To ring in the new year I thought it would be fun to make a Rosé & Champagne soap instead of the confetti soap I typically make for the New Year. I love a good confetti soap but just wanted to switch it up and try something new which seemed fitting as we are going into a New Year. The sugars from the Rosé will add a nice lather to the soap and the Champagne extract gives the soap a silky feel. I chose an essential oil blend of grapefruit and spearmint for an uplifting and invigorating scent. I hope this provides you a little inspiration to try something new with your own soapmaking:). If you have not already made soap, be sure you have taken the time to learn the basics of soap making before attempting this soap. @royaltysoap and @brambleberry both have great video tutorials for beginners to help you get started on your soap making journey.
The soap batter recipe I use is as follows:
Sweet Almond Oil 5%
Castor Oil 5%
Sunflower Oil 5%
Cocoa Butter 15%
Coconut Oil 30%
Olive Oil 40%
Water as % of oils 35%
I used an essential oil blend of 50% Grapefruit, 50% Spearmint
I also used a combination or Rosé and Champagne Extract that totaled 5.0 oz and reduced my water accordingly.
Essential Oils & Additives:
Molds & Other Soap Equipment:
I suggest making the gum balls for the top of the soap and reducing your Rosé the day before you plan to make your soap. To reduce the Rosé place it in a pot on medium heat and bring to a simmer. Turn the heat to low it let reduce for around 15 minutes. Then place the reduced Rosé in an ice cube tray and chilI. For the Champagne portion I used Brambleberry's Champagne Extract so there was no need to reduce, it can be added as is to your soap batter.
For the gum balls, I used an orb mold and shea butter melt and pour. I colored the gum balls with Angry Rose from Mad Micas and then dusted them with a pink eco glitter.
Now on to making the soap:).
Once you soap batter and lye water have come to your preferred soaping temperature, add your Rosé and Champagne extract to your soap batter along with your essential oil blend. Mix to combine.
Next add your lye water and blend until your batter reaches emulsion.
Now it is time to divid your soap batter. For this soap I used two accent colors, Rose Pearl from Brambleberry and Copper Penny from Nurture Soap. I had each of these micas premixed in seperate containers with some of the batch oils and poured about a quarter of the soap batter into each container. For the main batter I used Angry Rose from Mad Mica's which I added directly to the remaining soap batter once I had poured off the accent colors.
Next, blend or whisk all of your colors and then you are ready to pour!
Pour half of the Angry Rose batter into the mold and then follow with two passes of the accent colors. Then pour the remaining Angry Rose batter into the mold and then the rest of the accent colors.
After a good tap down of the mold to release any air bubbles, run a hanger through the soap to swirl.
For the top of the soap, use a spoon to pull the batter to the side and then add your gum balls to the mounded side.
Spray the top of the soap with isopropyl alcohol and then dust with a little more of the pink glitter you used on the gum ball embeds if desired.
Let set for 24 hours and then unmold and cut your soap.
Be sure to let your soap cure for 4-6 weeks before using or selling:)
The inspiration for this soap came from the following book by Ann Marie from Brambleberry: Pure Soapmaking.
I highly recommend this book if you are interested in soapmaking and especially if you are interested in making natural soaps.
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