Swirled Heart Cold Process Soap on Soap Queen TV

In this episode of Soap Queen TV, I am joined by Kristy Schemrich of Kristy’s Lovely Lathers. She shows how to make the cutest little heart design in the top of your Cold Process soap, so fast and easy you’ll love the results!

 

You can use your favorite soap recipe for this technique – the one we used is below.

Kristy loves adding Goat Milk to her soap. So one variation is to use half of the water to mix your lye with and with the other half add about 1 oz Goat Milk powder. Stir this in at light trace before you add your fragrance.

While we used our beloved Birchwood Mold, you could also use a basic log mold and get a lovely result.

These ingredients were used in this video:

8.6 oz Coconut Oil
6.6 oz Palm Oil
13.2 oz Olive Oil
2.6 oz Shea Butter
2 oz Castor Oil

1 oz Powdered Goat Milk

4.62 oz Sodium Hydroxide

10.9 oz Distilled Water

2.25 oz Lavender Chamomile Huggies Fragrance Oil
Sparkle Gold Mica
Super Pearly White Mica
Ultraviolet Blue Colorant

9 Bar Birchwood Mold

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27 Comments

  1. mireille says

    If I use frozen goat milk instead of powdered milk, how much would I need for the recipe.

    Thanks!!

    • says

      In this recipe, Kristy takes half of the recommended liquid amount in the recipe and mixes it with 1 oz powdered goat milk. If you’d like to replace half the recommended liquid amount with frozen goat milk, you’ll need 5.45 oz. However, unlike Kristy’s method of adding the goat milk at trace, you’ll want to add your goat milk to the rest of the distilled water and add the lye to that mixture. I hope this helps! =)

      -Kristen with Bramble Berry

  2. says

    Well, I was so disappointed with this. The soap traced so fast (I used Yuzu, so can’t blame that) that I ended up with a disgusting mess. I even added extra water to try to calm it down.
    Will be making this again, but not with that recipe.

    • Anne-Marie says

      Oh, that’s interesting and puzzling (and so frustrating for you). This soap recipe should not have traced quickly at all. We wouldn’t have used it for a video (which requires even longer to work with than you see on camera) if it wasn’t one that would give us an extra long time to manipulate.

      It was the Bramble Berry Yuzu right? That is one of my go-to awesome fragrances so it wasn’t that.

      The three culprits that I would start trouble shooting on are temperature (if the temps are too low, the solids can and will start solidifying, giving you soap on a stick) or mis-measuring an oil or using Pomace Olive Oil instead of pure Olive Oil. Some of those Pomaces really throw recipes into a tailspin. Could it have been any of those things?

  3. Jennifer Holey says

    I am strictly a melt and pour gal. Is it feasible (possible???) to use this heart technique on melt and pour? Lots of alcohol to make the dots/hearts adhere? Thanks! Jennifer

    • says

      Hi Jennifer!

      We’ve never tried this on melt and pour soap before, but I bet you could figure it out! I’d try making a bunch of small hearts (or objects) and adhering them to your soap with melted M&P base as the glue. If you do try it, keep us updated on your progress. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  4. Diana says

    Hw do I make the white soap I don’t want it to turn beige or tan color? I think this soap is so classy

  5. laureen says

    In the video, I saw the gold and blue micas being added to the squirt bottle. I didn’t catch how you used the white mica. The image at the beginning of the video looks like there is a thin layer of white-colored soap in-between the plain soap and the swirled hearts. Can you clarify?

  6. Nikki says

    I like to use fresh goat milk to make this soap. Do I still put 1 oz of goat milk or more than that. Please advice. Thanks.

  7. lindsey says

    Hi from across the pond :)
    I have just got into soapmaking and love your videos they are so helpful and inspiring too. I have just made this soap and it came out just perfect could you advise me how long I should cure soaps with goats milk in them? Also do you ship your brambleberry products to the uk as your moulds are amazing and we don’t have any like that over here, if so how much is shipping. Thanks so much, ta ta for now x
    ooh nearly forgot can you substitute olive oil for rapeseed oil or any other oil. thanks again really appreciate it :)

    • says

      Hello Lindsey! We always let our Cold Process (CP) soap cure for a minimum of 4 weeks before using it, giving it away or selling it…that would be the case with this recipe as well. :)

      With any cold process recipe, you can switch out the fixed oils with another fixed oil if you want to play around with the recipe. Just make sure you run it through the lye calculator first!
      http://www.brambleberry.com/Pages/Lye-Calculator.aspx

      Bramble Berry has no minimum orders so you can order as much or as little as you want (as long as your customs will allow large quantities).

      The shipping costs always depends on the weight of your order and the area you live in so the easiest way to get a shipping quote is to place a “mock” order on the site. Just put the items in the shopping cart and enter your address then you can take a look at all of the shipping options to your location.

      If you wish to order fragrances oils please make sure they can ship internationally, there are notes on all of the fragrances if they have restrictions.
      http://www.brambleberry.com/International-Shipping-Policies-W31.aspx
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  8. says

    I’ve got everything together and I’m going to have a go at making this tomorrow. I always struggle with colours, so let’s see how this turns out!
    Thank you so much for the tutorials – on a small island of only 2 soap makers (including me), outside help is very much appreciated.
    Deby

  9. Shelly says

    This was great! I love the hearts, and I can’t wait to try it! I have never added Goat Milk to my recipe. You state that to use half of the water to mix your lye with and with the other half add about 1 oz Goat Milk powder. This recipe calls for 10.9oz of distilled water.So would I mix 5.45 oz of distilled water with 4.62oz of lye that I would add to the oils at trace? And mix 1 oz Goat Milk powder with the remaining 5.45oz of distilled water, and stir this in at light trace before I add my fragrance?

    • Anne-Marie says

      You can do it that way – or you can do it using only 20% of the water from the original amount of liquids called for. The reason to do it that way is because then the Powder forms a nice slurry AND you’re not working with a really big water discount (which makes for a longer tracing soap).

  10. Marina says

    Wow, so beautiful. It seems so easy. I’d like to try it. Thanks so much for your tutorial. Can I use eye shadows for the soap colorant? Cause I have old eye shadows. Thought they can be used rather than I throw them away. Thanks again.

    • Anne-Marie says

      Yes, you could use old eye shadows (ground up finely) as colorant. Though they might not be soap stable so don’t make a huge batch! =)

  11. Peggy says

    I have a question about the video. At the 2:03 minute mark, it looks like you add some extra super pearly white or titanium dioxide to the soap (right after the lye water). Do you happen to recall how much of that?
    Thanks!

  12. Margo says

    I am so happy that you posted this. I have wanted to learn how to do this ever since you posted pictures of a soap like this that was taught at one of your soap intensive weekends. Thank you so much, I will definately give this one a try.