RECIPE: Rainy Day Soap
Be sure to take your umbrella when you step into the shower. You will be "singing in the rain" with this sweet smelling soap.
Project Level: Moderate
Estimated Time: 1 Hour
Yield: 8 Bars - Approx. 5 oz
INCI Ingredient Label: Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Water, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Laurate, Glycerin, Triethanolamine, Titanium Dioxide, Fragrance, Ultramarines, Mica (and) Iron Oxides, Polyester-3, Yellow 7
- NOTE: If you are making these products for sale, good manufacturing practices recommend you wear a hairnet, gloves and a mask. We also recommend a clean apron.
- In plastic beaker, melt 1 oz. of clear soap. Cut a few small pieces from the black soap color bar and mix until completely dissolved. Heat soap more to help dissolve color, if necessary.
- Pour black soap into the smallest frond on the top of the Deco It Ferns & Dragonfly mold. This will be the handle for the umbrella.
- Let soap set for about 5 minutes, then remove from mold. Continue in same manner until there are 8 umbrella handles. Reheat soap as necessary.
- Melt 2 oz. of white soap. Pour a very thin layer into the bottom of 4 oval guest cavities. These are the backs of the yellow umbrellas. Spritz with alcohol.
- Pour remaining white soap into 2 of the Basic Rectangle soap cavities. These will be the clouds for your soap. Spritz top of soap with alcohol.
- In plastic beaker, mix 1 oz. glycerin with 1/4 tsp. Neon Laser Lemon Dye Powder. Mix powder well into glycerin using a mini-mixer or frother.
- Melt 2 oz. of clear soap in microwave. Add yellow color to soap and mix well.
- Spritz tops of white soap in oval cavities with alcohol. Pour thin layer of yellow soap over white and spritz again. The white bottom layer was added to prevent blue color from showing through yellow making it look green.
- Once soap has set up, remove yellow soaps from oval cavities. Using a soap cutter, cut ovals in half. Then cut an additional 1/8" off bottoms of each half. This will make umbrella shorter to fit better in soap.
- Using the middle-sized flower cookie cutter, cut scallops into bottom of umbrellas.
- Carve curved lines into umbrella with a toothpick or skewer. Use any remaining black soap from Step 2 or mix a small amount of black color bar with clear soap. Fill umbrella lines in with toothpick. Let dry.
- Remove white soap from 2 rectangle mold cavities. With the same flower cutter used on the umbrellas, place on one corner of rectangle. line up corner with middle of one rounded scallop. Try to cut the corner using 3 scallops. This will fit into the corner of the rectangle mold for the cloud.
- Using the 4 corners on each rectangle will yield 8 clouds.
- For raindrops, melt .75 oz of clear soap and add small amount of blue color block. If darker blue is desired, add more dye block to melted soap. Can place back into microwave to reheat if necessary.
- Pour blue soap into 2 oval mold cavities. Spritz tops with alcohol. Let soap harden.
- Remove soap after about 10 minutes. Using smallest heart-shaped cutter, cut 16 hearts from each soap. Then, using straight soap cutter, cut hearts in half lengthwise to make 32 raindrops.
- There should now be 8 yellow umbrellas, 8 black handles, 8 white clouds and 32 blue raindrops.
- Cut up and melt 2 oz. of clear soap. Pour a very thin layer into each rectangle cavity (just enough to cover bottom). Spritz with alcohol.
- This next step should be done one cavity at a time. Spritz all pieces with alcohol for first bar. Spritz first clear pour with alcohol, then pour another thin layer of clear soap.
- Immediately place umbrella pieces, cloud, and raindrops into soap. Spritz again with alcohol.
- Continue with 3 remaining soap cavities. Be sure second pour of clear soap is not too hot. Otherwise, it may melt embeds.
- Weigh and cut up 20 oz. of white soap. Heat in microwave until melted. Add pieces of blue color bar and stir until melted. Add more if darker color is desired. Can also heat soap more to dissolve color.
- Once a nice blue color is achieved, add .5 oz. of Sweet Rain fragrance oil. Gently stir to incorporate fragrance.
- Spritz tops of all soap cavities with alcohol. After checking soap temperature is below 130° F, pour blue soap into all 4 cavities. Spritz with alcohol and let soap completely set up.
- When soap has hardened, remove all 4 bars from mold. You should have a nice smooth finish to the top of your soap showing the embeds clearly.
- Repeat above to make the remaining 4 bars of soap.
- An alternative to making the bars is to build them from the bottom up. Pour the blue soap first, leaving about 1/4 inch space at top.
- Then pour clear soap, embedding the pieces into this layer. Spritz. Then top off with another layer of clear-just enough to cover the embeds. This may not give as smooth a finish on top, but may be a little easier to make.
- Once all soaps are done, wrap and label accordingly.
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