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postheadericon Spoon Swirl Homemade Soap Recipe

Spoon Swirl Homemade Soap Recipe
Take a look at this fun and easy spoon swirl homemade soap recipe made using the room temperature method and coloured with oxides, cocoa powder and mica.

The spoon swirl design is achieved by dividing the soap up and colouring each in contrasting colours. Then, using a spoon, you literally spoon each colour into the soap mold alternating colours until the soap mold is filled. DSC06308

With this batch I decided to forgo using essential or fragrance oils. If you decide to use them be sure to use ones that are slow movers since you will need lots of time to get the soap into the soap mold. There is no water discount taken in this recipe.
Base Ingredients Grams Ounces Percentage
Coconut Oil 270 gr. 9.52 oz. 30%
Olive Oil 360 gr. 12.7 oz. 40%
Castor Oil 45 gr. 1.59 oz. 5%
Palm Oil** 225 gr. 7.94 oz. 25%
Distilled Water 342gr. 12.06 oz.
Lye 129.15 gr. 4.6 oz.

Water as % of Oils = 38
Super Fat/Discount = 5%
Optional Additives Measurement
Cocoa Powder 1/4 tsp.
Black Oxide 1/4 tsp.
Yellow Oxide 1/4 tsp.
White Mica 1 1/4 tsp.

**If you cannot find ethically sourced palm oil or would prefer to not use palm oil at all, it can be substituted with lard, tallow, shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter, etc. Re-run the recipe through the lye calculator before making.

Spoon Swirl Homemade Soap Recipe Instructions For this recipe I used the Room Temperature Method. Bring the soap to a thin trace. Divide the soap up into 4 equal(ish) portions and add the colourants.

It’s Fun!

Finally, some people just make homemade soap for the fun in it. The process can actually be quite enjoyable, especially to those who love arts & crafts and cooking.

Colour A – 1/2 tsp of white mica;
Colour B – 1/4 tsp of yellow oxide and 1/4 tsp white mica;
Colour C – 1/4 tsp cocoa powder and 1/4 tsp white mica;
Colour D – 1/4 tsp black mica and 1/4 tsp white mica.
Mix each colour in very well. I got a bit overaggressive with the stick blender and accidently beat in bubbles! I decided I could live with them.

Start with the first colour and drizzle one spoonfull of soap base into the soap mold.

Then the next colour,

And the next,

And the next,

And so on,

Until all the soap is used up.

Half way there!!!

Whew!! Takes a little while but finally the soap mold is full. If the batter seems to thicken up as you are working, just give it a gentle stir to loosen it up and keep on spooning.

Once you have filled the mold, wrap the soap up as usual and leave it to insulate. The next day, unwrap and cut as normal. Enjoy!

It’s also a great way to come out of a hobby with a usable set of items. As for the soaps you make: you can give them out to your friends as gifts on special occasions, for example, or perhaps even sell them online or on crafts shows. Whatever you want to do with the soaps, there is something in handmade soapmaking for everyone.
Ready To Make Soap?

If you’re convinced on trying your hand at soapmaking, take a look at our soap making basics page. There, you’ll find important information to help you get started. For the seasoned, experienced soap makers that are just looking for recipes, check out our collection of homemade soap recipes.

It’s a month away from Christmas, so I’ve been spending my Thanksgiving weekend making soap for my Christmas gift baskets. It’s the one time of the year where I recall those good old days where I was making and selling soap online and at craft fairs.

It’s also the time of year where splurge and make some extra special batches of soap. While I’ve really been in love with my last batch of 100% coconut oil soap, I wanted to make a batch of real luxury soap.

While just a plain, every day bar of soap can be luxurious, most people equate luxury with the luxury oils like shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba, and some of the other liquid oils.

This recipe, called Double Butter, uses 25% butters. Because butters will dampen the lather of your soap some, I upped the coconut to 35% and balanced the recipe with some lard, olive and castor oils. Recipes with high percentages of butters come to trace quickly.

Using lard instead of palm oil or tallow as your “hard” oil helps slow things down. But I’ve included a vegetarian version of the recipe for you as well.

For this recipe, which makes 3 pounds of soap, I used:
4.5 ounces lard (10%)
15.6 ounces coconut oil (35%)
11.2 ounces olive oil (25%)
2.2 ounces castor oil (5%)
5.8 ounces cocoa butter (13%)
5.4 ounces shea butter (12%)
6.3 ounces lye (6% lye discount)
12.6 ounces water
2 ounces of fragrance or essential oil blend, I used my Lavender Dream blend with patchouli, orange and lavender essential oils
1/2 tsp. gold mica
1/2 tsp. brown mica
Vegetarian/Non-Animal Oil Version

Substitute the 4.5 ounces of lard for 4.5 ounces of palm oil. The saponification values for the two oils are close enough that the lye amount doesn’t change. .

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