I finally finished the video for my other secret feather swirl soap. I made this soap for the Great Cakes Soap Challenge a couple of months ago. Unlike the feather swirl soaps I’ve made in the past with a more diagonal, wispy look, this time I used dividers. If you’d like to see more details and watch my video, just keep reading. :)
When making secret feather swirl soaps in the past, I always attempted diagonal and more wispy looking swirls. That method can be extremely disappointing when failing to drag the swirl tool (aka gear tie) through the colored soap. I’ve made some batches where I missed the colored soap entirely and ended up with nothing even close to a feather. Just some sad little wavy lines. Using the divider method and going straight down through the soap was nice for a change. And mostly anxiety free. LOL :)
This is the same recipe I used for my other feather swirl soap.
Olive Oil – 40%
Coconut Oil – 25%
Organic Sustainable Palm Oil – 20%
Avocado Oil – 6%
Sunflower Oil – High Oleic – 5%
Castor Oil – 4%
For a palm free version of this soap, I replace the palm oil with 15% shea butter and 5% cocoa butter. I’ve used both, and the palm free version works really well.
Superfat – 6%
Lye solution – 33% (water = 2 x lye)
Activated Charcoal – 1 teaspoon dispersed in 1 tablespoon of sunflower oil. I then used about 1 teaspoon of this mixture per cup of soap (just enough until the soap turned the dark color I wanted).
Essential Oil Blend – I keep using this blend. I am obsessed with how it smells after the soap cures. It just gets better with age.
Lavender – 2 parts
Bergamot – 1 part (New Directions Aromatics BP Free is my favorite for this blend)
Patchouli – 0.5 parts
Kaolin Clay – 2 teaspoons per 500g oils