I realize that it has been awhile since my last post. I have been overwhelmed with grad school and farmers market commitments so I missed a few of the soap challenges. This month’s challenge was to do a spoon swirl soap and I just barely squeezed this in my crazy schedule of final exams, winter markets and holiday parties.
It helped that I had enough pre-mixed oils leftover for a small batch of soap (Yay for masterbatching!). I used mango butter, olive, coconut, palm and castor oil for the base formula. The soap batch was scented with lavender and geranium essential oils. I used violet, yellow and light green micas to color the soap.
Here is the soap loaf after it was poured and swirled with a spoon. I also did a few mica swirls on the top of the loaf.
Here is the soap after it was cut 24 hours later. I poured the batch at a thicker viscosity than I was used to based on Amy’s advice. I was concerned about air pockets but this soap design came out really well. I now want to experiment with this technique a bit more for future batches.
Thanks Amy for another fun challenge! It was great to get back into soap design again. I look forward to seeing the other spoon swirl soaps! 🙂
Your soap is looking beautiful, I also love your colors. I did some gold mica top swirls, but the gold turned green. Did you use gold mica on your top swirls, and does it stay gold?
Thanks Yvonne! I used yellow mica and it initially turned orange. I looked at it today and now it is more yellow than gold. So interesting that yellow mica can change like that.
Your soap looks so smooth! I love it!
Thanks A! I am happy with how it turned out.
It’s great to have you back, Janet! Your soap really does look very smooth – must be a great recipe! The swirls are gorgeous and the colors contrast very nicely! Excellent work!
Thanks Amy! Thank you too for coordinating this challenge and sharing this technique. Now I have a potential save for those fast accelerating trace fragrances that I sometimes run into. 🙂
So pretty! Love the colors!
Very pretty love the color contrast and mica swirls.
J, I have been looking forward to you joining the challenge again so much! I am glad you did it. Your soap – the color combo, the swirls, the delicate top design, all of them together make it a great soap!
Thanks Maya! I have been standing by the sidelines for the last few months but I have immensely enjoyed watching your creations. My favorite one of all time is the flower path soap.
Beautiful soap! Love that purple!
Thanks Natalia! It’s tricky to get a dark purple color!
Well done for getting it made in time – I had a similar issue 😀 It’s beautiful, lovely colours, especially the purple, and I love mica swirls on the top of soaps.
Thanks Vicki! Like you, since I was also in the swap, I felt compelled to get this done. Otherwise I might have let this one slip by too :).