I was looking for a new design technique for an all patchouli scented soap. I wanted a design that would be reminiscent of hippy imagery or at least of hippy imagery that I had seen in reruns of old shows from that time period of Bewitched, The Partridge Family, The Brady Bunch, etc. I came across Amy Warden’s Soap Challenge Club during my research, and I knew I found the perfect technique that would look groovy and far out! Since this was a new technique for me, I decided it was best to practice by making a couple of batches of soap that did not include pachouli. The patchouli I used is very special since I aged it for 5 years, and I did not want to waste it on a failed batch of soap.
Both of my “practice” batches are scented with citrus essential oils since they have never caused any acceleration in my soaps and would give me plenty of time to do the drop swirls.
The first one is a blend of orange and grapefruit with a touch of lime and litsea cubeba since I find both really help to “anchor” other citrus essential oils. I think I poured the soap batter at too thin of a trace to be a good representation of what a drop swirl should look like, but I still really like this soap and think it’s really pretty. It was my hubby’s favorite.
Next is my patchouli soap. Although the soap thicken so fast I thought I was going to end with soap on a stick, I did manage to get it into the mold. The soap did not look like the drop swirl I was going for, but I think it turned out really groovy. I used colors that were very popular in the late 60’s and early 70’s-avocado green, dark yellow, cherry red, sky blue all to hopefully evoke a memory of all things hippy. There was a really neat surprise inside two of the bars….can you see the partridge?
Here’s a close up.
Next was the other “practice” batch I did. It was my favorite, and the one I am submitting for my entry for this month’s Soap Challenge Club. It’s scented with an essential oil blend of bitter almond, lime, manuka, and a touch of ginger and vanilla.
I really enjoyed this Challenge and will hopefully do it again soon. It was so neat to see what soapers from all over the world were making.