This months challenge is the Holly Swirl named after Holly from Missouri River Soap who created this swirl technique. It is also called a swirl within a swirl. The technique looked easy enough and I was really excited to take on this challenge. I thought is was going to be fairly easy peasy. Uh huh, well I did two attempts at this soap.
I used a fragrance oil called Juniper Breeze from Bramble Berry that I have never soaped with before. This is never wise as you don’t know what is going to happen and you hope for the best. I used neon purple for the base colour and wanted to do a neon blue and yellow swirl. For this batch it wasn’t the fragrance oil that was the problem – it was the soaper, aka, me. I wanted to keep my soap batter fairly thin and I thought it was at the perfect consistency. Well my blue and yellow swirls turned green and basically turned into green globs in the bars.
When I cut the bars the next day I summed it up that my batter was way too thin and I would try again with a thicker batter. This is the video and pictures of the first batch.