Another food that I love in soap is pumpkin. According to Brambleberry.com, "Pumpkin is full of antioxidants and vitamins A and C which can help keep your skin youthful and refreshed." I also like to add whipping cream (the kind with 35% milk fat) to my pumpkin soaps, it always feels extra decadent with the added heavy cream. I couldn't decide how to do my pumpkin soap this weekend, so I decided to try it two different ways to see which I liked better!
Pumpkin Soap #1: I decided to split this batch, and only add pumpkin puree to one side and whipping cream to the other side. It thickened up quite quickly and was not very conducive to a vertical layer, but I managed to slam it down in there enough :) It was fun to try, but very finicky and probably not worth the effort! Fragranced with Pumpkin Pie.
Pumpkin Soap #2: For this soap, I mixed equal parts pumpkin puree and whipping cream together and subbed it for half of the water called for, I added this pumpkin cream mixture to the oils at the same time as the lye water. This was much less fussy to make and much easier to get into the mold. The pie slices on top are CP, and this one is fragranced with Gingersnap.
Tip 1: I followed Brambleberry’s tip about adding copper mica to the soap, the soap seems to be more of a reddish-orange tint at this time, rather than the muddy orangy-brown I usually get with pumpkin soaps; I'll have to watch how the color changes as it cures.
Tip 2: I didn’t add any fragrance to the lighter portion of the soap (to avoid it turning brown), and I added a little bit of titanium dioxide to help keep it lighter.
Tip 3: I mixed the leftover pumpkin and whipping cream together, in equal amounts, and froze them into cubes for future use. To use, thaw and sub for half of the water called for, added to the oils at the same time as the lye water.