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Tilted Tiger Stripe

My love affair with the tilted tiger stripe all began with Diva Soap‘s Savanna. Ironically, Maja was avoiding a tilted tiger, so with her usual panache, she came up with something all her own – a cross between a modified tiger and a zebra swirl.

I had never tried the modified tiger stripe before, but the tilting action Maja described in her comments section intrigued me. After my first try, I was hooked! October’s Soap Challenge Club, featuring a similar technique – the Dandelion Zebra Swirl – provided a temporary interruption and a good comparison.  I felt that the results of both techniques were very close (click here to see if you can tell the difference).  I seem to have better luck with the tilted tiger and I find that it is less messy to work with.

I used Black Raspberry and Vanilla for my first tilted tiger stripe.  It was also my first time to use BRV. I lucked out because it was so well-behaved.  It smells like grape and cassis, but I can’t pick up the vanilla, so I’m renaming it Black Currant.


Black Currant

I love the way the stripes and the purple came out! It was my first successful purple after many failed attempts. I would probably still be stuck in my color rut (here and here) if it weren’t for Amy Warden’s post, Coloring Your Cold Process Soap.



Still scented with BRV, here is a variation I made by swirling the stripes with a chopstick:


And another BRV, with tilted pink stripes and normal purple tiger stripes:


brv set

Giving BRV a rest, I made a tiger-looking soap scented with Orange Chili Pepper:

tiger stripe

Next, I wanted to try out Cucumber Wasabi.  Just like BRV and Orange Chili Pepper, it behaved perfectly. I love green scents but this one smells too much like a vegetable.  It makes me a bit sad that this beauty smells weird – not bad, just weird – and has pimples! I think though that it would work well in a blend.

cucumber wasabi 1 cucumber wasabi

I went ahead and blended Cucumber Wasabi with some Orange Chili Pepper. It smells better, but I should cut down further on the Cucumber Wasabi. I tried to do what Maja did – tilt, pour some of the base soap followed by alternating half of the colored batter, turn around the mold, tilt again, then finish pouring alternately the rest of the soap batter.

orange cucumber

I have moved on from my tilted tiger stripe addiction but I know I will be back for more.  Is there a technique you are addicted to? 🙂

Dandelion Zebra or Not?

October’s technique for the Soap Challenge Club is the Dandelion Zebra Swirl, created by the über talented Vinvela Ebony, author of the Dandelion SeiFee blog.

What makes the Dandelion Zebra Swirl unique is the use of a board that acts as a divider and as a “slide” for the zebra stripes that results in a suspended look.

Before I signed up for this month’s soap challenge, I was inspired to make a simpler version of the tilting technique described by Maja of Diva Soap in the comment section of her post,  Savanna  (in response to Kirppu’s query). A few days later, I signed up for October’s soap challenge and proceeded to follow the tutorial given by Amy Warden. When I looked at the results, I felt it was hard to differentiate which soap used which technique.

Here are three soaps I made and one did not use a board to achieve the stripes. Can you tell which one it is?

Tangerine Tiger

Tangerine Tiger

Black Currant and Tangerine

Black Currant and Tangerine

Peppermint Sugar and Spice

Peppermint Sugar and Spice

One Recipe, Two Techniques

I love my scrubby coffee oatmeal soap so much that I am making it again, not just once, but twice, using different techniques that are new to me. I used exactly the same recipe, except for the espresso coffee grounds that I reduced to 15 grams from 20.  I find that the finer espresso grind is better suited to use in soaps than the coarser french press grind that I used for my coffee kitchen hand soap.

For the first batch, I used the tiger stripe technique.  I had less coffee than oatmeal batter, so the stripes did not reach all the way to the top.  Nonetheless, I was thrilled to see the stripes!

tiger stripe 2 tiger stripe 3

For the second batch, I was inspired by Bonnie Bath Blog’s tutorial and Sunday Spotlight on the spoon swirl.  My result does not show swirls, more like spots or dollops, but I had fun doing it (actually, it does not matter what I’m making, I always have fun when making soap 🙂 ) and would definitely try it again.

spoon swirl 2

spoon swirlThese soaps smell very similar to my Honey Sunrise, except that these don’t have honey f.o., therefore not as sweet smelling, but oh so good!