Guest Post: Even Layering Soap Tutorial

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I am so excited to share this tutorial with you from Erin of Inner Earth Soaps, a super talented soapmaker from Sydney, Australia! If you’re anything like me, making even layers in cold-processed soap is a struggle! I’d much rather just make them messy and call it “textured”. Read on to find out how Erin gets hers to turn out so smooth!

Inner Earth Even Layering Soap Tutorial

Finished-Bars

This is one of the advanced design techniques in my e-book, Soapmaking Made Easy: A Comprehensive Guide to Making Cold Process Soap. This technique will give you beautiful even layers in your soap. I’ll be showing you three layers here, but you can of course do more! I’ve layered up to five colours using this technique.

Instructions:

1. Follow cold process soapmaking instructions up to the point where your caustic solution and melted oils have been mixed together.

2. Bring the raw soap to a very light trace with the stickblender. It should be lightly opaque but still quite runny.

3. Separate the raw soap equally into three separate containers. For this technique, it’s important to colour, fragrance, and trace each layer separately.

Colourants Prepped and Ready

Colourants Prepped and Ready

Separating Raw Soap

Separating Raw Soap

4. Take the soap that will be the bottom layer. Add colour and fragrance, and stickblend to a medium trace.

Mixing Colour for First Layer

Mixing Colour for First Layer

5. Pour the soap into the mould, slowly and steadily.

Pouring First Layer

Pouring First Layer

6. Use a spoon to push the soap around so that it’s evenly spread over the mould. Bang the mould gently on the bench to settle the soap and get rid of any air bubbles.

7. Put the lid or cover over the mould while you prepare the next layer – this will help the soap to set up a little so it’s firm enough to have the next layer spooned on top without mixing.

8. Colour, fragrance and trace your next layer.

9. Using a long-handled spoon, gently spoon the next layer on. Spoon evenly over the surface, spreading with the back of the spoon to smooth it out, and again banging the mould gently to get rid of any trapped air bubbles.

Adding Second Layer

Adding Second Layer

10. Repeat steps 8, 9 and 10 for the final layer.

Adding Final Layer

Adding Final Layer

11. Add some pretty swirls to the top with a spoon end (or any tool you like).

Texturizing the Top

Texturizing the Top

12. Cover and insulate for 12-24 hours before cutting.

13. Your finished soap should look like this:

Finished Bars

Finished Bars

I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing Erin’s e-book, and it contains a wealth of information for someone who might be new to soapmaking, complete with sources for ingredients, recipes, and troubleshooting as well as some advanced techniques laid out with plenty of photos like the ones above. Erin puts her personal touch on the book by telling her love story with soap and showing some fun before and after photos of soap designs that she has changed and perfected over the years.

You may purchase your copy HERE.

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10 thoughts on “Guest Post: Even Layering Soap Tutorial

  1. Sly says:

    Just beautiful!!
    My main problem is getting and keeping those vibrant colors. What are the Colorants that you used in this toutorial?
    Mine either morph (micas) or change because of the scent I’m using (or because of the soap, especially if I use olive oil).
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Georgina says:

    Gorgeous, fresh and clean looking! Love the colour combo. So fresh and inviting. LOVE it ! Thanks so much Amy for sharing this with us. Bravo !

  3. dolores says:

    hi, it´s really beautiful. I would like to know the basic recipe for this kind of soap. I live in a tropical and very humid country, and my recipes trace very quickly. Can you show me some récipes for this technique?

  4. Regina says:

    Thank you for the guest post. I have had the pleasure of using Erin’s soap before. I purchased from her about a year ago and I have always admired her work! Thanks again!

  5. Erin says:

    Sly, I used liquid soap dyes for these colours. They’re readily available here in Australia. I also add a smidge of titanium dioxide to make them pastel rather than bright.

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