Well, I decided to try my hand at a "Fall/Autumn" fragrance. I checked my little stash of fragrances and managed to dig up "Sweet Pumpkin Spice". I tried it last Fall, but only with a sugar scrub, which received pretty good reviews. It does smell yummy. Like a spicy pumpkin pie. You take a sniff and you feel the Season's changing....
So here we go.
I decided to stick to a basic recipe. I have been struggling lately with how soft my soaps have come out when I am trying to unmold them. I have been playing around with the oils and butters, and just have not been doing a good job in creating a nice hard bard. Even adding Sodium Lactate, which helps to make a harder bar, was not helping.
So we go back to my standard recipe of Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Shea and Mango Butter, Castor Oil and...Pumpkin Puree :)
No...I have never added any puree's to my recipes before and this will be my first time. I checked out the Forums and did some research with my helpful "Google" and jumped in with both feet in!
I must say that I am either getting a little more confident or just starting to finally get the hang of it! I seem to be a little more organized now in measuring my oils, getting my lye water ready, cleaning up , putting stuff neatly away, and making sure not to create much of a mess (and not to drive the Hubby crazy - he he ).
I got my lye water ready. Melted my oils and added my puree to the oils and blended away. I added my lye water to the oils - doing well so far! Since the fragrance oils has some vanilla content I knew that it would darken my soap so I decided to split my batch in two. One I colored with titanium dioxide to make white and lighter and the other half I added a bit of orange oxide hoping that some of the dark discoloration will keep some of the orange color (this half I added the fragrance oil to it).
Luckily the fragrance behaved well with the soap mix. It allowed me to play around and do some swirls. Sadly when I unmolded it I noticed that the vanilla in the fragrance oil turned the soap a dark brown shade. It will continue to darken as it cures so I am a little disappointed that the orange pumpkin color did not make it through. Hopefully the white will remain since I find that the contrast is pretty neat. Here is a pic.
I hope you enjoy! Thanks for checking out my blog :)
Happy Soaping! - Roxana