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Video: Rainbow Clyde Slide Soap Recipe & Tutorial

Over the last year, I’ve fallen behind on all the trendy and new soap design techniques introduced into the soapy wild by talented soapmakers! The clyde slide soap design technique popularized by Clyde of Vibrant Soap is one that I’m tackling today! I love Clyde’s approach to soap designs, focusing on color theory and taking artistry to a new level. The clyde slide soap design¬†technique is basically a¬†modified in the pot swirl, using the mechanics of a faux funnel swirl to layer the soap in the pot and then pouring into the mold.

Rainbow Clyde Slide Soap Recipe and Tutorial
Rainbow Clyde Slide Soap Recipe and Tutorial

New design techniques are not the only thing I’ve missed out on over the last year of living small and without a soapmaking studio! I’ve missed out on trying lots of new colorants released by suppliers, including the fab new¬†cosmetic micas offered up by Bramble Berry.

This tutorial¬†kills two birds with one stone, featuring both the clyde slide soap design technique and Bramble Berry’s new Rainbow Mica sampler set! This clyde slide soap is¬†scented with a cheery blend of lavender, citrus, and champagne. Thanks to the micas, it kicks out¬†the perfectly¬†Spring pop of color that matches the scent. As always, I used¬†a palm-free soap¬†recipe. As requested by many readers, I also ditched the babassu oil in this soap recipe to make it easier for y’all. (I’m sorry, I’m in love with babassu oil!)

This rainbow clyde slide soap recipe is sized for my SoapHutch Uber Kate mold, as that is what I used! You can resize it using a lye calculator for whichever mold works for you. As requested, I have started to add percentages to the formula & essential/fragrance oil blends for your convenience.

(If you aren’t sure how much soap your mold holds, you can find out with this guide to resizing your soap recipes to fit your mold.)

Rainbow Soap Recipe Used

  • 13.2 ounces of¬†Coconut Oil (33% of the oils)
  • 8.8 ounces of¬†Rice Bran Oil (22% of the oils)
  • 5.6 ounces of¬†High Oleic Sunflower Oil (14% of the oils)
  • 4.8 ounces of¬†Apricot Kernel Oil (12% of the oils)
  • 4.8 ounces of¬†Cocoa Butter (12% of the oils)
  • 2.8 ounces of¬†Castor Oil (7% of the oils)
  • 5.5 ounces of¬†Sodium Hydroxide (7% lye discount/superfat)
  • 11.2 ounces of¬†Distilled Water (33% lye solution)

I buy most of my soaping oils from Soaper’s Choice (Columbus Foods). 

Essential & Fragrance Oil Blend Used

  • 25 grams of Bramble Berry Champagne Fragrance Oil (42% of the blend)
  • 16 grams of 10 Fold Orange Essential Oil (27% of the blend)
  • 10 grams of Lavender Essential Oil (17% of the blend)
  • 8 grams of May Chang/Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil (14% of the blend)

These essential oils are from Liberty Natural and the fragrance is from Bramble Berry, but you can use any fragrances or essential oils your heart desires.

Colorants Used

Rainbow Clyde Slide Soap Video & Tutorial

Tips & Notes

  • The clyde slide soap design technique is so, so, so much easier with a bowl or bucket that has a spout! Without the spout, the swirl doesn’t flow as nicely nor does it pour as easily into the mold. I simply don’t have a bucket with a spout anymore!
  • I received a Rainbow Mica Sample Pack from Bramble Berry and was eager to test them out. However, neither of the pinks in the pack are cold process soap stable (one disappears and the other turns orange), so I used my standby: Voodoo Pink from Mad Oils.

This rainbow clyde slide soap recipe featured in this tutorial is a palm-free and vegan friendly formula. It uses a 7% superfat and a 33% lye solution. Feel free to adjust as necessary!

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25 Responses

    1. Haha, thanks! ūüėČ Can you believe it’s been a year since my last video? Getting back into it: starting with those tutorials I’m totally lacking from the roundup!

    1. You can try Sweet Almond Oil or High Oleic Safflower Oil, if you’d like. They’re similar (but not exactly the same.) You will need to run any recipe changes through a lye calculator though!

      1. I’m curious what is the difference between Sweet Almond Oil and Apricot Oil. I know their fatty acid profiles are similar, but I am curious if both could be used in a soap and bring different things?

        1. I don’t see much of a difference between the two in soap, I tend to use AKO instead of Almond because of extreme nut allergies, that’s all. ūüôā

  1. For some reason I cannot view any of your tutorial videos. They load but nothing happens. I’m not sure what I am doing wrong. I really hope we can fix this glitch because I am very interested in your information. Help!

    1. I’m not really sure what the issue could be! They’re directly embedded from YouTube, using their code. Have you tried viewing them directly on YouTube?

      1. I would tweak the oils a little bit to lower the linoleic fatty acid content with a higher superfat, like trading out some Rice Bran for some of the High Oleic Sunflower. It’s right on the borderline with linoleic content that I try not to jump over for oxidation/rancidity issues. ūüėČ

          1. If I use Sunflower or Canola Oil at all, I do keep my SF between 5-6.5%. I buy it in small quantities only & try to use it pretty quickly. Obviously, I have no way to tell what, if any, of that oil became my SF, but I’ve never had a problem with rancidity.

  2. Great video! I have a couple of questions. The wet soap is not very saturated color compared to the still shots of the soap at the end of the video. Do the colors of soap become more saturated after the soap hardens or is this difference due to using a video camera and a still camera? Also, what to you disperse your micas in? Oil or water?

    Thanks for making and sharing this video!

  3. I have a remedial question, and hope you have time to answer it. I am a die-hard hot process soap maker, and am very new to cold process. I have made some lovely soap so far, but every single bar, without exception, in cold process has had soap ash. I spray with alcohol on every mold, and always the same thing…I haven’t tried pressing seran wrap into the soap yet, but I do these gorgeous swirls and things like you are sharing, but I end up having to either wash the top of the soap, or cut/scrape it off. Urrr! What’s the point ot making these lovely swirls on top if they are just covered with soap ash! Please tell me your secret for avoiding this. A beloved follower of everything soap.

  4. Love Clyde’s Vibrant Soap channel. Since he is such a fantastic artist, he really helps you understand how to apply color theory to soap making. He is also a great cook & has a new channel for that. Have already made his Life Bread ūüćě. Understand your love of Babassu Oil as I just tried it a few weeks ago myself. Didn’t use any CO & was amazed at how hard my bars got.

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