Making Black Raspberry Vanilla Soap

After almost two months of not being able to soap, I finally got a chance to make a batch. And of course, I took the opportunity to use those cute little soap raspberries I made in my last video/post. I bought an amazing fragrance from Wholesale Supplies Plus called Black Raspberry Vanilla, and let me tell you… it is divine!

There were a lot of firsts for me in making this soap. For one, I’m using a slab mold for the first time. I’d been wanting to get one because you get a lot of surface area on top for pretty, swirled designs. I bought the 18-bar wooden slab mold (along with a made-to-fit silicone liner and a divider set) from Bramble Berry. It’s a BIG mold, and this was the largest batch of soap I’ve made at one time!

Second, I made a whipped soap frosting to go on top of each of my bars. Soap frosting, and piping soap in general, is actually what got me interested in soaping in the first place. With my cake and cookie decorating business, piping frosting is second nature to me. So of course I’d like to apply the skill I’ve honed over many years to this new creative outlet.

And finally, I used embeds! When I first bought this fragrance, I knew that I wanted each soap bar to look like a little slice of cake. I envisioned a swirled bar in pinks and purples, with a dollop of frosting on top (to mimic whipped cream), topped with a realistic little melt & pour raspberry.

Can I just say that I am SO happy with how these turned out? I think these may be my most favorite soaps I’ve made to date. The fragrance smells amazing, and even though it has hints of vanilla, there’s no actual vanillin in it. That means that it does not discolor cold process soap. The soap frosting was a little trickier to determine consistency than I was expecting, but I somehow managed to get it right on the first try. That’s always exciting! And can we just talk about how perfectly those raspberry embeds on top worked out?

I am pleased!

If you have any questions about soap making or have any suggestions for future projects, let me know in the comments below.  I’d love to hear from you!

Slow-Moving CP Soap Recipe

40% Olive Oil
25% Coconut Oil
17% Palm Oil
12% Avocado Oil
6% Shea Butter

Soap Frosting

Recipe courtesy of the Soap Queen
45% Palm Oil
45% Coconut Oil
10% Mango Butter

Scents and Swirls

Black Raspberry Vanilla FO
Heirloom Eggplant Purple Mica
Lavender Ultramarine
Plumberry Pink Mica
Titanium Dioxide

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