Circling Taiwan Swirl Soap Challenge

January’s soap challenge is based on a relatively new technique dubbed the circling Taiwan swirl.  To accomplish the swirl you go through the steps to create a Taiwan swirl but then you move your swirling instrument to one corner of the mold and proceed to drag it in circles around the mold.  When you cut the soap on the horizontal plane and place the two pieces you get the appearance of a lotus flower.  Cutting soap is one of the most exciting parts of making soap – you never know what you are going to get – and this technique is really fun.


Getting the soap into those small sections was a challenge in itself



The white soap got very thick because of the titanium dioxide. The colored soap remained a thin consistency. The result was the white part did not move the way it should and looks clumpy

When I uncovered the soap the next day it was covered with soda ash (a white powdery substance that is harmless – it is just not attractive).  Because this soap was going to be cut on the horizontal it was not a problem as a thin layer of soap could easily be removed.



Thank you Amy for another fun challenge.

25 thoughts on “Circling Taiwan Swirl Soap Challenge

  1. I really like your colors! The patterns turned out very interesting. It’s amazing what affects the texture of our soaps isn’t it? Even with the thicker white, they are very lovely. : )

  2. Beautiful! I hate titanium dioxide for that reason. I’ve started using different white micas, which aren’t perfect, but are working pretty well for what I am doing so far. Your soap turned out really wonderful! Good luck!

    • Thanks Debi. I thought about mica for the white but I wanted it really white and since I only mix to emulsification I took a chance.

  3. Really pretty, once again, Bonnie! I’m so glad you had the time to play this month. The thicker white parts just add interest in my book. The colors all flow together so beautifully!

  4. TD can be frustrating, but I love the crisp white for contrast. This is beautiful, Bonnie! And I agree that pouring into the slots is challenging by itself! 🙂

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