Amy Warden of Great Cakes Soapworks has been hosting a four-week Soap Challenge, and this weeks experiment was called Elemental Swirl.  This challenge is a technique of  ITP,  or in the pot swirling, using a layer of warm tones and another layer of cool tones separated by a thin layer of mica.   The inspiration for our color combination is from fire, earth, wind and water.  We were encouraged to use any colors that jazzed us.  I so loved Amy’s Caribbean Diva soap, that I wanted to see if I could replicate it using my regular goat’s milk recipe and some natural colorants I had on hand.  If you are a soaper, you’ll be able to determine from the picture that indeed, the colors turned out well, but somehow “trace” was nowhere to be found.  After emulsion, I calmly poured off the six colors and all went thick almost immediately!  I am not sure if the goat’s milk,  my temperatures (105F), or the fragrance oil I used, (Monkey Farts), contributed to the complete lack of trace.  How disrespectful!  The results reminded me of oceanic granite and the scent is light, fruity, almost tropical.  I named this soap Castaway Cay.  I can’t wait to try this technique again, this time leaving out the goat’s milk, and maybe lowering the temperature of my oils and lye.  The disappearing trace may have been from the fragrance oil, but I have been told that it does not accelerate trace.  We’ll see if leaving it out might gain me some much-needed time to get a fluid pour.
Castaway Cay

19 thoughts on “Castaway Cay Disappearing Without a Trace~Challenge Week 2”

  1. Oh, but it’s so lovely, Lynn! I would say by the looks of the crackled effect that your soap most likely overheated. I personally love a good crackled soap! 🙂

    1. Thanks Amy. After so many votes of approval, I kind of like the crackled effect too!
      It makes it look different….not what I was after, but hey, it smells great.

  2. I really like your soap! Very pretty with lots of interest! I sometimes crackle mine on purpose because I love the look!

  3. Lynn I love that soap and I love crackles. It looks fantastic and this is one you should be proud of!

    1. Aww! Thank you Lindalu. While I didn’t mean to create the crackles, at least now I know why it happened.
      Now I just have to fiqure out why my batch seized!

  4. I had my tiger swirl accelerate on me last week. Isn’t that the worst? Well, in any case, you ended up with a beautiful soap so it all ended well. I love the way the colors came out. Great job!

    1. Thank you Robert. Yes, once you lose the option to pour, it’s almost impossible to discipline
      the soap into submission. But I did learn a lot and am looking forward to conquering this animal!

  5. Beautiful! The colors are lovely combined!
    I enjoyed this challenge too, I will certainly make another elemental swirl soap!

  6. Looks beautiful, Lynn! I love that you’re sharing the steps of the soaping challenge with us. It’s fun to hear about and to see what you create.

    1. Thanks Robin. I’m glad you are having some fun along with us “soapers.” We are a group of very
      creative artists, aren’t we?

  7. Such beautiful colors and the swirls are outstanding. Did you insulate your soap? It looks from what I can tell that it might have overheated a bit and caused a crackle effect. That crackling is pretty awesome if it was what you wanted. Beautiful soap and you are so brave to tackle this and use gm!

    1. Thanks Pam! Yes I did insulate and I do think that caused the crackling, but it seized also. I do have a plan to stop the gel phase the next time I try this technique. It did turn out “different” for sure but I like it.

  8. It must have been those darn monkey farts. P.S. it’s beautiful and I can’t wait to try!!!


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