This batch will fill our Silicone Lined Wooden Loaf Mould comfortably. We divided the batch into one third and two thirds to make the log as shown in our picture for this cool blue log. We sliced the log with our Cutter Guide with Heavy Duty Cutter Blade .
We used Brites for CP Blue for the main colours, and Black Lustre Mica dusted between the layers give the smoky black stripe. I admit I was searching for a fresh scent, and nothing "hit the spot", so although an unusual blend, we have had great feedback from customers who have sniffed this one! This unusual, but yummy fresh scent blend doesn't discolour or accelerate trace, so there are no problems there, and you'll have plenty of time to arrange the layers.
This recipe makes a lovely, smooth bar that has a silky base and a softly textured layer on top - it exhibits a nice lather. When first made we used Bentonite Clay Beads which are now unavailable, so have subsituted Jojoba Beads instead
For how to make soap from Scratch, please see our Cold Process Soapmaking Instructions Page
- Prepare log mould by lining and securing the base (with elastic bands) and place on the bench you will pour the soap and insulate
- Bring the soap to light trace and then divide the batch into two containers - weigh out a portion of approximately 600g for the thin darker blue layer
- Colour the base layer to a medium shade, and when at medium/heavy trace, carefully pour into the log mould
- Now check that the base layer has started to set up a little (it will be a little firmer)
- Using a small sample spoon, sprinkle a thin layer of Black Oxide over the base layer, ensuring it is a thin layer
- Now lightly colour the balance of the soap, and then add the fragrance blend
- Tip in the dry Jojoba Beads and manually stir to combine evenly
- When at medium trace, carefully pour over the back of a spoon on top of the black Oxide layer
- Cover and insulate as normal
- Don't add any Titanium Dioxide to this batch or this will give a grey/blue denium tone and the beads will not match the tone of blue
- Don't try and move the mould once poured!
- Then pour the second colour from a very LOW height
- A medium trace works best and try pouring over the back of a spoon, or spooning it carefully over the first layer to avoid breaking through the black line.
- The picture below shows what happens if you get your timing wrong! I poured the final top layer too soon, before the middle "beaded" layer had sufficient time to firm up to support the layer above. The beads in this log are double the quantity for the blue log, and the batch was divided into three equal portions.