I've long admired the teardrop effect in soap--this is my very favorite example. I thought I would try it out on a batch of caramel apple soap. The fragrance I knew would discolor to a dark brown, so I left some unscented and used a merlot mica to give the top teardrop layer a deep red. In my mind it would be caramel-y and gorgeous and look as good as it smelled.
The problem was that the red portion was much thicker than the rest of the batch. I had already poured the base color into the mold and was supposed to be out the door 5 minutes ago. To put my own twist on the classic advice, "When in doubt, charge ahead." So I just started pouring. I wasn't like I could tuck it away and come back and finish in a few hours. Like I feared, the red soap sunk and disappeared immediately, even when I poured it gently along the surface. I sprinkled some glitter on the top, grabbed my keys and took off. I suspected a well-deserved flop. A classic Pinterest fail.
But imagine my surprise when I cut into it and saw a couple of bushy mustached faces looking back at me.
Several people have said that they look like jack-o-lantern faces, which goes just fine with a fall soap. I can't for the life of me figure out how I managed this one. And of course, I couldn't repeat this if I wanted to, either.
But I did try the teardrop again this week. I used burgundy oxide for the drops and colored the rest with a smidge of cocoa powder.
|Scented with Applejack Peel, a spicy apple fragrance|