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!
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.
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.
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?