Flowery suds soap design

This is a fun flower design that you can make using cold process soap. I simply used squeeze bottles to help get the affect. Here is another tutorial showing you how to make flowers on cold process soap.

Update: I should have been wearing gloves while making this! Please always wear safety goggles and gloves.

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Flowery Suds Soap Design Recipe

Palm Oil – 6 oz
Olive Oil – 6 oz
Coconut Oil – 5 oz
Castor Oil – 1 oz
Water – 6 oz
Lye – 2.5 oz

Make your lye solution and set in a water bath to cool. Melt the coconut oil and palm oil and let cool.

While things are cooling down measure out your mica into plastic cups. I used TKB micas Antique Gold, Brilliant Gold and Raspberry POP. Scoop out about 2-3 pea sizes. It seems like alot but you really want the colors to pop.

Add your soft oils to your melted oils and mix.

Add the lye solution.

You’ll want to mix with your stick blender just until emulsified.  You don’t want to see any signs of trace.  It really takes a couple of pulses (depending on your recipe) and then stir by hand for a bit until you see a solid emulsification.

Make sure your mold is ready and your coloring cups are ready.

Pour a bit of your soap mix into each color cup and stir until its nice and mixed together.  Leave this part unscented.  Adding scent to your colored soap can make it get too thick.  I pour to the first line of the cups.  Probably about 1/4 cup.

Add your scent and color.  I used an EO blend Lavender, Tea Tree and Geranium for the scent and TKB Breath of Spring Mica for the color.

**Make sure you don’t use a fragrance that accelerates!**

Pour your base into your mold.

Then pour your colors into squeeze  bottles (didn’t get a pic but you’ll see in the next steps).

Pick our your flower’s outer color and draw circles on your base.

Draw circles with your next color just inside the first color.

Then repeat with your third color, but fill in the whole middle.

Then take a skewer and from the outside of the outer color drag inward to just inside the middle color.  This forms the petals.

Start on outside…

…and drag inward.

Repeat…repeat…repeat…as quick as you can.  I wipe on a paper towel between each stroke so it doesn’t put color on the outside of the flower where you start your drag.

Mine actually got a bit thicker than I prefer.  I really like the flowers to fall even with the surface…but the raised look rocks also!

Some tips!

  • Your mix should be just emulsified with no signs of trace.
  • Don’t use fragrance that accelerates.
  • Have everything laid out, planned, lined, measured out and ready to go!
  • Move quickly!
  • Oh…and wear gloves!

I hope you enjoy and please send me pics if you do this.  I’ll post them on the blog.

Happy soaping!

-Amanda Gail

For swirling tips, click the image below.

cold process swirling tips

By |2017-02-01T15:34:01+00:00December 6th, 2010|Cold Process Soap Recipes, Soapmaking Tutorials|11 Comments

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  1. Kat January 20, 2011 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    They turned out real purdy!! Not as nice and polished as yours (practice makes perfect), but I like them and I’ll definitely try again to perfect my technique.

  2. Kat January 17, 2011 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    I just made this, Amanda! It was so fun! I felt like I was in elementary school with the squeeze bottles full of color. Thanks for sharing this!

    • iheartsoap January 17, 2011 at 10:06 pm - Reply

      Yay! Glad you like! How’d it come out?

  3. Sonja December 19, 2010 at 6:31 am - Reply

    This looks really great. I am going to try this next week, as I have a few days off anyway.
    Thanks for the tutorial and inspiration to create something quite wonderful.

  4. Amy Warden December 13, 2010 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    Well, now I’m going to have to try this for sure! Thanks to Holly for sharing the link! 🙂

  5. Donna December 7, 2010 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    Another amazing and very creative tutorial. Thank you so very much for sharing your creativity and knowledge.

  6. iheartsoap December 7, 2010 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    Thanks Hazel, Holly, Anne-Marie and Wonder Turtle!

  7. Wonder Turtle Soaps December 7, 2010 at 8:39 am - Reply

    Wow, what a gorgeous soap! Those flowers are so pretty. Great tutorial – thanks so much for sharing your technique! 🙂

  8. Anne-Marie December 6, 2010 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    Great tutorial – what a fun final look and a very simple step by step. Love it!

  9. Holly December 6, 2010 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    Amazing tutorial! I thought I had it figured out and I did. 🙂 I’ve not used any micas other than the pop micas so now you may have inspired a TKB order. Thanks for your hard work on this!

  10. Hazel December 6, 2010 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    Thanks for posting this tutorial. You’re so creative and it’s very generous of you to share your knowledge.

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