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Old 11-02-2016, 03:23 AM   #1
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Hi! I'm new here and am excited to read up on everything. I'm going to be making my first soaps for Christmas presents this year. I've been an essential oil advocate for about year and am excited to use them in soaps.

For Christmas, I want to make "Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh" soaps. (Original, I know )

My question is, what would be the best way to incorporate the gold? I was thinking of getting the edible gold flakes that you can use on cakes and in drinks, but then I started thinking maybe edible gold colored glitter would be the best way to go. Any suggestions??

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Old 11-02-2016, 06:22 AM   #2
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I would use something intended for using in soap like this:

https://nurturesoap.com/collections/...nt=20033255558


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Old 11-02-2016, 07:59 AM   #3
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Aside from the glitter, you could also maybe use gold coloured mica to make lines throughout the soap.

if you are going to use edible goldflakes, I'd first do a small batch to see if the flakes can stand up to the lye.

edit: d'oh!

didnt see this was the melt and pour forum >__<
forget the lye stuff I said

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You've not left yourself a lot of time - if the first batch isn't great then there is no time to make more, and giving a sub-par soap might mean that those who receive them may not want any more hand made soap in the future!

To make it easier, I would keep it simple. Hand made soap is in itself a lovely gift - practical and hand made - so it doesn't need the extra Christmas touches which will make your first batch far more complicated than it needs to be.
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Craig makes a good point. Less fancy for a first batch is usually the best idea. There is simply more to go wrong when you are trying to get the basic mechanics down. Soap takes 4-6 weeks to cure, which puts you right up against Christmas, and no time to test in time to make more than one batch.
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I have to agree with the others Keep it simple. If you try to get too fancy/complicated you area likely to have problems. You don't have much time to get it done and allow for a proper cure. Length of cure will also depend greatly on your recipe you plan to use.
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This is in the M&P forum, so I'm assuming that is what they are doing.

There is plenty of time for melt and pour, but if you are planning on making cold process soap, I agree with the others. Just do plain white soap with a gold mica in oil swirl on top.

As to adding gold flakes to the melt and pour base, I don't know how it would work. If it dissolves easily, it might not hold up.
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I agree with the gold mica. A dusting on top is lovely. If you use glitter, it would be harsh and unpleasant on the skin. Another option might be calendula petals - they are bright yellow and gentle, not harsh or scratchy.

Are you thinking about clear or about opaque MP?
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This is in the M&P forum, so I'm assuming that is what they are doing.

There is plenty of time for melt and pour, but if you are planning on making cold process soap, I agree with the others. Just do plain white soap with a gold mica in oil swirl on top.

As to adding gold flakes to the melt and pour base, I don't know how it would work. If it dissolves easily, it might not hold up.
Well duh on my part. Sorry about that. Missed that detail. Plenty of time to work with MP. I would try a gold mica swirl in MP perhaps. I'm not good with MP though so I could be wrong.
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