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Polka dots surprise soap and TANGER swirl

I've unconventionally used two techniques for the swirl in the inside of the bar: tilted tiger stripe swirl and hanger swirl or, as I call it, TANGER SWIRL

To create the colorful swirl I tilted the mould of about 35-40°C (see this post for details on the technique). Then, I moved it back in a flat position, and used bass strings to do the hanger swirl ;-)

Recipe (slow moving trace):
Olive oil (extra virgin) 56.25%
Unrefined virgin Coconut oil 20.38%
*Palm oil (organic) 17.13%
Canola oil 6.25%

*Palm oil I use comes from a sustainable source.

When I made my last soap (HERE) I've used all my stocks of pomace olive oil and coconut oil. Honestly I didn't want to place an order for two items only and I decided to take a look at the supermarket's shelves...
I bought extra virgin olive oil from Puget, which gave a nice yellow color to the soap bar
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and unrefined virgin coconut oil from La Tourangel (very nice smell!!!)
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Scent: Orange, Grapefruit and Peppermint EOs 

Colour used: buttercup yellow, clementine  orange, dark ceriseNeptune blue, blueberry,  Chromium oxide green
Less than a teaspoon of powder for each colour. 
I have dispersed micas in olive oil and the chromium oxide green in water.

It's a pity that this nice apple green color morphed after 2 days :-) 
I also got soda ashes despite all the precautions I took...anyway, I'll get rid of them with a damp cloth :-)

Un-moulding and cutting: 2 days in the mould + 2 days as whole bar outside the mould before cutting.
 After 4 days the inside of the soap bar was still very soft.

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