Lime Swirl Soap Project

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Skill Level: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour
Yield: About 3 pounds of soap

Project Description

This cold process soap is made with multiple green colorants to create a vibrant swirl.

Avocado Butter and multiple green colorants come together to create this colorful cold process soap.

The design in this bar is called a drop swirl. It involves pouring colors into the mold from varying heights. It's a great technique for beginners because no precise movements are necessary. It does require thin trace, so be careful to not over stick blend in the beginning.

Note: This project was originally made with Lime Butter, which was discontinued. The resulting soap will have similar consistancy, but will not have a slight lime scent.

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11 Ingredients
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All 12 Items :
Sodium Hydroxide Lye
Sodium Hydroxide Lye Item#: IB002149
$11.99

$11.99
Olive Oil - Pure - 1 lb
Olive Oil - Pure - 1 lb Item#: IB002448
$6.49

$6.49
Coconut Oil - 1 lb
Coconut Oil - 1 lb Item#: IB002326
$4.79

$4.79
Titanium Dioxide Pigment - 1 oz
Titanium Dioxide Pigment - 1 oz Item#: IB002531
$3.00

$3.00
Kermit Green Mica - 1 oz
Kermit Green Mica - 1 oz Item#: IB002230
$3.25

$3.25
Apple Moss Green Mica - 1 oz
Apple Moss Green Mica - 1 oz Item#: IB002224
$3.25

$3.25
Lush Succulent Fragrance Oil - 1.75 oz
Lush Succulent Fragrance Oil - 1.75 oz Item#: IB003162
$6.64

$6.64
Deodorized Cocoa Butter Wafers - 1 lb
Deodorized Cocoa Butter Wafers - 1 lb Item#: IB003785
$12.99

$12.99
Avocado Butter - 1 lb
Avocado Butter - 1 lb Item#: IB002371
$12.99

$12.99
Palm Oil - 1 lb
Palm Oil - 1 lb Item#: IB002379
$3.69

$3.69
Green Chrome Oxide Pigment - 1 oz
Green Chrome Oxide Pigment - 1 oz Item#: IB002537
$4.79

$4.79
10 inch Silicone Loaf Mold
10 inch Silicone Loaf Mold Item#: IB002867
$20.99
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$20.99

Instructions

Lime Swirl Soap Project

  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: About 3 pounds of soap

Avocado Butter and multiple green colorants come together to create this colorful cold process soap.

The design in this bar is called a drop swirl. It involves pouring colors into the mold from varying heights. It's a great technique for beginners because no precise movements are necessary. It does require thin trace, so be careful to not over stick blend in the beginning.

Note: This project was originally made with Lime Butter, which was discontinued. The resulting soap will have similar consistancy, but will not have a slight lime scent.

You will need:

  • 10 Silicone Loaf Mold
  • 3.5 oz. Avocado Butter (10%)
  • 14 oz. Olive Oil (40%)
  • 7 oz. Palm Oil (20%)
  • 8.8 oz. Coconut Oil (25%)
  • 1.8 oz. Deodorized Cocoa Butter (5%)
  • 4.9 oz. Sodium Hydroxide Lye
  • 10.9 oz. Distilled Water
  • 1.6 oz. Lush Succulent Fragrance Oil
  • 1 tsp. Titanium Dioxide
  • 1/2 tsp. Green Chrome Oxide
  • 1/2 tsp. Apple Moss Green Mica
  • 1/2 tsp. Kermit Green Mica
  • Green Herb for Topping

Follow these steps:

1

Slowly and carefully add 4.9 ounces of lye to 10.9 ounces of distilled water. Gently stir until the lye has fully dissolved. Set it aside to cool. Optional: Add 2 teaspoons of sodium lactate to help the bars harden more quickly.

2

Melt and combine 3.5 ounces of avocado butter, 1.8 ounces of deodrized cocoa butter, 14 ounces of olive oil, 8.8 ounces of coconut oil, and 7 ounces of palm oil (completely melt the entire container of palm oil before portioning) into a large mixing bowl. Once the lye water and the oils have cooled to 130° F or below (and are ideally within 10 degrees of each other), add the lye water to the oils and stick blend the mixture to a thin trace. 

3

Split the batch into 4 containers with the following amounts, add color, and whisk:

  • Container A (700 mL: All dispersed titanium dioxide
  • Container B (300 mL): 1 tsp. Green Chrome Oxide Pigment 
  • Container C (200 mL): 1 tsp. Kermit Green Mica
  • Container D (200 mL): 1 tsp. Apple Moss Green Mica

4

Add the measured Lush Succulent Fragrance Oil proportionally to each container of soap - it's okay to eyeball it. Use a whisk to fully mix in the fragrance oil. 

5

If the soap is extremely thin, give each container (from lightest to darkest) a few quick bursts with the stick blender to slightly thicken. The soap batter should be thin enough to pour, but thick enough that the colors don't completely blend together. 



6


Begin by pouring a bit of the white soap into the mold - just enough to cover the bottom. Then begin pouring in the green colors in different places of the mold and at different heights. Between pouring each green color, pour some white soap. 

7

Continue pouring the soap into the mold until the containers are empty.

8

Allow the soap to thicken to create a textured top. Check after 5 minutes, and continue to check until the soap is thick enough to hold its shape. Use a spoon to create texture - we created a side wave, but you can make whatever design you prefer. 

9

Apply the leaves to the soap - we placed them all on one side. Gently press them into the soap to help them stick. Once you're happy with the top, spritz with 99% isopropyl alcohol to prevent soda ash.

10

Allow the soap to sit uncovered for 2-3 days. Remove from the silicone mold and cut into bars. Allow them to cure for 4-6 weeks and enjoy!

Tutorial credits

Photographer: Amanda Kerzman, Kelsey Bray

Lime Swirl Soap Project

  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: About 3 pounds of soap

Avocado Butter and multiple green colorants come together to create this colorful cold process soap.

The design in this bar is called a drop swirl. It involves pouring colors into the mold from varying heights. It's a great technique for beginners because no precise movements are necessary. It does require thin trace, so be careful to not over stick blend in the beginning.

Note: This project was originally made with Lime Butter, which was discontinued. The resulting soap will have similar consistancy, but will not have a slight lime scent.

You will need:

  • 10 Silicone Loaf Mold
  • 3.5 oz. Avocado Butter (10%)
  • 14 oz. Olive Oil (40%)
  • 7 oz. Palm Oil (20%)
  • 8.8 oz. Coconut Oil (25%)
  • 1.8 oz. Deodorized Cocoa Butter (5%)
  • 4.9 oz. Sodium Hydroxide Lye
  • 10.9 oz. Distilled Water
  • 1.6 oz. Lush Succulent Fragrance Oil
  • 1 tsp. Titanium Dioxide
  • 1/2 tsp. Green Chrome Oxide
  • 1/2 tsp. Apple Moss Green Mica
  • 1/2 tsp. Kermit Green Mica
  • Green Herb for Topping

Follow these steps:

1

Slowly and carefully add 4.9 ounces of lye to 10.9 ounces of distilled water. Gently stir until the lye has fully dissolved. Set it aside to cool. Optional: Add 2 teaspoons of sodium lactate to help the bars harden more quickly.

2

Melt and combine 3.5 ounces of avocado butter, 1.8 ounces of deodrized cocoa butter, 14 ounces of olive oil, 8.8 ounces of coconut oil, and 7 ounces of palm oil (completely melt the entire container of palm oil before portioning) into a large mixing bowl. Once the lye water and the oils have cooled to 130° F or below (and are ideally within 10 degrees of each other), add the lye water to the oils and stick blend the mixture to a thin trace. 

3

Split the batch into 4 containers with the following amounts, add color, and whisk:

  • Container A (700 mL: All dispersed titanium dioxide
  • Container B (300 mL): 1 tsp. Green Chrome Oxide Pigment 
  • Container C (200 mL): 1 tsp. Kermit Green Mica
  • Container D (200 mL): 1 tsp. Apple Moss Green Mica

4

Add the measured Lush Succulent Fragrance Oil proportionally to each container of soap - it's okay to eyeball it. Use a whisk to fully mix in the fragrance oil. 

5

If the soap is extremely thin, give each container (from lightest to darkest) a few quick bursts with the stick blender to slightly thicken. The soap batter should be thin enough to pour, but thick enough that the colors don't completely blend together. 



6


Begin by pouring a bit of the white soap into the mold - just enough to cover the bottom. Then begin pouring in the green colors in different places of the mold and at different heights. Between pouring each green color, pour some white soap. 

7

Continue pouring the soap into the mold until the containers are empty.

8

Allow the soap to thicken to create a textured top. Check after 5 minutes, and continue to check until the soap is thick enough to hold its shape. Use a spoon to create texture - we created a side wave, but you can make whatever design you prefer. 

9

Apply the leaves to the soap - we placed them all on one side. Gently press them into the soap to help them stick. Once you're happy with the top, spritz with 99% isopropyl alcohol to prevent soda ash.

10

Allow the soap to sit uncovered for 2-3 days. Remove from the silicone mold and cut into bars. Allow them to cure for 4-6 weeks and enjoy!

Tutorial credits

Photographer: Amanda Kerzman, Kelsey Bray

You will need:

  • 10 Silicone Loaf Mold
  • 3.5 oz. Avocado Butter (10%)
  • 14 oz. Olive Oil (40%)
  • 7 oz. Palm Oil (20%)
  • 8.8 oz. Coconut Oil (25%)
  • 1.8 oz. Deodorized Cocoa Butter (5%)
  • 4.9 oz. Sodium Hydroxide Lye
  • 10.9 oz. Distilled Water
  • 1.6 oz. Lush Succulent Fragrance Oil
  • 1 tsp. Titanium Dioxide
  • 1/2 tsp. Green Chrome Oxide
  • 1/2 tsp. Apple Moss Green Mica
  • 1/2 tsp. Kermit Green Mica
  • Green Herb for Topping

Follow these steps:

1

Slowly and carefully add 4.9 ounces of lye to 10.9 ounces of distilled water. Gently stir until the lye has fully dissolved. Set it aside to cool. Optional: Add 2 teaspoons of sodium lactate to help the bars harden more quickly.

2

Melt and combine 3.5 ounces of avocado butter, 1.8 ounces of deodrized cocoa butter, 14 ounces of olive oil, 8.8 ounces of coconut oil, and 7 ounces of palm oil (completely melt the entire container of palm oil before portioning) into a large mixing bowl. Once the lye water and the oils have cooled to 130° F or below (and are ideally within 10 degrees of each other), add the lye water to the oils and stick blend the mixture to a thin trace. 

3

Split the batch into 4 containers with the following amounts, add color, and whisk:

  • Container A (700 mL: All dispersed titanium dioxide
  • Container B (300 mL): 1 tsp. Green Chrome Oxide Pigment 
  • Container C (200 mL): 1 tsp. Kermit Green Mica
  • Container D (200 mL): 1 tsp. Apple Moss Green Mica

4

Add the measured Lush Succulent Fragrance Oil proportionally to each container of soap - it's okay to eyeball it. Use a whisk to fully mix in the fragrance oil. 

5

If the soap is extremely thin, give each container (from lightest to darkest) a few quick bursts with the stick blender to slightly thicken. The soap batter should be thin enough to pour, but thick enough that the colors don't completely blend together. 



6


Begin by pouring a bit of the white soap into the mold - just enough to cover the bottom. Then begin pouring in the green colors in different places of the mold and at different heights. Between pouring each green color, pour some white soap. 

7

Continue pouring the soap into the mold until the containers are empty.

8

Allow the soap to thicken to create a textured top. Check after 5 minutes, and continue to check until the soap is thick enough to hold its shape. Use a spoon to create texture - we created a side wave, but you can make whatever design you prefer. 

9

Apply the leaves to the soap - we placed them all on one side. Gently press them into the soap to help them stick. Once you're happy with the top, spritz with 99% isopropyl alcohol to prevent soda ash.

10

Allow the soap to sit uncovered for 2-3 days. Remove from the silicone mold and cut into bars. Allow them to cure for 4-6 weeks and enjoy!

Tutorial credits

Photographer: Amanda Kerzman, Kelsey Bray

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