Begin playing around with soap and it can become quite addictive. Suddenly the most mundane everyday item can start inspiring ideas. Or even a colour. Just thinking of a colour can trigger off the inspiration to create a soap concept based around it.
My favourite colour is a dark deep mysterious midnight teal navy blue. Lol it’s hard to describe the colour I love but its a mixture of all of these combined or on their own sometimes. However, I know my colour when I see it and it never fails to make me feel…. mellow? Maybe mellow, dreamy and just good I suppose. It never fails to spark of the imagination, a daydream and maybe an idea or two. I’m talking too much about my colour, I know, let’s talk about this soap.
Chocolate Orange Heart soap should really be called Chocolate Heart soap since I forgot to add the orange essential oil to it. Gaah!
I ordered the most amazing deep dark chocolate fragrance oil and when I thought of the idea of this soap I knew adding the orange essential oil would just make it.
You see, I had little chocolate heart soaps made from before which I wanted to use as embeds. My sister loves Terry’s Chocolate Orange slices and I thought aha!
So when I went to make this soap the idea was to divide, the batter which would already be coloured a deep orange from red palm oil and annatto seeds, into two batches and colour the other one with dark luscious cocoa powder. Then do a simple ITP swirl into the mould and place the chocolate hearts strategically so that they show up in each cut (which was the aim).
But not every bar got a heart in it unfortunately, probably due to my placements rather than my cutting which is getting surprisingly neater :-). The hearts were difficult to place as the batter was quite fluid. I think for embeds you need to work with a slightly thicker trace for the embeds to stay in place.
Ach well, I still found them all gorgeous. I especially like the ones with the brown and orange ITP swirl around the heart. Even the way they were cut, with a little crumble around the edges, gives them a rustic look which I really like.
The scent is just chocolaty, but a nice chocolate and not a cheapy smell. However, I think by adding the orange essential oil it would have just given it a kick and would have really suited the theme of the look. It was just one of those things where just after you’ve poured the whole soap batter into the mould, you spot the bowl of orange oil lying on the counter staring at you morosely and probably thinking in a forlorn way ‘you forgot me’. Sigh. I’m sure it won’t be the first time that happens. Soap making can become rushed sometimes if an ingredient doesn’t behave the way you expect it too and things go from being calmly therapeutic to pull your hair out-let’s get this in the mould quick. But I still love it 🙂