Mantra Swirl

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!Mantra

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.

This is my 1st soap:
Mantra Swirl
The second soap looks more as what I wanted, even if the hanger lines aren’t so coherent. Maybe I should give it another try? 🙂

Mantra SoapThank you Amy for this challenging experience.

Soap made of: coconut oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, almond oil, palm oil, cacao butter, indigo, yellow ochre.

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41 Comments Add yours

  1. CLAUDIA says:

    ITS JUST LOVELY !
    Happy summer, dear Natalie!
    Gros bisous.

    1. mijnzeep1 says:

      Thank you, dear Claudia!
      I wish you much love!
      🙂

  2. Stacie says:

    I think both batches came out beautiful. The color choices are so nice. I chickened out and didnt do the modified version but am inspired by all of you who did these beautiful batches!

    1. mijnzeep1 says:

      Thanks Stacie! I had to try several times and using natural colors was not so easy for such a technique, but I am content with the results! It could be better but .. . 😉

  3. Julia Laughlin says:

    They turned out beautiful!

  4. Chrissy says:

    Great color choices! I love how the mantra swirls turned out – I need to try it also, but I’ve been too busy to do this challenge. I do like the swirls on the second attempt.

    1. mijnzeep1 says:

      Thanks Chrissy! Can’t wait to see your soap!

  5. Louisa says:

    Both soaps are beautiful. The hangar swirls in both worked so well.

    1. mijnzeep1 says:

      Thanks Louisa!

  6. DivaSoap says:

    O, beautiful, Nat! I love both of them,they are almost same! Bravo,dear!

    1. mijnzeep1 says:

      Thanks My Diva 🙂
      There is still some work, but I will be trying it with a better mold, hopefully it will work better!

  7. Sharon Phillips says:

    Very lovely-both of them!

  8. Eileen says:

    The colours are so earthy and natural – I love it!

  9. Marika says:

    Both are just so beautiful. You did a really good job. I especially like the colors in the second soap.

    1. mijnzeep1 says:

      Thanks Marika! Yes, the 2st one had too much olive oil, and you can see it. For the 2nd one I reduced the olive oil quantity and it was worth doing it!

  10. Love your choice of colours…..I think both of them turned out really well 🙂

  11. Gordana says:

    Both of them are just perfect! The color combination is so adorable!

  12. Andrea Sayer says:

    cool soap you did a great job.

    1. mijnzeep1 says:

      Thank you all for your comments!

  13. iulia says:

    unul din preferatele mele:)

    1. mijnzeep1 says:

      Mersic Iulia! Esti o draguta!

  14. Andee says:

    This is a lovely soap! I love the contrast of the colors!

    1. mijnzeep1 says:

      Thank you Andee!

  15. Leilani Olsen says:

    Lovely color combo!

  16. Swanee says:

    j’aime les 2 versions que tu as réalisées.

    1. mijnzeep1 says:

      Merci Swanée! Le tien est parfait! Félicitations!

  17. maitri says:

    Beautiful mantra swirl!

    Maitri
    http://maitribathbody.com

  18. Geta says:

    Mie imi place mult cum ti-a iesit virtejul la primul sapun !

    1. mijnzeep1 says:

      Multumesc Geta. A iesit cat de cat, dar mie mi se par prea groase vartejurile 🙂

  19. Amy Warden says:

    Both soaps look great! I love the colors you achieve naturally – nice contrast!

  20. Milla says:

    Beautfiul soaps and lovely colors!

    1. mijnzeep1 says:

      Thank you Milla!

  21. Scuze de Spam, am si eu nevoie de ajutorul tau te rog. Mai multe detalii le gasesti in acest articol al meu: http://literestacojii.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/cine-ma-ajuta
    Iti multumesc anticipat si sper ca ma vei ajuta! Te pup!

    1. mijnzeep1 says:

      Nu esti spam, draga 🙂
      Sa stii ca ti am vazut postul mai devreme, insa vroiam sa citesc seara ce si cum exact. Te votez imediat si multa bafta!

      1. Multumesc mult de tot 🙂

  22. Jenny says:

    Wow, those are gorgeous, Natalia! Both batches are beautiful, but I like the swirls in the second attempt the best, too. Bravo!

    1. mijnzeep1 says:

      Thanks Jenny!

  23. Cee says:

    I love both soaps Nat…you did such a great job with your hanger swirls and I love your color combination!

  24. Barbora says:

    Beautiful colour combination and the swirl pattern – beautiful soap!

  25. I think you did a great job, and the lines and design looks great. Your colors have a very stable and warm feel to them. Thanks for sharing! =)

  26. Colchique says:

    Natalia, très joli marbrage ! Bravo !

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