S.O.A.P Panel Results: Test 5 – Color (pink)

September 23, 2011

I find that the two colors that are the hardest to work with in soap with fragrance are pink and purple.  They morph too easily with even the slightest color to a fragrance.  I tested pink.  I used the Bright Cherry LabColor (diluted).  I used about a 1/4 teaspoon of color to 3oz of soap.

The pictures on the right are just after I poured the soap and the pictures on the left are 36 hours after pouring.

Mystery Fragrance #1
This one initially had a yellow/orange tint to it, but surprisingly it cured to a nice deep purple-pink after 36 hours.

Mystery Fragrance #2
Light pink when poured.  It got a little deeper as it cured you can see hints of yellow-orange affecting the pink making it a bit more muted, but still a pretty color.

Mystery Fragrance #3
This one was really light when I poured it and got nice and dark as it cured.  That surprised me.  One thing I noticed is that this time the soap didn’t get flaky/crumbly at all.  Makes me want to do more testing with this scent since I got two completely different results.

Mystery Fragrance #4
Well I expected this one to go orange when I poured it.  You can see the pink trying to fight through but it’s really much more orange than pink.

Mystery Fragrance #5
Light pink to pour that turned a dark rich pink.

Mystery Fragrance #6
You can see hints of orange-yellow muting the pink a little in this one. It almost has a purplish feel to it.

Mystery Fragrance #7
Definitely colored orange a little bit.  Still don’t like this fragrance.  Still made my eyes sting!

Mystery Fragrance #8
Pretty much the same results as #7 color wise.  Really not a fan of this fragrance.  It’s my least favorite of them all.


S.O.A.P Panel Results: Test 4 – Soaps after 10 Days

September 22, 2011

So I like to see how soap looks after about 10-14 days from pouring and cutting it.  Usually whatever it looks like at that point is what the final soap will end up looking like.

Mystery Fragrance #1
This fragrance got a little bit darker-more yellowish over the ten days.

Mystery Fragrance #2
Slight color change, but overall this soap remained fairly white/off-white.

Mystery Fragrance #3
Definitely started to get a tint of yellow to it.  However, I expected this to happen because even after taking the soap out of the mold it had the faintest hint of yellow.

Mystery Fragrance #4
*sigh* This one got more orange.  In fact it quite significantly changed colors.  But I still love the fragrance and I’ll use colors that will work with the fragrance!  Bramble Berry you HAVE to keep this fragrance!!!

Mystery Fragrance #5
More color morphing.  This one went from yellow-tan to orange-brown.

Mystery Fragrance #6
No color change.  Started white, ended up white.  I’m transferring my dreams of white and pink swirled soap to this one (since I like this fragrance too :D)

Mystery Fragrance #7
Some change.  Went from white to tan to brownish.

Mystery Fragrance #8
It got a little darker but pretty much remained yellow.


S.O.A.P Panel Results: Test 3 – Unmolding

September 21, 2011

SOAP TEST: 48 Hours after pouring soap

Because of the individual molds I used I left my soaps for 48 hours before removing them. I find that CP soap can be a little sticky coming out of these molds after only 24 hours.

Mystery Fragrance #1
Unmolded great. No color change after 48 hours.

Mystery Fragrance #1

Mystery Fragrance #2
This soap had a weird spot patter on top after 48 hours (however it eventually faded over a week). It was a little sticky and deformed slightly when I unmolded it. No color change. Still a really nice white soap.

Mystery Fragrance No. 2

Mystery Fragrance #3
This fragrance does not like CP soap. I’d noticed the scent wasn’t as strong after 12 hours of curing and 48 hours later it has a thick ash layer on top. It was soft and crumbly and just flaked off in my hands. It was not fun unmolding this soap. I would never use this fragrance in CP soap after seeing how it reacted in this sample batch. I do wonder if it did this to a full 1lb batch.

Mystery Fragrance #3

Mystery Fragrance #4
Have I mentioned I LOVE LOVE LOVE this fragrance? Still smells great in the soap after 24 hours. The color has morphed a bit more…more yellow-tan now. It was a little soft and deformed slightly when coming out of the mold, but I think it’ll be perfectly fine coming out of a loaf mold rather than my grooved cupcake molds.

Mystery Fragrance #4

Mystery Fragrance #5
A little sticky, but overall I got it out with not much deforming. Color after 48 hours is still about the same as it was after 12 hours.

Mystery Fragrance #5

Mystery Fragrance #6
No problems. This unmolded nicely. It’s still an nice light color too, almost no discoloring with this fragrance. However, (and I’ve noticed this in my soaping with other FO) this one “sweated” for lack o a better word. As it cured droplets formed on top. I was able to mop them up and the soap was fine. I do insulate all my soaps and have them go through the gel phase so not sure if that was the cause or if it’s a trait of the fragrance oil.

Mystery Fragrance #6

These are the droplets that formed on top. Since there was no color added I have to assume it's the fragrance oil that is to blame for this.

Mystery Fragrance #7
Sticky! Wasn’t the easiest to unmold and the bottom got deformed because it stuck to the mold and wouldn’t come off.

Mystery Fragrance #7

Mystery Fragrance #8
Unmolded nicely but the soap is “wet” and soft. The top got a little deformed/squished as I removed the mold. The one the color has continued to morph. It’s gone from bright orange to a more deep yellow color now.

Mystery Fragrance #8


S.O.A.P Panel Results: Test 2 – Adding Fragrances to the Soap

September 20, 2011

Test 2 – Adding Fragrances to the Soap

I’m a CP soaper! So of course that’s what I used to test my mystery fragrances. I decided to test each fragrance individually in a three ounce mold. While I think it would have been fun to test the soap in a whole batch when I think “test” I think analyze the properties. How does the fragrance react in soap with no color, with color, how does it cure, unmold…these were the things I was looking to discover about these mystery fragrances.

I used the following Shea Butter recipe which soaps amazingly and is one of my favorite soaps recipes. (I knew I’d have left over which I used for a small batch of soap for something else I was testing. That and I was too lazy to go run the recipe thru my lye calculator and recalculate it for a 1lb batch :))

1 1/2lb. Shea Butter Soap

Castor Oil – 1.5oz.
Shea Butter – 6oz.
Coconut Oil – 4.5oz.
Palm Oil – 6oz.
Olive Oil – 6oz.
Lye – 3.27oz.
Water – 7.9oz.
(5% superfat)

I added .2 ounces of fragrance to approximately 3 ounces of soap.

These were the soaps just after they were poured.

Mystery Fragrance #1
Very yellow out of the jar. Smelled good in the soap when it was first added. It didn’t reach trace too quickly, but I was only working with 3oz sample sizes and not a full loaf size batch.

Mystery Fragrance #2
White and clear out of the bottle. Mixed nicely and didn’t accelerate trace.

Mystery Fragrance #3
Clearish with a slight yellow tint. The scent wasn’t as strong as the others after mixed into the soap.

Mystery Fragrance #4
Oh my! YELLOW! It turned my soap bright orange and all thoughts of white and pink swirled delicately together went out my head. This soap I knew would color my soap. I love the fragrance out of the bottle and loved it just as much in the soap. So yellow soap or no I hope this one makes the cut. I’m in love.

Mystery Fragrance #5
White liquid, soap stayed nice and white. Scent seemed to get a little stronger in the soap.

Mystery Fragrance #6
Medium yellow liquid. The scent morphed in the soap (or at least it seemed to) to me. I think I liked the scent better once it was in the soap than just out of the bottle.

Mystery Fragrance #7
Orange Galore. Changed the color of the soap and the scent morphed in the soap. It made my eyes sting something fierce. I didn’t much care for the scent to begin with but I really didn’t like it once added to the soap.

Side Note: I do wear protective eye gear, but I wear glasses so I don’t have a pair of protective glasses to completely enclose my eyes.

Mystery Fragrance #8
Clearish liquid out of the bottle. It had a musky scent and a really weird smell in the soap. Not one of my favorites.

Overall thoughts: They all soaped well in my little three ounce samples. None sped up trace, but as I noted I worked with much smaller sample sizes, so I don’t think these results are really helpful on how quickly or not they traced.

After 12 hours of curing some of my colors had morphed from when I first pouted them.

Some of the colors really morphed after 12 hours of curing!

Mystery Fragrance #1 and #2 didn’t change much.

Mystery Fragrance #3 and #4 got a little bit lighter.

Mystery Fragrance #5 got darker.

Mystery Fragrance #6 stayed the same.

Mystery Fragrance #7 was still yellowish but its tone changed a bit to be a bit more tan than yellow.

Mystery Fragrance #8 got orange! That was the most drastic change of all the samples. It started off a light yellow when poured and really morphed over the 12 hours.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post on how they unmolded!


S.O.A.P Panel Results: Test 1 – The Smell Test

September 19, 2011

SMELL TEST RESULTS

Mystery Fragrance #1
Berries and fruit-i-ness. I liked this one.  No I really like this one.  I think after #4 this is my favorite.

Mystery Fragrance #2
Nice. Clean and crisp but floral too.  It’s not too strong, but definitely a fragrance I’d buy and make soap with!

Mystery Fragrance #3
Reminds me of a mix of a holly berry and candy, maybe some cranberry.

Mystery Fragrance #4
Fresh. That was the first thought. Then I thought of flowers. Some kind of light floral combination. This was by far my favorite scent out of the bottle. I’m not really a floral person but I really loved this one. I kept coming back to it and smelling it. I had images of making a light pink and white swirl with this one from the instant I smelled it.

Mystery Fragrance #5
Berries and sweetness. Maybe a hint of floral.

Mystery Fragrance #6
Fabric softener. I know weird first thought but that’s what it reminded me of. Not necessarily the smell itself, but the gentleness of the smell made me think of being curled up in a freshly cleaned blanket. I liked this one.

Mystery Fragrance #7
Pine with a hint of sweetness. I love the pine scent but this one I wasn’t too thrilled with. There wasn’t anything that really made it stand out to me from all the other different pine fragrances out there.

Mystery Fragrance #8
Pine again, with earthly undertones to it. Almost like dirt. It was an okay scent but it didn’t wow me in any way.


I want to duplicate this in soap!

September 14, 2011

I’m always looking at baked good creations and going “How can I make that work in soap” and I came across this picture:

I’m bound and determined to figure out a away to recreate this.  And once I do I think I might just have to make a tutorial on it (if I’m successful).


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