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Soap Challenges 2013: Rainbow Peacock Swirl Soap

Rainbow Peacock Swirl Soap After Amy’s four weeks of soap challenges earlier this year, she realized she was on to something! After some brainstorming and planning, the Soap Challenge Club was born!

June is the first month of the Soap Challenge Club and brings us the peacock swirl soap challenge! Staying true to form, I pulled out my six favorite micas and got cracking at the rainbow!

Unlike previous challenges, this one took me not one, not two, but THREE tries.

Third time’s the charm, right?

The first attempt, I decided to risk it and add my fragrance to my entire batch. It started to trace before I even got it in the squeeze bottles! So Plan B: into a silicone loaf mold it went! (And now it’s the pretty layered rainbow soap)

On the second attempt, everything went great… until I pulled my “comb” through the soap and watched it turn all my colors to stick in the mud brown. I determined the teeth were too close together, and prepped for Round 3.

You can watch how it went below!

Rainbow Peacock Swirl Soap Video

Amy shared a slow-moving recipe with us for the peacock swirl soap challenge.

Rainbow Peacock Swirl SoapI needed to use up some Mango Butter I had on hand, so I came up with my own formula. Every soapmaker needs slow-movers in their arsenal, so I decided to share!

Here’s the formula I used:

Olive Oil – 26%
Apricot Kernel Oil – 23%
Palm Kernel Oil – 22%
Coconut Oil – 14%
Castor Oil – 8%
Mango Butter – 7%

I used the full water amount, and a 7% superfat. I scented this batch with a blend of citrus essential oils, which can fade a bit. I used 55 grams of the blend total.

I hope that helps you in the future!

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33 Responses

  1. Wow! Your rainbow peacock swirl is absolutely stunning — the colors are so vibrant and intense. You really have a knack with detail and this challenge definitely highlights that talent. =)

  2. Love the bright colors! My batch was muddy too…I almost cried. I thought it may have been because I dug the comb too deep, but it may have been because the skewers were too close! I may try it free hand next time- thanks for the idea!

    1. I was totally bummed on the second batch, it was perfect until I stuck the comb in. After a few inches of dragging it, I had a minute of WHAT NOW!? And just decided to keep dragging and make a new batch. Bummer!

    1. Thanks, Cathie! I used 3/4 tsp of each mica with a little olive oil in each bottle. I made sure the batch gelled, which encourages saturated color. Hope that helps!

  3. Where did you purchase your bottles at? I like that they have the wide mouth on them compared to the ones I have, it would make it clean out a lot easier.

    1. Hi Joanne,

      Palm kernel oil and palm kernel flakes are also harvested from the oil palm, so if a soap maker is going palm free, they would also avoid them. (As well as stearic acid, and a variety of other common bath and body ingredients that are derived from palm.) You can see why I went palm free here: But every soap maker makes their own decision! I used palm for a number of years, to be honest, but I felt it was time for me to switch. 🙂


  4. Hello,

    I am trying to avoid sounding like a complete amateur, but I want to know. I have been following tutorials like this for a while now and have been reaching the same finished product on … I could say every product. But as a new soaper, I am hesitant to follow the recipes to a tee, as most require high-quality oils. Even to the point where I don’t use squirt containers as they leave soap leftover throughout the containers.

    So basically, as a more experienced soaper, could you reach the same finished product with wasting less, and using lower quality oils, but use more time? Or is processes to make high quality swirls very reliant on the technique, high-quality oils and accounting for waste?

    This is the first comment i’ve left on a soaping site, hope it helps me and others! and makes sense hahaha

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