It’s crazy how many different types of swirls you can create with cold process soap. Crazy awesome that is! It’s impossible for me to choose a favorite, but if I had to choose my top five, the Circling Taiwan Swirl would probably be included. It’s a variation on the classic Taiwan Swirl that was named after the first YouTube video that showcased it. The main difference between the Taiwan Swirl and the Circling Taiwan Swirl is the Circling Taiwan features the extra step of swirling around the edge of the mold. This motion “pulls” the swirls, and gives them a curved appearance. It was created by Elaine Wright of Misty Springs Bath & Body, you can see her gorgeous soap here.
This technique requires first making long sections of color. To do so, I used the Multi-Pour Tool for 10″ Silicone Loaf. If you don’t have this tool on hand, you can construct dividers using cardboard (as shown in this tutorial) or other soap-safe material. But, this tool sure makes it easy. 😉 This technique requires a thin trace and a fragrance oil that gives you plenty of time to work. To make sure I had time to swirl, I used the Swirl Recipe Quick Mix that contains plenty of slow-moving oils, and the Electric Lemonade Cocktail Fragrance Oil which behaves well in cold process soap. To see this swirl in action, check out the video below!