Now, about the candelilla wax....
I wanted to use it because I've never tried it in soap before...and also because I have a big bag of it. I don't think I'll ever use it up because my usage amounts are so small. But if this batch works out, then great...I'll have another use for the wax!
When substituting candelilla wax for beeswax, you're supposed to reduce the amount in half because it has twice the stiffening power of beeswax. For my recipe, because the amount of candelilla wax needed was so small, I used it as an additive. I did not include it as part of my oils, as you would with beeswax. Candelilla wax also speeds up trace, just as beeswax does.
I melted the wax along with the hard oils...then when I mixed all the oils together and added the lye water, I thought it was going to set up in a hurry but it didn't. I had a little time to work with it, but once I got the pink color ready to do a swirl, I could see it moving along, so quickly poured the batter into the mold and had to layer the pink on top...then using a spoon, I smoothed out the top as best as I could. I didn't bother with planing the tops because the pink layer would have been taken off, it was so thin.
Apple Blossom & Lavender
The fragrance is an interesting blend. I used up the rest of the Apple Blossom but there wasn't enough for a full batch, so I added a little bit of apple fragrance and a little bit of lavender fragrance. The lavender seems to be coming through more and I hope it tones down a bit, or I'll have to call it Lavender & Apple Blossom.
I'm wondering how the lather is going to be with the candelilla wax in there. I'm sure it will be fine, as I actually used a little less than what I needed. Will wait and see!