Saturday, October 8, 2011

It's Time For The Percolator


‘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.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am really drawn by that mold, but I found a similar 2 inch cube silicone ice cube tray on Ebay that I'm going to order. What's not to like about sodium lactate? I use it in all my soaps! I LOVE the speckled appearance of you cubes!

randomcreative said...

Wow, that's awesome that you get 6 oz into those little cubes! I'm sure that the coffee smell is amazing.

Tee-iabo Designs said...
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Tee-iabo Designs said...

Lmao...that song takes me back! Girl, that never ending beat drummed in your head for months after hearing it at a club or party. CTHU...

6oz is a lot though and the extra coffee looks delicious. I bet the smell is divine.

Sonya M. Jones
Tee-iabo Designs

Soapchick said...

I love the idea of making big, square soaps but have not found anything suitable here in the UK. One day! Your coffee splashes look fantastic, I bet that is a really lovely soap.

Patrice-The Soap Seduction said...

I am having so much fun with this mold, and I still can't believe a finished bar is over 6 oz!

Anon-lemme know how that Ebay purchase works out. I've ordered a couple of molds on there before but could never find the cube.

Hey Sonya, where's your blog? Can't find it, but I stalk you on Etsy:)

Soapchick-I believe Brambleberry ships overseas (can't speak on the cost though)

Amy Warden said...

Is this the 12-cavity mold they have on special right now? I have it bookmarked, but I really don't need another mold right now! I <3 coffee soaps!

Patrice-The Soap Seduction said...

Hey Amy!

No, it's the 25-cavity mold. I had already purchased this one, when the 12-cavity one went on sale. I'm always a day late (or early) and a dollar short...:)

Tee-iabo Designs said...

Hi Patrice!

My blog is:

http://ladyteeiabodesigns.blogspot.com/

When you get the chance, come and visit.

Sonya M. Jones
Tee-iabo Designs

twobloomsdesignstudio said...

Patrice,

Your post is hysterical. I like your kitchen soap too and men would love it. Good to know about that mold being 6 oz per bar. I have a cute square silicone mold I bought at a kitchen shop but it makes 1 oz cubes.

Noticed your commented on Great Cake Soapworks and under your post it says a line about your latest blog post. How did you do that? Here is the link I'm talking about:

http://www.greatcakessoapworks.com/handmade-soap-blog/index.php/my-special-delivery-arrived/#comments

Michelle
http://www.twobloomsdesignstudio.blogspot.com

Petula said...

Wow, I think it's so cool that you make soap. It looks and sounds wonderful. I've never tried, but I've read directions and don't have the patience. :-)

Lisa - Alterity Button Jewelry said...

Patrice - I could just wring your neck! You knew that I would just have to run over to YouTube to hear that song! Oh, those damn songs!!!

Anyway, the soaps are looking sweet, sweetie!