Have you tried the tall and skinny shimmy soap design yet? Not only does it have the best soap name ever, but the design is stunning!
You’ll need a slow moving recipe for swirling. If you need some swirling tips, check out our freebie, Cold Process Soap Swirling Tips!
If you are new to soap making, please start with our basic soap making guide.
The Tall and Skinny Shimmy Soap Recipe
- Coconut Oil – 10 oz.
- Mango Butter – 2 oz.
- Olive Oil – 12 oz.
- Apricot Kernel Oil – 4 oz.
- Avocado Oil – 4 oz.
- Sodium Hydroxide – 4.5 oz.
- Water – 9 oz.
- Matte Gold Mica (Mad Oils) – 1/2-1 teaspoon
- Tahitian Teal Mica (Mad Oils) – 1/2-1 teaspoon
- Flashdance Mica (Mad Oils) – 1/2-1 teaspoon
- White Mica – 1 teaspoon
- Fragrance or Essential Oils – Per supplier recommendation
Since this is the tall and skinny shimmy, you’ll need a tall and skinny loaf mold. I use the 12″ mold from Bramble Berry.
Step 1 – Create your lye solution. Set it aside to cool down.
Step 2 – Weigh out your solid oils (coconut oil + mango butter) and melt.
Step 3 – Weigh out your liquid oils and add them to your melted oils. This will cool the temperature down.
Step 4 – Add your slow-moving essential oils or fragrance oils to the melted oils.
Step 5 – Let your oils and lye solution cool to under 90 degrees F. so that you have time to swirl.
Step 6 – Emulsify your soap. Don’t stir to trace or you might not have enough time to swirl.
Step 7 – Divide your soap out into 4 equal parts and color using your selected colorants.
Step 8 – Get your mold ready. The tall and skinny shimmy is done by propping up one side of your mold as you pour as shown below.
Step 9 – Pour one color down the side of the mold that is lowest (not the side propped up with the pencil).
Step 10 – Switch sides. Prop your soap mold up on the opposite side and pour your next color on the opposite side that you just poured on.
Step 11 – Repeat this process until you reach the top of the mold!
The pouring can be really hard to understand. So check out these videos of the process! 🙂
- Homemade Soap – Tall and Skinny Shimmy – Great Cakes Soap Challenge
- Orange and ice blue skinny shimmy
Check out these entries into Amy’s challenge using this technique. Stunning!
Once you get to the top you can swirl it (but just on the surface).
While doing it, I didn’t really think it was going to work! It is just hard to imagine it isn’t all swirling around together. 🙂
After 24 hours, cut your soap and let it cure for 4 weeks.
This soap was a lot of fun to make! Give it a try!
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