|Back in April I challenged myself participating in the Battenburg Cake contest hosted by my soapy friend Debbie at Soapylove. Even though I did not win, I felt like it was a personal victory for me. I say this because it really challenged me and pushed my creative side and helped me to come up with a new soap technique that I have not seen before.
For those like me who have not heard of Battenburg Cake, here is the definition. Batterburg Cake is a light sponge cake. When cut in cross section, displays a distinctive two-by-two checkered pattern alternately coloured. In my search for that sponge look, I came with the idea of embedding sugar scrub cubes in a soap bar. In that moment, my Sugar Scrubs Embedded were created!!. They gently exfoliate your skin while cleaning it.
The process to make them is really easy!!. I first make the solid sugar scrubs. I personally use BB recipe, but you can use any one you like. (Please click on BB link for the recipe)
For this tutorial I used Clear M & P base, Sweet Almond Oil, Tangerine Wao, Orange Mica, Gold Mica and Tropical Vacation fragrance oil. (Please note that I am not doing two separate colors in my tutorial because we are moving into a new house this week and don’t have all of my supplies available. Sorry!).
|Adding the Gold Mica||Adding Sweet Almond Oil and fragrance|
|Adding Sugar||Pour it in the soap mold. Let it cool!|
|I cut the sugar scrubs in 4 pieces (it will depend on which soap mold you are using). Once I cut the cubes, I arranged them inside the same mold. Make sure you have space between the sugar scrubs because you will be pouring the soap in between the cubes. Cut the cubes to a smaller size, if necessary, in order to allow space for pouring the soap. Set them aside.
Melt 3oz of M & P base, either clear or white (I melted 3 oz of clear M & P base for this tutorial ). Add the Tangerine Wao with a pinch of Orange Mica until you get the color you desire, and add the Orange Peel Cybilla (or the fragrance of your choice). Pour it into the soap mold about ¼” in depth. Let it harden.
Then, pour a little bit of the melted soap on top of the hard surface and immediately arrange the sugar scrubs inside the mold. Using a dropper or an injector soap tool add more melted soap in between the sugar scrubs.
TIP: You need to work fast since the soap could cool off quickly, and it could get stuck inside the tool. Melt the soap as much as need it until you reach the border of the sugar scrubs.
|Adding color and fragrance||Let them cool!|
|After pouring a litte bit of melted soap, add the sugar cubes||Using an injector soap tool pour the melted soap in between the sugar scrubs|
|As a final touch I sprinklered some glitter!!|
|Hope you like my Sugar Scrub Embedded tutorial and have fun while making it!