Linden Blossom Shea Cold Processed Soap Log
  • Difficulty Intermediate
  • Time 1 hour
  • Yields 10 - 14 bars


Linden Blossom Cold Process Natural Handmade Soap

This is an ITP swirl using Seafoam Green Mica.  What is ITP?  This is a Soapers 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.  A slab or log mould are best for this kind of soap, though vertical moulds can look really nice too.

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. (Just check the notes on each of our fragrances so you know what to expect).




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 as usual

  • Set aside a 750ml heat proof jug for the Seafoam Green Mica swirl colour

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

  • Colour this with the mica mixture you are made and briefly give it a blast with the stick blender - careful not to overtrace - 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 thickness of the trace

  • Working quite quickly - pour the green portion into the main pot - placing it in 3 or four places (ie 12 o'clock, 3 o'clock, 6 o'clock and 9 o'clock


  • Still working quickly, pour the soap into the log mould – 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.

  • If you want 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

  • I brushed some mica onto my log prior to unmoulding

  • Unmould and slice as usual

Note: If you would like a textured top, you need to balance the thickness of trace with its ability to sit nicely on top in that textured look.