|Green Tea with Jasmine|
I started by measuring out my water/tea, adding a small amount of silk fibers, and measuring and adding the lye to the water. After measuring out the oils, I started by mixing the oils to break up any lumps. Next I added the lye water to the oils. Before mixing though I added the fragrance oil to the oils.
After reaching trace, I separated the soap into three portions. One portion I colored with beet powder, I was hoping for a pink, but the tea color was too strong. One portion I colored with comfrey oil and a pinch of green pigment. The last portion I colored with titanium dioxide.
After all of my colors were mixed, I started layering the colors. I did two layers of each color. Then I used a skewer to do a circular swirl to swirl the layers. This gives a nice swirl through the layers that is beautifully visible when the bars are cut. After swirling the layers I put down a solid layer of white and then topped with a thin layer of green. After I had the layers in the mold, I mixed a little bit of ivory mica with a little bit of vitamin E oil. I dripped the mica mixture over the top of the soap and started swirling the very top layer of the soap with the sharp end of a skewer. I swirled it in little 3/4" circles back and forth across the soap mold. I tried to keep from swirling the white in to a bare minimum.
After giving the soap 24 hours to gel and solidify, I unmolded it. I love the swirl. I haven't seen anyone else use it that I can remember, so I may have to come up with a name for it just to make it easier to blog the soaps I use it in. I am not a huge fan of florals, and this one is still a little strong for me, but I expect that it will probable fade a bit over the next month.