I’m working on creating a fun Valentines soap, and yesterday’s experiment didn’t turn out quite like I had planned. Today I repeated the experiment with just a couple of changes and had much better success!
The one tweak that made all the difference in keeping the cream-colored soap the same consistency as the red soap was adding just a bit of olive oil to it. Here’s why: (for the non-soapmaking readers), there are a couple different ways to incorporate powdered soap colorants into the soap. Some are water-based, and others are oil-based. The red dye that I use is oil-based, so by adding the dye and oil mixture to that portion of the soap, it was slowing down the process of saponification (the chemical term used to describe the process of making soap). I used water-based titanium dioxide to whiten the cream-colored soap, so adding just a little bit of olive oil caused it to stay runny longer.
I didn’t add any fragrance to the cream or red colored soap, because sometimes it can cause the soap to set up faster as well. All the fragrance went into the bottom portion of the soap. So this time I decided to use some strawberry fragrance. YUM.
Here is yesterday’s batch, scented with Sweet Pea & Rhubarb, cut into little squares:
I think these will be perfect for more grab bags once they’ve had a chance to cure for a few weeks, don’t you?