Spoon Swirl Homemade Soap Recipe

Spoon Swirl Homemade Soap Recipe

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 contrasting colours. Then, using a spoon, you literally spoon each colour into the soap mold alternating colours until the soap mold 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 mold. There is no water discount taken in this recipe.

Base Ingredients Grams Ounces Percentage
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 342gr. 12.06 oz.  
Lye 129.15 gr. 4.6 oz.  

Water as % of Oils = 38
Super Fat/Discount = 5%

Optional Additives Measurement
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.

Spoon Swirl Homemade Soap Recipe Instructions

For this recipe I used the Room Temperature Method. Bring the soap to a thin trace. Divide the soap up into 4 equal(ish) portions and add the colourants.
Ready to start the spoon swirl
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.
Spoon swirl soap
Start with the first colour and drizzle one spoonfull of soap base into the soap mold.
Spoon swirl soap
Then the next colour,
Spoon swirl soap
And the next,
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And the next,
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And so on,
Spoon swirl soap
Until all the soap is used up.
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Half way there!!!
Spoon swirl soap
Whew!! Takes a little while but finally the soap mold 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 mold, 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.

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