Sunday, May 25, 2014

DIY Cold Process Swirl Soap Tutorial

Spoon swirling is a very simple technique with a big impact. In this tutorial, I will show you exactly how easy it is to create this soap using spoon and two colors.

Olive Oil ~ 7.9 oz (225 g)
Coconut Oil ~ 4.4 oz (125 g)
Avocado Oil ~ 1.8 oz (50 g)
Cocoa Butter ~ 1.8 oz (50 g)
Shea Butter ~ 1.8 oz (50 g)
Alkanet root powder 1 ¼ tbs
Lye (3% superfatted) ~ 2.51 oz (71.4 g)
Water ~ 5.3 oz (150 ml)

Jojoba Oil ~ 0.53 oz (15 g)
Lavender and Orange essential oils ~ 0.4 oz (12 g)

Colour preparations: Infuse the oil of your choice (I use Olive oil) with Alkanet root powder.

To create this soap you will need to follow my basic cold process soapmaking tutorial. Melt your oils, add the lye and stick blend it like you would with any basic batch of soap. At the end of your trace, add extra oils (superfat your soap) and essential oils of your choice. You want a strong trace so that the soap is close to a pudding consistency. It should be thick, but still slide off the spoon easily.

1. Pour a small amount of the soap into the separate container and mix it with your infused (colored) oil.
2. Pour one layer of your base (uncoloured) soap into the bottom of a mold.
3. Here's where your artistry comes in. Use the spoon to scoop out the purple colored soap and holding the spoon close to the yellow layer, allow the soap to gently slide off the spoon onto the first layer. The soap should not completely cover the previous layer.
4. Distribute the remains of your base soap as a third and final layer.
5. I dotted the surface with colored soap and then dragged a toothpick through the dots to make swirly designs.
6. Pop out after 3 to 5 days, cut it in bars and allow to sit for a full 4 to 6 weeks to cure and finish the saponification process. Recipe yields approximately 4 bars of soap, 4.5 oz (~ 125 g) each.

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SocksAndMittens said...

I love your soaps. They looks so good. I purchased so many books on how to make them but I never make one with lye. I should really try. Thank you for posting this!

Unknown said...

It looks great! I used to make soap but since I moved I have no good place anymore. You make me want to pick it up again though!

A. Sparkle said...

Okay, this looked pretty kool! I've often wondered how people make soaps and now I know. I thought that it would be a big long hard process, but this seems pretty simple. Thanks for spreading the knowledge. I may have to try this out in the near future! :)

Melissa said...

This does not look that hard, and I had no idea you could use a plastic container like the one you used. I will definitely have to try this. I better get all the ingredients first, lol

Ulyth said...

I had no idea that this is how soap is created. Thank you for sharing!!

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