A funnel pour is probably one of my favorite soap designs. It is so easy and looks great poured into a loaf mold. But I really like pouring into a round column mold or PVC pipe. The resulting design is absolutely stunning. As you pour, concentric rings are formed.
Photo by Busy Bee Creative – Product PhotographyI chose a theme of purple and blue for this soap and added white and black to provide enough contrast between the colors. Mad Oils has an excellent selection of mica to choose from.
Funnel Pour Soap Design Recipe
You’ll want to use a slow moving recipe so that you have time divide and color your soap. In case you need one, here is a slow-moving palm-free cold process soap recipe, perfect for this design. It fits in a 9” tall 3” wide PVC pipe.
- Coconut oil – 10 oz.
- Shea butter – 2 oz.
- Olive oil – 12 oz.
- Avocado oil – 2 oz.
- Rice bran oil – 6 oz.
- Sodium Hydroxide – 4.5 oz.
- Water – 9 oz.
Colorants from Mad Oils
- Grape Nehi Mica – 1/4 teaspoon
- Harold’s Purple Crayon Mica – 1/4 teaspoon
- Key West Blue Mica – 1/4 teaspoon
- Activated Charcoal Powder – 1/4 teaspoon
- Snow White Mica – 1/2 teaspoon
- Lemongrass Essential Oil – 1 oz.
You can use your favorite slow-moving fragrance oil if you don’t want to use lemongrass.
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 free soap making guide or check out our Basic Soapmaking eBook. Be sure to wear safety goggles and gloves while soaping.
Step 1 – Create your lye solution and set aside to cool.
Step 2 – Weigh and melt the coconut oil and shea butter.
Step 3 – Add the liquid oils to the melted oils. This helps to cool the temperature of your base oils down.
Step 4 – Add your fragrance or essential oils to the base oils.
Step 5 – Once your lye solution and oil mixture are down to 90° F, emulsifiy the mixture. You don’t want to mix to trace or you might not have enough time to color your soap.
You know it is emulsified when it is the same color and opaque. You don’t see any oil streaks in the mixture.
Step 6 – Divide your mixture out into separate containers. You don’t have to be precise. You can just eyeball it. Color each a different color.
Step 7 – Holding a funnel over your mold, pour a bit of each color into the mold. Repeat until you fill the mold. Longer pours will create bigger/thicker rings and shorter pours will create thinner rings.
The funnel helps to keep your soap pour centered so that it falls in the middle of the mold.
Step 8 – Let your soap saponify for 24 hours. Unmold and cut. Let cure for a minimum of 4 weeks.