Hold on to your hats, this is going to be a fun post!! I have the second half of the video ready to go, and I have a coupon code from Brambleberry to share with you, as well a Soap Challenge involving a significant prize that could potentially go to anyone who chooses to participate. Do I have your attention yet?
Let’s start with the video, because it explains quite a bit. Plus, I think it’s super fun to see the soap for the first time as I’m cutting it!
Now, lets talk about Brambleberry’s Givember! <---Click the link for more information, but for Great Cakes Soapworks readers, use coupon code Givember200 throughout the month of November on all your orders with Brambleberry to be entered in a drawing for a $200 gift certificate!!
But that’s not all! As I mentioned in the video, I am hosting another Soap Challenge! To participate, soapmakers must come up with a soap that combines cold-process and melt & pour soap. You can do the same technique as the Magma soap if you like, or come up with something different. By the way, you can use your favorite cold-process recipe. It doesn’t have to be the one in the Magma soap tutorial.
Other tips for using the Magma soap technique:
1. You can also use your normal fragrance usage amount. Although the blend smells fantastic, the recommended amount in the tutorial seemed a bit high – which may be why I didn’t get the full amount of Energy fragrance oil.
2. Work fast because the melt & pour soap will set up faster than the cold-process soap! I kept thinking that I needed to work fast to get done before the cold-process soap set up, and since it was behaving rather nicely, I wasn’t in a huge hurry (although it would appear that I was when you watch that part of the video in fast motion!). Once I started swirling in the mold, I realized the melt & pour soap was definitely setting up, and it felt like I was dragging it around with my spatula – and that’s what felt so weird!!
To enter the drawing for the 5-lb wooden log mold with silicone liner, you must make a blog post showing your soap and describing the process, OR post a video on YouTube. Add the link to your post or video in the comments on THIS post. Deadline is Thursday, November 15 at the end of the day.
INTERNATIONAL SOAPMAKERS: You may also participate in the challenge and enter the drawing, but if you win, I will pay $15 toward shipping and you will be responsible for the rest.
Now, I just need to go figure out how to write out the ingredients list for the Magma Soap…don’t tell them, but I’m probably giving these away to family, friends and my girls’ teachers this year for Christmas!
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