Bramble Berry recently sent me a set of their rainbow micas for cold process soap. I immediately set to work creating a series of rainbow soap designs. This rainbow tiger stripe design is easy to make and the finished soap is bright and happy looking.
For more tiger stripe soap designs, check out Holly Berry Tiger Stripe, Mermaid Orchid Tiger Stripe and Juniper Lemon Yogurt Soap. The tiger stripe is one of my favorite designs to do in cold process soap!
The rainbow mica set from Bramble Berry comes with 7 colors. I mixed the Party Pink + Merlot to get a reddish color and I mixed the Kelly Green + Caribbean Blue to get Indigo.
Rainbow Soap – Tiger Stripe Soap Design Recipe
Coconut oil – 12 oz. (37.5%)
Shea butter – 2 oz. (6.25%)
Avocado oil – 2 oz. (6.25%)
Castor oil – 2 oz. (6.25%)
Rice Bran oil – 4 oz. (12.5%)
Olive oil – 10 oz. (31.25%)
Sodium Hydroxide – 4.6 oz.
Water – 9 oz.
Lemongrass Essential Oil – 20 grams
Lavender Essential Oil – 15 grams
Cedarwood Essential Oil – 15 grams
Spearmint Essential Oil – 10 grams
Merlot Mica + Party Pink Mica – 1/8 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon
Racing Stripe Orange Mica – 1/4 teaspoon
Yellow Lip Safe Mica – 1/4 teaspoon
Kelly Green Mica – 1/4 teaspoon
Caribbean Blue Mica – 1/4 teaspoon
Caribbean Blue Mica + Queen’s Purple Mica – 1/8 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon
Queen’s Purple Mica – 1/4 teaspoon
White Mica – 1 teaspoon
Safety Warning: This recipe is for soapmakers who have a basic knowledge of the soapmaking process and know the correct safety procedures to use when handling lye. If you are new to soapmaking, visit our free soap making guide or check out our Basic Soapmaking eBook. Be sure to wear safety goggles and gloves while soaping.
Step 1 – Create your lye solution and set it aside to cool.
Step 2 – Melt the coconut oil and shea butter.
Step 3 – Add the liquid oils to the melted oils.
Step 4 – Add your essential oils.
Step 5 – Once your lye solution and oils are between 90-100 degrees F, mix your soap to emulsion.
Step 6 – Divide your soap into 8 cups.
Step 7 – Color each cup with one color (or blend of colors for red and indigo). Use a mini-mixer (coffee frother) to really get each color blended.
Step 8 – Pour 1/3 – half of each color in a line down the middle of the mold as shown. Repeat until each color is used up. If it gets thick, no worries, just keep pouring.
Step 9 – Spray your soap with alcohol to combat ash. Allow your soap to saponify overnight. Unmold, cut and cure your rainbow soap!
Are you covering this with Saran wrap or cardboard ans a blanket/ towel overnight?
Hi Amanda :),
I love this soap design! 🙂 I tried it a couple of weeks ago and had to come reread the notes here because I thought I must have messed it up. I used a different FO, but everything else was the same and there was no way it was ready to unmold and cut after sitting only overnight. Looking again at the recipe, it certainly looks like it would be a softer recipe requiring much longer in the mold, so I am trying not to be concerned about this batch, but I really wanted to ask to help put my mind at ease…lol :). Thanks for all the fun ideas and information!
Hello, thanks for sharing. I too would like to read the answer to Ella’s question. Grace-Ann
Colorful and fun soap, I gotta try this, thanks for sharing Amanda 🙂
Hello, beautiful soap. A quick question about FO: do you find that mixing them with warm oils instead of adding them to soap batter helps if they misbehave? I have some oils that speed up trace or separate, I am wondering if your method would help.
Thank you for any advice
Hi Ella! Sometimes it does help. By adding them to the oils you are diluting them a bit before they mix with the lye. You can also try using more water. I hope that helps!
Thank you for the reply. I need to try it. I have some very nice FOs that like to cause problems, maybe that method will be better.