March’s Soap Challenge hosted by Amy Warden at Great Cakes Soapworks was a chance to practice using micas. I am still experimenting with new colors. There are so many that it will take some time till I find out how all of them behave when treated with NaOH 🙂
I had some pearl blue mica and decided that it would be my base color for the drop swirl challenge. I also had a blend of ylang ylang and patchouli essential oils which I had prepared a month earlier and which was mellowing on my shelf. The scent of the blend gave me the idea of the color combination of yellow, light brick and brown.
I was going for thin pencil lines of darker color between the yellow and brick. I used cocoa powder because it gives a soft yet dark enough brown which would enhance the yellow and brick by making them look brighter and would also set off the swirls.
To achieve the pencil lines I had to lay some cocoa powder colored batter before making each “drop” so it took a little longer than usual and part of the cocoa colored batter was pushed to the sides of the soap.
The surprise though was the base color — the pearl blue turned pale emerald-green thanks I think to the lye. Although I am still looking for mica which will stay pearl blue even after the saponification is over, I am satisfied with the result this time because the “drops” are outlined with soft brown lines and in my imagination the combination of color matches the exotic flowery scent of ylang ylang and patchouli.
I swirled the top and here are the soap bars from above.
I wish you all good luck and a lot of fun while choosing your favourite soaps.