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Video Time: 11:36 Minutes
In this video I will show you what it looks like when a fragrance oil accelerates too quickly and different ways you can work with the soap to achieve a design you want. We discuss soap that seizes and how to save a quickly gelling soap project.
Mocha Coffee Latte Brownie Bars
In this recipe we will deal with a fragrance oil that is known to accelerate your batter. The Mocha Coffee fragrance from Crafter's choice is one of the most delicious chocolate coffee aromas in existence. I can easily mistake it for the real thing, and being both a soap and coffee lover, I find it irresistible. The bum news is that it' creates one of the worst behaving soap batters that I ever try to work with. Knowing what to expect with a fragrance before hand is half the battle in working with it. Since we already know that Mocha Coffee will accelerate my soap, and may even seize it completely, I want to imagine a design that compliments this pudding texture. When I look at soap as it's reaching a heavy trace it reminds me of when I was little and I would try to make brownies and forget the oil. You end up with this thick cement paste, but you can definitely still make brownies with it.
The recipe in the demonstration makes a 5 lb. batch of soap with 16 bars at 5.5 ounces a piece.
What you need for this recipe:
30.40 oz. Distilled Water
11.10 oz. Lye (NaOH)
8 oz. Cocoa Butter
4 oz. Castor Oil
20 oz. Coconut Oil
16.00 oz. Sunflower Oil
4.00 oz. Shea Butter
2.00 oz. Rice Bran Oil
1 tsp. Deep Russet Mica
1 tsp. Cocoa Powder
1 tsp. Swiss Chocolate Mica
1 tsp. Titanium Dioxide
2 oz. Mocha Coffee Fragrance Oil
2 oz. Vanilla stabilizer
ONE - With your safety clothes on, carefully mix your lye water solution. Pour the lye crystals gently into the cold distilled water, a stir until they are completely dissolved. Set this aside to cool to room temperature.
TWO - Melt the hard oils into the soft oils and blend well. Allow this to cool to room temperature.
THREE - Pre-prepare the titanium dioxide buy blending it down into 3 tbsp. of oil until it becomes a paste. Once the fragrance oil is added to the soap it will begin to accelerate the batter quickly. It is helpful to have this prepared and ready to go so you will have minimal mixing to do to blend the colorant. The other colorants blend smoothly. You can prepare them in the same way if you want, but it is not necessary.
FOUR - Once the lye water solution and oils are within 20 degrees apart from each other, it is time to combine them. Gently pour the lye water into the oils, and blend to emulsification. This is when the oils and lye water are completely mixed, so you need to mix until you can no longer see a glassy oil sheen on the surface of the soap batter. Add equal parts fragrance oil and vanilla stabilizer. Mix this in well. You fragrance oil should be a similar temperature as your soap batter.
FIVE - In a small bowl separate about 1 lb. (or 1/5) of soap. Blend the deep russet mica. This will be the chocolate "crust" layer on the bottom of the bar. Blend this dark mica into the soap and quickly pour this into the slab mold and coat the bottom of the mold.
SIX - Quickly separate the remaining batter into three bowls. The fragrance may be accelerating or seizing up at this time. When a soap seizes it can do two different things. It can seize so hard that there is nothing you can do but get it transferred into your mold as quickly as possible, or it can loosen when mixed with additional additives. The same recipe may not behave the same way every time, but typically this fragrance oil will loosen a little with mixing and additives. This is where it is important to work at low temperatures. Trace is accelerated at warmer temperatures in general, so by working at low temperatures you will not be aiding the trace.
In one bowl add the titanium dioxide. In the second bowl add the cocoa powder. In the third bowl add Swiss Chocolate mica. Blend these well and work with the batter until the soap has become a little more smooth. Starting with the coca powder batter, spoon dollops of soap across the mold and spread this like a caramel filling. Leave 1/3 of the cocoa colored soap in the bowl. Next, use the cream colored batter and fill in any spaces. This layer is your 'cream cheese' layer, and you can spread this on top. Be sure to fill in any air pockets. Leave 1/3 of the soap in the bowl. Next, layer the dark chocolate batter like frosting. The consistency may be growing thicker. Working quickly, spread the darkest layer across the top in a thin and even layer. Use the entire amount of soap in this bowl.
SEVEN - Next marking out squares in a 4 x 4 pattern, place a dollop of cream soap on top of each square. Spread this in a circle with the back of your spoon. Place a smaller dollop of cocoa colored soap on top, and spread this down in a circular motion with the back of your spoon. Alternate the colors until all the soap is used. The tops of each piece should look like the top of a cream latte. With a skewer, draw a line down through the center of each circle, creating a heart shape. Now, your design will look like a foaming cream latte.
Allow this to set up for 24 hours before cutting into 16 squares. This soap will need to cure for 4 - 6 weeks before use.