Ultramarine Blue: Wild About Blueberries Soap, Take 2

I am determined to get this soap to turn out the way I envision it! So here we go again. If you missed the first part of this sage, check out Take 1.

The first thing I did was reformulate my recipe. I went with the go-to recipe that doesn’t fail me. Let’s gather supplies and head to the soaping lab.

Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Palm Kernel Oil
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Sweet Almond Oil
Shea Butter
Liquid of Choice (I used milk)
Ultramarine Blue pigment
Liquid Glycerin
Transfer Pipettes
Soap Bucket
Soap Spoon
Stick Blender


Recipe in Grams
671.3 grams Soybean Oil
290.3 grams Palm Kernel Oil
272.2 grams Coconut Oil
235.9 grams Olive Oil
8.32 grams Sweet Almond Oil
108.9 grams Shea Butter
443-475 milliliters Liquid (Milk)
170.1 grams Lye (5% superfat)
Recipe in Ounces
23.68 oz Soybean Oil
10.24 oz Palm Kernel Oil
9.6 oz Coconut Oil
8.32 oz Olive Oil
8.32 oz Sweet Almond Oil
3.84 oz Shea Butter
15-16 oz Liquid (Milk)
6 oz Lye (5% superfat)
Recipe in Percentages
37% Soybean Oil
16% Palm Kernel Oil
15% Coconut Oil
13% Olive Oil
13% Sweet Almond Oil
6% Shea Butter

If you need basic soap making steps, please read this blog.

Although the blue design is a bit messy due to the soap batter being thicker than optimal, it worked!

Before starting, mix the colorant. I used 2 ounces of glycerin and added 1 teaspoon of Ultramarine Blue. I blended it with a mini stick blender and set it aside.

After mixing my lye solution and oils, I arrived at the time to stick blend. I pulsed a few times and stirred a lot to blend the oils and lye solution. Then I pulsed the stick blender a few more times. And the batter began to thicken. ACK! I had overdone it with the stick blender and had achieved a much thicker trace than I had wanted.

Pouring a bit of the soap batter into a small container, I added Ultramarine Blue pigment premixed with glycerin. Then I grabbed a plastic dropper and tried to suck up the soap into the dropper. It was not easy, but I managed to get enough in it to fill the indentations in the soap mold. Then I poured in the rest of the soap batter and put it away to harden.

When I unfolded the bars a couple of days later, I was crossing my fingers that the design would be right. It was! I was so relieved! It definitely would have been easier if I had stopped stick blending sooner, but I like the little chains of blueberry dots across the top of my bars!

Ultramarine Blue is such a gorgeous, vibrant color. I am looking forward to making other projects with it.

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About Denise

I'm a crazy goat lady who got into making my own soap with goat milk, found MMS to order supplies, and now I get to combine my love of creating skin care products with a job to pay the feed bill. I live in Alaska and greatly enjoy the unique aspects of my northern home - summer days when it never gets dark and the Northern Lights dancing above in winter. Favorite scents include Wild Mint and Ivy, Rhubarb & Sugar Cane, and Eucalyptus Spearmint.

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