Our Candy Almond is a great example of a decorative soap with a simple embed. This style is a strong seller at our market tables, and there is a good reason with a few points to notice about this bar.

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Candy Almond Cold Process Soap

At first glance the Candy Almond bar looks simple next to some of the more elaborate designs we make, but this style is really liked by our customers and is one of the 'types' that sells quickly at our summer time tables. So, let's take a look at the Candy Almond cold process soap and tell you what the customers like about this bar.

First, the fragrance is luxurious. Anything 'Candy' or scented with 'Sweets' is often more of a novelty than a soap and choosing a fragrance leaning toward foods or sweets still needs to smell clean and more like a soap than a baked good if you don't want the novelty to wear off to soon. The fragrance we use for this recipe is simply named Almond, and it comes from Natures Garden. The fragrance is intended to be a straight simple almond, but it does have a sweet aroma, and we always lean toward candied themes when using this oil. It also accelerates the soap batter very quickly, so it's best to keep your cold process recipe as simple as possible when using this oil.

What you need for the embeds to be made first:

  • .5 oz. Almond Fragrance Oil

  • ½ tsp. Blue Lagoon Mica

  • 1.6 oz. Coconut Oil

  • .4 oz. Castor Oil

  • 2.8 oz. Rice Bran Oil

  • 3.2 oz. Lard

  • 3 oz. Distilled Water

  • 1.1 oz. Lye (NaOH)

What you need for the main recipe:

  • 1.5 oz. Almond Fragrance Oil

  • 8 oz. Coconut Oil

  • 2 oz. Castor Oil

  • 14 oz. Rice Bran Oil

  • 16 oz. Lard

  • 15.2 oz. Distilled Water

  • 5.56 oz. Lye (NaOH)

Instructions:

ONE - This recipe is separated into two parts. The first part is made with 1/2 lb. of oil the day before the main recipe. The second half is made with 2.5 lbs. of oil. First, gently blend the lye water solution with the oil combination for the first part of the recipe (1/2 lb). Emulsify the oils completely and add 1/2 ounce Almond fragrance oil and 1/2 tsp  of blue lagoon mica. Blend this well. Pour this into any container where the soap batter will set at least 1/2 inch thick. You can even pour this into the bottom of the loaf mold that you will use for the main recipe.

TWO - Wait eight to twenty four hours and remove the soap from the mold. Place it on a sheet of wax paper and chop it into random size chucks. Set this aside and prepare the space for the main recipe.

THREE - Gently pour the lye crystals into the cold distilled water. Dissolve the lye completely. Set this aside to cool to room temperature.

FOUR - Combine the oils. When the lye and oil are withing 15 degrees from each other. Gently add the lye water to the oil combination. Mix this until it is emulsified well. Add the Almond fragrance oil and mix. This fragrance oil will accelerate the trace very quickly, so mix for only a short time and pour the first layer of soap on the bottom of the mold.

FIVE - Place a handful of chopped embeds in the first layer, and cover this with another layer of ivory soap. Continue to layer the embeds and soap until the mold has been completely filled. Save several embeds to decorate the top of the mold. Before placing the top layer of embeds spritz them down with rubbing alcohol to help prevent separation. Allow this to set for 24 hours and cut it into slices once it had hardened. Place on a curing shelf for 4 to 6 weeks before using.

NOTE: In our tests the fragrance oil does lightly discolor to yellow after 6 weeks of curing. The effect does compliment 'almond' color, but beware if you don't want this. Also, ricing can occur and the fragrance does accelerate trace quickly.