In addition to the Hanger Swirl tool I purchased from Great Soap Shop, I also purchased their Straight Dividers set that can be used for both mantra and Taiwan swirl designs.
For this first soap, I attempted to use Kenya of Modern Soap Making’s modified mantra swirl, and I say attempted since my internal swirl did not look anything like swirls on her bars. They still turned out ok though since soap is very forgiving, and as long as you don’t over swirl it and make a big grey mess of the colors, most of the time the swirls still look interesting. I think the soap might have looked better if I had moved the hanger tool through the middle and bottom layers more, but I was worried about messing up the top layer and destroying the mantra swirl.
I wanted this soap to have a unisex appeal, so I balanced the sweet scent of the lime and orange, with peppery petitgrain and a touch of lavender essential oils, and I decided to use subdued colors with varying amounts of gray.
For the next batch of mantra swirl soap, I wanted to change it up a bit, and I did an ITP swirl at medium trace filling mold about 2/3 of the way full. Next I partially inserted the dividers and poured the individual colors on top to make 3 separate blocks of color necessary for the mantra swirl. After removing the dividers, I very carefully spooned the rest of the soap batter into mold so that the mold was almost full and then did the mantra swirl as normal. I wanted this batch to be a bright and sunny contrast to the previous subdued batch so I used very sparkly white, yellow, and pink micas, and a blend of orange, lime, lemon, and litsea cubeba essential oils.
These dividers are very flexible in allowing you to make one design on the inside of your bars, but still do a traditional mantra swirl on the top of your bars. My favorite part-no more holding cardboard! 🙂