I tried my first batch of swirled soap this weekend, using this video as a resource.
My recipe is a bit different than theirs, since I like to focus on natural pigments and essential oils. This soap is a blend of olive oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, and safflower oil. I added some bentonite clay, which colors the soap green and retains moisture in the final product for a more moisturizing bar, and tumeric, for its exfoliating and beneficial effects on skin (prevents acne by reducing oil secretion, encourages scars to heal). It also makes a nice orange-brown color in soap. Again, since this is mostly olive oil, we have to cure for 4-6 months.
This recipe is for 5 pounds of soap.
*All measurements are weight measurements, not liquid measurements.
- 56 oz Olive Oil
- Extremely gentle and conditioning in soap.
- 16 oz Coconut Oil
Provides cleansing ability to a bar of soap.
- 4.6 oz Safflower Oil
It is mild and moisturizing. Can be prone to rancidity; proper storage is a must.
- 3.4 oz Sunflower Oil
It provides stable lather, conditioning, and a silky feel to soap. Sunflower oil naturally resists rancidity due to its high vitamin E content.
- 25 oz water
- 10.92 oz lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
- 1 oz Anise EO
- 2 oz Orange EO
- 2 tbsp tumeric
- 2 tbsp lemon peel powder in 2 oz warm water
- 4 tbsp bentonite clay
Base Oil Composition:
- 70% Olive Oil
- 20% Coconut Oil
- 5.75% Safflower Oil
- 4.25% Sunflower Oil
Make sure you follow all the general safety precautions for making soap before you start.
- In a heat-safe container, add lye to your water, stir, set aside to cool. Be very careful not to spill, as this is a highly concentrated solution of lye. Keep some white vinegar nearby for an emergency neutralization.
- When the lye solution is close to 110F, set up a double boiler. Gently heat the oil blend to about 100F.
- Combine the lemon peel powder and tumeric in a separate container, which is about 4 cups in volume. Pour about 1/3 of a cup of the warmed oil blend in the container. Mix well and set aside.
- Carefully pour the lye water into the oil blend. Do not pour any lye water into the container with tumeric and lemon peel. Gently stir with a heat safe rod.
- Pulse the stick blender in the mixture a few times, and then patiently blend until you are about halfway to trace.
- Add essential oils. Pulse the blender to mix a few times, stopping before you reach trace.
- Pour the mixture in the tumeric-lemon container until it is as full as it can be, while still being able to accommodate the stick blender (I filled it about 70-80% full).
- Pulse the stick blender in the tumeric-lemon container until you reach trace.
- Add the bentonite clay to the other container. Blend to mix well. Stop when you get trace.
- Pour all of the green bentonite mixture in the soap mold.
- Starting at a high height, pour 1/3 of the tumeric-lemon mix in the soap mold. This will reach the bottom of the mold.
- Do the same with the second 1/3 of the tumeric-lemon mix, but at medium height. This will reach the middle of the mold.
- Repeat one last time, with the final 1/3 of the mix, but at low height. This will reach the top of the mold.
- Use a rod (or the end of a spoon) to touch the bottom of the mold. Using even and fluid strokes, draw swirls in the soap.
- Wait 1-2 days before cutting.
- Cure for 4-6 months.