|Peach Pie Soap|
|Top of the swirl|
I got all of this soap in the mold and tapped it firmly on the counter to get any bubbles out. There is little more frustrating than ending up with a bunch of bubble through your soap. After tapping the mold, I used a skewer and swirled the soap in a horizontal circular pattern doing one end and then the other. I really like to swirl this way because I usually get a nice feathery swirl.
|Finished top detail|
Once the soap was swirled, I added the peach embeds. I laid them down one side of the mold and then went back up the other side. This gave me a nice tight pattern. After I had both rows in the mold, I pressed lightly down on them to be sure that they were fully in contact with the main soap batch. Since my bars are tall and fairly thin I didn't want to have to worry about my embeds falling off of the soap when I cut my bars.
Now I was ready for the little bit that I had set aside for doing the lattice on top. To color this soap I added just a touch of vanilla fragrance oil, as well as adding a touch of brown oxide. Vanilla fragrance oil is well known for coloring soap brown and it also adds a wonderful warmth to the peach fragrance. After using my stick blender to make sure that I didn't have any clumps of oxide, I decided that the soap was thick enough to pipe with. I used a disposable piping bag with an 1/8th inch hole cut in the tip. I piped one direction and then the other making sure to fill in the spaces left by the peach slices. I tried to make sure that the surface of the piping was pretty even.
This soap went pretty well all things considered. I was really happy with the end result. The only thing I am not happy with is that the turmeric colored part has already faded more than I expected. I guess that next time I just need to make sure that I add a good bit more than seems necessary.
Have a great weekend everybody!