This past week we make a batch of Sunshine Spice. We usually use lots of citrus fragrances for soaps with bright happy colors. Personally, there’s nothing I love more than grapefruit flavored or scented anything, so it’s always my “go to” fragrance when I made a new batch.
Sunshine Spice is a dancing funnel design with a marbling look, and depending on my mood for that day will depend on whether or not it comes out with meticulous circles, or it comes out like an orange creamcicle marble. I love both designs, so its usually an -in the moment- whim. This often depends on the fragrance I choose. If the fragrance accelerates fast I will start to drop the circles with a fast blob, if the fragrance doesn't move the batter I will take y time with pretty little circles. Just remember, if your art design doesn't come out perfect it doesn't affect the quality of the soap and no two designs will ever be exact.
I use my normal cold process base recipe for this batch of soap. The full recipe is posted in the Learning Library in Lesson 2.9 the Swirl Technique: Dancing Funnel
Of course, for those who already make cold process soap, you'll know that this recipe needs soft oils that are slow to trace, so you have time to get that pattern in to the whole batch.
Its always a judgement call between mixing thoroughly and leaving it thin enough so you can transfer it into the cups, bowls, and squeegies that make it easier to handle.
Here's a quick demonstration of the Sunshine Spice being made. Hint: I made this batch with Madagascar Spice (OMG). I don't know why I'm always drawn to that fragrance, because frankly people don't want to smell like cloves.
Formulating your recipe for this kind of pattern will also depend on the fragrance you elect. Some fragrances are known to accelerate the recipe into a thicker trace faster than other. If you are into experimenting with completely different fragrances, you might have no idea what to expect. It might be a good idea to make a simple practice batch if you've bought enough of the fragrance. However, you don't always have to do that. The supplier where you bought the fragrance should have a good idea of how their scents will react in the batter, and you can just ask them via message system when you place an order. I know, that sounds like a "duh" piece of advice, but it took me finagling a few experiments before I thought just to ask the people who made the product.
By the way: the above demonstration is just a quick run down of the making process of this bar. This is done quick for the people who enjoy watching it, but don't want to actually go through a lecture-ish video. If you want to learn how to make this bar, complete with printable instructions and recipe, as well as a move advanced video that takes you through an explanation, you can find all that in our Free course.
And the videos are longer and more advanced. (Except for the safety videos. We put the full version of safety videos everywhere we can post them)