Ok, here it is, my entry to Amy Warden’s Soap Challenge Club! I’m so excited to be participating in my first ever soap challenge! The one I’m submitting is my second attempt at the Holly Swirl. My first and third tries looked interesting but did not look like a Holly Swirl.
The black base is colored with charcoal and scented with an herbaceous green tea. The pink swirl is red lab color with a drop of blue for a deeper pink, and it’s scented with Japanese cherry blossom. The cream part has a small amount of T.D. (I tend to be very light handed with it) and scented with green tea and pear. I find Japanese cherry blossom too powdery and floral for my taste, but mixed with green scents, it smells very pretty, delicate and feminine, with good staying power.
Oils used were olive oil, coconut oil, rice bran oil, and castor oil. I’d say this combination is a slow to medium tracer. I noticed that without castor oil, trace is at a much slower pace.
My inspiration for the design was a dragonfruit, that’s why I added a sprinkling of black sesame seeds. But because of the fragrance combination, I decided to name it Japanese Spring. While the sesame seeds add a nice touch, I would not use it again in the future because after a few days, it discolored the area around it.
Thank you Amy for being so gracious in bringing together the global soaping community with your Soap Challenge Club! Learning and sharing has never been this fun! 🙂