Soap Making

Unicorn In-The-Pot Swirl

Yesterday I made this pretty soap for Valentine’s day…. a little early but every year I’m so far behind for holiday soaps and I’m determined to be ahead of schedule and make the most of holiday sales this year.

I haven’t picked a name for it yet so I’m temporarily calling it Unicorn Soap because the colors and glitter make me think of unicorns. For the soap I did a very basic in-the-pot swirl, which is actually my favorite. My recipe and written tutorial is below. Again, I made this late at night so the lighting in my pictures is pretty harsh, sorry bout that!

Recipe – This is for approximately 5 lbs of soap.
  • 18 oz Coconut Oil
  • 18 oz Olive Oil
  • 18 oz Palm Oil
  • 6 oz Castor Oil
  • 2.5 oz Love Spell Fragrance Oil
  • 20 oz water
  • 8.61 oz sodium hydroxide
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Queens Purple Mica
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Raspberry Mica
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Titanium Dioxide (Next time I would use 1/2 Teaspoon because I don’t think I used enough to make a difference.)


First I combined my water and sodium hydroxide to get that set aside and cooling.

Then I dispersed each of the three pigments separately in a little bit of oil from the main batch.

Once my oils and lye solution cooled to about 110 degrees I combined them and stick blended until it reached very light trace. I added the titanium dioxide/oil mixture to the entire batch and hand stirred it until blended. At this point I added my Love Spell Fragrance Oil and hand stirred it in.

Then I poured some of the soap batter into two containers and added the pink and purple micas to them . I just eyeballed it but was trying to have slightly more white batter than the other two colors.

From this point I poured the purple into the white at 12 and 6 o’clock in the main bucket, saving a little for the top of the soap. (Make sure to pour from high up to get the colors to reach the bottom of the bucket if your trace is thick.)

I then poured the pink in at 3 and 9 o’clock, saving a little for the top of the soap.

Now for the swirl: I put my spatula into the bucket at 12 o’clock and went straight down, across, and around in a circle once and pulled the spatula out. That’s it. I make sure to keep the swirling at a minimum since pouring it into the mold does most of the swirling for me. This picture shows before and after the swirl, as well as some of my mom juice in the background.

Then I poured the batter into the mold, and scraped the remaining pink and purple soap on top and gently smoothed it over with my spatula.

I topped it with some cosmetic glitter and sprayed with 99% alcohol. I covered it in saran wrap and insulated with towels.

The cut turned out pretty good I think.

So, what should I actually call it?

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