Black Pearl batch #2! (wet soap porn alert!)

The first batch sold out this morning, so it was time to do a remake of the Black Pearl tea soap.  This one was done with the lessons learned from the first batch burned in my brain permanently.  This one – so far at least – has not turned bright yellow.  I also did a modified hanger swirl with a homemade improvised hanger from 3 bamboo skewers, 2 drinking straws and a really strong thick tape called Gorilla tape.  It sticks like nothing else around.  It’ll take off skin I think.  You’d probably be able to do a mighty fine Brazilian with it is you had to.

I’d thought about using a bit of burgundy in this batch but changed my mind at the last minute.  Hope I don’t regret that decision later!  It thickened up to a stage where it could be layered without dipping down into the first colour very nicely, with two layers of each, one white, then the black, the white, the black in a thin snake-like river curling beneath the last of the white.  The ‘hanger’ worked pretty well, didn’t fall apart in the middle of it, but I did the motion of the swirl, slightly different.  The idea of doing it in a different motion came to me one night this past week just before falling asleep.  Does anyone else do this?  Do you ever get brainstorms at night when you are trying to fall asleep, the idea hits, then you can’t sleep because you’re too excited to try out your idea?  That’s a frequent thing around here lately and I’m tired now.  But the soap’s in the fridge to prevent gelling.

There are 2 schools of thought about this gelling thing. Some love it and prefer that it take place because it causes the colours to be richer, makes the saponification speed up so the soap’s able to be used sooner.  Others prefer not to gel, thinking that it causes an uneven colour to possibly occur and the heat generated could burn off some or all of the fragrance.  I’m of the latter party.  It’s more comfortable for me to prevent gel altogether rather than run the risk of it starting then stopping before it’s completely gelled, causing a circle in the center that’s obviously darker than the rest of the soap around the edges.  I’ve lost fragrance notes in some soaps and had gel circles in others, neither of which I liked and have done everything possible to prevent it from happening again.

This Black Pearl batch has more extras in it, with the inclusion of Tussah silk, goat’s milk, buttermilk, colloidal oatmeal, Vitamin E, the 3 usual oils, and the fragrance Blackened Amethyst from Nature’s Garden and Candles.  It’s a full-bodied scent that has a special, unique hold on a certain segment of the soaping  and soaping buying public.  The last two sold out from the first batch and I knew I had to try making it again with the hopes that this time, there would not be the same bright discoloration as the first batch had.  So far, it is staying a pretty ivory and the parts that are colored with activated charcoal barely peek through the top.  Mainly just at the edges or within the valleys of the textured tops.  There’s a light dusting of gold mica in the decorative texturing on the top that’s just subtle enough to make it pretty without being too much.  I stuck it in the fridge to prevent the gel from starting and will take it out pretty soon, let it set up overnight, then hopefully it’ll be firm enough to  slice tomorrow.  If it isn’t, I guess I’ll have to wait.  Don’t want to, but guess it’s necessary.  Ready date will be April 3rd. As always, pre-orders can be placed via email before this date, but it will not be shipped until then.  You can be invoiced in PayPal for your convenience when it’s ready.  Have a great day everybody!

Here’s the shot in the mold while it was still wet, just before it went into the fridge…

Black Pearl Silky Milk & Tea Soap

Black Pearl Silky Milk & Tea Soap

 

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