I must say that when I opened up the bottle it took me back to childhood summer memories. We used to smear on this sunscreen oil (ah...yeah...maybe not sunscreen but more like tanning oil) and it had this wonderful scent of coconut. I closed my eyes and I remembered the beach, waves and hot sunny days! So I was pretty excited about making this soap.
This time I tried something different. I mixed the fragrance with my oils first instead of adding it to the soap mix before pouring. I think it worked!...or this fragrance oil is a little more forgiving and it allows you to play a bit. But I must say I am very pleased with my second attempt at swirls. Here is a pic:
I was a little disappointed that the coconut fragrance faded a bit...but oh well. Maybe next time I will increase the amount.
Since I was feeling pretty happy with my swirly soap I decided to try my hand at the next challenge!!! Gradient Coloring!
I tried it once but sadly the Goats Milk got to the chocolate layers and instead of different chocolate color layers they all blended into one dark chocolate shade. The milk in the soap tends to darken colors, plus the vanilla fragrance oil that I added to it also made it darken as well. This time around I decided to go with blue and tried Pure Rain fragrance oil. Here are my results :
Not bad I must say for my second attempt! :o)
I really like how the blue turned out and the white on the top with the textured top looks pretty good. I did have a little bit of a panic at one point when my soap started to thicken up. I thought the fragrance was once again going to turn hard on me but it actually worked really well with the layering and the texture top :o)
I do need to work on my cutting skills. My little pencil line (which I made with Cocoa powder) it's a little messy :o(
But not bad :o)... a nice clean soap bar. Even my hubby was impressed!
So my next project will be a Coconut Milk bar. Wish me luck!