Night on the Town Soap Loaf

by Rustic Escentuals

Embedding large curled embeds that are tinted with 24K Gold and Black Mica make an elegant soap. Scent it the soap with Little Black Dress fragrance oil and you have a winner!

This is an advanced soap tutorial.

large curled embeds: advanced soap tutorial

 
Supplies and Equipment Needed
Microwave safe glass containers (one 8 ounce and another 32 ounces)
Sharp knife to cut soap base into cubes
Spray bottle with rubbing alcohol
Butter knives
Measuring spoon – 1 tsp.
Rubber gloves
Silicone baking pan (9” x 9”)
Vegetable Glycerin
Square Loaf Soap Mold (9 1/4 inches long, 2 3/4″ deep, 3 1/4″ at widest point)
Disposable pipettes
Thermometer (to monitor soap base temperature)
32 ounces White Melt and Pour Soap base
22 ounces Ultra Clear Melt and Pour Soap base
24K Gold Mica
Black Mica
0.15cc scoops
Little Black Dress Fragrance Oil
Soap Cutter and Miter box

basic supplies required

 

mold and other required supplies

 

miter box and soap cutter

 
Making curl embeds

Step 1
Cut up 22 ounces of Ultra Clear Melt & Pour soap base into small cubes using a sharp knife. Using a microwave safe container, melt 11 ounces of soap in a microwave using 30-second bursts until melted. Do not boil or burn.

Step 2
Using the 0.15cc scoop add 3 scoops 24K Mica and stir until fully incorporated.

add 24k Mica and stir to incorporate

 
Step 3
Add 1 tsp. of Vegetable Glycerin into the melted soap and stir in slowly. Adding the Vegetable Glycerin will help keep the soap more flexible which is important to prevent cracking when it is formed into curls.

add glycerin

 
Step 4
With a disposable pipette add 4 ml’s of Little Black Dress fragrance oil. Stir the soap slowly to incorporate thoroughly.

add fragrance oil

 
Step 5
Pour the soap into a silicone-baking pan (or other flexible pan) slowly. It is important to choose a flexible pan because the soap will be on the thin side and will be easier to remove. Spritz with alcohol to remove any bubbles. TIP: Make sure the pan is perfectly level to ensure an even soap. Let set until firm but still warm (about 10 minutes). Remove carefully from the pan and lay flat.

pour soap into flexible pan

 

spritz with alcohol to remove bubbles

 
Step 6
Repeat Steps 1 – 5 with 4 scoops of Black Mica.

Step 7
Cut the gold soap slice into 2 pieces. Now gently but firmly fold one end of each slice toward the middle of the soap and slowly curl it. Work slowly and keep forming it until you are happy with the shape. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Repeat with the black soap. There should be 2 rolls for each color. NOTE: The rolls should be approximately the same length as the loaf mold.

cut soap slabs into two slices

 

gently roll each slice toward the center

 
Step 8
OPTIONAL: If the embeds are longer than the loaf mold, slice several little pieces from these embeds to be used for the top of the soap and set aside. You can also make extra to slice.

slice small pieces for top of soap loaf

 
Making the soap loaf

Step 9
Add 32 ounces of cubed White Melt and Pour soap base into a microwave safe container and melt the soap base in 30-second bursts. Stir then repeat until melted.

Step 10
This will remain white without colorant. Add 12 ml of Little Black Dress Fragrance Oil and stir slowly. Monitor the temperature until it reaches about 135°F to 140°F. This will prevent the soap embeds from melting.

add fragrance oil

 
Step 11
Spritz the soap curl embeds with alcohol and slowly pour a small amount of the white scented soap into the loaf mold and spritz with alcohol to remove any bubbles.

spritz curls with rubbing alcohol

 

pour small amount of white soap into mold

 
Step 12
Place one black and one gold embed into the bottom of the loaf mold. Top these two with the remaining embeds, alternating the colors.

place rolls into bottom of loaf mold

 

top with remaining embeds

 
Step 13
Pour the rest of the melted white soap all the way to the top of the mold.

pour white soap to top of mold

 
Step 14
Sprinkle some small soap curls over the top of the soap before the soap firms up.

small curls

 
Step 15
Give everything a final spritz of alcohol and let set for 24 hours.

Cutting the Soap

The next day, slowly pull the sides away from the soap, turn over and while holding it with one hand, slowly press on the underside of mold to release the soap. Don’t lay it down while removing from the mold or the curls will bend and break.

Cut the loaf with a soap miter box in 1-inch increments. This will yield approximately 9 bars of soap.

slice soap with soap cutter and miter box

 

finished soap

 

finished soap project

 

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