My very first batch of cold process soap was made in a column mold, and to date it is still my favorite one! You never know how its going to turn out, but no matter what happens it always looks good! I haven’t done a column mold since my first batch of soap almost a year ago, but I decided to give it a go once again! This time, using Black Raspberry Vanilla Fragrance Oil. We love the smell and it is definitely one of our top ten here at Otion!
What You’ll Need:
3.7 oz Apricot Kernel Oil
4.8 oz Avocado Oil
1.9 oz Castor Oil
12.1 oz Coconut Oil
7.2 oz Palm Oil
6.3 oz Rice Bran Oil
5.1 oz Sodium Hydroxide (superfatted at 5%)
11 oz Distilled Water
2 oz Goats Milk Powder
3 oz Distilled Water
2 oz Black Raspberry Vanilla FO
1/2 tsp. Titanium Dioxide
1/2 tsp. Activated Charcoal
1/4 tsp. Electric Bubble Gum
1/4 tsp. Merlot Mica
First and foremost, safety is key! Make sure you always are wearing long sleeves, closed toed shoes, goggles, gloves and are in a well ventilated area. You also want to be sure that there are no kids or pets around when making soap; especially when working with lye.
1. Weigh out your distilled water and your lye in separate containers. Then pour your lye into your water and stir with a stainless steel whisk. Be sure not to do it the other way around, as it can cause a volcano effect. Label your lye solution then set aside to cool.
2. As your lye solution is cooling, combine all of your oils together in a large Pyrex container. Be sure you have completely melted the coconut oil and palm oil before weighing out.
3. Now, in a separate dish, combine 2 oz of the goats milk powder and 3 oz of distilled water then thoroughly mix together with Bramble Berry’s mini mixer. Set aside.
4. When you are premixing your colorants, add Electric Bubble Gum and Merlot Mica together, as this is going to make a raspberry pink color. Add a small amount of a fixed oil (we used apricot kernel oil) and mix with Bramble Berry’s mini mixer. Repeat with Titanium Dioxide and Activated Charcoal. You will have 3 separate colors in the end.
5. Put your oils in the microwave and heat until they reach approximately 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Once your oils and your lye solution are both around 100 degrees (10-15 degrees of each other) you can then combine them together. Be sure to burp your stick blender before you start blending them together.
6. Once you have reached a very light trace, you can add your goats milk slurry and mix it in. Stick blend until its mixed in but you are still at a light trace.
7. After the goats milk slurry is mixed in, divide your soap into 3 different containers. You can then add your color and your fragrance oil to the containers and mix with a fork.
8. Now its time to pour! Decide what order you’d like to go in with your colors then you can start pouring into the mold. I counted to 3 every time I poured so there would be a consistent amount of each colored soap.
9. Because there is goats milk in this recipe, we put the soap in the freezer overnight. This is because there is sugar content and it gets very hot, and if it gets too hot the milk can scorch which leads to dark spots.
10. Let your soap sit in the mold for 5-6 days. If you try and unmold it too soon, the soap will be too soft and will stick to the sides of the mold. Once you are able to pull it out of the mold, let is sit on the table and let the liner pull away from the soap on its own. This will only take a couple hours and a much less chance of your soap getting stuck to the liner.
11. Once you are able to completely unmold it, cut into your soap and let it cure for 4-6 weeks. Then, enjoy!
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