- Hello everyone!
My name is Katie Carson.
I am the Duchess of Suds here at Royalty Soaps.
Today is a very, very special video
that I am so excited to do.
Once a month, I try to create a soap design
sent to me by one of you guys,
one of the members of the royal court.
This little miniseries is called
Turning Your Designs into Soap,
and I have a goal that by the end of the year,
I will have done 12 fan designs.
So for this month, my birthday month,
I had to weed through all of the designs
that you guys have sent in.
There are so many fabulous ones,
but I picked this one actually a couple of months ago
because it really resonated with me.
The design was sent in by Brandi,
and it has very precious meaning to her
because she picked a sea turtle
to commemorate the life of someone very close to her
who passed away 12 years ago.
In honor of Brandi's family member,
a portion of the proceeds from every bar sold
will go to sea turtle conservation efforts.
I'll talk a little bit more about the charity that I picked
for Royalty Soaps to support a little later on in the video,
but for now, let me show you Brandi's design.
So here's the sea turtle soap, or at least part of it.
She has the four different blue-greens
that she'd like to include,
drop swirl, in the pot swirl, she said she wasn't picky.
She wanted sort of a light brown or a white top,
and then here is the swirly soap middle.
She also said, in the little letter that she sent me,
that I could amend any design
and sorta spice it up a little, if I wanted to.
I didn't do much of that for this soap
because the design is so good on its own.
But I did add a few little seashells
and a few extra little sparkly bits on top
that I think she's really gonna like.
So without further ado,
let's make some Save the Sea Turtles soap.
We begin today by pouring our lye-water solution
into our oils.
Actually, I'm gonna come over here
and pour it down the side of the container.
And then, using our whisk,
we're going to begin to mix it up.
I have really, really, really, really, really enjoyed
doing this this month.
Y'all will probably see me doing it a lot in the future.
I'm gonna stick blend for a couple of seconds,
then I'm gonna mix by hand some more.
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And this is right about where I want it.
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I split my batch off into four equal portions,
and now we're gonna color them
with four really gorgeous blues.
The first one I have here is Blue Tide Mica.
This is from Mad Micas.
It's a truly gorgeous blue.
If you mix it with a little bitty bit of white,
it is a perfect Tiffany Blue.
Next we have some Brilliant Blue.
This is from Nurture.
It is, like, the perfect primary blue.
Then we have some Tahitian Teal.
This is from Mad Micas.
And this is kind of a blue-green color,
definitely more of an aqua.
And finally, we have Baby Blue.
This is from Nurture Soap,
and it is exactly what it says it is.
It is Baby Blue, which is really nice
because most of the time, you have to mix a blue
with titanium dioxide to kind of make it light,
but this one is kinda like the perfect light blue
all to begin with, without any whitener.
Because the colors have been dispersed in oil,
and because I don't want to accelerate the soap,
I'm just going to blend it in using my whisk.
I don't have any titanium dioxide in this one,
so it doesn't really matter that I'm not using the blender.
The color isn't gonna disperse any more, in other words,
if I decided to use a stick blender.
It's gonna disperse just as much by using this whisk.
With oxides it's a little different.
You basically have to stick blend if you use an oxide.
The fragrance oil I am using today is Pink Sands.
This is a Fragrancebuddy fragrance oil.
It does accelerate your batter, so keep that in mind
when planning your design.
But it is an absolutely stunning fragrance.
It smells so nice,
it smells like a Bath and Body Works scent.
This fragrance oil doesn't rise at all,
so I'm going to go ahead and blend it in by hand,
about 10 seconds or so in each of the containers.
And then, starting with the Baby Blue,
I'm gonna pour some into this container in the middle.
This is the same one we mixed everything up in.
I'm gonna go to the Brilliant Blue next,
then we're gonna do Blue Tide, do some Tahitian Teal.
We're gonna do that once more.
I'm not gonna concern myself
with scraping any of the containers,
because like I said, this does accelerate trashe,
so I wanna go ahead and get it all in as fast as possible.
Okay, so I'm gonna scrape this one just a little. (laughs)
So now let's pour it into our two brambleberry molds
after this quick commercial break.
This initial pour is gonna be, well, relatively uneventful
because it's just pouring, and then the pot swirl.
That's always, you know,
a little bit boring in my opinion. (laughs)
But the piping for this soap and the embeds
are really, really cool,
and I think the swirl is absolutely perfect,
'cause it's supposed to look kinda like the ocean.
I didn't go for a very distinct swirl on this one.
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Oh, it smells so good!
I'm gonna push this off to the side,
and we are now gonna mix up the very sandy soap frosting.
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I have my frosting bag filled to the brim,
to the absolute brim.
I should never fill it up this much.
I can barely even twist (laughs) the top.
But we're piping with a round tip today
because I kinda wanted to emulate sand dunes.
We got some apricot seed powder in here.
It's made of 24 Karat Gold Mica,
and it really does create, like,
the perfect sandy appearance.
So I wanna talk a little bit more about
the Sea Turtle Conservancy.
If you wanna read even more about it on their website,
they have so much more information
than I will be able to share in this video.
You can head over to conserveturtles.org.
So STC was founded by Archie Carr in 1959,
making it the oldest sea turtle conservancy 501(c)(3)
in the world.
And then, in 1989, the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refugee
was established by Congress to protect sea turtles,
now threatened with extinction around the world.
So this organization has been working
since before most of us were even born
to conserve sea turtles.
So besides providing protection for the sea turtle nests,
some of the other ways that this 501(c)(3)
tries to help sea turtles is by,
number one, cracking down on international trade
of sea turtles and their products
by enforcing laws and agreements worldwide.
They aim to decrease the turtle deaths caused by fishing.
They try to eliminate disturbances of the nesting beaches,
so like, any artificial lights, halting beach armoring,
and basically just kinda limiting the impact
of people on the beach.
They also work to educate the public with programs.
So basically, they're just doing an enormous amount of work
for sea turtles.
It is such a feat, and I'm really glad that Royalty Soaps
gets to support them this month on Brandi's behalf.
So now that all the piping of the sand is on,
we're gonna add a little bit of Sparkle Sunshine.
This is a fairy duster from Mad Micas.
This is just gonna add a little bitty bit of glitz and glam
to the top of this soap.
Not a whole, whole bunch, just a little bit of sparkle.
Then, with a little bit of Blue Tide Mica, mixed with oils,
I'm gonna sprinkle it on top of the bars, just like this.
Kinda look like some of the ocean
is splashing up on the beach.
And to help tie the blues into the top of the soap
because all the embeds don't have any blue in them.
After doing the initial bit of covering here
with this Blue Mica,
I'm going down on the sides to make sure
that each bar has some.
And then, I'm also gonna add a little teeny tiny bit
of plastic-free, biodegradable glitter.
Just a teeny tiny bit, not a whole bunch.
I'm using 1/16 of a teaspoon to do the sprinkling,
and I'm not gonna do more than 1/16 per loaf.
And now it is time to add the sea turtle embeds.
So these are made with melt and pour soap.
A little bit of Aztec Gold Mica and white melt and pour,
and then they're covered in three different shades
of Green Mica.
Sea turtles are actually,
it's kinda hard to nail their coloring
because they have beautiful spots, kinda like leopard spots,
on their arms and their head,
and then their shell is sort of a different color,
and there's lots of greens and browns.
And so, this the best job we could do
emulating their, just amazing coloration.
Had to kinda mess around a little there
and see how I actually wanted to put these in.
I really wanted it to be easy to tell that it's a sea turtle
and not any other type of turtle,
so you kinda gotta get the little feet here
out at the front.
So this soap sorta ties in with my 25th birthday
for multiple reasons.
I'm one of those people who has obsessions
throughout their life.
You will see that in Kenny's videos this month.
You'll kind hear about it my videos.
I went through different phases growing up
and all through teenager-dom,
and even sometimes sorta now as an adult, too. (laughs)
I just get really interested in something
and I research a lot about it
and just fantasize about getting to do it, or whatever.
And so, when I was about 12 to 13,
surfing, Hawaii, and all things ocean
were, that was my obsession. (laughs)
I wanted to live in--
Um, so that's unfortunate.
I don't know when my camera stopped filming.
Kenny and I are getting a new camera, you guys,
'cause this one just gives us so much trouble
whenever we're tryin' to film.
So these are the sea shell embeds.
Some of them have a purple sort of red tone,
some of them have a little bit of brown and gold.
And we're going to have two on every single bar.
So yeah, in case it got cut out,
I was just saying that I'm always trying to find my way
back to the ocean.
That's been very consistent throughout my life.
I love going to the beach.
Anytime we, like, plan a trip or something,
I am trying to figure how to get to the water.
And with sea turtles, in my opinion,
being some of the most majestic creatures in the ocean,
that's how it all kinda ties into my birthday month.
So this is gonna take me a very, very long time.
Anytime I have little, tiny embeds,
it's always a very tedious job,
so I'm just gonna bring you guys back once they're all in
and I've spritzed it with rubbing alcohol,
and y'all can see the top of the soap up close.
Here is what our Save the Sea Turtles soap
looks like up close.
Look at them!
They look like they're taking off towards the water.
And then, of course, we have all of the sea shells on there.
We used a sea shell mold from Amazon,
so there's lots of different shapes and sizes.
I'm so proud of this one.
It looks so good!
Well, I am gonna be really interested to see how this looks
once it's all cut up,
and then we can look at the individual bars.
We will do so in 24 hours,
after this quick commercial break.
So we are back the next day
to cut the Save the Sea Turtles soap.
Honestly, I think I like it even more the next day
because the piping has turned the perfect sand color,
and all of that very wet Mica drizzle has now dried,
so it looks really like, kinda creamy almost.
I'm gonna turn this on its side.
Gonna line this up perfectly for all the bars,
and I'm gonna press down very gently.
We want this to cut very slowly and smoothly,
hopefully having less drag marks
because we're going really slow.
It's probably gonna take me 15 seconds
to cut this one loaf.
I'm gonna pull this one out from the middle.
This is what it looks like on the inside.
So you see,
we've got this beautiful blue and green and turquoise swirl,
and then we have the sandy color on top
with glitter of two different types.
You've got the little sea turtle up there,
and then on the other side, you have the sea shells.
And I love that you can really see that sea turtle
poking out, now that I have it cut.
It was a little harder to see it in loaf form,
but you can definitely see it now that it's all chopped up.
The fragrance for this is absolutely incredible.
They're just so cute.
Oh man, sea turtles!
I just, oh, I just love them!
When Caleb and I went to Hawaii,
we tried to look for sea turtles in the ocean.
I'm sure it was not the right time of year
for them to be there,
but I kept telling Caleb, look for a sea turtle,
I really just wanna see a sea turtle! (laughs)
And honestly, I like this design so much,
I tried to fit it in earlier this year
because this design, I'm pretty sure,
was sent to me in the December-January time.
So I was trying to figure out a way to work it in.
But I held off and put it in my birthday month
because I like it that much.
Anyway, I hope you really love this design, Brandi.
It was so much fun to make, and the smell is great.
You did such a good job designing it.
And the question of the day is,
in Finding Nemo, who is your favorite character?
So I know that this is not traditional at all,
but one of my favorite characters,
I probably couldn't narrow it down to just one,
but one of my favorite characters is Bruce the shark.
I think he is so funny.
I also really like the pelican that helps the fish
by carrying them in his mouth. (laughs)
So this isn't one that you can vote on
in the upper-right hand corner,
you have to let me know down in the comments below
and tell me why,
tell me why they're your favorite character.
I hope you guys enjoyed today's video.
Thank you so much, Brandi, for sharing your heart with me
and sending in this beautiful design.
I'm glad I was finally able to do this.
I know you sent this in a while ago,
but I was finally able to do it
and include it as part of my birthday month.
This soap will be available to purchase
on July 1 at eight p.m. Central Standard Time.
If you aren't following us on Instagram,
we have, you know, kinda like three.
We have one for Kenny, one for me,
and one for Royalty Soaps.
Kenny's is kinda nerdy, kinda anime, kinda drawing,
Mine is kids, family, vacation, pretty photos
that Caleb takes.
And Royalty Soaps is new product updates
and pretty shots of pretty soap.
If you're interested in having me
turn one of your designs into soap,
you can mail it to us at the PO box listed below.
Very soon, I'm gonna open an email
only for fan design,
because a lot of you guys are saying you can't mail 'em in.
So I'm working on setting that up.
Should be set up by next month.
So until next time,
I hope you all have an absolutely royal day.
Do somethin' that makes you happy
like educating yourself and learning more
about conservation efforts around our planet,
taking little bitty steps make a big difference.
So even something as simple as ditchin' the plastic straw
and using a stainless steel one
is a super step in the right direction.
Or maybe even watching Blue Planet
with your favorite person.
It is one of my favorite documentary series.
The BBC put it out.
It is stunning.
The visual imagery is just, it just can't be beat.
Caleb and I love to watch that show.
Either way, do somethin' that makes you guys happy,
and I will see you guys really, really soon.
So until then, by for now.
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