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Roman Holiday Sale

Roman Holiday

Come with us on  a
Roman Holiday. Experience the warm colors and heady fragrances of Italy with an inspiring new series of tutorials. From now until the 25th of July, the Soap Queen blog, our homepage and Tumblr will all feature  tutorials and sales from this series. The coupon code ROMEDAY25 will get you 25% off all Silicone Tools, Neroli & Shea Fragrance Oil and Dead Sea Salt to boot! (see what we did there;)

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Sunshine Soap with Calendula

Hello Sunshine

Create a little sunshine  with our Calendula Cold Process Soap tutorial. A perfect complement to our Bella Moderna project below, this unique two-tone soap features a sweet and citrusy fragrance combo of Yuzu and 10x Orange Essential Oil, and uses the same Vertical Mold as the project below. Calendula holds its color even in CP so it is a perfect addition to this vibrant soap. Find all the ingredients for this project here.

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Silicone Mold Sale!

Keep your eyes open and your ear to the ground. Beginning at noon (PDT) July 22 use the coupon code ROMEMOLD to get 30% off all our original silicone molds! These molds are easy to clean and even easier to release your soap from. If you have tried them you know how quickly they become your favorite go-to soaping mold, and if you haven't . . . well, now's the time! Don't delay; they go fast.

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Bella Moderna CP

Bella Moderna Cold Process

Bella Moderna is an elegant two-tone cold process soap, and the first project in our Roman Holiday series. The design is easy to achieve with our vertical log mold which makes it great for beginners, yet a perfect starting point for experienced soapers who have never used a vertical mold. Meadowfoam Oil, which is a stable oil with a long shelf life, is our secret ingredient. It's also a great moisturizer without being greasy. This soap is scented with our Neroli & Shea Blossom fragrance oil, which is 25% off with our ROMEDAY25 coupon until July 25.

Recipe:


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Get all the ingredients you need to make this soap here.

Color Prep

SAFETY FIRST: Suit up for safe handling practices! That means goggles, gloves and long sleeves. Always soap in a well-ventilated area. Check out our FREE four part SoapQueen.tv series on Cold Process Soapmaking, especially the episode on lye safety so you know you are soaping safely.

COLOR PREP: To ensure that the Titanium Dioxide blends smoothly into the soap batter, we recommend micronizing it before dispersing it in oil. To micronize colorant, simply use a coffee grinder to blend the colorant to break up any clumps of color and prevent streaks of white from showing in the final soap. 

Disperse 2 teaspoons of Merlot Mica in 2 tablespoons Apricot Kernel Oil (or any neutral liquid oil), 2 teaspoons Ultramarine Violet in 2 tablespoons Apricot Kernel Oil and 2 teaspoons Titanium Dioxide in 2 tablespoons Apricot Kernel Oil. Use a mini mixer to get the clumps of color worked out smoothly.

Step 1 ONE: Slowly and carefully add the lye to the water and gently stir until the lye has fully dissolved and the liquid is clear. Set aside to cool.

NOTE: Because this mold releases better with extra hard soap, Sodium Lactate is your friend. Use 1 teaspoon of Sodium Lactate per pound of oils in the recipe. For this recipe, add about 2 tsp. Sodium Lactate.

TWO: Combine the Apricot Kernel, Coconut, Meadowfoam, Olive and Palm Oils (remember to fully melt then mix your entire container of Palm Oil before portioning). Once the lye water and the oils have cooled to 130 degrees or below (and are ideally within 10 degrees of each other), add the lye water to the oils and stick blend until thin trace.
Step5 THREE: Add the fragrance to the batter and whisk to mix.

FOUR:
Split the batter in half by pouring about 33 oz. into a second container. Add 2 tsp. dispersed Titanium Dioxide to one container. Add 4 tsp. dispersed Merlot Mica + 5 tsp. dispersed Ultramarine Violet to the other.
Mix in both colorants with a whisk.

FIVE: Once the colorants have been fully incorporated into the batter, pour both at the same time directly into the vertical mold.

Step 6 SIX: Once you’ve reached the top, unpin the center divider and lift it straight up and out. Be sure to have a bowl or towel waiting to set the divider on!

Because the Vertical Wood Log mold leaves so little surface area of the soap exposed, it may take up to a week before you can unmold. After removing the soap log with dividers from the mold, slide and spin one side off at a time. It helps to place the mold on the edge of a table or counter with just the divider sticking over the edge. Watch this video to see how Anne-Marie unmolds soap from this mold. 

Allow to cure for 4 - 6 weeks. Enjoy!


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