Yesterday I showed you how to make a Grape Lime Rickey. Now I’ll show you how to make a refreshing bar of soap to pair perfectly with the Grape Lime Rickey.
This soap will be a swirled soap and very easy to make. I will start mixing the larger batch that is lime scented first and then mix the smaller grape scented batch.
|Recipe in ounces:
30 fl oz Water
0.6 oz wt Lime Essential Oil
2 Tablespoons Mint Green Dry Color Premixed in Liquid Glycerin
6 fl oz Water
0.28 oz wt Juicy Grape Fragrance Oil
1 Tablespoons Lavender Fields Dry Color Premixed in Liquid Glycerin
Weigh the Lime Essential Oil and Lemongrass Essential Oil into a small beaker and set aside. Weigh the Juicy Grape Fragrance Oil into another small beaker and set aside as well.
Measure fixed oils on your scale. Warm the fixed oils on the stove or in the microwave. I melted the oils in the microwave. Add sodium hydroxide to the water. Mix well. Repeat for the smaller, grape-scented batch.
Combine the fixed oils and lye solution for the large batch. Stir until thin trace, and then add the essential oils and Mint Green color. Blend to mix well and set aside
Mix the small batch. When the small batch reaches thin trace, add the Juicy Grape Fragrance and Lavender Fields color. Mix until it is thicker, about the consistency of unwhipped whipping cream.
Rinse your blender and go back to blending the larger green batch until it has reached the unwhipped whipping cream state as well. Pour the lime scented batch into the mold.
Once all the lime scented green soap is in the mold, I added the grape scented purple soap, pouring in random areas. I then used a straw and not only swirled through the mold but also swirled up and down. The up and down action has the straw mixing across the top and dipping down to the bottom in a circular motion like whipping pancake batter with a balloon whisk in the kitchen.
The soap should appear somewhat colored on the top. Allow to rest. You can see this great picture of the soap going through gel phase. Try very hard not to move the soap while it is gel phase, you may lose all of your beautiful swirls.
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.
After I cut this soap, I decided that I wanted a stronger purple color next time I make the soap. I would recommend using just the dry Lavender Fields colorant and adding it when beginning to mix the lye solution and fixed oils together. Also, I would increase the purple soap batch size by a pound and decrease the green batch by the same amount to allow for more purple.
As for the fragrance, perhaps creating a scent blend to use would work better.
Immediately after cutting, this soap smells like a rotten lime. Don’t worry! After about 24 hours of cure time, the soap will smell just like a grape lime rickey.
These Grape Lime Rickey soap samples have been sent to the Shipping Department to send out in orders.
I really want to hear your comments about this soap. I hope that anyone wanting a sample soap will request one.