Chinese New Year Swirl Soap

I really enjoyed the time I spent in China. It has really opened my eyes to different cultures, foods, and cosmetics. We are in the middle of the Chinese New Year and I was inspired to make a soap with the two colors that seem to paint every city during the Chinese New Year. Those colors are red and gold. Come join me for a fun, Chinese colored, swirl soap.

 

I will be using a combination of Hydrogenated Soy, Coconut Oil and Olive Oil. I really like this oil combination because I can get a nice hard bar that produces a great amount of lather. I love it!

I had intended to fragrance my soap with our White Ginger and Amber Fragrance Oil but when I got to the actual soap making, I forgot! Whoops. The good news is that the soap is still useable. Next time I will make sure I don’t forget my fragrance oil.

Ingredients
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Coconut Oil
Olive Oil
Water
Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
Brick Red Color
Yellow Oxide Color
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
170 grams Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
142 grams Coconut Oil
142 grams Olive Oil
178 mL Water
62 grams Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
3/4 tsp Brick Red Color170 grams Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
142 grams Coconut Oil
142 grams Olive Oil
178 mL Water
62 grams Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
3/4 tsp Yellow Oxide Color
Recipe in Ounces
6 oz Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
5 oz Coconut Oil
5 oz Olive Oil
6 fl oz Water
2.2 oz Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
3/4 tsp Brick Red Color6 oz Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
5 oz Coconut Oil
5 oz Olive Oil
6 fl oz Water
2.2 oz Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
3/4 tsp Yellow Oxide Color
Recipe in Percentages
38% Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
31% Coconut Oil
31% Olive Oil
Q.S. Water
Q.S. Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
Q.S. Brick Red Color38% Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
31% Coconut Oil
31% Olive Oil
Q.S. Water
Q.S. Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
Q.S. Yellow Oxide Color

Weigh the two selections of oils into two separate microwave safe containers. Heat gently until liquid. Add the Sodium Hydroxide to two containers of water to form two lye solutions. 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 color at this point. My color was dispersed into glycerin first. Stir well. Layer each color into the mold then swirl with a spoon. Allow to sit for 24 hours. Cut the soap. Allow the soap to cure. Longer curing time will result in a harder bar. Enjoy!
Taylor

Finished Soap

Finished Soap

Ready to make soap!

Ready to make soap!

Oils and Lye Solution

Oils and Lye Solution

Mixed batches of soap

Mixed batches of soap

Adding Yellow Oxide dispersed in Glycerin

Adding Yellow Oxide dispersed in Glycerin

Mixing Yellow Oxide

Mixing Yellow Oxide

Adding Brick Red Color

Adding Brick Red Color

Mixing in Brick Red Color

Mixing in Brick Red Color

Layering soap into mold

Layering soap into mold

Swirled Soap

Swirled Soap

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2 Comments

  • Monica says:

    Great idea for CNY! Seems like forgetting the fragrance is a common occurrence for all soapers even when you leave the fragrance in a prominent place. But the soap is still very pretty.

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    • Taylor says:

      I agree. Forgetting your fragrance seems to be the soapers curse! At least we can still enjoy how great it looks. As an added bonus, pretty, unscented soaps never last long! :-D

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