I happened to come across this adorable little milk/cream container mold...and I thought it would be cute to make some little cookies to go with it for a 'cookies and cream' themed soap. I first experimented with melt and pour soap to make the cookies, but it just was too rigid and didn't look enough like real cookies. Then thankfully, inspiration struck, and I remembered I had some leftover vanilla bean soap from the night before that hadn't quite finished setting up yet. When I scooped it out of the mold, it was just soft enough for me to be able to mold it into little cookies. I did have a little bit of fragranced (with vanilla f.o.) leftover soap too, so I mixed a small amount of it into the cookies, so they would look a bit marbled. I used melt and pour colored with brown oxide for the chocolate chips. They were so fun and super easy to make...here is a picture of them after I finished
Now that I had the cookies prepared, I thought it would be fitting to use 100% heavy cream for the liquid portion of a cookies and cream soap. I was not prepared for how thick the lye solution got though. Normally I strain my milky lye solution, but this was so thick there was no way it would have gone through the strainer. As I was contemplating whether to chuck the cream/lye solution and start over, my daughter (10 years old) piped up from across the room and said, 'Well mom, you never know unless you try!' (Apparently I was contemplating out loud!) So, knowing she was right, I went ahead and cautiously stirred the creamy lye solution into my prepared oils. To my surprise, the soap batter came together just fine. I really kept expecting weird lumps or orange spots or something odd to happen, but it behaved very nicely.
When I tried to unmold the bars this morning, they were still quite soft and stuck to the mold. I did use sodium lactate, but I assume the high fat content of the cream makes the bars quite a bit softer to start out...I'm hoping it makes for a nice, rich lather though!
The fragrance I used for this soap is described as cinnamon and butter, with caramel and apple undertones...it reminds me of snickerdoodles :) I didn't fragrance the top portion of the soap, because I wanted it to stay light. The bottom portion looks orange right now, but it will turn a very dark brown as it cures: