Finally! The teas were brewed up yesterday and chilled over night and used today in a soap. This tea, from Celestial Seasonings is called Black Pearl, and originally, I’d envisioned something snowy white with a very black swirl from activated charcoal and topped with sugar pearls. Then I found the Ultramarine Violet pigment from Bramble Berry in the cabinet that had yet to be used in any soaps and had to used it since the fragrance oil was called Blackened Amethyst. It could’ve gone either way, really or even had two colours, but I wanted to keep the look a bit simple with just two colour, white and violet, so the soap turned out very nicely with the violet swirl, based on the outward appearances No telling what it looks like inside and we won’t know until about Tuesday or Wednesday. Anyone else had trouble waiting to remove their soaps from the molds and cutting ito them? It kills me every time!
This one has almond oil, almond milk, coconut oil, coconut milk, olive oil, buttermilk powder, Vitamin E, colloidal oatmeal, Blackened Amethyst Fragrance Oil from Nature’s Garden and Candles and tweaked with a bit more lime EO and the addition of grapefruit EO. The tops are sprinkled with silvery-white glitter and a scattering of snow-white sugar pearls recalling the Black Pearl name in the tea. I used a bit of some sodium lactate to prevent over heating and cracking at least somewhat, though I didn’t spritz it with alcohol so I hope no ash appears, but it’s always a possibility, but doesn’t hurt anything if it does show up. I used some titanium dioxide to try to lighten up the soap but it was still a bit creamy coloured even after that, and hopefully there aren’t any speckles. That was a tough one to get past in the stick blending. It didn’t want to cooperate when blending in the TD, but we’ll see what shows up in the cut. There was no acceleration or ricing with this fragrance at all, just a reluctance to stay blended. It seemed to want to separate out a bit more than others in the past. With luck in the cut results, these will be ready at the end of October or early November. They smell wonderful, not like heavy at all!