I used four of them in this new soap! Beautiful!
Mermaid Orchid Tiger Stripe Soap Recipe
Coconut Oil – 10 oz.
Shea Butter – 2 oz.
Olive Oil – 14 oz.
Sweet Almond Oil – 2 oz.
Rice Bran Oil – 4 oz.
Sodium Hydroxide – 4.5 oz.
Distilled Water – 9 oz.
Slow-moving Fragrance or Essential Oil – 1.5-2 oz. (I used 1 oz. lavender essential oil and 1 oz. litsea essential oil.)
Safety Warning: This recipe is for soapmakers who have a basic knowledge of the soapmaking process and know the correct safety procedures to use when handling lye. If you are new to soapmaking, visit our beginner instructions. Be sure to wear safety goggles and gloves while soaping.
Step 1 – Make your lye solution and set aside to cool down.
Step 2 – Melt the coconut and shea butter, just until melted.
Step 3 – Add the liquid oils to the melted oils. This helps to cool the temperature down.
Step 4 – Add the fragrance or essential oil.
Step 5 – Once the oils and lye are cooled to under 90 degrees F, pour the lye into the oils and emulsify.
You can tell that the soap is emulsified when the color is consistent and there are no more oil streaks on the surface.
Step 6 – Divide the soap base as shown below.
Step 7 – Add each colorant to each container and mix to blend.
Step 8 – Bring each color to light trace.
Step 9 – Pour a single stripe of soap down the center of the mold. Repeat for each color, filling the mold as shown in the video below. My soap ended up getting a bit thick, so I plopped into the mold. That’s okay! It will still look awesome!
Swirl the top.
Step 10 – Let sit overnight to saponify.
Step 11 – The next day, unmold and cut your soap.
Step 12 – Cure for a minimum of 4 weeks.