I have to say, this has been one of the most frustrating - and beautiful - swirls I've attempted.
Now that I know just how thin the batter actually has to be, I'll be using this technique more often.
After attempting my usual recipe with multiple oils and butters, I broke down the third time around and used an 80% olive oil and 20% coconut oil recipe. My fragrance, Love Spell from Sweet Cakes which is a local company in the Minneapolis area, performed beautifully ! No seizing, ricing, nothing. I don't think it thinned the batter any, but it didn't thicken it either.
I used two pigments from Bramble Berry : Tangerine Wow pigment - a gorgeous orange, really vivid and bright and Fired Up Fuchsia pigment. The center is Blackstar Blue Mica from The Conservatorie .
As much as I would have loved to use a white base or add stripe of white, I didn't dare use titanium dioxide after hearing that it could thicken the batter. I have a bit more confidence now and can't wait to try this again!!
Again, a big thank you to Amy for hosting. Be sure to check out all the other soap makers entries, they are truly amazing. Great Cakes Soapworks Taiwan Swirl Challenge
Suzy ~ Spoonbridge Soaps, Minneapolis