I started out using Bramble Berry's Pumpkin Puree Cold Process Soap recipe. In fact, I used their recipe exactly, just halfing it so that it would fit into my 3 pound mold. The recipe worked really well, but I'd caution that the addition of pumpkin puree made for a pretty intense gel phase. Instead of Bramble Berry's pumpkin spice fragrance oil as recommended, I used Pumpkin Roll fragrance oil from Nature's Garden. It worked really well, with no signs of seizing or ricing.
My first of two batches turned out pretty well.
|First of two Pumpkin Roll batches. It almost smells good enough to eat!|
Having panicked at the last second with the titanium dioxide, I realized when I went to do my second batch that I was out of white colorant. My options were to wait until my shipment arrived in a week or so, use another color, or just go without. I really wanted to do this batch of Pumpkin Roll, because I didn't want to move on to another project and leave the Pumpkin Roll fragrance oil sitting around. Let's be honest. Pumpkin smells amazing, but it's very seasonal, and I didn't want it to be the last scent in my arsenal someday months from now. So I decided to just go without the white and let the natural color of the soap be my second "color."
|Second batch of Pumpkin Roll soap.|