So, since it has a 9-bar divider function, I wanted to utilize it and also play with a chopstick swirl. One of the nice things about this mold is that it's 4" tall, so each of the 9 divided sections can hold up to 3 bars of soap, or 27 bars total in one mold! This means that the bars that I swirled had additional layers of depth and design - I really enjoyed seeing how the middle bar of each 3" block turned out.
|The blocks all looked so grey from the activated charcoal I used for one of the colors.|
And the scent is heavenly (Black Raspberry Vanilla). I did notice, though, that on the tops of some of the blocks, there was this strange yellow-ish color developing in the white portion. I'm not sure what caused that, since the color didn't make it through the entire block - it was only on the top bit that was exposed to air. I really struggled getting the soap blocks out of the mold, because the liner on the bottom of the mold was stuck to the plastic bottom of the mold - it took me forever to separate the liner from the mold. The swirls turned out so beautifully, though, I will definitely use it again!
I also made a hot process lavender soap in my trusty old crock pot. I have a lot of trouble getting the tops to look smooth with HP, so I poured it into BB's vertical mold to keep all the sides flat and even. I colored it with alkanet root infused in olive oil (3 heaping teaspoons in 12 oz olive oil). I was worried about the color, since it was red-looking when I infused the OO over heat, the color turned a pretty purple when I mixed the soap batter, and it became an ugly grey color when it was cooking in the crock pot. I wish I had thought to take pictures of the colors. I will make another batch soon and will take pictures to show off the weird color morphing.
The final color ended up pretty great, though - I apparently was having a purple weekend, which was fitting that the Prince station on Pandora was my soaping music :) I love purple and the Purple One!
|I love this color - you can see the change from when it was first cooked (in top left) over a few days curing. Gorgeous, if I do say so myself!|
Happy Monday -