Embedded Soap

When I was a child, the best Christmas gift I ever got was an Incredible Edible Machine. Other girls in the neighborhood had the EZ-Bake Oven. Not me. I spent hours pouring root beer and butterscotch edible plastic goo into spider and bug shapes and offered these tasty items to whoever was unfortunate enough to be within a child’s reach. I am telling you, I rocked!IncredibleEdiblesContentsFoil

This is my explanation for some of my soap designs and perhaps my whole life plan. Looking back at some of my other toys it explains so much!

For this soap recipe I decided to make a soap with embeds. Embedded soap simply means that you are adding some other “larger” element to a soap batch. In many cases it is bits of another soap leftover from a previous soap you made. For instance, the end pieces of a soap can be curled with a vegetable peeler and embedded or topped in another soap. In this case I used a melt and pour to add a stained glass look.

As always, my recipes assume that you have read all safety procedures involved in making soap with lye and you have a good working knowledge of what you are doing.

Frozen Soap – makes approximately 2 1/2 pounds
10 oz. Olive Oil
6 oz.. Canola Oil
8 oz. Palm Oil
8 oz. Coconut Oil
3 Tablespoons Sunflower Oil
10.25 oz. Distilled Water
4.44 oz. Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)
2 oz. Grass Stain Fragrance
Spirulina, Blue Mica, Titanium Dioxide for color
6 oz. Aloe Melt and Pour, 2 drops green food coloring

Always have all your ingredients and working materials out and ready to go. You have a plan but sometimes soap takes a hand in changing it. It is easy to get distracted and realize you don’t have something out and ready to go and don’t have a moment in the process to track it down. In the case today, I forgot to add sodium lactate. If it were on the counter, I would have remembered. It is not a critical ingredient but I like to add a teaspoon to my water mixture as it makes a harder bar of soap.

First, make the melt and pour pieces so they have time to solidify while you are making the cold process soap. I used aloe as it has a greenish look and I like to use a good quality melt and pour. Cut up the melt and pour and give it about one minute in the microwave on high. Stir and add 20 seconds at a time until all is melted.IMG_0768 Add two or three drops of green food coloring if you like and stir to blend. Pour this into a small square or rectangular mold and spritz with Isopropyl alcohol to remove the bubbles from the top of the soap. When this has hardened (depending on coolness and time), cut it into irregular long pieces and sit them aside. I took two of sticks and cut them into small bits for more shapes. You think it would be easier to cut irregular shapes but if you think triangles it required a bit more thinking on my part. Have fun, don’t think. My advice.

IMG_0773I used two 8 cup glass measuring cups, one for the water/lye and one for the oils. Everything is carefully measured and with the water/lye mixture, water is always first, followed by lye. Always. While they lye is cooling, measure your oils and start working on your color plan.

Using three plastic measuring cups I measured 1/4 teaspoon of the following into each container: spirulina, blue mica, titanium dioxide and blue mica (1/4 teaspoon each). One tablespoon of sunflower oil in each container will mix this nicely (I use a tiny whisk, it works so well). You can use any oil to mix colors, even taking a tablespoon from your oil mix so no need to buy extra oil for this. IMG_0771If I make this again, I will probably go with shades of green but I am sharing how this soap was made so here you are.

When the lye and oils are within five degrees of each other, add the lye mixture to the oil and lightly trace. Add fragrance and blend for a few seconds.Divide your trace into the three containers and lightly whisk. I deliberately left the color uneven. IMG_0775I then started pouring this into my mold from dark to light using a U pour. After I had about 1/3 of the mold filled I placed some of the embeds into the mold, lightly spritzing each one.so that they “stick” to the trace. IMG_0778Then I topped it off with the remaining trace. When you cut this soap, use a sharp knife or cutting tool as melt and pour in a soft cold process soap can tear your soap when you make the cut. IMG_0787

My final piece of advice? Go for the butterscotch spider. Much more fun and easier to swallow than anything root beer. Have fun!

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