Continuing our marine theme, I decided to take the plunge and try to create my own version of a seascape soap. Using lots of jugs; a lot of patience & a bit of sudden reheating I gave it a shot. I’m quite pleased with the result.
Sonia- Deputy Creative Team Leader
1 Tbsp. Ground walnut shells
Blue NBL (diluted at approx. 5% in water)
5 (Microwave safe) jugs
- Prepare your brown colour by adding ½ tsp. of the brown mica in a small bowl, mix this with a small amount of Isopropyl alcohol, and set aside.
- Dice 500g of white melt and pour base and place it into a microwave-safe jug. Melt the white base in the microwave using 10/15 second bursts and stirring in between.
- Once the soap base has melted, add 10ml of fragrance into the jug and stir. Pour half of the white soap into a separate jug and set aside.
- Take the remaining soap, add some brown colour until you achieve your desired shade. Continue to stir the soap gently until it has cooled slightly, then stir in 1 tbsp. of ground walnut shell. Once the walnut shell particles are supported in the soap (not sinking to the bottom of the jug!) pour the soap into the mould.
- As the soap cools in the mould, it can be manipulated to create an uneven surface giving a seabed sandy surface.
- Dice 750g of clear melt and pour base and place it into a microwave-safe jug. Melt the clear base in the microwave using 10/15 second bursts and stirring in between.
- Once the soap base has melted, add the remaining 10ml of fragrance into the jug and stir. Split the mixture into 3 jugs, half the mixture into 1, then a quarter into the last 2 jugs.
- To the larger jug of mixture add some blue liquid colour (BLC) until the soap has a light blue tint.
- Add some blue NBL colour, into one of the remaining uncoloured clear soap base jugs so that the soap has a contrasting blue colour.
- Add a very small amount of green liquid colour (GLC) to the last uncoloured clear soap base jug.
- Reheat the jug with the white soap base that was set aside until fully melted again.
- Spray the sand base in the soap mould with alcohol (this makes the melt and pour sticky) and pour some of the blue NBL into the mould, if you get bubbles spray with alcohol. Then lightly pour some of the white soap onto the blue all of the way down the mould. Let the soap cool a tiny bit, spray with some alcohol and then pour some of the blue liquid colour mixture.
- Repeat this process, using the darker blue mixture on the base of the mould until you have 2/3rds of your colours left and then introduce the light green colour.
- When you are reaching the end of your soaps or the top of the mould you want to be left with mostly the white and lighter blue. These colours layered towards the top with a slightly thicker (cooler) white will help replicate a cloudy sky look.
- Feel free to use your imagination and try to picture a beach-y view when you pour your colours, use a spoon, toothpick etc. to swirl the layers if you want!