It's the end of summer, school has started, meaning time to plan fall soap projects! Each year I would make pumpkin soap once, usually around this time. I made a recipe just for this soap, the only recipe that uses pumpkin seed oil. The virgin cold pressed pumpkin seed oil is rather smelly, not in a bad way, it's nutty and amber brown in color. When I tried to put in my order for more virgin pumpkin seed oil I noticed the shortage in inventory. The 2 suppliers I normally buy from had none this year. The other suppliers who still carry it have priced it higher than what I would like to pay for. For this soap I've used up the last bit I have left.
Previously I had been making pumpkin chai scented typical bar soap. It's getting old and boring, time for me to revamp it this year. While looking online for idea I found this photo on Pinterest, it's actually a real desert, a frozen yogurt cake:
It is not in a typical cupcake form, rather simple and elegant!
If you are a soap maker you probably already know any pumpkin related fragrance contains a lot of vanillin (for smelling like vanilla) and that would cause soap to turn brown when exposed to the air, it's oxidation. I picked a pumpkin fragrance that's more like sweet pumpkin filling without heavy spice and less vanillin. How to work around the color is always the challenging part. Anyway, to not bore you with details, I present you my version of pumpkin soap this year:
Pumpkin Cheese Cake Soap
It's a rather time consuming soap to make, a 3 days project! Day 1, I had to make the cheese cake middle first, unmold it and cleaned it up to dry. Day 2, made the brown crust, put the cake back into the mold on top of the crust. Reason for this extra step is to cover the day one's ugly uneven soap top by placing it up side down into the mold to adhere with the brown crust.
Day 3, final dress up, this is the part it didn't go as planned. Day 2's brown crust did not adhere to the cheese cake part well, it left gaps. I had to make extra soap batter, split it to make the brown crust again to patch up the gaps. By the time I was ready or the cream topping the batter got too thick to drizzle... sigh. Oh well, plan B is not unusually in my soaping kitchen.