|Full line-up of embeds|
|The footballs - about 1" long|
I decided fairly early on that if I was going to do embeds that I would use CP to make them and then add them to the soap. Since I have quite a few soaps that I want to add to my line-up either for holidays or permanently that I want to use embeds for I decided to make a batch of soap just for this purpose.
To start with, I worked up a recipe that will work with all of my current recipes. This was not complicated but it did involve estimating how much soap to make in order to get
I also needed molds for some of the soaps that are either not readily available or are out of my current price range. This particular project will be covered in a separate post.
For my recipe I decided to use only three of my most commonly used oils to minimize confusion for me when filling out my ingredient labels. In my case that means olive oil, coconut oil, and grapeseed oil. I do use other oils and butters, but almost all of my recipes include these three.
|Flip Flops and "Ice Cubes"|
|Shells and Limes|
|Hand rolled "malted milk balls"|
The only multi-step embed that I needed to make was the "malted milk balls". These are for a cupcake soap that I want to make. I colored these with cocoa powder and scented them with a dark chocolate fragrance. I gave this soap 2 days in the mold before moving to the next step. After unmolding the soap, I used a long handled 1/4 tsp measuring spoon to portion out balls of soap that I hand rolled for uniformity. These did end up being a little different size wise, but not by much. After letting the finished soap balls sit for 24 hours I rolled them again to smooth them a little bit further. When I rolled them the first time the soap was still somewhat sticky so the balls looked rough. After all of the balls are rolled smooth and sit for a day or two I will hit them with some steam to make them nice and shiny.