‘Memba that club song from the 90’s? Oh well…I do. It was one of those annoying songs where it was just a club beat and the only lyrics were the hook: “It’s time for the percolator. It’s time for the percolator…” Out of the blue that damn song popped into my head, and to this day, I can’t get rid of it! I decided to channel my frustration into my latest soap project, but I think I only made it worse because all I can say now is “It’s time for the percolator…” With all that being said, here is my latest soap. I’ll give you 3 guesses what the name of it is. Yes, you are correct. It’s scented purely in sweet and blood orange essential oils. I went overboard with the coffee and what should have been a sprinkling turned into a splattering, but it’s all good.
What I’m most excited about is these cubed shapes. I have been fiend-ing for a cube-shaped mold forever, and I finally found one at Brambleberry. I am in love with this thing! It has 25 cavities and holds up to 10 pounds of soap! I have never made 10 pounds of soap at once. One, I’m a small batch kinda gal, and two, I do not have the room to store finished soap as it is. My living room has a tower of plastic shoe boxes filled with finished soaps. That’s a post for another day…The only minor issue I have with it is I had to put it in the freezer for about 20 minutes so I could easily release the soap. It's suggested that you use sodium lactate in your formula to aid in un-molding, but you know how I feel about that…aint happ’nin-even if I don’t have to slice it.
Can you guess how many ounces this soap is? It looks kinda small in comparison to say a slice or a bar doesn’t it? Well this bad boy weighs in at a whopping 6.05 ounces! I was shocked because I really thought these would be about 4 oz. This would make a nice kitchen soap. Or hand soap. Or guess bathroom soap. Or housewarming gift. Or I need-some-good-soap soap. Sadly, there are only 5 of these bars because I wasn’t sure what to expect. And I practically used the kitchen sink to formulate the recipe: olive oil, soybean oil, coconut oil, palm (organic) oil, mango butter, and shea butter. You know, I just realized that I forgot to add castor oil. Damn! Oh well, it’s still fabulous…
Swirling your soap with this mold is not really feasible unless you do the in the pot swirl because the cavities are separated. I guess you could do a linear swirl with multiple colors, but you’d have to work super fast, and I can almost guarantee that every single bar will look completely different. No thanks. I’m still playing around with this mold, but I’m thinking of reserving it just for my Castile soaps-simple and easy. Oh yeah, don’t drop this soap on your foot. It will hurt. Bad. Ask me how do I know.