Secret & Reverse Feather Swirls in Cold Process Soap

Secret & Reverse Feather Swirls in Cold Process Soap

Secret and Reverse Feather Swirls in Cold Process Soap. *** Timeline & Info Below *** This month’s soap challenge involved creating feather swirls in cold process soap – secret or reverse. I decided to do both in one soap. I actually managed to get my soap made this month, but I missed the deadline again. This was my 3rd attempt out of 4 batches. I’ll be posting a video on my 4th attempt in the next couple of weeks (secret feather swirl using dividers). If you’d like to see pics of my failed attempts or read more about this soap, you can check out my blog post at

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For the blue, I used a method I read about on the Great Cakes Soapworks blog (How to Use Indigo to Color Cold Process Soap – One of Amy’s methods involves dissolving the blue indigo powder in a small amount of oil and letting that sit for a little while. It worked perfectly and left no specks or grit. After going through gel phase, the blue was even darker. For the green, I tried the same method, but the green indigo powder just wouldn’t dissolve and left specks. In this soap, I simply used my green indigo infused oil (amounts listed below).

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Remember to always wear safety glasses and gloves when making soap. If you’ve never made cold process soap before, check out these helpful videos:
Soap Queen TV – LYE SAFETY:
Amanda Aaron of Lovin’ Soap – BEGINNER SERIES:

00:15 – Mixing the oils and lye
00:31 – Coloring the soap
00:47 – Adding the essential oils & kaolin clay
01:04 – Pouring the soap
02:29 – Reverse feather swirl
02:46 – Secret feather swirl
03:17 – Finishing the top
03:42 – Cutting the soap
04:21 – Final photos

**** RECIPE ****
Olive Oil – 40%
Coconut Oil – 25%
Organic Sustainable Palm Oil – 20%
Avocado Oil – 6%
Sunflower Oil – High Oleic – 5%
Castor Oil – 4%

For a Palm Oil free recipe, I substitute Shea Butter (15%) and Cocoa Butter (5%) in place of the Palm Oil

Superfat – 6%
Calculate water and lye using a soap calculator (I used a 33% lye solution)

*** Great article on understanding water discounts and lye solutions – ***

Kaolin Clay – 2 tsp per 500g of oils –

Blue Indigo Root Powder (Botanical Colors Organic Indigo – – Mixed 1/2 teaspoon with 1.5 teaspoons of sunflower oil – mixed well and let sit for 8 hours (Great Cakes Soapworks post on this method –
– Added 1/4 teaspoon per 1/2 cup of soap –

Green Indigo Root Powder – ( infused sunflower oil with green indigo root powder
– Added 1.5 teaspoons per 1/2 cup of soap –

Essential Oil Blend:
Lavender – 2 parts
Bergamot – 1 parts
Patchouli – 0.5 parts


Waring 7” Quik Stik Immersion Blender from – (my favorite hand blender ever)
Log molds – Kiwi & Company on Etsy –
Log splitter & soap cutter – Buds Woodshop (Bud Haffner) on Etsy –


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