I decided to take part in Amy’s Great Cakes Soapworks Mantra Swirl Challenge. For those who are not familiar with this challenge club: each month Amy organizes a new challenge where we try a different soap technique. Interesting, as we get to improve our soapmaking skills. What is different from the other challenges Amy already organized? This challenge takes place once a month; there is a fee to pay but for this small contribution you get acces to an instructional video and written instructions and tips; members have the chance to vote for their favourite soaps, and above all…. there are prices to win!
I was so impatient to try this technique. Nevertheless, I had some small accidents and I had to retry for several times. First of all, because of the improvised separators for the mold, which fell down twice. The third time I had a bad experience with my natural colourants (I used Australian clay and I believe I put too much and in combination with the essential oils blend, it gave a thick trace). This was my first day of trying this technique. The second day I was more careful with the separators and I changed the colourants and used less of it, which seemed to work. I was more inspired to do a modified mantra swirl, which is accomplished by combining the hanger swirl technique inside the soap. The natural colourants I used are: indigo powder and yellow ochre.
Soap made of: coconut oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, almond oil, palm oil, cacao butter, indigo, yellow ochre.