Swirled Melt and Pour Soap can be a little tricky, but it's not really, just take note of the temperature of both colours and make it in layers. If it starts to set up, just remelt! There is no specific temperature required, but both colours need to be pretty much the same. If you have a thermometer I like to work around 60 - 65°C - but this can vary a little from base to base.
What you'll need:
- 500g SFIC White Melt & Pour Soap Base
- 500g SFIC Clear Melt & Pour Soap Base
- Liquid Pigment Dispersion Black Colour
- 20ml (4 tsp) Black Currant & Pomegranate Fragrance
- Medium Flexible Loaf Mould
2 x 1 Litre Pyrex or microwave safe jugs
Chopstick, spoons, stirring stick etc
Isopropyl Alcohol Spritzer
Disposable Pipette or Dropper
Thermometer (Useful but optional)
Dice the Clear and the White Melt and Pour Soap into cubes and place in two separate jugs.
Melt in the microwave in short bursts until liquid (if using a thermometer keep the temperature at around 60 - 65°C).
Add 10ml (2 teaspoons) Black Currant and Pomegranate Fragrance to each jug and stir well to combine.
Add sufficient Black Liquid Dispersion to the clear soap until you see the soap has a nice opacity and depth of "blackness".
Ready to pour!
Pour approximately 1 cm of black coloured soap into the loaf mould, spritz with alcohol.
Leave this layer to harden up until a tough skin has formed (approximately 10 minutes depending on how hot you have poured).
Spray the surface of the black layer with Isopropyl Alcohol.
Cover the jug of soap with some plastic film, and pop it back in the microwave just to keep it warm.
Spray the surface of the black layer again with Isopropyl Alcohol.
Now pour over a white layer in an "S" shape, spray, then take the chopstick, and stir the white soap through the black, a little haphazardly. This is just enough to achieve the effect as shown. It can help if you break a little hole in several places if it has set up a little too much.
Spray with alcohol again.
Cover the jug of white soap with some plastic film, and pop it back in the microwave just to keep it warm.
Allow swirled soap in the mould to firm up again as previously - you may need to re-melt the soap just before pouring each new layer.
Repeat this process of spraying, layering and swirling until you have used all the soap.
Allow to set up completely before slicing - preferably overnight.
Slice and wrap as usual!
|Yields:||10 - 12 bars|