I decided to take part in Amy’s Great Cakes Soapworks Mantra Swirl Challenge. For those who are not familiar with this challenge club: each month Amy organizes a new challenge where we try a different soap technique. Interesting, as we get to improve our soapmaking skills. What is different from the other challenges Amy already organized? This challenge takes place once a month; there is a fee to pay but for this small contribution you get acces to an instructional video and written instructions and tips; members have the chance to vote for their favourite soaps, and above all…. there are prices to win!
I was so impatient to try this technique. Nevertheless, I had some small accidents and I had to retry for several times. First of all, because of the improvised separators for the mold, which fell down twice. The third time I had a bad experience with my natural colourants (I used Australian clay and I believe I put too much and in combination with the essential oils blend, it gave a thick trace). This was my first day of trying this technique. The second day I was more careful with the separators and I changed the colourants and used less of it, which seemed to work. I was more inspired to do a modified mantra swirl, which is accomplished by combining the hanger swirl technique inside the soap. The natural colourants I used are: indigo powder and yellow ochre.
This is my 1st soap:
The second soap looks more as what I wanted, even if the hanger lines aren’t so coherent. Maybe I should give it another try? 🙂
Thank you Amy for this challenging experience.
Soap made of: coconut oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, almond oil, palm oil, cacao butter, indigo, yellow ochre.
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ITS JUST LOVELY !
Happy summer, dear Natalie!
Thank you, dear Claudia!
I wish you much love!
I think both batches came out beautiful. The color choices are so nice. I chickened out and didnt do the modified version but am inspired by all of you who did these beautiful batches!
Thanks Stacie! I had to try several times and using natural colors was not so easy for such a technique, but I am content with the results! It could be better but .. . 😉
They turned out beautiful!
Great color choices! I love how the mantra swirls turned out – I need to try it also, but I’ve been too busy to do this challenge. I do like the swirls on the second attempt.
Thanks Chrissy! Can’t wait to see your soap!
Both soaps are beautiful. The hangar swirls in both worked so well.
O, beautiful, Nat! I love both of them,they are almost same! Bravo,dear!
Thanks My Diva 🙂
There is still some work, but I will be trying it with a better mold, hopefully it will work better!
Very lovely-both of them!
The colours are so earthy and natural – I love it!
Both are just so beautiful. You did a really good job. I especially like the colors in the second soap.
Thanks Marika! Yes, the 2st one had too much olive oil, and you can see it. For the 2nd one I reduced the olive oil quantity and it was worth doing it!
Love your choice of colours…..I think both of them turned out really well 🙂
Both of them are just perfect! The color combination is so adorable!
cool soap you did a great job.
Thank you all for your comments!
unul din preferatele mele:)
Mersic Iulia! Esti o draguta!
This is a lovely soap! I love the contrast of the colors!
Thank you Andee!
Lovely color combo!
j’aime les 2 versions que tu as réalisées.
Merci Swanée! Le tien est parfait! Félicitations!
Beautiful mantra swirl!
Mie imi place mult cum ti-a iesit virtejul la primul sapun !
Multumesc Geta. A iesit cat de cat, dar mie mi se par prea groase vartejurile 🙂
Both soaps look great! I love the colors you achieve naturally – nice contrast!
Beautfiul soaps and lovely colors!
Thank you Milla!
Scuze de Spam, am si eu nevoie de ajutorul tau te rog. Mai multe detalii le gasesti in acest articol al meu: http://literestacojii.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/cine-ma-ajuta
Iti multumesc anticipat si sper ca ma vei ajuta! Te pup!
Nu esti spam, draga 🙂
Sa stii ca ti am vazut postul mai devreme, insa vroiam sa citesc seara ce si cum exact. Te votez imediat si multa bafta!
Multumesc mult de tot 🙂
Wow, those are gorgeous, Natalia! Both batches are beautiful, but I like the swirls in the second attempt the best, too. Bravo!
I love both soaps Nat…you did such a great job with your hanger swirls and I love your color combination!
Beautiful colour combination and the swirl pattern – beautiful soap!
I think you did a great job, and the lines and design looks great. Your colors have a very stable and warm feel to them. Thanks for sharing! =)
Natalia, très joli marbrage ! Bravo !