This soap uses Stephenson Personal Care’s HCVS Vanilla Stabilizing Soap Base, which is a super clear/transparent base that has the added benefit of pre-added vanilla stabilizer. Vanilla based fragrances will often discolor or darken your soap, so adding a vanilla stabilizer helps keep your soap the color it was meant to be. With Stephenson’s HCVS formula, there’s no need to purchase additional vanilla stabilizer to add to your soap! I thought I would test out this awesome base for this soap project, and I LOVED how it turned out.
YOU WILL NEED:
Step 1. As usual, begin by melting down your soap base in 15-30 second intervals in the microwave until completely melted. Cutting your base into smaller cubes will help speed along the melting process. Be sure to always keep an eye on melting soap to avoid it bubbling over and losing moisture! I only made three fun-sized bars for this soap project, so I only had to melt down about 8 ounces of soap base.
Step 2. Gently stir in your Shimmer Black Color Block soap colorant. I LOVE these soap colorants! Unlike water-based/liquid soap colorants, the colors in these color blocks won’t bleed! Brambleberry makes a wide variety of color blocks to choose from, but I went with their shimmer black to create a spooky, foggy look to the soap. For the 8 ounces of soap I made, I only needed a tiny sliver (we’re talking maybe .1 ounces or less!) of color block. Too much color block and you might not see the spiders, so it’s better to err on the side of not enough colorant, because you can always add more later. Stir this in until the color block sliver is completely melted before adding more colorant if necessary. The shimmer gives the soap a cool “foggy” effect.
Step 3. Add your fragrance oil. I received a complimentary sample of Brambleberry’s Vanilla Rosewood Fragrance Oil with my order (they always send out free samples–it’s an awesome way to try out new fragrances!) so I thought I would give that a sniff and see if it would work for this soap. My verdict? It’s perfect. For this project, I used 1 tsp. of Vanilla Rosewood Fragrance Oil, which I was able to determine using this handy dandy calculator!
Step 4. Pour a thin layer of soap into the bottom of your bar mold (I can never seem to get great pictures of this step since it is important to work quickly–you’ve got soap base drying!) After you have done this, pop in your spider/spider ring upside down (this way when you pull out the soap bar, the spider is facing the correct direction) and continue to fill up your soap bar mold until full. Take note that if the ring isn’t very weighty, you may need to hold it in place to keep it from floating away from the center of your bar.
Step 5 (optional). Since this is a clear soap base, it is helpful to spray the bottoms of your freshly poured soap with rubbing alcohol. This helps pop some of those pesky little bubbles that like to form at the bottom of the soap.