I forgot the charcoal pencil line that I put in the original. Of all the other things I could have forgotten I guess this is the best outcome.
I went back and forth on how I was going to design this soap. My original request was for lemon. The problem here is that lemon essential oil wont hold its scent in soap. I went looking for a fragrance oil and after reading reviews of its performance I decided I would likely loose my lemon scent with fragrance oil or it would be so mild the lavender would simply overpower it. I know that I could use lemongrass, but it just isn’t as perfect of a match with lavender as an actual citrus scent, after reading many reviews on fragrance performance the closest match turns out to be a bergamot black tea fragrance. Bitter orange is not far off from lemon so it should work to fill the request and will blend with lavender perfectly. After that there were questions like would the yellow and purple be too silly looking? If I left it at white and yellow and ground up lavender flowers… should I mix the scent or split it between the colors. In the end I went with both colors even if it’s silly and to split the scents between the colors. So the extra made an additional two lavender bars on the side.
Soap Contents: Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Distilled Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Castor Oil, Rice Bran Oil
Colorants: Queens Purple Mica, Yellow Mica, Racing Stripe Orange Mica, Gold Shimmer Mica, Activated Charcoal
Fragrance: Lavender Fragrance Oil, Bergamot Black Tea Fragrance Oil
Method: Tilted Base, Pencil line, Hangar
I decided to make a manly scented soap, it matches the shaving cream I make. The bay rum oil is known to advance trace and I am also using clay so I worked pretty fast, just in case… and as you can see that resulted in the colorant not being mixed until completely even. I normally add rice bran oil, shea or mango butter in my recipes but I ended up going with something very basic and used up the remainder of my Tamanu oil and Ginkgo Extract.
Bay Rum/Cedarwood/Bergamot Scented Soap
10.21 oz Olive Oil Pomace
10.21 oz Coconut Oil
10.21 oz Palm Oil
.91 oz Castor Oil
.46 oz Tamanu oil
1 Tbs Bentonite Clay
.5 oz Ginkgo Extract
10.56 oz Distilled Water
4.56 oz Sodium Hydroxide
Hydrated Green Chrome Oxide
Fragrance oils:(mildly scented)
.4 oz Bay Rum Fragrance Oil
.4 oz Bergamot Essential Oil
.5 oz Cedarwood Essential Oil
Beard oils has been popular lately so I gave it a try. Drew seems to like it.
.5 oz Jojoba Oil
.5 oz Grape Seed Oil
.25 oz Vegetable Glycerine
3 drops Cedar EO
3 drops Bay Rum
1 drop Bergamot EO
I got woken up way too early by a bored boyfriend but at least he brought me coffee with whipped cream and cinnamon, he’s good for that sort of thing. It motivated me to get up and make some Earl Grey lip balm since I’ve been in love with bergamot this past week. Here’s the recipe I used.
1 part beeswax
1 part coconut oil
1 part shea butter
a quarter part sunflower seed oil (preferably infused with black tea)
Bergamot essential oil for scent (if 1 part is 1 oz then use roughly 20 drops)
Vitamin E (if 1 part is 1 oz then use 1-2 drops)