Embedded Heart Tutorial

April 14, 2016

I first made this soap in 2012 and it’s been a favorite of my customers (and myself) ever sense.  It’s a pretty easy soap design (just takes a bit more time than a typical batch of soap to make).

For the sake of this tutorial we’ll do a 2.5 lb batch of soap.  You can scale this up to a 5lb or 10lb if you want.

Recipe

Oil(s) Selected   –  2.5lb Batch
Castor Oil  – 1.40 oz
Avocado Oil  –  1.40 oz
Coconut Oil (76 Degrees) – 5.60 oz
Olive Oil  – 9.80 oz
Palm Oil  – 5.60 oz
Cocoa Butter –  4.20 oz
4% Lye Amount   –  3.90 oz
Water  – 8.25 oz
Yields –  41 oz

Additional Supplies

  • Heart Embed Mold
  • Loaf Mold
  • Colors (3)
  • Fragrance/Essential Oil

DAY 1

Since this design is using embeds it will be a two day process to make this batch of soap.  We first need to make the embeds, let them harden over the next 24 hrs, and then make a second batch of soap.

I get my heart molds from Bramble Berry, but any heart mold you have will work.  Each mold holds approximately 4.5oz of soap.

  • 2.5lb Batch – you’ll need 1 heart mold
  • 5lb Batch – you’ll need 2 heart molds
  • 10lb Batch – you’ll need 3 heart molds

For such a small amount of soap (4.5oz) I recommend just taking it from another batch of soap that you’re making.  Or, as I do, I plan out all the different embeds I want to use for a series of soaps and make a batch and separate it up to make the required embeds.  That allows me to get my embeds done all in one day.

I typically use white for my hearts and then two contrasting colors for the layers.  Because the heart is such a small amount of the overall soap in the finish bar I don’t usually add a fragrance to my heart.  This ensures that I also get a pure white heart because the fragrance can’t mess with the color.

Let your heart harden for 24 hours and then unmold.

1 embeds

DAY 2

Now we’ll begin the actual batch of soap.

Step 1

Make your batch of soap.  You make use the recipe above or your own recipe.  Once your oils are melted and cooled and your lye solution is ready mix them together to reach a light trace.

Step 2

Separate out 12oz of soap and set aside. This is going to be the top part of our soap.

Step 3

In the remaining mixture in your pot add the color you want to use for the base. Mix well.

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Step 4

Add your fragrance to the base mixture.  Once it’s thorough incorporated pour the base into the mold.

Note: I add the fragrance to each portion separately.  I need the base to set up—to hold the heart embed—but I need the top to be fluid enough to pour over the base.  Some fragrances can speed up trace too. I want to avoid that for my top layer.  By waiting to add the fragrance it just ensures I have more time to create my design without problems.

Step 5

Once the base has harden up enough to hold the embed(s) gently place it in the mold/soap.

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5 embed

Step 6

Add the color to the top part of your soap. Once thoroughly mixed in add your fragrance.  Gently pour over the heart.  If you pour over the heart then the soap with spread out over the rest of the mold and you can minimize break throughs of the base layer and hence keep and nice clean line.

3 top layer mixing

6 pour top layer

Step 7 (Optional)

Add a mice swirl top.  Premix 1 teaspoon of mica with 1 tablespoon of carrier oil.  Using a dropper/pipette drizzle the mixture over the top of the soap.  Then using a toothpick of skewer makes circle/swirls through the mica lines. (Do not mist top with alcohol.  It was cause the swirls to run.)

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9mica top step 2

Note on Colors: I find contrasting colors for the heart and base/top work best, but you can do any sort of combination you desire.

These are some of my finished soap designs I’ve used with the Embedded Heart Technique.

Army Heart

pink heart

raspberry_vanilla (7)

Spiced_cranberry (9)

apple_orchard (11)

black amber lavender

cherry almond1

blackberry sage 1

santa

Then you can take this technique and do a number of variations on it!

pumpkinspice

soap black currant pomegranate

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strawberry1

Bamboo (10)

As you can see, I’ve had a lot of fun with this technique over the years!


White Sage & Sea Salt

March 18, 2016

Swirls, embeds, and stamping…three techniques in one soap!  It makes for a lovely soap.

White Sage & Sea Salt: An inspiring blend of fresh sage and trendy sea salt backed by white washed driftwood will transport you to a place of natural harmony.

Top Notes: Lemon, Mandarin, Sage, Sea Salt
Middle Notes: Beach Juniper, Jasmine Vines, Island Gardenia
Base Notes: Weathered Driftwood, Cedar, Musk

I love stamping soap and I do it so rarely I couldn’t help but make another similar design (to Sweet Tea) so I could stamp again.

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Sweet Tea Zing

February 24, 2016

Can you say WOW that’s bright pink!  I used a really small amount of pink too and it still was WOW! I love it.  I love it even more with the pink-gray-white combo.  I’ve had a tea cup stamp that I’ve been wanting to use for ages and this soap’s design was totally designed around that stamp.

Sweet Tea Zing: this fragrance starts with the relaxing indulgence of sipping sweet tea with a zest of lemon, drops of honey nectar with the extra zing of cardamom.

Top: Earl Grey Tea, Lemon, Bergamot
Mid: Honey, Cardamom
Base: Mint Leaves, Green Tea Leaves

I like it.

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Frankincense & Myrrh (a.k.a Starry Night)

December 2, 2015

Frankincense & Myrrh (a.k.a Starry Night) is one of my favorite winter soaps.  The design is just lots of fun (though a pain to make!)  Once again I had to change fragrances this year.  The original blend I used last year got changed.  And the new blend no were near as good.  I ended up blending two different scents to get this mix of Frankincense & Myrrh:

First:

Frankincense & Myrrh: Traditional riches of blended frankincense with myrrh.

Second:

Three Wise Men: A classic favorite of frankincense, myrrh, patchouli and warm, powdery sandalwood.

The two together really work well.  I call this my “church” soap.  It just reminds me of church time over the holidays.  If you like Frankincense and Myrrh scents I think you’ll enjoy this soap.

Those pesky annoying star embeds!

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Listed HERE!


Sugared Spruce

November 30, 2015

Sugared Spruce: A sweet and fresh blend of pine needles, orange, strawberry and a touch of sugared vanilla.

santa

I sold out of this soap in 2 days. I brought it to two events and all 16 bars went.  Next year I’ll make a larger batch!


Apple Balsam Pine

October 31, 2015

I saw this light bulb mold and thought I could make a really cool soap with it. I DID NOT expect the fragrance to set up super fast.  It meant I didn’t get to embed the light bulbs at a leisurely pace.  Inside didn’t quite end up how I wanted it to, but the top is cute and I like it.

Apple Balsam Pine: A unique blend of juicy apple, cassis, jasmine and Siberian fir.

It started off with me making LOTS of light bulbs.

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I then figure out the exact order I wanted to put them in the soap in and had them lined up and ready to go (not that that helped much with the acceleration!).

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This was after I poured and pipped the light bulb strings. My goal was to make it look like a string of Christmas lights.

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And here you go: I had to add some real lights to the picture!

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Find them HERE!


Frosted Pinecones & Santa’s Tree Farm

October 21, 2015

I have been trying to find a new pine to add to my winter soaps.  I got four different winter/pine type scents.  Not sure which I like best so it’ll be interesting to see what my customers think.

Santa’s Tree Farm: It’s the aroma of freshly cut evergreen branches. Reminiscent of a refreshing walk through a tree farm as your family prepares to cut down their season tree on a cool winter day.

Santa's Tree Farm (23)

Pretty winter tiger swirl anyone? I’m quite in love with this soap!

Frosted Pinecones: is a wonderful blend of herbaceous pine and spruce, combined with notes of rosemary, carnation, cedar, and hints of spice.

Frosted Pinecones (1)

Frosted Pinecones (17)


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