Hurray for the Fall S.O.A.P Testing Panel!! I am having so much fun coming up with ideas, and playing with these fantastic fragrances from Bramble Berry. I am so honored to be a part of this panel, and I can hardly believe they chose me out of all the applicants, it's like winning the lottery!
***Warning: If you are a fellow SOAP panel member and have NOT received your fragrances yet...DO NOT read any further as it will spoil all of your fun!***
The Idea: I've been wanting to try the thin black line in between layers that I found here. I think the line in the middle of the layers gives such definition and interest to a technique (layers) that can sometimes be a little boring. I decided to do the same color on each layer, making the bottom layer on the dark side and the top layer on the lighter side.
The Color: Since wine and vineyards come to mind I decided to try the Burgundy Oxide Pigment I just got from Bramble Berry. For the line I will use Black Oxide.
The Recipe: I kept it simple, since this is a testing fragrance that I was not sure would behave well. I used a recipe of mine that has a high percentage of olive oil. Olive oil is my favorite oil in soap, it's so gentle and fantastic for your skin.
Olive Oil: 35%
Coconut Oil: 30%
Palm Oil: 25%
Grape seed Oil: 5%
Castor Oil: 3%
Avocado Oil: 2%
Since I used EVOO instead of Pomace the burgundy turned a bit muddy, this was from the oils not the fragrance. I split my 2lb batch in half and did one pound at a time so each layer would set up nice and firm and give me a clean line. This is the darker bottom layer.
So Success #1 for my first SOAP testing. Monica: 1 Soap: 0 I look forward to the next project.
Stay tuned for mystery fragrance project #2...I think I'm going to do a 6 color column pour because I just Love that technique, it's beautiful and it's fun to do!!
Hope everyone has a fantastic day, I'm off to go work on sugar scrubs. On a side note I am thinking about those of you who are on the East Coast and are dealing with Hurricane Irene.. Be Safe.