- Hello everyone, welcome back to Royalty Soaps.
My name is Katie.
I am one of the soapmakers here on this channel,
and despite the background being white,
I am actually in somebody else's room
that I have never filmed in before.
I will show you one hint,
and you guys should guess (chuckles) down below,
whose room I have invaded for today's introduce and outro.
(robotic electronic music)
This soap design is one of two fan designs
that we are doing in the May month of The Secret Garden.
It is from Holly, it is a stunning design,
she actually sent me quite a few,
and I've stapled them all together,
but this one really stood out to me.
It's very unique, it's very different.
It is this Red Robin Soap.
So you can see, it's a drop swirl
of black and silver into red,
and then she specified on top to have
either white or tan piping, with calendula,
that's what those little specks are, is calendula,
and then a robin egg on top,
and I thought this is absolutely perfect
for The Secret Garden.
If you've ever seen The Secret Garden movie,
or read the book, you know the significance of the robin,
and the design is just so good.
She has a Kudzu Fragrance Oil
from Nature's Garden that she specified to use,
and I'm really, really excited to make the design.
Also as specified in the title,
this is one of the hardest soaps I have ever had to cut,
because of all the florals on top,
it took two people to figure it out,
but I will say it did work itself out (chuckles) in the end.
So without further ado, let's make some soap.
Now, if you're hearing crickets in the background, (laughs)
it's because slightly warmer weather has approached,
and we are therefore experiencing
the bugly kingdom coming out to sing at night.
So let us begin by blending
our lye water solution into our oils.
The recipe I'm using today of course
can be found in the description box below.
If you would like the oil blend premixed and ready to go,
you don't have to buy anything separate,
you just buy it all together in one big thing,
you can get that from Nurture Soap.
Again, link's down below.
I'm working with my lye water cool,
and my oils cool as well,
nothing above 90 degrees.
Everything right now is roughly 80 or so.
And then I'm gonna blend with my stick blender
on high until just past emulsion.
(cheerful acoustic music)
So for the accent colors,
we have Antique Silver, this is from TKB Trading,
but I will leave you some alternatives down below.
I'm gonna try to start leaving
some more alternatives for you guys,
in case you don't have the exact
coloring I have sitting around,
but you really like the color it makes.
And we're also adding some black oxide
that has been blended with water.
This is also from TKB Trading,
even though a lot of people carry it.
And finally, we have some really red colorant.
This is from Nurture Soap, it makes the perfect red color.
I can already tell with this gray color, (chuckles)
that we're gonna need some titanium dioxide,
so I'm adding one teaspoon of that,
and then I'm going to start blending in this red here.
I'm not gonna blend it up with the stick blender quite yet.
We're gonna start with our spatula only.
All right, so let's blend these up.
(cheerful acoustic music)
Let us now add the Kudzu Fragrance from Nature's Garden.
When I smelled this I was like,
okay, why haven't I used this before?
It's like the perfect, perfect blend
of a really sweet grape scent,
with a little bit of floral in there.
I don't know how to explain it.
It kinda smells like a Lush duplication.
I don't think it is, but I kinda smells
like something they might make.
The fragrance oil notes say that it will discolor
to a light pinky-tan, but because we have dark colors
and something that is sort of already a pink,
doesn't really matter.
With the fragrance oil blended in,
it is time to start pouring into our soap molds,
after this quick commercial break.
I am gonna start pouring a lot of red in, and I mean a lot.
It does feel like the fragrance oil
is slightly, well slightly nuthin',
it's definitely accelerating this soap! (chuckles)
I'm gonna do black next, I'm just gonna plip-plop this in.
In the illustration, she actually had this soap
sitting pretty close to the top,
so it really doesn't matter that it's accelerating.
It'll just end up looking slightly more accurate.
Gonna put a few plops, put a little more black in here,
I'm gonna start scrapy-scraping out my big containy
and putting a lot of red,
and then I'm gonna tap these down on the ground
to flatten it all out and make it nice and smooth.
I almost never show you guys, or talk, really,
while I'm blending up the frosting.
So all we did was go ahead,
pat the rest of the soap into the mold for the base,
and now we're moving on to mixing up the soap frosting.
So the soap frosting recipe is available
with the Royalty Soaps piping kit at nurturesoap.com.
It is not in the description box below,
and it is an entirely different recipe than the base soap.
So in here, we have a little bit of Aztec gold mica,
and in here we have some titanium dioxide.
We're gonna blend those up.
We're gonna wait anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes.
Sometimes we'll leave in longer,
it really just depends on your oils
and your lye, how hot, how cold they are.
That's something I actually love about soapmaking,
is that no matter how many times you do it,
it's a little bit different every single time.
I've had soap that has taken
almost an hour and a half to set up,
I've had soap that's set up in 10 minutes.
It just depends on how it's feeling that day.
(cheerful acoustic music)
I have my frosting all ready to go.
As you can see, it's a light tan color, as Holly specified.
And I'm using, of course, the Royalty Soaps Piping Set,
with one of the tips that comes with it.
This tip gets used a lot for buttercream frosting and stuff,
and I picked it specifically so that the botanicals
I'll be putting on top have a lot to grip onto,
something with some really deep, sort of cavernous edges,
is gonna make it a lot easier for that process to happen.
And I am going kind of quick, because once again,
I want those botanicals to really really stick
and they will do better on a more liquid soap.
I must admit to you that Holly's design
was specifically appealing not just for this month
because the garden and everything,
but because I had just recently watched
The Secret Garden movie, and the little robin,
I don't know, he just makes me so happy!
He's one of those characters in books
that just resonate with you, like on a very deep level.
And The Secret Garden is one
of my very, very favorite books.
If you go back in the Royalty Soaps history,
you can actually see where I made
a Secret Garden inspired soap, and then kind of announced it
in the Secret Soap Series Finale video.
I've talked before about doing another Secret Soaps Series,
and I really hope that works out this year.
Maybe in the autumn or wintertime,
do a month of Secret Soap!
Let's just add this final dollop right here on top.
The frosting looks so good,
it's also the exact same color as
like an ice cream cone. (giggles)
Not the ice cream itself, the actual cone.
Okay, frosting being done,
it's time for the fun part, the embeds!
I'm going to start by sprinkling calendula
down the sides of the soap, really focusing on the sides,
and there's gonna be a ton of drop-off
here in the middle, that's not a big deal,
we will just tap it up and reuse it.
The point of this is to sort of make it
look like a bird's nest.
She talked about using some different botanicals,
but honestly, I think I like it with just the calendula,
because it really does, again,
make it sorta look like a nest.
I feel adding different colored botanicals
and stuff might actually detract
from what she was trying to create here.
I'm gonna sweep up a little bit here in the middle,
we'll kinda place that back on.
They almost look fuzzy. (giggles)
And very lightly, just tapping this in.
I don't wanna mess up the actual piping,
I just want it to stick.
Okay, so we have all of the nest on top,
so let's add the little embeds.
Here are the robin's egg embeds.
They are made using a chocolate mold, see,
here's an example of me using a chocolate mold.
I'll leave you guys a link to it down below,
and mixed into the white melt and pour
with a little tiny bit of baby blue mica from Nurture Soap,
are almond seed, and that's what gives it the speckles.
In the future, it might actually be wise
for me to put these eggs on first, (giggles)
and then put the calendula on second,
but this will certainly do.
I just wanted to make sure that the eggs
were very prominently featured,
and nobody was covering it up.
I moved the soaps off to the side for a second
so I could clean up all the calendula.
I thought I would just show you guys
the satisfying compilation (giggles)
of me wiping up the calendula.
This is the kinda stuff I try not to watch in my free time,
because I would spend way too much time doing it,
but oh my gosh, it soothes me.
With the cleaning being done,
the final thing I have to do for this soap
is spritz it with a little bit of glitter.
We're not gonna use a large hex of glitter,
that'll be too much, I think.
We're just gonna use a small dusting.
I'm gonna be using Sparkle Me Gold from Mad Micas,
and I'm just gonna spritz the sides.
I'm definitely not gonna focus on the eggs,
but a little's gonna get on them too, and that's all right.
I'm hoping this will just accentuate
the texture a little bit.
There'll be a lot of texture.
Alrighty, we're gonna spritz the top now
with rubbing alcohol, seal it all in,
and that's it, we're done with the Robin's Nest Soap!
Excuse me, oh my goodness gracious,
I am loving those eggs.
Specifically, I am loving the way
the blue contrasts against the calendula.
It really does look like a bird's nest,
what a wonderful design, Holly, good job!
So I am gonna let these sit for 18 to 24 hours,
and then we will be back to cut them all up
and see what they look like on the inside,
after this quick commercial break.
Okay, so it is gonna be kind of
a nightmare (chuckles) to get this soap.
I didn't think this out through very well,
because the first one that I cut had tons of drag marks,
because I pulled the calendula through with it,
so it was all scratchy-lookin'.
So now we're gonna try to cut it
with it all facing this way,
and try to kinda hold the soap in place so it doesn't move.
We'll see, again, this may end up being a cutting nightmare.
This was not the most well-thought-through idea,
but here we go. (laughs)
(grunts) - Battle.
- (laughs) Oh no, ah!
- It's hard soap. - It is, sheesh!
Okay, do you-- - We gotta get some
muscle here. - Okay, okay. (laughs)
You did it, (laughs)
I didn't do crap! - Boy, it's all crooked.
(Katie laughing) It's been knocked asunder.
Now you get to finish it. (Katie giggling)
- But I didn't do any of the work,
that doesn't seem fair. (cutter clunks)
Okay, let's see if that works.
I'm literally sweating. (laughs)
All right, much smoother than before! (laughs)
So, admittedly, my drop in this particular batch
is not as beautiful as perhaps it could've been. (laughs)
But, it certainly got better with time,
which is why I was showing you guys
that we have already made a couple more,
and it just worked a lot better.
I think I might've been working,
whenever I made this first batch right here,
a little hotter than these batches were poured,
and so they were a little more liquidy,
but that's, like I said, somethin' I wanted to talk about,
is that even though you can make
the exact same recipe like four or five times,
it still acts a little different every time.
It may thicken at a different rate, it may slow down,
it may slightly separate, whenever you're stick blending,
and then get a lot smoother as you go along,
there's just lots of different things
that can happen whenever you do soapmaking,
whenever you make the same thing over and over
and over again, in larger or smaller batches.
And I know that's how it is with a lot of crafts,
not just soapmaking.
I hope you guys enjoyed today's video.
If you did, please give it a big thumbs-up,
subscribe to the channel, leave us a comment down below.
If you are interested in having your soap design
created here on the Royalty Soaps channel,
please read the description box below.
I tell you how you can do that.
Holly, this is a beautiful design.
Thank you so much for sending it in.
I hope you enjoy your free bar
that will be in the mail very soon.
This soap is gonna be available on the June release date,
that will be down below on the screen right now,
if you are interested in picking one up
for you or a loved one.
And be sure to follow us on Instagram.
I have an exciting little thing
that we're doing as a family soon.
If you follow my mom on Instagram,
you already know what it is,
but we haven't talked about it here on this channel.
We will on Wednesday, though.
Be sure you do something fun for yourself today,
whether that is going out, taking a stroll in the garden,
and identifying some birds,
or maybe scavenging for bird eggs on the ground.
I don't know if anybody else used to do this,
but when I was a little kid,
my mom used to take us to the park,
and we would look to see around where
there was a nest up in a tree,
if we could find any of the eggshells down below,
and we actually ended up collecting probably three or four,
which I felt was a lot, and my mom still has them
up in one of her shadowboxes, so that's really cool,
and you should definitely try it if you haven't.
And until next time,
I hope you all have an absolutely royal day,
and bye for now! (imitates bomb dropping)