirled layer. 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.
Using a spoon, manipulate the top until you get your desired texture.
Sprinkle the medium dead sea salt on the top of the soap. Add the bath crystals, keeping in mind where you will be cutting your soap, as you will not be able to cut through them.
Be careful when you go to cut the soap, as the sea salt can scratch the soap. We laid the loaf on its side before cutting it as opposed to cutting from the top as we normally would.
Enjoy your refreshingly clean-smelling soap!
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