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Cucumber Melon Layered Cold Process Soap

$107.55

SKU: RF-CP11

Difficulty

Intermediate

Yields

9 - 12 bars

Time

1 ½ hours

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Our cool Cucumber & Melon soap recipe is perfect for those steamy summer days!  This yummy, summery intermediate-level Cold Process Soap project yields approximately 1500g of soap in three equal layers. 

Ingredients:

Equipment:

All your regular Cold Process Soap making equipment including Safety Gear including Goggles and Gloves
3 x Jugs to hold 1 litre traced soap - one for each layer
1 x Jug to hold 200g traced soap
3 x small cups to mix colours in
Small beaker to hold the Fragrance - helpful, not essential

Overview of Layers:

You will be making 3 portions of soap = 466g each, ONE of which needs to have 100g removed for neon colour:

1.  The bottom layer is a fixed green colour using 2 - 3g Athena Green Mica, with ⅓ of the fragrance
2.  For the middle layer, we swirled some neon orange through the uncoloured soap, but you could simply make this one colour if you prefer.  We removed 100g of soap from the jug and coloured it with Rockmelon Orange Neon Colour dispersed in oil swirled through it.  Use ⅓ of the fragrance in this portion.
      ie:  Remove 100g from this jug and colour with Rockmelon Orange, leave 360g traced soap uncoloured. Add the fragrance to the uncoloured soap, and then use ITP technique to swirl before pouring.
3.  The top layer is a fixed green colour using 2 - 3g Athena Green Mica with ⅓ of the fragrance.


Method:

If you are a beginner, we recommend you make a few batches before attempting this soap so that you know what to expect.   For how to make soap from Scratch, please see our Cold Process Soapmaking Instructions.  You can also watch Soap Queen's You Tube Series on Cold Process Soapmaking. 

Cucumber Melon Layered Cold Process Soap Loaf

Colour Prep: 

Measure the colours into the three little pots.
Mix with some of the Olive Oil allocation to remove any lumps.

Soap:

Add the Sodium Lactate Plus to the cooled lye water and stir to combine.
Bring the soap to light trace.
Place the first jug on the scales, and then tare the scales to zero.
Pour 460g traced soap into each jug.

Cucumber Melon Layered Cold Process Soap Loaf

The bottom layer: Add the contents of the Athena Green Mica pot, with ⅓ of the fragrance.

Cucumber Melon Layered Cold Process Soap Loaf

Manually stir to combine well.

Cucumber Melon Layered Cold Process Soap Loaf

Carefully pour into the mould in an even layer. You'll notice from the graphics I over-traced it a little, forgeting I had Shea Butter and Palm Kernel Oil in my mix, so try and work at a lighter trace than the graphics show!  
Tap the mould on the bench to settle the soap.

Cucumber Melon Layered Cold Process Soap Loaf

If you want a swirled soap for the middle layer, pour approximately 100g of soap from Jug 2 into a smaller jug.  Add the moistened Rockmelon Orange Neon Powder to the smaller jug, and stir through until combined.

Cucumber Melon Layered Cold Process Soap Loaf

If you prefer a solid orange layer, add the ⅓ fragrance and the colour to Jug 2 and stir well to combine.

If it's ITP Swirled colour, add the ⅓ fragrance to the Jug 2 (the large jug) and stir through first, and then swirl the neon-coloured soap through for a marbled effect.

Cucumber Melon Layered Cold Process Soap Loaf

Mine is ITP Swirled, but as you can see I overtraced it, so the swirl is not as distinctive as I like.
Pour over a spatula to ensure you create a nice even layer without breaking through the surface of the layer underneath.

Cucumber Melon Layered Cold Process Soap Loaf

Tap down the mould again to settle the second layer.

Cucumber Melon Layered Cold Process Soap Loaf

Repeat the process for the base layer.
Add the contents of the second Athena Green Mica pot, with the final ⅓ fragrance.
Stir to combine and then pour into the mould over the spatula again.

Cucumber Melon Layered Cold Process Soap Loaf

Tap the mould down on the bench firmly.
Now use a chopstick or skewer and create a swirled pattern on the surface of the soap.

Cucumber Melon Layered Cold Process Soap Loaf

Spray or dust with Medallion Gold Mica (Optional), spritz with Isopropyl Alcohol and insulate to gel.
Leave in the mould for up to a week and then unmould.
Slice and set aside to cure for 4 to 6 weeks.

Note:  The trolley items do not include Olive Oil, Distilled Water, Medallion Gold Mica.



Difficulty: Intermediate
Yields: 9 - 12 bars
Time: 1 ½ hours
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