Funnel Swirl Soap Design – More Mad Oils Mica

Mad Oils mica is included in the swatch gallery of my newest eBook, How to Color Soap. I fell in LOVE with their mica. They have an awesome lineup of colors, with equally awesome names. Check out their mica collection at

Funnel Swirl Soap Design – More Mad Oils Mica

This tutorial uses four colors, Black Oyster, Silverfin Blue, Vanna White and Tahitian Teal. Want to see more Mad Oils mica put to use? Check out this tutorial.

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This soap uses a simple funnel swirl soap design. I first saw this design when Corrie with Lomond Soap posted it on her blog (no longer available) several years ago. It is a staple among soapmakers these day. You simply color your soap different colors and pour, rotating colors, through a funnel to create an extraordinary design. If you’re soap-swirl challenged, or new to soapmaking, this is a great design to try!

Funnel Swirl Soap Design 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.

Vanna White Mica (Mad Oils) – 3 teaspoons
Silverfin Blue Mica (Mad Oils) – 1/2 teaspoon
Black Oyster Mica (Mad Oils) – 1/2 teaspoon
Tahitian Teal Mica (Mad Oils) – 1/2 teaspoon

Slow-moving Fragrance or Essential Oil – 1.5-2 oz. (I used 1 oz. lavender essential oil and 1 oz. litsea essential oil.)

Mold: 3″ PVC Pipe – cut to 9″ tall

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 your melted solid oils. This helps to cool the mixture down. Add the essential oils or fragrance oils.

Step 4 – Once the oils and lye solution have cooled to under 90 degrees F, pour the lye solution into the oils and blend until emulsified.




Step 5 – Divide your soap out into four containers. You can leave soap in the main container for white. Add mica to each container and stickblend quickly to mix.


Step 6 – Rotating colors, pour each color through a funnel. As the soap enters the mold it will push out the prior poured soap into rings. Pour a lot for thicker rings, pour a little for thinner rings. Experiment with different pours.


Step 7 – Let your soap sit overnight to saponify. Unmold after 24 hours.

To unmold from PVC, it helps to put your mold into the freezer. Remove from the freezer and drop it onto one end (on concrete) to help jar the soap loose. Push out.

Funnel Pour Soap

Photo by Busy Bee Creative – Product Photgraphy

Happy Soapmaking! And Happy New Year!

-Amanda Gail

About the Author:

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. Lana Jefferson August 19, 2016 at 8:23 am - Reply


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  3. Victoria April 2, 2016 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    I found Mad Oils when they were a pretty new company and I too fell in LOVE with their Mica’s.. I was new to soaping so new I hadn’t even made soap but I was afraid that everyone else would find them so I ordered a ton of the colors and let me tell you they are gorgeous..My goal was to own every color they had…I also ordered it in the 3 or 4 oz (I can’t remember now) The owners are wonderful and answered all my questions.. You can’ t go wrong with them ~I just don’t have any of the browns..I bought so many and then had to buy EVERYTHING to make soap so it took me awhile..I got sick this past yr and haven’t been able to soap or to use my beautiful mica’s but I am hoping since spring is going to get here eventually (I live where it is still Snowing and it is April) but in 2 wks I should be able to start..Their pinks are GORGEOUS with the Turquoise and Blues…I LOVE them so I had to write…I just saw another Victoria “above my comment” say what I said…but in a much shorter What a small world. .Yep they are beautiful…

  4. Pattylou April 2, 2016 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    Hi! I follow you from Guatemala… we have a dumpling store and produce a lot of used cooking oil. Do you have ano specific recipe to use this oil and help our environment? (‘Cause the one I have didn’t work) ?

    Best wishes…

  5. Anne-Marie Faiola January 11, 2016 at 11:31 am - Reply

    I absolutely love that design! Those plastic pour containers really make it easier to get that perfect funnel swirl look. =)

  6. Carrie S. January 6, 2016 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    I just recently purchased Tahitian Teal and think it’s gorgeous! I need a good black mica, so I think I’ll be trying out that Black Oyster. Thanks!

  7. Victoria January 4, 2016 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    I LOVE Mad Oils Products…In fact I went so crazy over them, I bought them first before I even learned how to make soap…lol

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