Red, White and Blue Swirl Soap
|It has been so long since I have made soap that my soap bucket has gotten dusty and my immersion blender has gotten lonely! So, I have decided to fix that. I mean seriously, this is part of my job! Good heavens, you’d think I’ve been slacking. Because I have been in China, I sort of missed out on all of the traditional celebrations and parties we do for the Fourth of July. So I’m actually going to step back a couple weeks and make something that is all in red, white and blue. Will you join me in dusting off my soap bucket and heading off to make soap? I hope you will, because I plan on making it a swirl soap!
First I started with Coconut Oil. Coconut Oil has been used in soapmaking for a very long time. Coconut Oil contributes lots of big, fluffy lather to the finished product. Coconut Oil is also a very cost-effective oil to use in your soapmaking. It is nice to have an oil that makes such a beautiful, smooth, lathering soap doesn’t break the bank. Way cool!
I also used Palm Kernel Oil. Palm Kernel Oil is much like Coconut Oil because it produces a lot of lather. Additionally, it provides a hard and beautifully white bar. Because I wanted part of this soap to be white, I wanted a larger amount of Palm Kernel Oil to influence the color.
Olive Oil is also famous in soap. It provides a thick, dense lather and makes the bar a little softer. Olive Oil is reputed to be gentle on the skin. All I know is when Olive Oil mixed with Palm Kernel Oil and Coconut Oil, I am one happy camper. The resulting bar is fairly inexpensive while being incredibly luxurious.
Next I decided on the fragrance oil. I chose Rhubarb & Sugar Cane Fragrance Oil. Rhubarb & Sugar Cane Fragrance Oil seems to scream summer for me. I think it’s a perfect fit for the color scheme I’m planning on doing.
Next I chose my colors. Titanium Dioxide to make white and Ultramarine Blue for blue were easy. However, red is a little tricky. We don’t have a true flag red. I decided to test using half Amethyst Pink and half Brick Red. I hope it works out the way I imagine it to be. Wish me luck!
Weigh all of the oils into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Add the Sodium Hydroxide to the water to form a lye solution. Allow the oils and the lye to cool to a lower temperature. We do not want to have the soap overheat and volcano. Mix the oils and lye solution and blend until trace is achieved. Add the fragrance oil at this point. Stir well. Separate the soap into three equal amounts. Add the titanium dioxide to one, ultramarine blue to the second container and Amethyst Pink and brick red to the third. Mix each batch well. Layer each color into the mold and allow to sit for 24 hours. Cut the soap. Allow the soap to cure. Longer curing time will result in a harder bar. Enjoy!