This Cold Processed Soap recipe has the addition of Sodium Lactate. Sodium Lactate, along with the hardness of the bar, aids mould release from difficult shapes, such as cubes, and intricate detailed single cavity moulds. This loaf has been made in our Flexible Mould - Loaf (Regular) which makes unmoulding a breeze!
A combination pour method, I was looking for a half layered, half swirled combination. This is a new recipe suited to the cube mould too, but with some Sodium Lactate Plus added, to aid unmoulding.
The Bramble Berry Fragrance combo can be pre-blended and used throughout your batch, or added individually into the individual colour layers - it's a warm colour combo.
It's important to avoid over tracing the soap. If it is too thick, it won't swirl well once layered, and will clump instead of flowing. Also important is to use a Fragrance or Essential Oil that doesn't accelerate trace if you decide to change the scent for this batch.
This soap is for intermediate and experienced Soapers, as it can be a little tricky judging the timing if you are just starting out. The water content has been discounted to make a harder bar (smooth, and easy to unmould).
This loaf is coloured with Sunflower Yellow Liquid Lake (I used the Liquid but you can also use the powder, just mix in some oil before use) and Watermelon Red Liquid Lake lightened up with Brites NG Hot Pink. The glitter on top is the lovely Arctic Ice Ultra Fine Glitter, which is shot with sparkles or you can use Rainbow Glitter too.
You may have a little soap left over, depending on the size of the mould you choose, I keep some single cavity moulds on my work bench and pour the left overs into those.
If you are a beginner, we recommend you make a few batches before attempting this soap due to the hot gel. For how to make soap from Scratch, please see our Cold Process Soapmaking Instructions. You can also watch Soap Queen's You Tube Series on Cold Process Soapmaking.
If you are more experienced, you can follow the instructions below.
Prepare all ingredients and the mould as usual and you'll need extra containers using the following sizes as a guide:
500ml jug for the red colour
500ml jug for the yellow colour
The rest of the base (uncoloured portion) remains in the soap pot
Prepare the powdered colours (unless you have purchased liquid colours) ready for use - use a little olive or rice bran oil. Then mix into thinly traced soap:
We recommend using a "coffee frother" to mix the hydrated colours into the traced soap in the small containers to ensure you don't over trace and achieve an even colour without speckling
- Pour approximately 3/4 cup of traced soap into one of the 500ml jug - mix in Watermelon Red colour (and some Brite Pink if you have it to liven it up a little) - no fragrance yet, set aside
- Pour approximately 3/4 cup of traced soap into the other 500ml jug - mix in the Sunflower Yellow colour - no fragrance yet, set aside
- Prepare your workspace and set out the pre-mixed colours and fragrance blend ready to go
- Bring soap to thin trace, and then pour appropriate amounts of soap into the cups (as above). Use the coffee frother to ensure there are no speckles and it is well mixed through. This won't overtrace the small amounts of soap
- Once all the coloured soap is prepared, it's time to fragrance and pour the main base of the batch
- Add the fragrance into the main pot and stir through thoroughly, but don't increase the thickness of the trace above medium
- Now work quite quickly - pour uncoloured base layer up to 2cm deep into the loaf mould
- Now carefully spoon or pour over the back of the spoon, the red/pink portion.
- Use a popstick or spoon to push some this pink coloured soap down slightly into the base layer
- Now pour the remainder of the uncoloured soap over the back of a spoon into the mould
- Repeat the technique for the pink/red layer with the golden yellow colour, this is the top of the soap
- Again, slightly move the soap down and through the surface of the uncoloured layer to create the pattern. You can see through the sides of the loaf at the edges to guide the depth
- Finally, a light dusting of glitter before gelling (don't inhale the particles)
- Spritz with isopropyl alcohol, or cover with a sheet of laminate and then insulate ready for gel
- Unmould and slice as usual