Oatmeal, Milk & Honeycomb soap!! Yummy!
One thing I love about melt and pour soap making is the instant gratification it gives and the fact that it usually comes out the way you planned. Cold process, while also fun, gives a newbie like me, a surprise every time I make it. How is the color going to change, or will it even show up? Is something I used in the recipe going to accelerate trace? Will it gel? Will something that seemed so awesome in my head, seem not so awesome out of the mold (i.e. my coffee soap I will be showing you soon).
With melt and pour, what you see is what you get. Choose the colors and scents, and any design, melt it, and pour it. 2 hours later - usable, pretty soap. I can definitely see me doing both M&P, and Cold Process soap in tandem indefinitely. I like both for very different reasons, and enjoy making both types. I am even thinking about rebatching again with my own cold process this time.
The honeycomb pattern was made using bubble wrap in the bottom of the mold. The recipe for this found on TeachSoap called for just plain Honey base mixed with a little gold mica to really bring out the golden color. Unfortunately I do not have any gold mica, so my honey base is a little more translucent, but I like it a lot, and it feels great on the skin.
What I used: (linked to BB item where applicable)
- Square Cavity Mold
- 1/3 lb Goats Milk Melt and Pour Base
- 2/3 Honey Comb Melt and Pour Base
- 5ml Oatmeal, Milk, & Honey Fragrance (divided, 4ml in the Honey Base, 1ml in the Milk Base)
- .25oz Oatmeal, ground, added to the Goats Milk Base at less than 130 degrees
- Bubble wrap
- Cut 1/3 lb of the Goats Milk Base and 2/3 lb of the Honey Base. The left over base is wrapped with new plastic wrap, tightly, to prevent any sweating.
- Grind the Oatmeal in a coffee grinder and set aside. You want it finely ground, but not powder like. About a 30 sec burst does it perfectly for me.
- Cut the bases you are using into small square chunks and place them each in their own glass measuring cup.
- Wash the bubble wrap and then cut it into small squares to fit the bottom of the mold cavities you are using.
- Heat the Honey base first in the microwave in 30 sec bursts until it is melted completely. Add the 4ml of fragrance, stirring slowly until it is completely incorporated, and pour it into the mold, dividing it as evenly as possible between 4 cavities.
- Whole the Honey layer is cooling, repeat the steps with the Goats Milk base, i.e microwaving and adding the fragrance. Once the base has dropped below 130 degrees, add the ground oatmeal.
- Blow on your first layer, if it doesn't ripple, it's ready for the Goats Milk (if the Milk base is under 130 degrees as well). If it does ripple, wait a few more minutes. If the Milk base starts to firm up while you are waiting, zap it in the microwave super quick to warm it back up.
- Once the Honey layer is firm, give a good spray with rubbing alcohol to help the layers adhere, top it with the Milk base. Spray it with rubbing alcohol again to disperse the bubbles.
- Leave it alone for 3 hours and then pop it out of the mold. I like to leave my M&P bars out of the mold, on a rack overnight to let them harden just a little more.
- Wrap'em up with some plastic wrap (see a Soap Queen Tutorial for packaging), and they are ready to go!
Now go make some soap!