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Holiday Holly Berry Cold Process Recipe

Welcome the season with Holly Berry Soap


Anne-Marie created this festive Holly Berry design just in time for Christmas over on the Soap Queen Blog. She shows one of her favorite techniques using squirt bottles to create fun Holly leaf designs on top of a 2 color in-the-pot-swirl. She then garnished the top with real cranberry seeds to mimic plump Holly berries. This recipe contains Fresh Snow Fragrance Oil which smells just like it sounds, airy and clean. It's the perfect complement to your seasonal preparations.

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Give the Gift of Givember


What's Givember? It's how we show our appreciation for you, our customer! The tradition continues this year as we give away free gifts, share 25 project ideas, and post special (amazing!) discounts that only last for 24 hours. Beginning November 4th, announcements about our discounts & projects will be posted on FaceBook, The Soap Queen Blog, Instagram, Twitter, on the Bramble Berry homepage, and in a special edition of our newsletter. Be sure you don't miss our Givember extravaganza!
Chai Tea Candle

Cozy Up with a Cup of Chai


As the warmth of summer slips away and the winter cold begins we bring you a Chai Tea candle project with its sweet, warm, and spicy fragrance to help keep you and yours cozy in the coming months.This fragrance combines a complex blend of scent notes from Nutmeg and Cinnamon to Bergamot, and is topped with a whipped soy wax topping scented with non-discoloring vanilla to keep it bright white. Light up your home with this festive delight.

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Beautiful Swirl Cold process soap

Holiday Creatures

This project combines the beautiful swirls you can achieve only with cold process soap and the ability to layer designs in melt & pour. We created these cute little animal illustrations that you can embed in the soap, or even use as a gift tag. The template is available to download for free here
                                                Happy Holidays and Happy Soaping!

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

Step 1

PREP: Print out the Holiday Animal Design on water soluble paper. If using an inkjet printer, print out the design a couple of days before you intend to make the soap. Then lightly spray the design with an aerosol hair spray to help prevent the colors from bleeding.

ONE: Cut and melt 18 oz. of Clear Melt and Pour Base. Pour a small amount (about 1 oz.) into each cavity. Spray with isopropyl alcohol and place 1 cut out animal design into each cavity after the soap has just formed a skin but before it has set-up. Pour a small amount of the clear soap (.5 oz) over the paper and then spray with alcohol.

TWO: Let the melt and pour harden for 2 - 3 hours.


Step 2

Part 2 - Cold Process Soap Swirl

If you’ve never made Cold Process soap before, stop here! I highly recommend checking out our FREE four part SoapQueen.tv series on Cold Process Soapmaking, especially the episode on lye safety. If you’d rather do some reading, Bramble Berry carries a wide range of books on the topic, including my newest book, Soap Crafting.

COLOR PREP: Disperse 1 teaspoon of 1982 Blue into 1 tablespoon of liquid oil (we like Sweet Almond or Sunflower oils). Disperse two teaspoons of Super Pearly White in 2 tablespoons of liquid oil. Prepping your colors in the beginning will allow you to work quickly and give you more time to work with your soap. Use the mini mixer to get all those clumps worked out smoothly.

Step 2 ONE: Slowly and carefully add the lye to the water, and stir until clear. Set aside to cool. If you’d like a harder bar of soap that lasts longer in the shower, you can add Sodium Lactate to the cooled lye water. Use 1 teaspoon of Sodium Lactate per pound of oils in the recipe.

TWO: Melt and combine the coconut, olive, palm and sweet almond oil in a large glass container. Once the lye water and the oils have cooled to 130°F or below (and are ideally within 10 degrees of each other), add the lye water to the oils and stick blend until thin trace.
Step 2

THREE: Split off about about 1 ¼ cups of batter into a separate container and add 3 teaspoons of dispersed 1982 Blue and mix in with a wire whisk. In the original container, add 6 teaspoons of dispersed Super Pearly White and mix with a wire whisk.


Step 3 FOUR: Add approximately half the fragrance to each container and stir in with a wire whisk.

FIVE: For the in-the-pot swirl, start by pouring the 1982 Blue colored soap into the Super Pearly White colored soap beginning on the outer edge of the soap container and spiraling in towards the center. Pour from a high point so that the soap penetrates the entire depth of the soap in the pot, which will create a swirl throughout the soap.
Step 3 SIX: Slowly pour the batter in the mold, filling it to the top (about 2 - 3 oz. of batter). Generously spray with 99% rubbing alcohol and then unmold after 2 - 3 days. Allow to cure for 4 - 6 weeks. Enjoy!

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