Hearts, rainbow and glitter, oh my! If you’re a long time reader of this blog, you know I’m a fan of color, sparkle and hearts. For example, last year I created this Rainbow Hearts Melt and Pour project. I loved it so much that I started dreaming of a cold process version.
The brainstorm led to this cute and fun Rainbow Heart Swirl Cold Process Soap. It’s created by swirling tiny dots of multi-colored soap with a chopstick or dowel. Then, it’s covered in fine iridescent glitter. I colored the base a creamy white color using titanium dioxide to let the hearts really pop. To see this swirl technique in action, check out the Make Swirled Hearts Cold Process video on Soap Queen TV. A big thanks to Kristy Schemrich of Kristy’s Lovely Lathers for showing me this technique!
The key to this design is a slow-moving recipe and thin trace. If the soap is too thick, the dots won’t swirl properly and won’t become hearts. To give you plenty of swirling time, this recipe contains a large amount of slow moving oils such as canola oil, rice bran oil, and apricot kernel oil. I did not use olive oil in this recipe because I wanted the base to be as white as possible. This project is scented with Beach Breezes Fragrance Oil. It behaves great in cold process with no acceleration, but does discolor to a light tan. The added titanium dioxide combats this. =)