Take a look at this fun and easy spoon swirl homemade soap recipe made using the room temperature method and coloured with oxides, cocoa powder and mica.
The spoon swirl design is achieved by dividing the soap up and colouring each in portion with contrasting colours. Then, using a spoon, you literally spoon each colour into the soap mould alternating colours until the soap mould is filled.
With this batch I decided to forgo using essential or fragrance oils. If you decide to use them be sure to use ones that are slow movers since you will need lots of time to get the soap into the soap mould. There is no water discount taken in this recipe.
You can easily make this recipe Palm Free, by simply switching out the palm oil for lard, tallow, shea butter, cocoa butter or mango butter and re-running the recipe through a lye calculator to get the correct amount of sodium hydroxide (lye) needed.
Coconut Oil - 270 gr. | 9.52 oz. | 30%
Olive Oil - 360 gr. | 12.7 oz. | 40%
Castor Oil - 45 gr. | 1.59 oz. | 5%
Palm Oil** - 225 gr. | 7.94 oz. | 25%
Distilled Water - 342 gr. | 12.06 oz.
Lye - 129.15 gr. | 4.6 oz.
Water as % of Oils = 38
Super Fat/Discount = 5%
Cocoa Powder - 1/4 tsp.
Black Oxide - 1/4 tsp.
Yellow Oxide - 1/4 tsp.
White Mica - 1 1/4 tsp.
**If you cannot find ethically sourced palm oil or would prefer to not use palm oil at all, it can be substituted with lard, tallow, shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter, etc. Re-run the recipe through the lye calculator before making.
For this recipe I used the Room Temperature Method of soap making.
Bring the soap to a thin trace.
Divide the soap up into 4 equal(ish) portions and add the colourants.
Colour A - 1/2 tsp of white mica;
Colour B - 1/4 tsp of yellow oxide and 1/4 tsp white mica;
Colour C - 1/4 tsp cocoa powder and 1/4 tsp white mica;
Colour D - 1/4 tsp black mica and 1/4 tsp white mica.
Mix each colour in very well. I got a bit overaggressive with the stick blender and accidently beat in bubbles! I decided I could live with them.
Start with the first colour and drizzle one spoonful of soap base into the soap mould.
Then the next colour,
And the next,
And so on until all the soap is used up.
Whew!! Takes a little while but finally the soap mould is full. If the batter seems to thicken up as you are working, just give it a gentle stir to loosen it up and keep on spooning.
Once you have filled the mould, wrap the soap up as usual and leave it to insulate. The next day, unwrap and cut as normal. Enjoy!
Many more Homemade Soap Recipes can be found on the main recipes page.