Wild Leopard Print Cold Process Tutorial
Serves: 3 pounds of soap
This Wild Leopard Print Cold Process Soap features a smoky scent blend and skin loving oils.
  • 10″ Silicone Loaf Mold
  • 7.2 oz. Canola Oil
  • 2.5 oz. Cocoa Butter
  • 7.2 oz. Coconut Oil
  • 3.6 oz. Hazelnut Oil
  • 5.4 oz. Olive Oil
  • 8.3 oz. Palm Oil
  • 1.8 oz. Tamanu Oil
  • 5 oz. Sodium Hydroxide Lye
  • 11.9 Distilled Water
  • 1.2 oz. Mayan Gold Fragrance Oil
  • 1.2 oz. Black Tea Fragrance Oil
  • 5 mL Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
  • Activated Charcoal
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Copper Sparkle Mica
  • Titanium Dioxide
  • Two Disposable Bags
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.
COLOR PREP: To ensure that the Titanium Dioxide blends smoothly into the soap batter, we recommend micronizing it before dispersing it in oil. Please note this is an optional tip but it does help with the titanium dioxide clumping in the soap =) To micronize colorant, simply use a coffee grinder to blend the colorant to break up any clumps of color and prevent streaks of white from showing in the final soap. We like to use a coffee grinder that has a removable, stainless steel mixing area for easy cleaning. Then, disperse 1 teaspoon of the colorant into 1 tablespoon of sunflower or sweet almond oil (or any other liquid oil). In a separate container disperse 1 teaspoon activated charcoal in 1 tablespoon light weight liquid oil. Then in separate containers disperse 3 teaspoons cocoa powder and 3 teaspoons Copper Sparkle Mica in 3 tablespoons liquid oil. Use a mini mixer to disperse any clumps.
FRAGRANCE PREP: In a glass, fragrance safe container, blend together 1.2 ounces of Mayan Gold Fragrance Oil and 1.2 ounces Black Tea Fragrance Oil and 5 mL Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil. Set aside.
  1. Slowly and carefully add the lye to the water and gently stir until the lye has fully dissolved and the liquid is clear. Set aside to cool.
  2. Combine the coconut oil, olive oil, hazelnut oil, tamanu oil, canola oil, palm oil and cocoa butter (remember to fully melt then mix your entire container of palm oil before portioning). Once the lye water and the oils have cooled to 130 degrees or below (and are ideally within 10 degrees of each other), add the lye water to the oils and stick blend until you reach a light trace. If you’d like a harder bar of soap that releases faster from the mold, you can add sodium lactate to the cooled lye water. Use 1 teaspoon of sodium lactate per pound of oils in the recipe. For this recipe, you’d add about 3 tsp. sodium lactate.
  3. Once you have reached a thin trace, add the fragrance oil blend and use a whisk to thoroughly mix in.
  4. Split the soap into three containers. The largest container will contain about 4 cups. The second should measure about 400 mL, and the last should contain about 300 mL.
  5. To the largest container, add 2 teaspoons dispersed Titanium Dioxide and ½ tsp. dispersed Copper Sparkle Mica. Use a whisk to thoroughly mix in the colorant.
  6. To the 400 mL container, add 3 teaspoons dispersed cocoa powder, ½ teaspoon Copper Sparkle Mica and 1 teaspoon dispersed Activated Charcoal. To the other remaining container, add ½ teaspoon dispersed Copper Sparkle Mica and ½ teaspoon dispersed cocoa powder. Use whisks to thoroughly mix in the colorants.
  7. Pour a thin layer of the lightest soap into the mold. You only need to pour enough soap to create a thing layer. Tap the mold on the counter to release any bubbles, and set aside.
  8. You need both darker colored soap to be a nice thick texture. You want the soap to be thick enough to hold it’s shape when squeezed out of the disposable bags. If your soap is already thick, proceed to step nine. If not, use a stick blender to blend the colors until they have reached a thick pudding texture.
  9. Use a large spoon to transfer the darker colored soap into separate disposable frosting bags. You may want to have empty containers handy to place the bags in when you’re not using them. Use scissors to cut a hole about ½ inch across into each bag.
  10. Starting in the lower left corner of the mold, squirt the brown soap diagonal across the mold until you reach the other side. Continue to create lines parallel to each other about 2-3 inches apart down the entire length of the mold. I was able to make 5 lines. Depending on how big you made the hole in your disposable bag, you may want to thicken the line with additional passes.
  11. After you have made your lines with the dark soap, place a smaller line in the center with the medium tan colored soap. You don’t want this to be the same width, this line should be slightly thinner.
  12. Then, cover the medium tan lines with the dark brown. Don’t worry about the medium tan line being perfectly covered!
  13. Using a large spoon, place the light colored soap in between each line. Place enough soap in between to make the soap all one height. Tap gently, and begin to cover the lines with the lightly colored soap. Don’t fill the mold up all the way, only add enough light tan soap until the lines are just covered. Use the spoon to even out the layer.
  14. Repeat the process of making lines with the dark colored soap diagonally down the length of the mold. The lines should go in the opposite direction as the first layer. Then, cover the dark lines with a thinner line of medium tan soap. Cover each line with dark brown soap, then fill in each space with light tan soap, then cover. Repeat this process once more for a total of three layers.
  15. Once the last layer has been covered with light tan soap (scrape every last bit out of your bowl!), gently disperse the light tan soap evenly. Then, use your spoon to create peaks and texture. Be careful not to disturb the layers below.
  16. Once you are happy with the texture on top, spray the soap with 99% isopropyl alcohol to help eliminate soda ash. Continue to spray every 15 minutes for the first hour the soap is in the mold. Doing so forms a layer than really helps fight away pesky soda ash. Allow the soap to sit in the mold for 3-4 days. Unmold, cut and allow to cure for 4-6 weeks. Enjoy!
Recipe by Soap Queen at https://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/cold-process-soap/wild-leopard-print-cold-process-tutorial/