While kicking around on the site, learning about what I needed to make the body butter I wanted, all the fun soap making stuff caught my eye. I tried to ignore it, truly I did. But it just kept creeping back. I found myself watching soap making videos on Soap Queen TV (the owner of Bramble Berry's YouTube channel), little things made it on to my wish list, and a week before I took the bar, I made my first order of supplies to try my hand at soap and to make the body butter I originally went there for. I do give myself credit for waiting as long as I did since I started looking at everything in June, but I knew if I got it before I took the bar, I would lose serious study time because I would be too busy making soap rather then hitting the books as I should.
My order has been waiting for me to tear into for the past week. I made my body butter, Chai Tea Shea and Mango Body Butter, a few days ago and yesterday I made small 4 bars of soap, Anjou Pear Oatmeal and Shea. I have to admit I am super proud of them.
|The Shea base chunks melting my "double boiler" (A vintage Glassbake mixer bowl in a larger saucepan of boiling water. This is high tech stuff people!!)|
|My supplies, Shea butter base chunked, oxides mixed with rubbing alcohol, fragrance oil, and ground oatmeal.|
The body butter however, did not come out as expected. It was supposed to be a whipped butter, and it was for a little bit. But, after about an hour of being in the jar it became a more crumbly-like solid. After doing a little bit of research, I found out it was because mango butter is naturally solid at room temperature, so it would not retain the whipped texture. I was disappointed at first, but I actually like it crumbly now. The minute it hits your skin it melts and starts absorbing. Its kinda neat to feel it go from a solid to a satin-like butter while you are rubbing it in. It also is just a smidge oilier that I expected, having only used commercial butters before, but it feels great on my feet. I am going to play around with some different butters and oil mixtures to see if I can get some different textures and cut down on the oiliness. If you want to make a whipped body butter, I would suggest using Soap Queen's tutorial.
If you are wondering what ingredients I used in them, they are below, linked to the BrambleBerry item where applicable.
Chai Latte Shea & Mango Body Butter
- 1/2c Shea Butter
- 1/2c Mango Butter
- 1 TBSP Coconut Oil
- 1 ml Vitamin E (to prevent oil spoilage)
- 3 ml Chai Tea Fragrance Oil
Anjou Pear Oatmeal & Shea Soap
- 1lb Shea Melt & Pour Base
- .25oz Anjou Pear Fragrance Oil (I got the Fall Sampler - I LOVE IT)
- .25oz Finely Ground Oatmeal
- 2 cc scoops each of Green Oxide and Brown Oxide
- Silicone Mold
More soapy experiments to come!
What are you learning thats new?