Dandelion Zebra: My Second Soap Challenge

Before I left for Taipei last week, I made 2 attempts at the Dandelion Zebra Swirl.

For my first attempt, I really like the color combination, but the soap thickened up a bit that’s why I didn’t get smooth clean zebra stripes. For the scent, I mixed Black Raspberry & Vanilla and Tangerine F.O.s – a really yummy combination!

Dandelion Attempt 1: Black Currant and Tangerine

Dandelion Zebra Attempt 1: Black Currant and Tangerine

My second attempt does not even look like a Dandelion Zebra swirl! I used peppermint e.o. and a new fragrance called Fall Festival – a sweet and spicy scent – and it really accelerated trace.  The soap batter barely slid down the board, more like a glop-glop, and when I was about to remove the board, it had already stuck to the soap batter. I had to yank it out and give the soap mold a good dose of hard banging. I am actually surprised that it does not have a lot of holes.

Dandelion Zebra Attempt 2: Peppermint Sugar and Spice

Dandelion Zebra Attempt 2: Peppermint Sugar and Spice

When I got back from my trip the other day, I quickly made another attempt. I used [Capri Olivo] – correction: the name of the fragrance is OMG Olive – another new f.o. (I know I should not use new f.o.s for multi-colored soaps but I kinda like the thrill 🙂 ).  It is a fresh, unisex, and spa-like fragrance. At a usage rate of 4% of my oils, the scent almost completely disappeared, but being the optimist, I am hoping it will come back! It is a very well-behaved f.o., allowing the soap to slide down with ease.

Dandelion 1 Dandelion 2

I actually prefer the colors of my first attempt, but my third attempt shows the Dandelion Zebra Swirl technique better, so it is what I will be submitting for the contest.  What do you think?

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28 thoughts on “Dandelion Zebra: My Second Soap Challenge

  1. Gordana

    I can’t make up my mind which of those soaps I like the most because all of them are so beautiful! I would never guess that you experienced issues with trace acceleration because the soaps are perfectly smooth and tops are gorgeous!

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  2. DivaSoap

    Ooh Silvia, now you have 6 of dandelion’s! Zebra collection! After so many dandelion soap, you can teach the technique, 🙂
    They all look great and I think you chose excellent one to enter with. All colour combos are beautiful, but I guess not many contestants will opt for this last one you did! So, go ahead, it’s perfect!

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    1. soapjam Post author

      Dear Maja, it is actually just 3. The first 2 attempts are the same as the ones in my older post “Dandelion Zebra or Not?”, just different photos.
      I would love to do tutorials, but would you believe, I’ve never made a video in my life! I can take step by step photos but i really don’t have much time before the soap sets up since i discount my water. One day, I will tackle this! 🙂

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  3. Amy Warden

    Difficult choice! I really like them both! Even the second attempt turned out well, even if it doesn’t resemble a Dandelion swirl. 🙂 I’m hoping your scent comes back too!!

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    1. soapjam Post author

      Hi Amy! Thank you for your comment and for organizing The Soap Challenge Club. It’s a great way to learn new techniques. I had so much fun with this. 🙂

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    1. Amy@10th Ave.

      I think they’re ALL gorgeous! I’m especially impressed by the peppermint blend one–I never would have guessed that you had a bit of trouble with it. Great save! But the color combo of the last one is my favorite. Thanks for sharing all three interpretations.

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  4. Jenny

    I love your latest Dandelion Zebra swirl, Silvia! The color combination is gorgeous. I hope the scent comes back for you, too. It sounds like a nice fragrance!

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  5. Cee

    They’re all so gorgeous Silvia! I really wanted to try this challenge, but the time just got away on me 😦 I love all of yours, it would be so hard to choose which one to enter!

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  6. soapjam Post author

    Ruth- thank you for your comment! We both like the same color combo. 🙂
    Cee- good to “see” you! Time just flies, doesn’t it? I can’t believe the year is coming to an end!

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  7. Cindy

    Seriously beautiful soaps! I’m not so much addicted as obsessed with the modified mantra technique. I’ve yet to have one turn out the way I like! I’ll keep trying though!

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