What is it that is said – “Third time’s the charm”, well yeah boy, it’s charmed alright! I made a restock of the Sweet Tea but used a different version of Sweet Tea FO at the suggestion of another soaper and tried a different supplier for it. This one has a different turn on the scent. Maybe a bit sweeter? She says it is anyway. Without a side-by-side, it’s hard for me to say for sure, but she’s probably right about it being sweeter. The original FO I used was wonderful, had a tiny amount of vanillin in it, but nothing serious enough to warrant the use of a stabilizer. I must admit, though I love the one used in the first two batches, this one’s a winner, too. It’s a very good representation of what freshly brewed tea smells like, though not much in the way of lemon, but the soap I made today might have more that it would have otherwise since I used a bit of WSP’s Lemon Butter, made with lemon extract and Sweet Almond oil whipped to an emulsion and thickened to a butter stage. It’s been used in the previous batches, too, so nothing new there. But it lends a nice hint of lemon to the soap without having to add an additional FO to it.
The colours were again the Chocolate Milk mica from The Conservatorie, a bit of titanium dioxide to lighten up the soap’s base colour and a bit of TC’s Lemon Drop, yeah the same one that turned orange and later went back to yellow in Honeybee, but since it will go back to yellow eventually, I’m not going to panic. Yet. The glitter on the top is a new one. It’s one of the samples from TKBTrading that was purchased recently. This one’s called Celestial Sun. A pretty, glistening brilliant gold that really sparkles in the sunshine. Love it! You’ll have to try them out sometime! It also gave me a chance to try out the little glitter shakers – little glass salt & pepper shakers meant for catering large numbers of people/tables. They’re tiny little square shakers about 1″ square. Found them in Walmart and the holes looked big enough to allow the larger glitter to filter through, so tested that theory today and it worked like a charm.
Sweet Tea in the sunshine
Sweet Tea out of the sun for the colour correction
To be honest, I have no idea what this will look like once it’s cut. I hope it turns out nicely. It was very loose, so it can cause a problem blending the colours together too much, muddying them, if it’s more of a blending stage than a swirling stage. I was literally pacing the room waiting for it to firm up enough to work with. Rarely has that happened! Usually it’s a race to the finish line and the soap typically wins, but not so this time. We’ll see.
So here’s the breakdown of what was used:
The Conservatorie: Chocolate Milk Mica, Lemon Drop Mica,
Wholesale Supplies Plus: Sweet Tea Twist Fragrance Oil, Lemon Butter
Essential Bath & Body: Titanium Dioxide
Brewed Black Tea (can also use white or green tea or Celestial Seasonings flavored teas)
Columbus Foods: Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil,
Tussah Silk, Colloidal Oatmeal, Kaolin White Clay, Coconut milk.
You might be thinking “Why would anyone want to smell like tea?” but think about it, why does anyone want to smell like Creme Brulee, or chocolate, or coffee, for some of the other popular fragrances out there? Because it’s fun , it mixes it up a bit, departs from the ordinary, brings the comfort of home with you. I find it invigorating yet still imparts a sense of peace along with it. Seems a contradiction, but that’s what I get from it. You might take away something else altogether different, so try it and find out for yourself.
UPDATE: This batch has been cut now, yielding 11 bars. The new design is different, though not my favorite. We’ll see what the future holds for this style, in the meantime, enjoy a bit of soap porn as we soapers like to call it.
Sweet Tea Silk Soap – yellow and chocolate coloured mica swirls on white background.