Slow Tracing Recipe for Creating Cold Process Swirls

I have done a lot of experimenting with soap formulas, trying to find the perfect recipe that will become my standard for most future batches. And during this process, I have made some nice (and a few not so nice) accidental discoveries! One of those discoveries is a recipe that moves very slowly – in other words, it takes a long time to reach trace. This makes it perfect for testing new fragrance oils (in case they accelerate trace), and also for batches that you want to spend a little extra time creating a beautiful swirl in your soap.

spoon swirl soap

Slow Tracing Soap Recipe
16 oz of oils

*I add the sea salt to my lye water because it hardens the soap faster, and takes less time to unmold. It is optional, but if you use it, dissolve the salt before adding the lye to your water.

My swirl in the photo above is far from intricate, but I have been working with a limited supply of colorants. I have a few micas being delivered today, though, so I can’t wait to experiment with them using this recipe.

Here are some videos of cold process swirling techniques for your viewing pleasure:

Drop Swirl:

Mantra Swirl:

Swirled Hearts:

In the Pot Swirl (see it cut here):

Tiger Stripe:

What’s your favorite swirl technique?