Born To Be Wild Swirled Soap, Music Inspired Series

The first song that inspired me was from the album Kermit Unpigged. This album was played very often when I was younger. I remember Mom putting the CD in the player and we would dance around house while singing along at the top of our lungs. Even as a teen, one of my favorite songs from the album was Born To Be Wild sung by Ozzy Osbourne and Miss Piggy.

I wanted to make a swirled soap that was inspired by this song. I had recently received a care package from Tina with new ingredients to add to our blog ingredient cupboard and some of these ingredients were the new colors that are upcoming additions to the catalog. I decided I wanted to use some of these colors because I thought they were perfect colors to represent Born To Be Wild.

After perusing my limited collection of fragrances, I decided that Apple Blossom Queen was the best fragrance because it smelled just like a perfume that I imagine Miss Piggy would wear. Fruity, floral, sassy and energetic are words that I use to describe this scent and for me it is a fit for Miss Piggy. What scent would you choose for Miss Piggy?

Let’s go play and make some soap!

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Olive Oil
Palm Kernel Oil
Shea Butter
Sodium Hydroxide
Water
Apple Blossom Queen Fragrance Oil
Aurora Pink Color
Venetian Violet Color
Corona Magenta Color
White Lip Balm Color
Equipment
Scale
Soap Buckets
Soap Spoon
Gloves
Mold of your choice (I’m using a silicone mold.)
Immersion Blender
Drinking straw

Recipe:

Recipe in ounces:
8.25 ounces Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
6.875 ounces Olive Oil
5.5 ounces Palm Kernel Oil
1.375 ounces Shea Butter
2.97 ounces Sodium Hydroxide (6% superfat)
8 ounces Water
0.56 ounces Apple Blossom Queen Fragrance Oil (strong scent)
1/2 teaspoon Aurora Pink Color
1/2 teaspoon Venetian Violet Color
1/2 teaspoon Corona Magenta Color
1/3 teaspoon White Lip Balm Color
Recipe in grams:
234 grams Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
195 grams Olive Oil
156 grams Palm Kernel Oil
39 grams Shea Butter
84.15 grams Sodium Hydroxide (6% superfat)
234 grams Water
16 grams Apple Blossom Queen Fragrance Oil(strong scent)
1/2 teaspoon Aurora Pink Color
1/2 teaspoon Venetian Violet Color
1/2 teaspoon Corona Magenta Color
1/3 teaspoon White Lip Balm Color
Recipe in Percentages
37.5% Soybean Oil
31.25% Olive Oil
25% Palm Kernel Oil
6.25% Shea Butter
q.s. Sodium Hydroxide
q.s. Water
q.s. Apple Blossom Queen Fragrance Oil
q.s. Aurora Pink
q.s. Venetian Violet
q.s. Corona Magenta
q.s. White Lip Balm Color

*q.s. = Quantity Sufficient. This is an ingredient that needs to have the amount calculated to match the size of batch that you are making.

Making Soap:
Measure fixed oils on your scale. Warm the fixed oils on the stove or in the microwave. I melted the oils in a microwave. Add sodium hydroxide to the water. Mix well. At this point, I added the fragrance to the oils because I didn’t want to forget to add it.

Once the oils and lye solution temperatures have dropped to a lower temperature (my temperatures were around 120 degrees Fahrenheit), combine oils and lye solution. Mix until thin trace. Divide the soap into four parts. As I divided by visual pouring into the separate containers, my color batch sizes were varied. Add one color to each batch of raw soap and mix well starting from lightest to darkest to not have to clean the blender between colors.

This was the first swirl that I’ve done in soaps for over a year, so I was a little rusty and let my soap reach thick trace by stirring too much and moving slowly, which meant that I plopped it into the mold rather than poured it! I tried to use a drinking straw to create a swirl in the thick soap. Once the soap is in the mold, allow to sit until soap is firm. The next morning cut into bars. Stack to allow good air circulation. Allow to cure for several days before using. Longer curing will result in a harder bar.

Soap Notes: This soap had a light scent that was significantly stronger after the soap was wet. The lather was a combination of creamy lather and big bubbles. I like the feeling the soap left on my skin after washing my hands.

Kermit Unpigged Notes: This album was released in 1994. While the album reached #20 on Billboard’s Top Kid Audio chart, sales for the album were low. This was the last album produced by Jim Henson Records. Kermit Unpigged is an out-of-print album and sells for varying prices depending on the current market demands. At this time, there is not a digital version available for sale.

What do you think?

Cut bars of soap.

Cut bars of soap.

Oils before melting.

Oils before melting.

Adding the lye solution to the melted oils.

Adding the lye solution to the melted oils.

Blending the lye solution and oils together.

Blending the lye solution and oils together.

Dividing the soap.

Dividing the soap.

Plopping the soaping into the mold.

Plopping the soaping into the mold.

Plop.

Plop.

Plop Plop!

Plop Plop!

Filled soap mold.

Filled soap mold.

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7 Comments

  • Tina says:

    I *love* this album. It is a fantastic Muppet fix along with really great songs. It should be in every collection of music & Muppet lovers. The whole thing is like a story, not just songs. FANTASTIC!!!

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  • Anne-Marie Faiola says:

    Love your inspiration for your soap — I think it matches your final product perfectly! =)

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  • Barb says:

    This looks cool. I want to do a “plop” soap! How did each color turn out? I see a blue, hot pink and creamy white.

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    • Andee says:

      The colors turned out to be a cream colored white, bright pinks and a purple with a blue tone to it. I’ll have to see if I can get a picture of this soap in natural sunlight!

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      • Barb says:

        Which colorant turned the creamy white?

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        • Andee says:

          It was the White Lip Balm Color that I used instead of our regular powdered Titanium Dioxide because I don’t have any in our Beijing blog cupboard. The lip balm color is also Titanium Dioxide, just suspended in oil instead a dry form.

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  • Madea says:

    Love it. The different color strata remind me of those screensaver soundwave patterns that come with Media Players. I can almost see the song playing from bar to bar.

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