This week was week two of the Greatcakes Soapworks challege and soapers were challenged to create an elemental swirl. This complex swirling technique involved multiple colors, multiple pouring containers, a mica line, and a little bit of speed!
I started off with a basic soap recipe that usually would take a little bit of time to trace so I would hopefully have plenty time to work the swirl, but I wasn’t sure how the fragrance would effect the process. I didn’t have any fragrance oils that wouldn’t discolor the soap in some way so I decided to make a blend of EOs: patchouli, rose geranium, lavender, and cedarwood. An interesting combo, but I figured, what the hay!
The elemental swirl is done in 2 layers and each layer has 4 colors, one of the colors being the natural color of the soap. I had a hard time picking my colors because I wasn’t sure what colors would fit my scent. Eventually I settled in a pink and blue contrast because I had plenty of blues and pinks to pull from in my colorant stash.
Blue Layer colorants:
1. natural soap
2. ultraviolet blue/ neon blue/ TD
3. ultramarine blue oxide
4. 1982 blue mica
Pink Layer colorants:
1. natural soap
2. ultramarine pink
3. electric bubblegum colorant
4. neon pink colorant
I mixed all of my oils and added the lye mixture to the oils. I stick blended only enough to make sure the components emulsified. I had already added the individual colorants to different pourable measuring cups. I poured the raw soap into each cup, trying to make it as even as possible. I blended each cup of soap to thoroughly disperse the color then added a bit of the premade EO blend to each cup of soap. I quickly mixed it in and began my ITP swirl for the bottom layer (the blue). That layer went fine and I used black oxide for my pencil line. I had some micas, but wasn’t sure they would be dark enough to be seen easily when the soap was cut. I made a bit of a mess doing the line but overall, it came out ok. The top layer colors were starting to thicken up so a mixed them all up before doing the pink ITP swirl. I put the second layer in as quickly as I could, but could tell the first layer (the blue layer) was already starting to firm up. To finish up the soap I decorated the top with bits of the blue soap.
I cut the next day even though the soap was still a bit soft. It cut okay but I noticed I had gotten a few sprinkles of black oxide on the top of my soap loaf so I was a bit frustrated by that. In the end, I think the soap came out okay. Here are a few photos of the finished soap:
Hope you like my elemental soap! If you would like to try your hand at creating an elemental soap swirl and/or any other techniques from the Greatcakes Soapworks challenge, please visit the above link to the Greatcakes Soapworks blog. Thanks!