Desert Rose Swirled Soap, Music Inspired Series
This soap was inspired by Sting’s song, Desert Rose. I was introduced to this song when I attended a bellydance performance several years ago and I have liked the song since then. I wanted to make a soap with a dusty rose color, dirty yellow and white colors.
When I tried to make the pink color darker, I added too much Black Onyx and ended up with a purple color instead. While the soap doesn’t look like what I imagined, I am happy with the finished soap.
I decided to use Bourbon Geranium Essential Oil as I didn’t have Rose or Somali Rose Fragrance Oils which had been my preferred scents. Despite my worries, I love the scent!
Let’s go make some soap!
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*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.
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 three parts. I weighed the soap as I was dividing it. I used 15.8 ounces or 450 grams of raw soap for my yellow color, 10.5 ounces or 300 grams of raw soap for my purple (Aurora Pink and Black Onyx) color and 5.25 ounces or 150 grams for my white color. 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.
Alternate pouring the three colors of soap into the mold and use a drinking straw to create a swirling pattern. 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.