I finally decided that I have enough successful batches of soap under my belt to try some more advanced techniques. There are so many variations of swirls for cold process soap, but I decided to start with what is probably the simplest — the in-the-pot swirl.
The first thing I researched was the best type of recipe for swirling. You need a recipe that will move a little slower. Something that won’t accelerate trace too badly. I decided to go with one with a high percentage of olive oil since it will move slowly yet still cure nice and hard. I also superfatted a little higher than I have in previous batches at 6%. Next I checked the reviews on my fragrance oil to ensure it doesn’t accelerate trace. Finally, and I forget to mention this in the video, I slightly discounted my water at a 2:1 water to lye ratio.
And let me just say… this soap worked like a dream. It stayed nice and fluid for swirling, yet it set up in the mold in less than 24 hours. The fragrance has held up wonderfully, and I am very happy with how my first swirl turned out. It’s a beautiful marbled effect!’
Thanks for watching! If you have any questions about this recipe or suggestions for future projects, let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!
Slow-Moving CP Soap Recipe
40% Olive Oil
33% Coconut Oil
15% Rice Bran Oil
6% Avocado Oil
6% Shea Butter