Monday, February 24, 2014

Green Tea with Jasmine Soap

Green Tea with Jasmine
 This soap is a new one for me.  I had never used a floral fragrance oil before and I wasn't sure how it was going to behave in this batch of soap.  However it behaved itself very well.
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I started by measuring out my water/tea, adding a small amount of silk fibers, and measuring and adding the lye to the water.  After measuring out the oils, I started by mixing the oils to break up any lumps.  Next I added the lye water to the oils.  Before mixing though I added the fragrance oil to the oils.

After reaching trace, I separated the soap into three portions.  One portion I colored with beet powder, I was hoping for a pink, but the tea color was too strong.  One portion I colored with comfrey oil and a pinch of green pigment.  The last portion I colored with titanium dioxide.

After all of my colors were mixed, I started layering the colors.  I did two layers of each color.  Then I used a skewer to do a circular swirl to swirl the layers.  This gives a nice swirl through the layers that is beautifully visible when the bars are cut.  After swirling the layers I put down a solid layer of white and then topped with a thin layer of green.  After I had the layers in the mold, I mixed a little bit of ivory mica with a little bit of vitamin E oil.  I dripped the mica mixture over the top of the soap and started swirling the very top layer of the soap with the sharp end of a skewer.  I swirled it in little 3/4" circles back and forth across the soap mold.  I tried to keep from swirling the white in to a bare minimum.

After giving the soap 24 hours to gel and solidify, I unmolded it.  I love the swirl.  I haven't seen anyone else use it that I can remember, so I may have to come up with a name for it just to make it easier to blog the soaps I use it in.  I am not a huge fan of florals, and this one is still a little strong for me, but I expect that it will probable fade a bit over the next month.

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  1. That is a beautiful swirl! I like how you kept it shallow without the white mixing in.

  2. Lois I like the of this soap! The white swirl was the perfect amount. Nice to know this fragrance behaved for you.

    1. I like having some light colors to balance the dark ones.

  3. Looks a beautiful
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  4. Your soap turned out stunning =) I love using silk and teas in my soap. It produces such dense, beautiful lather.

    1. I can't wait for it to cure enough to try it out!

  5. Lovely soaps! Thanks so much for sharing with us on The HomeAcre Hop! I hope to see you again tomorrow!

  6. Your beautiful soap caught my eye on The Chicken Chick. Love love love your colors.


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