When I first made FruitSoapia last year, it was pretty cool…looked like a bar of soap covered in Skittles.
Don’t get me wrong…it’s a super cute soap…BUT it’s a bit too wonky for me since I can’t seem to keep my lines straight. Worse yet, it’s crazy time consuming and creates a mountain of soap dishes. My nemesis….soap dishes. Especially cleaning out 7 squirt bottles filled with soap!
Now that’s all behind me….
I’ve been in love with Mica Oil swirls for quite some time now.
Let’s talk about prep…
I prepared my oils and lye water. I immediately put them both in the freezer to lower their temps. I already know that this FO likes to accelerate on me so I wanted both my oils and lye water cool to give me time to work. They were both hovering around 65 degrees when I soaped them.
Next up was the ROYGBIV mica oil! Normally I’d prepare these in Dixie cups but I still can’t find anything after this move…instead, I stumbled across these little polka dotted cups. I added 1 tsp of mica to 1 TBSP of oil. (I used Rice Bran oil and micas from the Conservatorie) Mixed them well with pipettes and set them in the order that I wanted to add them. I find that having the mica oil similar to the consistency of fresh nail polish tends to work best for swirling.
A couple of notes:
My slab mold is a five pound acrylic mold from Soap Making Resource and I’m totally smitten with it!! it works even with my sticky, palm free recipe. I either wait two days to unmold or stick it in the freezer for a few hours to unmold it. I have not used sodium lactate yet but I hear that it works wonders!
My FO combo is:
Nature’s Garden Bumbleberry & Lick Me All Over with Brambleberry’s Pearberry, Yuzu and Red Apple. Yes…it’s a sweet symphony of yum!
Now that my soap oils and lye water have reached a low temp (65 degrees) I brought the batch to a light trace, colored it with Titanium Dioxide and hand whisked in the fragrance.
Starting in the top left hand corner of the mold, I dragged a skewer down through the mica oil lines in a loose ‘S’ pattern. I tried making a tighter ‘S’ at the top but the colors started to muddy up on me so I made my ‘S’s’ a bit wider.
Looking at what I already made, I decided that a full Taiwan Swirl wouldn’t work. I had to keep the intersecting lines further apart or else I’d end up with a muddy mess. Starting in the opposite corner, drag your skewer in the opposite (perpendicular) direction in a loose ‘S’ shape.