June's Soap Challenge Club: One-Pot Wonder
Regular category: Using four colors in one container, pour a layered and feathered soap design.
I did the normal measuring and prep with Tussah Silk from Bramble Berry, and some Sodium lactate 60% from Wholesale Supplies Plus (WSP) to aid with removal from the mold. I prepped the four colors with oil in separate containers. I hand stirred the oils and lye water, then I mixed the fragrance at light trace.
- 40% Olive Oil
- 25% Coconut Oil
- 22% Palm Oil
- 6.5% Sweet Almond Oil
- 6.5% Castor Oil
- 5% Superfat
- 33% Lye Strength
Watermelon soap with poppy seeds in top layer. Fragrance Watermelon Mania from WSP.
Ruined by an accelerating fragrance oil; it became solid within 5 minutes, but gloopy and squishy by re-adding the water discount. I was able to mostly mix with colors, but at best this can be confetti soap. The temperatures mixed were a bit warm, around 85-90 F. The soap top would be best described as meatloaf :(
Contrasting and bright colors; fragrance White Tea & Ginger EO & FO Blend from WSP.
I was able to mix all the colors, I made extra of the top layer because I thought it would look nicer. I needed to add more soap to the white color. I measured as I separated the colors, but I had to hurry once the soap was getting to medium-thick trace. I poured into the side of the large pot's pouring spout (as recommended). The trace was becoming thick when pouring back into the one pot, because I believe the recipe / formula contained too many hard oils. Temperature soaping at oils/lye water at 80-85 F.
The pour was fine for the first color (black), but my hands were not steady enough tilting the mold with my left hand and pouring with my right. I poured some on the mold rim and some outside the mold. I knew the feathering was not going to show, but I had to keep pouring. I stopped tilting the mold and poured what I could, but the mold was 2/3 full. Most of the red was too thick to pour, so I tried to spatula the rest out without mixing colors.
Although it did not go as planned, it still looks pretty and vibrant! It reminded me (and my dad) of a Bomb Pop Popsicle (or Firecracker).
And a closer view (with more accurate color saturation to show the vibrancy digital photos lose):
- Use a non-accelerating or decelerating scent
- Pre-mix colors to reduce mixing
- Hand mix, no stick blender
- Equal layers and colors, but top can have more to fill-in design
- Pour at light-medium or medium trace
- Have a steady hand to quickly and evenly pour into the mold ;)
- This design seems to be forgiving and creates an interesting design even pouring thick soap