Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Greatcakes Soap Challenge 2016 - Tiger Stripe Technique Modified

December 2016 - Soap challenge - hosted by Amy Warden

Peppermint Candy Twist

Challenge Rules:

All soaps must be made by the Cold Process method.
The majority of our soap must feature the Tiger Stripe technique. (Amy will be looking for those fine lines)
We  have the option to manipulate the soap after we pour our soap into our log mold but it must still be apparent that there are stripes throughout the soap.
Our soap must be  2 colors or more and cut normally, in vertical slices.
We may submit a photo from (1) batch only with the  only editing being for lighting and color adjustments to best represent what the soap looks like in real life.

Oils Used:

Olive oil, Coconut oil, Palm oil, Sweet Almond oil, Castor oil.

Additives used:

Kaolin Clay, Colloidal Oatmeal

Color Pallet:

White - Titanium Dioxide
Red -  A blend of Merlot Mica + Electric Bubble Gum
Purple -
Electric Bubble Gum and Pink Oxide (I was going for just a light pink and was surprised with the purple)

Essential Oil:


Tiger Stripe Technique:

I lined my log mold, prepared my lye solution and sat it  off to the side to cool.
I heated the oils while the lye solution was cooling, then I added my additives into my oils and mixed them in well.
When my Lye solution was about 85 degree F I started to soap.

I poured my Lye solution into my oils and brought it to emulsion.
Then I divided it out into 3 containers evenly (by eyeballing)
Added my colors into each container and stirred each container to light trace.
I then layered a line of each color down in the middle of the mold the full length of my mold, alternating between colors. When I reached the top, I poured the rest of my white soap batter on the top and evened it out.
Then I took a spoon and  I started manipulating the soap. I tried to only go down about 1/2 way into the mold with my spoon. I just took the spoon put it in the soap and twisted the spoon then put it in another spot and twisted it the opposite direction and continued in that pattern until I went along the whole mold (one side to the other side) and crossed my fingers that it didn't ruin my Tiger Stripe to much.  :)

This is my first time doing the  Tiger Stripe technique.
Since I manipulated it I feel that I should go and make the Basic  Tiger Stripe soon without any kind of manipulation at all.

Thanks Amy for another fun Challenge.


  1. This looks great, Rhonda!! Love your idea for the modification - it really didn't disturb the pattern much at all, but just breaks up the straight lines a bit. Subtle, but effective! Great job!

  2. The added spoon swirl makes some nice designs Rhonda!

  3. Beautiful! I love the pattern and the contrast in the colours really makes it pop. Well done! :)

  4. Such a beautiful design, Rhonda! I love the color combination too!