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Soap Swap: The Final Bars of Cold Process Soap for the Color Swap (Part 2)

Obsidian Soap in the MoldIf you read Saturday’s post about my recent participation in a Color Swap, you’ll know I’ve been hard at work on these lovelies.

After creating the first batch of bright pink soap, I set to work slicing it up. The sample soap cutter from FCS made quick work of the full batch into my needed sizes. Another great reason for the investment! Once the pink soap met it’s demise (cut and cubed!), it was time for the final batch!

This time, the black soap was scented with mostly dark patchouli, with a touch of pink artemisia, pink grapefruit, and tangerine. In comparison, the patchouli ratio in the black soap is over 80% of the total blend. In the pink soap bits, patchouli only racks up to a little under 20%. (Patchouliiiii, my love!)

Cut Bars of Obsidian SoapThe final batch was drizzled with teal green mica and oil mixture, and then textured with a silicone spatula. Topped off with the pink soap cubes, black glitter, and more black soap, I’m loving the decor on these bars.

As the soap saponifies, it sucks up that oil from the mica mixture, leaving behind veins of sparkling shimmer on the top of the bars. I used a titch too much oil mixture, but I’m happy with the end results. More green than I wanted, but good to go.

However, I was pretty disappointed in the final black color of the soap, it’s more a charcoal grey than it is black. I used my normal ratios of activated charcoal, so I’m a little baffled. C’est la vie!

I hope the participants in the Pick a Color Swap enjoy these bars, a lot of thought and work went into them. Even though it was an open B&B swap, it looks like it’s shaping up to be a soap swap. Either way, can’t wait to see what everyone else did!

Oh, you don’t think two batches of soap is a lot of work? Just some silly cubed embeds tossed on top? I’m so insulted. Everything is better with glitter, anyways, right? …okay, okay, you know, you’re right. I might have skipped a bit of the process. 😉 I don’t want to reveal too much until the swap participants get to snag their bars, but check back next week and I’ll share!

Updates on this soapy series: Part OnePart Two | Part Three

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5 Responses

  1. I’d like a couple if you end up with extras. I’ll be in Gardner 4/14-4/15 so don’t bother mailing anything to me between now & then. Love you! OXOXOX

  2. Oh Kenna I can’t wait for this swap box to show up. Love your description and do appreciate the process. This soap sounds so beautiful it will be a real treat! It is good to play with soap now and again and for me brings on more theories! Happy tiger stripes too!

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