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.
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
Measuring spoon – 1 tsp.
Silicone baking pan (9” x 9”)
Square Loaf Soap Mold (9 1/4 inches long, 2 3/4″ deep, 3 1/4″ at widest point)
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
Little Black Dress Fragrance Oil
Soap Cutter and Miter box
Making curl embeds
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.
Using the 0.15cc scoop add 3 scoops 24K Mica and stir until fully incorporated.
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.
With a disposable pipette add 4 ml’s of Little Black Dress fragrance oil. Stir the soap slowly to incorporate thoroughly.
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.
Repeat Steps 1 – 5 with 4 scoops of Black Mica.
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.
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.
Making the soap loaf
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.
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.
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.
Place one black and one gold embed into the bottom of the loaf mold. Top these two with the remaining embeds, alternating the colors.
Pour the rest of the melted white soap all the way to the top of the mold.
Sprinkle some small soap curls over the top of the soap before the soap firms up.
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.