Thursday, January 16, 2014

Soap Challenge Club - Taiwan Swirl

I really couldn't pass up learning yet another swirl from Amy Warden of Great Cakes Soapworks.  Each month she hosts a soap challenge that soapers can join to learn new techniques.  I love Amy's teaching style and I always learn so much for her.  This month's challenge was the Taiwan Swirl.  I have never heard of it so I thought I would give it a try.

Because this includes delicate swirls I made sure to use a slow moving recipe, a well behaved fragrance oil (if it can reverse or slow down trace, that's the one you want), almost full water, and 85°F soaping temps.  Slow moving for me means no castor oil and no sodium lactate.  I use a lot of olive oil, organic palm oil, coconut oil, canola oil, and mango butter.  I also hardly use my stickblender.  I made a video so you can see what I did.  

I'm still in dire need of new soaping colors so I had to use my old standbys of white, yellow and purple.  I chose to mix my yellow and purple micas in a little olive oil so that I wouldn't have to use my stickblender.  It worked really well.  I added a little titanium dioxide to the base to whiten it.  The fragrance oil I used was Lemon Verbena from Aroma Haven and that tends to yellow a bit.  It behaved very well and I really didn't need to use much.  It would make the perfect fragrance for a kitchen soap and it will be a great pick me up in the morning.  

Here is a photo of the soap in the mold.  I made sure to gel it otherwise I bet I would've had to wait forever for it to harden up.


The next day I took it out of the mold and worked my magic with my soap cutter.  Lots of trimming to reveal the beautiful swirls.



I'm very happy with how this turned out and can't wait to do another soap like this.  I think I want to try it in my slab mold from Brambleberry next.  Some new colors would be great too!

Last, but not least...my soaping videos!  Enjoy!




20 comments:

  1. Great color choices!! Beautiful soap.

    Victoria
    http://maitribathbody.com

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  2. Well, if those are the only soap colors you have, they make a great palette! Great job on the swirls too!

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  3. Your soap is so beautiful! I love the flowing pattern and the color combination!

    Maya

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  4. I love the combination of yellow and purple. Your soap looks great!

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  5. That is a beautiful soap and you did a great job! What is that cutting tool that you are using? I have never seen that before and I am so curious. Thanks and good luck! Debbie Thomas

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  6. Lovely. Colors make me think of spring crocuses. Beautiful swirls too.
    Becky Kloss

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  7. Lovely swirl and colours work well together :)

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  8. Nice bright colors and delicate swirl! Nice job! :)

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  9. Love these 2 colors together! You swirl really is striking!

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  10. Fab colours and a lovely swirl. Very nice!

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  11. Beautiful colour combination, it's so spring like and the scent you chose is a wonderful complement to the soap. Your swirl turned out gorgeous too!

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  12. Beautiful soaps, Milla! Lovely feathery swirls!

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  13. Wow, your soap is stunning, Milla! Beautiful colors and swirls.

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  14. Oh la la....that is just STUNNING!

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  15. Beautiful colours and swirl! Love it!

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  16. These are some beautiful colors that just happened to be on hand for the swirl!

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