Let me start off by saying that Fall is my MOST favorite time of year. The Spiced Pumpkin Lattes are back, the leaves start to change, temperatures drop…life is good. I didn’t think I could love it anymore until I smelled Bramble Berry’s Spiced Apple Cider fragrance oil. Holy YIKES! It. Is. A-M–A-Z-I-N-G!! It is fall in a bottle.
Upon first sniff, I had a very specific look in mind for this soap. It included small apples, cinnamon sticks, swirly swirls and in-the-pot swirl action. I found the cutest little apple mold on Etsy at Soap Republic for my apples.
For the Cinnamon Sticks, I knew I wanted to somehow make them out of soap. So I put on my thinking cap and here’s what I did.
I melted down 4.5oz of low sweat clear melt and pour soap. I added 0.75oz of glycerin and a small amount of Milk Chocolate Mica. Stirred it all up, added a touch of cinnamon essential oil and poured it into a shiny, silicone brownie pan.
The soap only needs about 5 minutes to set up enough to roll. You don’t want to let it sit out for too long though! You’re going to want to roll it right away so the soap doesn’t crack on you. The total piece of soap was a little wide so I cut it down the middle to make 2 long cinnamon sticks. Starting with one of the pieces, I started to tightly roll the left hand side of the soap.
Once I rolled one side to the center of the rectangular piece of soap, I started to tightly roll the other side to the center of the soap.
The finished cinnamon sticks:
While I was playing with cinnamon sticks I melted down some white low sweat melt and pour soap, added some Starlight Cabernet Mica and made the tiny apples.
Now that the cinnamon sticks and apples are made the apple leaves need to be ‘painted’ with Golden Green Mica.
Next I whipped up my favorite Palm-free soap recipe and prepared my colorants for my in-the-pot-swirl. I mixed my Milk Chocolate Mica and Starlight Cabernet Mica with a little bit of water. For my white, titanium dioxide in a bit of the soap oils.
I used the Milk Chocolate Mica as my main color and the Starlight Cabernet & White as my swirl colors. I don’t have a pic of the ITPS because the soap accelerated on me. I used a steep water discount on this batch, normally this FO is a dream to soap with.
For the swirly swirls on the surface. The main top color was mostly Milk Chocolate so I poured the Red and White horizontally across the top of the soap the swirled randomly with a skewer.
Check out the little marker hash marks on the left hand side of the mold. I marked mold in the areas where my soap cutter will be cutting the individual bars so I know where to place the cinnamon sticks and apples.
After 24 hours I carefully cut the soap loaf and here is the end result:
You can find this soap and many others at Baby Duck Soap Co.