Hibiscus Tea Soaping today

With a name like that, you’ll automatically start getting a hint of that wonderfully warm, sweet, fruity scent of a freshly brewed cup of tea sitting before you and this scent is exactly that!  It’s very reminiscent of the scent of the White Tea with Peach & Mango tea we have here that is made with white tea and hibiscus flowers.  Frankly, I think the tea manufacturer needs to change the name, but that’s a discussion for another time and place.  The tea was brewed especially for this soap and today it was finally made after many delays due to family, work- & weather-related reasons. None of which I’m resentful of, just couldn’t find time to play.  *sigh*

I used babassu, olive, coconut, avocado, and almond oils for this soap, coconut milk, colloidal oatmeal, Tussah silk in the lye water, and the brewed tea. I split the batch into four colours – with the mauvey-pink being the base.  For this colour used Colorona Bordeaux from TKB Trading, which works beautifully in CP soap, never morphs, but was a bit darker than planned so I added a bit of TD to it.  Tempest from Mad Oils, Enchanted Forest, also from Mad Oils, and TD mixed with Pearl Basics from TKB was used for the colours in this batch with the Colorona being the base colour for the soap itself.  The swirl was done with a milkshake spoon swirling the Enchanted Forest, Tempest and the white inside.

The lye was dissolved in straight water, chilled in the fridge, then added to the soap, after which the tea was added.  FO was added at this point and that’s when the curdling took place, so I’m quite sure it was due to the tea and perhaps also due to the babassu oil.  It’s a very hard oil, but provide great lather! I stick blended again even though it might speed up the trace too much but it was necessary.  The raw soap was divided at this point and the micas added with the Colorona being the largest portion.

The scent, a new one from Fragrance Laboratory this year, is Hibiscus Tea.  If you’ve never tried Fragrance Labs’s oils and shopping with Cindy, you’re in for a real treat!  There are several new fragrances for Spring 2015 as well as the long-awaited return of Mineral Salt Spa, which was a classic for many years for many a soap maker, so pop in, say hi sometime.  You won’t regret it!

With the used of the tea and the babassu, I’m quite sure that’s why I had a bit of curdling once I added the FO into the raw soap.  The fragrance did NOT do this, it was what I used in the batch. I truly hope the swirls are good in this with these colours!  I don’t think they’re too close together, so there should be reasonably good definition between each one.  We will so tomorrow when the loaf is cut.  It’s chilling out in the fridge right now because I prefer NOT to gel my soaps.  I don’t want to risk a partial gel or lose any of the fragrance from the heat generated by gel.  To hold you over until the cut, here’s what the soap looks like in the mold.  (The dark on the top is Hibiscus Flower petals.) IMG_2189 (960x1280)

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and the cut pic……

Hibiscus Cut 4 bar shot (1024x768)

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