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Soap Challenges 2013: Tiger Stripe Soap, Week One

A full rainbow of micas ready to be put in soap!
A full rainbow of micas ready to be put in soap!

Amy at Great Cakes Soapworks has started up her Soap Challenges again this year! Last year, I was too busy to participate, but I promised myself I would try to get in on it this go around.

When Amy debuted the list of weekly challenges and I saw my Tiger Stripe soap for the first week, I knew I HAD to participate.

I decided to revisit what I did for the International Friendship Soap Swap and re-attempt a fine lined rainbow via the tiger stripe method instead of the faux funnel method.

Watch it in the making here:

Rainbow Tiger Stripe Soap!In case you missed it, I used a very slow moving fragrance blend from Brambleberry: 50% Kumquat and 50% Energy. The micas I used (and love for rainbow colors!) are Ruby Red, Tangerine, Magic Yellow, Apple Green, Blue Kamikaze, and Cosmo Martini from the Conservatorie. (I also shared a lot of mica tests on Facebook from the Conservatorie, and will be sharing them here on the blog soon!)

I was nervous the soap wouldn’t come out how I planned, but it did! It’s exactly what I wanted. I took a snapshot while I was dusting the tops with a rainbow mica shimmer, so I could share it with you all. There will be 11 bars of this batch available via the website at the end of April, can’t wait to get them in your hands!

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39 Responses

  1. So pretty! <3 the rainbow a ton.

    Hey – with the dish being down, is there any chance you could post or send me the usage rate photos for the convervatorie micas? I just had a bunch arrive but now I can't look up the usage rates. I didn't think to download them because I hadn't ordered yet. /sigh

    Anyway, your tiger stripe is gorgeous. I did one for the challenge, but it was a basic basic version because I hadn't done tiger stripe before. πŸ˜€

    1. Hi Robert!

      I use, on average, 1 tsp PPO. Use less for less saturated color, a bit more is okay on some. Just watch for colored lather with anything higher than 1 tsp PPO. You’ll also get clearer and more saturated color by gelling. πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for the compliments on my tiger stripe! I’m sure yours is fab, have you blogged it yet? I hope I didn’t miss it!

      1. Thanks, Kenna, for the usage rates! Seems pretty standard.

        Yup, just posted my tiger stripe. It was fun doing it! But now I’m going to need to try your rainbow. πŸ˜€

  2. This is one of the prettiest soaps I’ve ever seen (and I look at soap porn all the time)! I’d love to see the video, but it says “Error loading YouTube link” or something like that. :-/

    1. Aww, thanks Cassie!

      That’s super strange, it’s working fine for me. πŸ™ Are you on a phone? What browser? Are you in the USA? Any info you can provide so I can troubleshoot the issue would be great! Thanks!

  3. What a happy looking soap, you can’t help but feel good just looking at it. Great job. Your scent combo sounds good, and thanks for the tip that they are slow moving.
    Anna

    1. Thanks, Cee!! That was my goal – I had to outdo my original technique from debuting it in November. πŸ™‚ I would feel awfully silly if I didn’t! I’m loving seeing all the tiger stripes!

  4. Hi Kenna

    Beautiful soap and very nicely demonstrated! I was wondering, what is the music you used on the video? It’s very dramatic and goes great with the visuals.

  5. Hi! Did you post the Conservatorie’s mica test? I looked on your blog and their FB page and couldn’t find it, and I’m dying to see the results! All your colors in the Tiger Stripes soaps are gorgeous. Thanks!

  6. Hi Kenna. This is beautiful πŸ™‚ Do you have any hints about how to make sure your tiger stripes stay relatively flat, rather than bulging down into a U-shape, if you know what I mean? Is it the thickness of the trace, or do you bang the mould along the way to level things off or something? I’ve never tried tiger stripes before, but keen to give it a go! I want to achieve a watery-waves looking bar with layers of blues πŸ™‚

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