I love the spoon swirl. I've done it before and it's just a fun way to swirl. I decided to use a new palm free recipe because I was too lazy to melt my palm oil to measure it. ha! I decided to use olive oil, coconut oil, mango butter, and castor oil. I also used Brambleberry's blackberry and sage fragrance. It's an interesting fruity, but not too fruity, scent. The sage seems to ground it and make it a little herbal too.
Here is my setup.
So much stuff for one tiny loaf! I decided to go with my favorite color combination of white, black, and hot pink. To be honest, I don't have many colors and I know these work together. Blackberry sage is a great fragrance to use for this because it's clear and while my soap thickened a bit, it never got any thicker than pudding. It was the perfect thickness for a spoon swirl. Not too thin and not too thick. I also used 1% sodium lactate and a 35% lye concentration since I like to cut the soap the same day I make it. I had music on in the background and I thoroughly enjoyed this challenge.
Here's what it looks like in the mold before I put it in the oven to gel.
I put my usual glitter, pearls, and candies on top. I can't wait to see what this looks like when I cut it (I'm writing this post before I cut it).
I was able to cut it less than 12 hours later and I was so excited to see all of the swirls! When I did the spoon swirl, I swirled it one way and then the other to get kind of a mixed type of swirl. Every soap is different too.
I hope you give this type of soaping method a try because it's so much fun. Happy soaping!