The Great Cakes Soap Challenge for January 2016 involved a technique called the Circling Taiwan Swirl that produces a lotus flower when the soap is cut horizontally. I went with natural colorants and tried out a new blend of essential oils. I ended up making 3 attempts at this swirl technique. The best part is cutting the soap and having absolutely no idea what you’re going to see. :)
I used my slow tracing, olive oil heavy recipe for this technique.
Olive Oil – 45%
Sunflower Oil – 10%
Coconut Oil – 25%
Organic Palm Oil – 12%
Avocado Oil – 5%
Castor Oil – 3%
I wanted to try a new blend of essential oils in this soap – Lavandin (4 parts), Eucalyptus (2 parts), & Peppermint (1 part). I’ve used all 3 essential oils in various blends before, but never together. The blend smells wonderful, but my soap did thicken up considerably more than usual. I’ve had this happen once before with Lavandin, so maybe that EO was the culprit. I didn’t get bad acceleration (I was still able to pour it), but it was much thicker than with my final circling taiwan swirl attempt when I just left the Lavandin out of the blend.
Blue – Indigo Root Powder infused Olive Oil
Navy Blue – Indigo Root Powder infused Olive Oil & Activated Charcoal in Sunflower Oil
Orange – Paprika infused Olive Oil
White – Kaolin Clay hydrated in distilled water (just a small amount or the soap gets too thick)
I made a video of my circling Taiwan swirl entry. I even managed to remember to adjust the white balance on the video camera this time. :)
My Other Attempts
I made 3 attempts at this technique. My entry soap was the 2nd attempt. It was fun to see how the consistency of the soap and the tool used for swirling changed the lotus flower design. The differences within the same batch of soap are also really interesting.
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