Summer is officially upon us! And to beckon it in, I made a new divided bar of soap with a fragrance from Essential Depot called Sun and Sand.
When I ordered this Sun and Sand fragrance oil, I really had no idea what it would smell like. I expected something tropical. Tropical, it is not! While making the soap, I had a really hard time identifying what I was smelling. According to the Essential Depot website, it’s “the invigorating scent of a warm day at the beach; a fresh citrus scent with notes of ozone, amber, musk and powder.” It does smell a bit salty, I suppose, but what I really settled on was clean laundry hanging on a line in the sun. Personally, it’s not my favorite, but that’s only because it’s not my preference. I actually think this would be a really popular fragrance with customers.
For the soap design, I really wanted to play off the name, Sun and Sand. I decided to use my 4 lb. vertical mold from Bramble Berry. I’ve used it before for the Sunshine Soap design from the Soap Queen. The mold features a vertical divider that you remove after pouring, which allows you to create a dual-sided bar of soap. For one side, I mixed half my soap batter with a tan color and stirred in some ground down calendula for added exfoliation and to mimic the look of sand. For the second side, I did an in-the-pot-swirl of blue and white to mimic a bright, cloudy sky.
This soap turned out exactly how I was hoping! The design conveys exactly what I was going for, and the Sun and Sand fragrance stayed nice and strong throughout the saponification process. The new bars should be ready to use just in time for crisp, refreshing showers after hot, humid days at the pool.
Thanks for watching, and as always, if you have questions about this soap or have ideas for future projects, let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!
CP Soap Recipe
40% Coconut Oil
40% Rice Bran Oil
10% Palm Oil
7% Shea Butter
3% Castor Oil