Here we are with a late summer recipe using Mermaid Kisses, a very popular and well liked fragrance oil from Nature’s Garden. This bar features an easy design of a Mermaid plays in the waves under a beautiful summer sky. This recipe will make 5.5 lbs. of soap and make 16 3 x 3.5 bars. The bar is hard and creates a smooth lather, and has a light cleansing touch without leaving behind too much moisturizer.
What you will need for this recipe:
- Distilled Water
- Lye (NaOH)
- Coconut Oil
- Rice Bran Oil
- Castor Oil
- Mermaid Kisses Fragrance Oil
- Titanuim Dioxide
- Blue Lagoon Mica
- 24 Kt. Gold Mica
- Yellow Mica
- Sea Salt
This recipe is broken down into 5 parts. The first list is written for each 1 lb. layer and the second list is 1.5 lbs. This includes the final 1 lb. layer and 8 ounces for the sea waves to be piped on top. The recipe is written this way for new soapers who will find it helpful to take the time to pour each layer individually. If you are a more experienced soaper and want to make the batch all in one step then take the first list and multiply it by 4x and add this to the final list. This will give you your measurements for the entire 5.5 lb. Recipe.
The mold used in the demonstration is 15 x 12.5.
ONE – Using the recipe from the top list, carefully dissolve the lye crystals into the cold distilled water and stir until they are completely dissolved. Set this aside to cool. Combine the oils and mix well. Set this aside. Prepare the Titanium Dioxide by dissolving the powder into 3 tablespoons of oil. Mix this to a smooth paste and set this aside.
TWO – When the oils and lye water solution are within 20 degrees apart, gently pour the lye water solution into the oil combination, and mix this with a stick blender until emulsified. Pour one ounce of soap into three separate containers. Color the main batch with the titanium dioxide and blend. Add 0.5 oz. Of Fragrance oil and blend. Pour the first layer into the mold.
THREE – Color each of the three small containers with ¼ tsp. Of Red 40 Lake, Neon Yellow, and Soapberry Orange. Blend these well and pour them together to create an ‘in the cup’ swirl. Dust your Mermaid molds with glitter before pouring the soap into the embed molds.
FOUR – Repeat the first recipe again. This time color the entire batter with 1 tsp. of Blue Lagoon Mica. Add 0.5 ounce of fragrance oil. Spritz the top of the white layer in the mold with rubbing alcohol. Pour the blue layer in the mold.
FIVE – Repeat this again with a layer of white.
SIX – Repeat this again with a layer of blue.
SEVEN – The 5th and final layer will be made with the same recipe scaled to 1.5 lbs. Make the soap batter and remove 8 ounces. Color 1 lb. of soap white with 1 tsp. titanium dioxide and color 0.5 lbs. of soap with 0.5 tsp. blue lagoon mica. Pour the final white layer.
EIGHT – Transfer the blue colored soap into a piping bag with a 2.5 inch ridged toothed icing tip. Position the mold so that it is 12 inches wide by 15.5 inches long. Draw two straight lines down the mold. Center the first line at 3 inches, and the second line at 9 inches. This will give you a guide for separating your bars.
NINE – Before unmolding your embed tails. Draw a knife across the top and remove any soft soap that was over poured. This will allow for the embeds to release more easily while they are still soft. Save the extra soap that you scrape from the top. Place 4 mermaid tails across each row of blue piped soap with the tails appearing to stick out of the waves. (See demonstration) Dust with glitter.
TEN – With the leftover embed soap, roll 16 little balls with your fingers and drop and roll them in 24 Karat gold mica. Drop each little ball behind the tail like a little sun.
ELEVEN – Mix ½ tsp. Of blue mica in a small cup of sea salt. Mix ½ tsp. of neon yellow mica in a small cup of sea salt. Dust the blue salt just over the seascape and yellow salt in the sky.
Allow this to firm over 24 hours and cut into 16 (3 x 3 ½ inch ) pieces. Set these to cute for 4 – 6 weeks.
Notes on this recipe combination: There is a 38% water content in this recipe. Ash happens periodically. 5 out of 13 batches have produced ash on the embeds making them lighter than I wanted. A solution to this is to reduce the water content in the embeds.
Mermaid Kisses Fragrance Oil has been reported to rice sometimes, and they do not recommend to discount water. I have had no ricing in 13 out of 13 batches, but a little acceleration on a few batches. The manufacturer also reports a light discoloration to lavender on some of their product page description, but no discoloration in their official test results report published in 2014.
(I will run three test samples with three different recipes and no colorant to see if discoloration is achieved and update this recipe in 6 weeks. Thank you to Melanie Blunk, from Trinity Soaps in California for catching this note and giving me the experiment idea.)