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July Soap Challenge Club

Bill McConnell5 Comments

For the month of July, the members of the Soap Challenge Club were tasked with making a pointy layer soap. Honestly, I had never heard of this style before, so I was eager to watch the tutorial.

The gist of the technique is that you need a stable, yet fluid soap batter taht has just a hint of trace to it. Using a funnel spout container, you need to pour the soap quickly and from a low height so that the soap drops into the layer below it, but also pushes it up into a tiny point. If you pour too high, the soap just drops through and creates giant tear drops. It still looks cool, but it is not the correct result for the technique.

I prepped my soap batter and I prepped my 15-pound loaf mold. Because I run a business, I like to try techniques that make my soap look unique and inviting. I am always of the opinion taht if I can do it with my larger equipment, and with my standard recipe, I can use it in my business.

I started off by emulsifying my mixture to keep it thin (but incorporated) and separating it into four separate batches. I added color and fragrance to each batch. This is batch #1, by the way.

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As in the tutorial, I used a lazy Susan cake stand to help with moving the soap around so I coudl evenly pour it. I do believe I had to sneeze here.

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After I cut the soap, I was not happy with tis first attempt. Although it looked good and smelled awesome, I wasn’t happy with the contrast in the colors and with the quality of my pointy layers. See for yourself. The brown layer is what didn’t work out. It was supposed to be a peach color, and the label said it stayed true in cold processed soap, but it turned this sad tan. I think the other colors were okay, but I decided to try again.

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The next batch I did looked good, but the loaf slipped off the lazy Susan and I lost about a third of the batch to the floor. It turned out nice looking, but it’s shorter than my average bar and the pointy layers are more like swirls.

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Finally, I shifted gears and made a Eucalyptus Tea Tree soap. I used three colors: Teal Mica, Blue Mica, and Titanium White.

Upon cutting this soap, I was immediately pleased. The contrast seemed right, and the soap itself had great pointy layers (at least I think they’re great).

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So, the third time was the charm. As you can see in the above image, the blue and white both make perfect points going upward into the layer above. I feel I was a little heavy handed with the white pour, as can bee seen on the left side of this image. The white goes a little farther down than I wanted, but overall, I think this loaf turned out great.

Here is a video of my first try: https://youtu.be/1-PKErDxEKs

Here is a video of the other attempts (only the cutting of them): https://youtu.be/o-fU2D1QRbc

Anyway, here is the finished product:

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This was a great technique to learn. I am super stoked to see how I can use it in my other soaps.