Hello dear ones!
The soap challenge for this month was to create a crystal effect utilizing coarse salt. The soap was required to be made via the cold process method and could be embellished with well-placed cracks and mica to enhance these cracks.
My entry for this month is an oval shaped soap made in an individual cavity mold. I colored the salt before placement with white and pearl mica and carefully placed it strategically in each cavity. I decided to go with purple and gold, my HS colors from Los Angeles Baptist HS and colors that are so striking and elegant together! I used my typical recipe, but made it with a high water content (31.5%) because I was not happy with the salt halos in my previous attempt (see below).
I made sure to mix it to medium trace so as to not allow the batter to filter through the salt, and lightly mixed in an oil/mica drizzle. We really want to preserve those concave areas so they look more geode-like!
Following the pour, I placed the cavity mold in the oven at 170deg, left it at this temp x 15 min (since I soaped at room temp), turned the oven off and left the light on for the night. In the morning, I unmolded the soap and added some pink mica accents to the salt.
Finally, I added some well-placed cracks around the mica swirls and added gold mica to the cracks to enhance them. I then cleaned the surface of the soap with some rubbing alcohol to make the mica lines nice and crisp.
This soap is scented with Black Raspberry Vanilla from Nurture Soap. Orchid Mica from Brambleberry, activated charcoal from Brambleberry, Shimmer Gold from Nurture Soap, Gold Enigma from Nurture Soap