Swirlin’ Soap

2013-11-20 17.46.36I finally tried the in-the-pot swirl technique I found over on Soap Queen TV. It turned out fairly decent for my first attempt and honestly, it was fun as heck!  Because I’m usually working with a high concentration of coconut oil, high temperatures, and fragrances that speed up trace, my soap mixture tends to seize up on me before I get the chance to do anything fancy. Why do I put up with that crap, you ask? Well, I enjoy a harder, longer lasting bar with a ton of lather. The trade-off is that it’s less moisturizing so I compensate by adding avocado oil at the very end to super-duper fat my soap. It’s a vicious circle really. The rule of thumb is lower temps, more olive oil, and essential oils instead of fragrance oils generally means more time for fun. Recently, I was asked to collaborate on a project for a seed library and I came up with some demo bars. Since I was using a carrot juice base, increasing my olive oil content, and experimenting with natural colorants, I figured I should put the swirl to the test.

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Dollup your colors on top of one another.
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Take a knife or small spoon and circle around the outside once and then figure-8 through the inside. Do no more than that.
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Pour that soapy goodness into your mold. Gel phase would be a good idea to really make your colors pop so insulate that puppy.
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Voila! The carrot color kinda stole some of the thunder but it still looks pretty neat. And yes, it was raining when I took this soapy porn pic. It’s soap, it’s gunna get wet at some point.

Not too shabby. My only regret is that I swirled too much. One swirl around the pot with a spoon or knife is plenty. Well slap my hand, I was having too much fun and I took two trips around. Nevertheless, it’s awesome and I’m selling a few bars in my Etsy store. They’re made with vegetable oils, 100% carrot juice, natural colorants, and are scented with basil and sweet orange essential oils. They smell pretty amazing–very much like a fragrant herb garden.

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