Fireball Cold Process Soap Design

I haven’t made soap in awhile.  I got the bug the other day and here’s what I made. I did a few things with this soap. It is made using two different batches to create the layers.

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I made two different 1 lb batches of soap.

Fireball Cold Process Soap Design Recipe

Olive oil – 6 oz
Lard – 4 oz
Coconut oil – 4
Castor oil – 1 oz
Avocado oil – 1 oz

I wanted the bottom layer to be a swirled design.  I chose to swirl with black oxide, sparkle gold mica (BB) and vintage grey mica (BB).  So I made the first batch.  I melted the oils and added my fragrance oil.  I chose Bramble Berry’s Energy FO.  I love this FO because it is a dream to soap.  It does not accelerate trace and smells wonderful.

I added the lye to my oils and mixed just until emulsified.  Since I wanted to do a swirl…it didn’t want a thick trace.

I separated out the three colors for the swirl.

I poured the uncolored soap into my mold and poured each color (all going the same direction).

I took a craft stick and swirled it up a bit.

Beautiful!  My next step was to make another one pound batch to go over this layer.  I had doubts.  This was a nice swirl!  But if I left it, it would only be about .75 inches thick.  I moved forward with my plan.

I made the next batch of soap.  This batch I separated out about 2 ounces each colored vintage grey mica (BB), sparkle gold mica (BB) with a pinch of yellow mica (BB) and coral mica (BB).  I colored the remaining base with a bit of chromium hydroxide teal green (  I made sure my bottom layer was set up enough to support the green base and gently spooned it on.

Then I inserted my dividers.

And here you can see the colors I separated out.  I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do, but I wanted some sort of abstract swirly thingy on top.

I took the individual colors and put them in squirt bottles.  I squirted circles onto each bar starting with vintage gray, then coral and last sparkle gold mica.

I took a skewer and did a bit of a swirl to give it some interest.

And un-molded!

Happy Soaping!

– Amanda

For swirling tips, click the image below.

cold process swirling tips

By |2017-02-01T15:33:55+00:00May 2nd, 2011|Cold Process Soap Recipes, Soapmaking Tutorials|15 Comments

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I am a soapmaker, author and blogger! I started blogging in 2008, sharing soap recipes, design tutorials and publishing articles on various topics of soapmaking.


  1. Andi Philippe April 28, 2016 at 1:07 am - Reply

    I never thought about doing individual swirls in a slab mold with dividers! How cool. Thanks!

  2. Marlene October 25, 2011 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    That is so awesome!!! Thanks for showing how you achieved such a unique and lovely soap.

  3. tasha September 12, 2011 at 12:18 am - Reply

    I love it and I looove the Energy FO. Wonderful scent and these soaps are so pretty.

  4. Laura@3113 Soap August 9, 2011 at 10:45 am - Reply

    I love it! So beautiful!

  5. Steph B June 13, 2011 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    Great and gorgeous!!!
    I made a CP swirl with Black oxide for the second time only. Not sure if I used too much? The soap is absolutely stunning (really!), but it will probably leave the bathtub black… ;(
    I also used other oxides and bentonite clay. It was supposed to be a shaving soap. But obviously the color will come off on the skin and get the bath tub/sink all dirty.
    Did you soap with the black oxide have the same problem or did I use too much black and other colorants?

    • Amanda June 14, 2011 at 8:58 am - Reply

      Black oxide does color bubbles if used heavily. And it’s easy to use heavily to get the black that you want. I actually prefer charcoal powder to oxide. You can get a deep black without the colored bubbles.

      • Steph B June 14, 2011 at 9:39 am - Reply

        Thank you Amanda! I have some Charcoal powder. I may only use that from now on! Especially for a shaving soap! LOL!

  6. Celine Blacow May 6, 2011 at 5:05 am - Reply

    Lovely, lovely, lovely! Just love these! So creative xx

  7. Jen May 5, 2011 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    oy, this makes me want to be a CPer. These look somewhat celestial…too cool!

  8. mariquitaperez May 5, 2011 at 8:08 am - Reply

    No dejas de sorprendernos!!! es precioso!

  9. Jennifer May 3, 2011 at 8:40 am - Reply

    You amaze me, yet again!!! Beautiful!!

  10. Amy Warden May 2, 2011 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    These are way cool!! I love how creative you are with the colors and design!

  11. Sieglinde May 2, 2011 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    You always have something so cool! Thanks for sharing! xo

  12. Tanya May 2, 2011 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    Amanda – they are gorgeous! And so simple once someone else has already done it…lol. Thank you for sharing and giving me a new idea to try in my divider mould 🙂 xx

  13. Pamela May 2, 2011 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    Beautiful and unique! Great job, Amanda!

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