This month’s Great Cakes Soap Challenge involved learning a new technique called the Cosmic Wave. My entry soap is from my third attempt at this challenge. With each batch, I learned a lot about what I was doing wrong and how I might improve. From the consistency of the soap to how much soap I poured at once and how fast, all the little technical details really mattered if a cosmic wave was to be achieved. It was so satisfying when I finally created some cosmic waves in my last batch. The creator of the Cosmic Wave and our instructor for this challenge was Tatsiana Serko of Creative Soaps by Steso. Tatsiana is so talented and makes the most amazing and beautiful soaps. Keep reading if you’d like to learn a little more about my attempts at Tatsiana’s Cosmic Wave technique. I also created a video. :)
For my contrasting colors, I used indigo root powder infused olive oil to create a dark blue soap and paprika infused olive oil to create an orange soap. The indigo root powder oil infusion was created using organic indigo root powder and is extremely dark (doesn’t require much to get a dark blue).
Dark blue – 1/2 teaspoon indigo root olive oil infusion per cup of soap
Orange – 2 teaspoons paprika olive oil infusion per cup of soap
Olive Oil – 42%
Coconut Oil – 25%
Sunflower Oil (High Oleic) – 10%
Sustainable Organic Palm Oil – 15%
Sweet Almond Oil – 8%
ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND
Lavender – 4 parts
Rosemary – 2 parts
Peppermint – 1 part
Besides a fluid recipe, the keys to this technique for me were getting as close to the surface as possible, not filling my measuring cup too high (which I kept doing anyway), and pouring slowly. I really wanted to make one more attempt (and I probably will at some point) using a shorter and wider measuring cup to pour the soap into the mold. The cups I had were all a bit tall and caused me to pour a little too high at times.
I made a video documenting my process. I apologize for the awful lighting and color in parts of the video. I’m still working on improving that. :)
Thank you so much for reading my post!