August 05, 2019 3 min read
A summer night, sitting in the soft grass, laughing with old and new friends by the campfire. Sparks leap into a dark sky glittering with stars. The scent of wood fills the fresh night air while an owl watches from the trees above, searching for her prey in the deep shadows that edge the clearing.
It’s high summer, my friends. (Unless you’re in the Southern Hemisphere – save this one for December) Time to cook outside, when the sun goes down and the air is finally cool enough to allow everyone to enjoy the evening. A celebratory soap is in order. Let’s begin.
Any base soap that will give you a light soap will work, but an easy way to begin is with Katie’s Blend. It’s the blend of oils used at Royalty Soaps, and it’s a great way to dip your toes into the soaping world, and a great recipe that more experienced soapers can also enjoy. This blend will be easy to work with, and set within about 24 hours under normal conditions. It leaves you with a hard, bubbly bar, and it simplifies the blending of oils. This link takes you to a simple one pound recipe. You can double it to fill a large mold, or pour individual bars, as I did for this soap. This soap is pretty and easy, and the fragrance and colors may appeal to gentlemen as well. So gather your oils, cool your lye water, and blend. I like kaolin clay as an additive as well.
We need some deep, bright, blues for this soap. After dividing the batch into (more or less) thirds, I colored each with a different shade. Nurture offers a lot of beautiful ones, but I chose these three for this project:
One third Brilliant Blue Mica. It is a very bright, true blue.
Proud Peacock Turquoise Mica is the teal/aqua at the top of this image, and Klein Blue Mica is the one at the bottom. The Klein Blue looks a little purple here; it really isn’t. It’s a dark true blue that only appears purple next to this teal. It’s become a personal favorite.
You’ll also need a small container of oil for your Shimmer Gold Mica streak that will wind through this soap. This mica looks like molten gold when mixed with oil, and makes the most beautiful streaks in soap. Just a tablespoon, and enough of the mica to make a little drizzle.
For this soap, I wanted something that would behave, and definitely a woody fragrance. Star Showers Fragrance Oil is light and citrusy. My nose detects lime with a rich bottom note. To make sure there’s plenty of that wood scent, use Oudh Wood Fragrance OIl. They’re strong fragrances that stick and won’t misbehave in your soap. I went with a 60/40 blend of the two. If you need a little help measuring your fragrances, or you’re new to the process, you can use this tool to tell you exactly how much of any given oil you can use in your recipe. Divide the blend of oils more or less evenly between the three shades of blue and mix well.
Once the fragrances are blended, put the blues all into one pot, pouring from a good height, so you can get all the shades all the way through. The gold will want to sit on the top no matter how high you go with it, but that’s fine.
I just loved this, even in the pot. After I smiled at it, I poured it into molds. You can pour this into a loaf mold, like this one, which is great for starting out, or this mold for individual bars. I usually refrigerate, but we’ve had a little break in the heat, so this one just sat quietly on the table for a few days. One of the benefits of the individual bars is that you have less risk of a partial gelling situation – less mass means less heat.
I love the bright shimmer of that gold streak twisting through the soap alongside the different shades of blue. In case you (or recipients of your soap) have any concerns, the glitter doesn’t stick to skin after the soap is used. It just adds to the experience of using it. This fragrance blend develops beautifully and smells like summer. I hope you enjoy it.
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|Erin is a writer living quietly in the Appalachians, making soap and writing health care articles and horror fiction. She's obsessed with fragrances and the moods they evoke, and uses her soap to inspire her fiction, and her fiction to inspire her soap. She's probably baking delicious cupcakes right now. Or soaping them!|
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