How to Layer CP
One of the most frequently asked questions is how to layer CP
soap. Another is how to incorporate M&P shreds in CP
soap. This little tutorial will demonstrate both to you.
In this tutorial, I am making a 17# batch of my lilac
||The first layer is purple, colored with FD&C
blue #1 (don't let the pink color fool you. it will turn
purple. promise!). The mold is lined, the soap is
made and poured into the mold.
Note that I have put a fan blowing directly on the first
layer. This helps insure that the soap won't go into gel
stage and will give me a nice film on top so I can pour the next
layer. This isn't' necessary with all layers - lilac
fragrance oil is a little fussy so I add the fan, just to be
|While layer #1 is cooling and the fan is on it,
I'm beginning layer #2. My oils are melting, my lye water
is in the sink in a waterbath.
||I just poured layer #2. This is a white
batch (which I used titanium dioxide just to insure it stays
white) with several M&P shreds and chunks in it. All I
did to incorporate the M&P was to stir it in after trace,
after I added my lilac fragrance oil.
Again, I put the fan on it while I was making my last layer.
|Layer #3, made and poured. I had a little
bit of acceleration with the lilac as you'll note with the
uneven surface. Not a big deal as I'll just trim it off
when I cut the bars.
Again, this layer is made purple by FD&C blue #1.
It will turn purple in the gel stage - promise!
Now to put cling wrap on it, a light towel and let it sit.
Courtesy of Laura Doerner
||The final product, cut into loaves.
See? It did turn purple! ;oP