How to Make the Perfect Peacock Swirl in Cold Process Soap

Peacock Swirl in coldp process soap on Soap Queen TV

In this episode of Soap Queen TV, I redeem myself. In case you don’t remember, I posted a video on how to do the Peacock Swirl in cold process soap and although the soap turned out nice, it wasn’t a great example of the peacock swirl design. So I designed a set of tools to help me do it perfectly every time. While I’ve used the swirl tools in previous tutorials (peacock challenge, frog foot swirl,  & butterfly swirl), you get to see them in action in this video!

Please Note: The in-video links only work on the YouTube website (darn!).
See the basic cold process videos here.

SAFETY FIRST: Suit up for safe handling practices! That means goggles, gloves and long sleeves. Make sure kids, pets, and other distractions and tripping hazards are out of the house or don’t have access to your soaping space. Always soap in a well-ventilated area.

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To make the soap in this video you will need:

Tools and molds I used include:

20 Responses to “How to Make the Perfect Peacock Swirl in Cold Process Soap”

  1. tina says:

    I really LOVE that swirl and can’t wait to try it!

  2. Heather Phillips says:

    Absolutely beautiful! I plan on getting the tools and trying this technique soon! Can I ask what you sprayed on the soap at the end? I’m wondering if it’s something to prevent ash? I live in Oregon and I think there is something about the moisture level in both our states that brings it on! Fantastic video! Thank you for sharing:-)

  3. AshMac says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I LOVE the colors!

  4. Wow…this design is awesome!!! I just love it. Anne…I am feeling curious to make those peacock swirl soap for me too.

  5. Leanna H. says:

    This isn’t a Melt & Pour tutorial but I still enjoyed it! I was curious as to how the tool works when I saw it listed on BrambleBerry! What a pretty CP design technique!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Leanna!

      So glad you enjoyed this post. It’s so fun to see the swirl tools in action! Keep your eyes out for a Melt and Pour tutorial coming sometime this week :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  6. Leanna H. says:

    What a cool tool! I was curious to see how to use it when it was listed. Too bad I only do M&P soap! If I did CP soap I would definitely give this technique a try!

  7. Ramona says:

    Thank you for posting this. Your site is always so inspirational! I really want to master the peacock swirl and so far have not had much luck. After watching the original video, I tried your peacock swirl recipe three times. Each time it failed for me. At first everything looked great, but after 24 hours, the top swirly part of the soap was cracked and very crumbly. It was as if the swirled part was entirely soda ash. After 24 hours the swirl produced a tongue zap, but the base didn’t. So I cut off the swirl and rebatched it. In the end, it still made a nice soap, but what happened to the swirl? Why so crumbly? After trying the natural colorants twice, I tried a third time using oxides, but it still crumbled. Any ideas of what to change next time? The only thought I had was maybe I used too much water. I’m including the recipe in case it helps. Each time I soaped at approximately 90 degrees F, and covered and insulated the soap afterwards.

    Recipe (44 oz of oils)
    - distilled water 16.7 oz
    - lye 6.3 oz
    - pinch of silk fibers in lye water
    - coconut oil (76 degree) 13.2 oz
    - canola oil 8.8 oz
    - olive oil 11 oz
    - palm oil 11 oz

    Swirl #1 & #2 (colorants dispersed in sweet almond oil):
    - 1 tsp titanium dioxide in base
    - 2 Tbsp alkanet root powder (infused in oil)
    - 2 Tbsp annatto seeds (infused in oil)
    - 1 tsp activated charcoal
    - No fragrance added

    Swirl #3 (colorants dispersed in sweet almond oil): – 1.5 tsp titanium dioxide in base
    - 1.5 tsp yellow oxide
    - 1.5 tsp green oxide
    - 2 tsp activated charcoal
    - Added essential oils of lemongrass and sage to base soap

  8. Anna says:

    Most of the swirl designs are done in a slab mold. Are there any good designs you can do in loaf molds? Do you have any videos of those?

  9. Jennifer says:

    This soap is absolutely beautiful!! I know this may be a silly question but I am fairly new to the soaping world, can you use the swirl tools and this technique on a melt & pour version of this??

  10. Oh my goodness – exquisite beauty!!!

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