This month’s Great Cakes Soap Challenge involved learning a new technique called the Pipe Divider Swirl. This technique was created by Tania of Soapish. You can see the video of her beautiful Thorns and Roses soap here. Keep reading for more info on my pipe divider soap, including a video I made of my entire process. :)
My entry for the Great Cakes challenge this month was actually my second attempt. I wasn’t happy with the color definition in my first batch, so I decided to try another one using some colors that might stand out a bit more. I had hoped for a prettier green, but I’m not sure I’ll ever get there with natural colorants. I was actually attempting to get colors that resembled a purple iris (dark purple and light purple), but my darker purple ended up navy thanks to the super intense new organic indigo root powder I tried.
I used varying sizes of pvc pipe connectors – 2.5″ down to 1″ in size. I tried to place them so that each bar would have some of the pipe swirl soap. Here’s an Instagram pic I posted after going to the hardware store and buying the pipe connectors (and this isn’t even all of them). I bought WAY too many (especially considering my little slab mold is a tiny 7″x7″). I just couldn’t decide on the sizes to get. The cashier looked at me funny when I said it was for soap making. :)
I secured the pipe connectors to the bottom of my lined mold using melted cocoa butter. After I placed them, I was concerned that I had used too much cocoa butter. But when the time came to take them out, they were quite easy to remove – I just gently turned them and they lifted right out.
Olive Oil – 45%
Coconut Oil – 25%
Sustainable Organic Palm Oil – 15%
Sunflower Oil (High Oleic) – 9%
Avocado Oil – 3%
Castor Oil – 3%
Superfat – 5%
Purple – alkanet root infused olive oil – 1 tsp per cup of soap
I used a very dark alkanet root infusion that has quite a bit of alkanet powder remaining.
Dark Purple (ended up navy) – alkanet root infused oil plus a little indigo root infused olive oil – 1 tsp alkanet per cup of soap plus about 1/2 teaspoon indigo with a little added indigo powder. The indigo powder I used is the organic indigo root powder from BotanicalColors.com. It is the darkest indigo I’ve ever used, and it takes very little to produce a very dark, intense violet blue. Hindsight – perhaps one of my weaker indigo infusions would have worked better here for darkening up the purple alkanet.
Green – nettle leaf infused olive oil with nettle leaf powder and alfalfa leaf powder – about 1.5 teaspoons of nettle oil per cup of soap plus 1 teaspoon of alfalfa powder added directly to the soap and blended. The alfalfa powder left brown specks in the soap but definitely darkened up the green for me. However, the green still remained a yellow, pea green color.
I made a video of the entire process. As soon as it posts to YouTube, I’ll paste it in below. :)
Thank you so much for reading my post!