Black Raspberry & Vanilla Cocoa Butter Cold Process Soap Loaf
  • Difficulty Intermediate
  • Time 1 hour
  • Yields 10 - 14 bars


Black Raspberry & Vanilla with Cocoa Butter

This is another ITP swirl, with a layer at the base of the loaf which is uncoloured, just the slight ivory discolouration of the Fragrance.  What is ITP? This is a soapers abbreviation for "In the Pot".  This means you don't actually swirl the colours manually or physically through the soap, the colours are simply poured into the main pot and the colours mix themselves as you pour the batch from the main soap pot into the mould. A slab or log mould are best for this kind of soap.

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, so if using a different scent than Black Raspberry & Vanilla make sure you know how it will react in cold process soap (Just check the notes on each of our fragrances so you know what to expect).  I have used palm kernel oil so that I had a slightly thicker trace for the central pattern



For how to make soap from Scratch, please see our 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 using so many colours when just starting out. If you are more advanced, you can follow the instructions below.

  • Prepare all ingredients and line the mould (if using the wooden mould)

  • Set aside a spare heat proof jug (around 500ml) for the swirl colour

  • Prepare your workspace and set out the liquid colour and fragrance ready to go

  • Bring soap to thin trace, and then pour approximately 1 - 2 cups of soap into the small erjug

  • Colour this with the liquid Brite Pink for CP & Royal Purple Dispersion until you reach a colour depth you are happy with

  • Now add the fragrance into the main pot and stir through thoroughly, but don't increase the trace

  • Pour a few centimetres of uncoloured, scented soap into the log mould

  • Now pour some of the pink portion into the main pot


  • Still working quickly, pour the rest of soap into the log mould – the colours will mix as you do this creating the effect as shown in the picture

  • By slightly moving the soap pot as you pour you can alter the pattern a little if desired ensuring the pink is in the centre

  • See full instructions for In the Pot Swirling Technique here

  • Dust with Rainbow Holographic Glitter on the top.  If you havet a textured top, or don't wish to cover the top to avoid ashing, spritz liberally with Isopropyl Alcohol, then insulate for gel, or you can cover with acetate once firm enough to lie this over the top without it sticking

  • Unmould and slice as usual

If using "add to trolley" you still need to purchase Sodium Hydroxide,  Olive Oil and Distilled Water.