Everything old is new again, so they say! We were going through some old photo's and came across our Latte and Marmalade soaps that we pioneeered back in 2001, it's SO hard to believe it's that long ago! This style of soap cake has a lovely fresh look and customers just love them!
For our Latte's, we used a smidge of Choc Gold Mica, and let the Turkish Mocha and Chocolate Fragrances do the rest of the colouring, or should we say discolouring! But for this tutorial, we're using non-discolouring, fruity fragrances. The two we have just made (pictured above and below) are Lime and Pear Marmalade which is a blend of Lime, Distilled Essential Oil and Crisp Anjou Pear Fragrance, and Pineapple Citrus Marmalade, which is the orange one, and is scented with Energy and Pineapple Cilantro Fragrances.
If you only make Melt & Pour Soap, you'll need to swap a couple of bars of Cold Processed Soap with someone, or you could buy a couple of uncoloured bars, preferably Goatsmilk, but any uncoloured Cold Process Soap will do the trick! If you are making Melt and Pour shreds, you'll need to work with very low temperatures or the shreds will melt.
The Mould we used? It's FREE! Yes, sadly, you'll need to go to Coles or Woolworths and grab a Danish, or Mud Cake, and somehow dispose of it!! Wash out the lid if it has any icing on it, and this is your mould. We used to use the same mould for the Peach Pie and Very Berry Cheesecakes pictured at the end of this recipe too. However, if you want a sturdy round mould that is unaffected by hot soap for commerical pours, you can use the silicone Round Cake Pan Mould.
To make one of our Lime and Pear Marmalade slabs, which cuts into between six and 10 slices, you'll need:
A disposable cake lid (cover) or if you want a square silicone baking tray
A Thermometer is useful, but not essential
A Vegetable Peeler - Don't use for food after using for soap!
Electronic Scales are useful, but not essential
- Set out the ingredients, equipment and mould, ready to go.
- Weigh 900g Clear Melt & Pour Soap and cut into small ice cube sized chunks, place in microwave jug
- "Peel" the whole two bars of Cold Processed Soap into 1/2 cm slithers, they should have a slight curl
- Now lightly cover the jug of Melt & Pour Soap cubes, and put in the microwave to melt on medium or medium low. This will take a few minutes, so do keep an eye on it so it doesn't overheat
- Remove the liquid Melt & Pour Soap from the microwave, and use approximately 12 drops of Lime Brites for Melt & Pour and stir well through the soap. You may need a little more or less colour
- Now add 15 - 20g/ml of fragrance, I used 8g Crisp Anjou Pear, and 8g of Lime Essential Oil and stir well to combine
- Arrange the soap curls in the mould and spritz liberally with alcohol to ensure it "sticks" in the finished bars when cut
- Now it's time to carefully pour into the mould (the soap should not be hotter than 60°C or the plastic lid will get too warm and melt!)
- Adjust the curls if required and then spritz with alcohol to remove any residual bubbles
- Allow several hours or overnight to set up completely
- To cut into wedges, you can use either a cake guide to make the soap before slicing, or cut into halves, and halves again until you have the wedges the size you like
Here's two batches: Lime & Pear Marmalade and Citrus & Pineapple Marmalade, totally yum! To make the Citrus slab, colour it with Citrus Orange Liquid and Sunflower Yellow Liquid Lakes, and scented with 2 parts Energy, and 1 part Pineapple Cilantro.
And you can see how attractive they look, and Strawberry Fragrance with Watermelon Red colour looks fab too!
Here's the photo of our retail soaps back in 2001 when we were featured in the West Australian Newspaper, when soapy cakes were new!