This Cold Processed Soap has been made in our Silicone Loaf Mould which makes unmoulding a breeze! A combination pour method, I was looking for a thin decorative top, with a swirled bar underneath. This is a new recipe suited to the cube mould too, but with some Sodium Lactate added, to aid unmoulding.
The base uses an ITP swirl using Bramble Berry Applejack Peel Fragrance and an autumnal colour combo. What is ITP? This is a Soaper's abbreviation for "In the Pot". This means you don't actually swirl the colour through the soap, the colour is simply poured into the main pot and the colours mix themselves as you pour the batch from the main soap pot into the mould.
The most important thing with ITP style colouring is to avoid overtracing the soap. If it is too thick, it won't swirl well and will clump instead of flowing. Also important is to use a Fragrance or Essential Oil that doesn't accelerate trace. This soap is for Intermediate and Experienced Soapers, as it can be a little tricky judging the timing if you are just starting out. The water content has been discounted to make a harder bar (smooth, and easy to unmould). Also, using Applejack Peel, you need to work fast with the base as it can heat up and accelerate.
As this log is scented with Applejack Peel Fragrance, we coloured our batch with a combination of Merlot Mica (3/4 - 1 teaspoon moistened in a little water and mixed into 1/2 cup of the traced soap for the swirl colour ) and Sunflower Yellow Dye (I used the Liquid but you can also use the powder, just mix in some oil before use). I also used some Titanium Dioxide into the thin layer on the top to achieve that pastel tone.
You may have a little soap left over, depending on the size of the mould you choose, I keep some single cavity moulds on my work bench and pour the left overs into those.
If you have never made Cold Processed Soap from Scratch, please see our basic Cold Process Soapmaking Instructions Page
If you are a beginner, we recommend you make a few batches before attempting this soap as it can be a little overwhelming trying so many new things when just starting out. If you are more experienced, you can follow the instructions below.
- Prepare all ingredients and the mould as usual and you'll need extra containers using the following sizes as a guide:
200ml (or similar) Container or small squeeze bottle for the red coloured "icing" swirl on top
250ml (or simiilar) Container for the thin upper layer
250ml (or similar) Container for the orange swirl colour for the base
- Prepare the colours (all hydrated) ready for use - here is what you will need:
We recommend using a "coffee frother" to mix the colours into the traced soap in the small containers to ensure you don't over trace and achieve an even colour without speckling
Approx 1/2 cup of traced Soap into the 200ml container - mix in Deep Red Mica, no fragrance, set aside
Approximately 3/4 cup of traced Soap into the first 250ml container - Mix in Deep Red Mica, a little Sunflower Yellow and some Titanium Dioxide - no fragrance, set aside
Approximately 3/4 cup of traced Soap into the second 250ml container for the swirl colour for the base - Mix in Deep Red Mica and a touch of Sunflower Yellow - no fragrance, set aside
- Prepare your workspace ready to mix the soap and set out the pre-mixed colours and fragrance ready to go
- Bring soap to thin trace, and then pour appropriate amounts of soap into the cups (as above). Use the coffee frother to ensure there are no speckles and it is well mixed through. This won't overtrace the small amounts of soap
- Once all the coloured soap is prepared, it's time to fragrance and pour the main base of the batch
- Add the fragrance into the main pot and stir through thoroughly, but don't increase the thickness of the trace
- Now work quite quickly - pour the swirl portion into the main pot
- DO NOT MIX THIS THROUGH AT ALL
- Still working quickly, pour the soap into the loaf or log mould, moving along its length as you pour – the colours will mix as you do this
- By slightly moving the soap pot as you pour you can alter the pattern a little if desired
- See full instructions for In the Pot Swirling Technique here)
- Because of the fragrance, this will begin to set up quite quickly. Now pour the thin 1/2 cm layer over the back of a spoon on the surface of the loaf - if your soap has already started setting up, you may not need the spoon, but doing it this way avoids making dents through the base layer and keeping a nice flat join
- Finally, quickly pour the thin, "icing" over the surface in a pattern you like, work quickly so that you achieve thin lines
- To avoid a tide line, and because Applejack Peel heats up a fair bit, we put the soap into the refrigerator to stop it gelling (ie ungelled soap). Leave it in the fridge for a few hours. However, if you want it to gel, just put your soap to bed under a THIN teatowel to allow gel. I recommend standing the mould on a baking try so that it has some air circulation under the mould on the bench
- Unmould and slice as usual
Note: If using "Add to the Trolley" you still need to purchase Distilled Water and Sodium Hydroxide