In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make this in-the-pot swirl and we’re topping it with bio-glitter! If you haven’t heard of bio glitter, here’s what it is!
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Let’s make soap! I’m going to do an in-the-pot swirl.
I used a Silicone Loaf Mold from Nurture!
Watermelon In-The-Pot Swirl Cold Process Soap Design
- Coconut Oil (76 degree) – 270 grams (30%)
- Shea Butter – 90 grams (10%)
- Olive Oil – 342 grams (38%)
- Avocado Oil – 72 grams (8%)
- Rice Bran Oil – 126 grams (14%)
- Sodium Hydroxide – 126 grams (5% superfat)
- Water – 252 grams (1:2, lye:water ratio)
Use your favorite slow-moving fragrance or essential oil blend. I simply used a blend of lavender and litsea essential oils. If you’re looking for a good place to get essential oils, I HIGHLY recommend Appalachian Valley Natural Products. I love their products and their shipping is super fast!
- Lavender Essential Oil – 15 grams
- Litsea Essential Oil – 15 grams
- Trial by Fire (Nurture)
- Winter White (Nurture)
- Lime Appeal (Nurture)
- Emerald Green (Nurture)
- Watermelon Sugar Bio Glitter
Let’s make soap! If you are new to soapmaking, be sure to download our free guide, How to Make Cold Process Soap! Gear up in your gloves and your safety glasses.
Step 1: Create a lye solution. Weigh the water and lye into two separate containers. Slowly pour the sodium hydroxide into the water while stirring. Stir until completely dissolved and set aside to cool.
Step 2: Prepare the base oils. First, weigh any solid oils and butters into a container and melt. You can melt using the microwave or low heat on a burner. Next, weigh each liquid oil into the melted oils. The liquid oils will cool down the melted oils and leave you with a base oil mixture that is about at the correct temperature to make soap. It might still need to cool down a bit.
Step 3: Weigh your slow-moving essential oil or fragrance oil into a glass or stainless steel container and add to your base oil.
Step 4: Prepare your mold. If you need to line your mold, line it.
Step 5: Check the temperatures. You should now have a container containing liquid base oils and a container containing lye solution. Take the temperatures using an infra-red temperature gun. Be sure to stir each mixture before taking the temp. You want your temperatures to be between 80-100 degrees F.
Step 6: Once you have reached desired temperatures, pour the lye solution into the oil mixture and mix to emulsion.
Step 7: Once emulsified, divide your soap. I poured into 5 cups but left most of the soap uncolored.
Step 8: Add your colorants and mix. I added each mica to a cup then added red + white and green + white for a little more variance. I added Winter White to my base.
Step 9: Pour each color back into your soap base. I poured in three spots as shown. Rotate through your colors until all are added to your pot. Be sure to watch the video below to see what I mean!
Step 10: Using a spatula and swirl the soap one time. Don’t overdo it or you’ll muddy your soap.
Step 11: Pour the soap into you mold. As you pour, the soap will swirl together.
Step 12: I ended up waiting for about 5 minutes so my soap could thicken. Then I used a spatula to create some texture.
Step 13: I dusted with a white/shimmer mica because I wanted the glitter to pop on top.
Step 14: Top with glitter!
Step 15: Allow your soap to saponify and harden for at least 24 hours. After 24 hours, you can unmold and cut. Cure your soap for 4-6 weeks.
Thanks for reading!
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