Mantra Marbles Soap Challenge!
|Lavender Martini Mantra Marbles Soap|
|3 different divider styles|
I made my own comb too. I decided that, since my mold was small, I wanted a smaller toothed comb for dragging the soap and toothpicks seemed to do the trick. I stuck the toothpicks into the corrugated cardboard holes on the end but they seemed a little loose. I decided to put a little (*cough* a lot . . . ) of hot glue on those suckers to keep them in place. This worked great and all of my little toothpicks stayed in place.
|Homemade soap comb|
I decided to use the slow moving recipe that Amy provided subbing Palm oil for the lard. I ran my formula through a lye calculator and got to work! This recipe really was a slow mover and I am glad that I decided to give this a try. The fragrance I used was was Lavender Martini from Natures Garden and it smells AMAZING! I used this one before and I knew that I would have plenty of time to work with my soap. Once my soap was emulsified/very thin trace I divided it up into 4 squirt bottles and the remainder stayed in my bowl for the solid block. I added my dispersed micas and shook those bad boys up! Here are my squirt bottles ready to be used.
|Colored soap in squirt bottles ready for action|
|Pouring the purple|
|Removing the dividers|
YES! All of that careful pulling payed off and my soap looks great! I am now ready for the comb.
|Ahhh! The dividers are out!|
At first, I made the cardboard a smidge too long and I had to chop off a bit on the end. That is why you may notice soap on the comb in this picture when it was just inserted. I put the comb (back) into the soap and dragged it all the way through.
|Using the comb for the first time|
Looks like my soap is starting to thicken up a tiny bit. The soap held a little bit of it's shape after I drug the comb through it. I decided to use a spoon handle- a flat metal one- for my swirl.
|After the comb went through the soap|
|Time for some swirl!|
Here is my soap after I cut it. Not too shabby. Thank you Amy for hosting the soap challenges and encouraging me to try new techniques. This has been so much fun!!
|Finished soap! YAY!|