The Great Cakes Soap Challenge this month involved creating a winter wonderland themed soap that had to include an element of snow. The first thing that came to mind was to attempt a snowy landscape of some kind. Having never done a landscape soap of any kind, I spent quite a bit of time planning it all out. I really had no idea if it would work, but the whole process was a lot of fun. Given the amount of time it took, I’m glad the first try was a success. In the end, it took a combined 3 recipes of soap layered over 3 days and finally cut on the 4th day. :)
We had the option of entering our soap in either the All-natural or the Synthetic category. I chose the all-natural. Here’s my recipe and a list of the ingredients:
Olive Oil – 40%
Coconut Oil – 25%
Shea Butter – 15%
Sunflower Oil – 7%
Cocoa Butter – 5%
Avocado Oil – 5%
Castor Oil – 3%
Sodium Hydroxide & Distilled Water (amounts determined with a soap calculator and using a water discount)
Indigo Root Powder infused Olive Oil – various blues in the sky and blue-gray layers in the snow
Black Walnut Hull Powder mixed with distilled water – the brown tree trunk
Spirulina Powder – green trees
White Kaolin Clay
Peppermint Essential Oil
In order to create the big tree in the foreground, I used the reverse hidden feather swirl technique (with a gear tie as my swirling tool). I watched a tree swirl video by Jenny Rose of I’d Lather be Soaping and also read a post by Anne-Marie Faiola (The Soap Queen) to help me figure out how to do the reverse hidden feather swirl. I did make my tree slightly different by adding a brown tree trunk.
I divided the soap into 3 parts – the base layer of snow, the hill and little trees in the distance, and, finally, the big tree and sky. I spaced the parts out over 3 days, letting each part firm up before starting the next, and then cut the loaf on the 4th day.
I made a video of the entire process…
While I was editing the video, it began to snow. I live in Southern Middle Tennessee, so snow isn’t something we see a lot. Here’s the little Instagram video I made that day. :)
I’m really thrilled with how this soap turned out. Thrilled and still shocked, actually. My only regret is using spirulina powder for the trees. I’ve done tests with it and know that it will not hold that beautiful dark green color for very long. If I ever make this soap again, I’ll definitely use something else for the green tree color.
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