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 MadOils.com.
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.
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.
Happy Soapmaking! And Happy New Year!