Soap Challenges Starting Up March 24

colors for pear soapAbout this time last year I began planning some Soap Challenges that ended up being extremely fun and rewarding for so many soapmakers. I was asked to do it again soon, and my reply was always the same: “Next year!”

Well, it’s finally next year, and I have a few more fun ideas in the works! It’s going to be a scaled DOWN version of what we did the first time around as far as the number of weeks we will be doing, but it will be a scaled UP version in terms of the skills involved. I have four weeks of challenges planned, two of the four I have not attempted myself, but have seen on other soapmaker’s blogs and will be learning right along with you!

Here’s the schedule:

Week One March 24th: Tiger Stripe

Week Two March 31st: Elemental Swirl

Week Three April 7th: Mica Swirl Tops


Week Four April 21st: Leopard Spots

Materials needed: Aside from the usual soapmaking supplies, you will need plenty of mixing cups, micas, and either a tea strainer or a piece of pantyhose stretched over a jar of mica with a rubberband for the elemental swirl, more micas for the mica swirl tops, and piping bags or large ziplock freezer bags for the leopard spots.

These are somewhat advanced techniques, but will give everyone good practice! I will post the first challenge on Sunday, March 24th with a link to an instrucational video and some photos of examples of the technique. Participants will have until Saturday to make their soaps and post on their blog, Facebook or YouTube. I will open up a link post on Saturday for everyone to post their work.

If you are ready to expand your skills and join us, please comment below with your name, where you are from, and what you are most excited about learning!

WEEK ONE: Tiger Stripe Challenge
WEEK ONE: Tiger Stripe Link-Up
WEEK TWO: Elemental Swirl Challenge

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  1. Me too, please! I am soaping in Toronto, Canada, and this challenge is the kick in the butt I need to try some of these amazing techniques I’ve been admiring!

  2. Ann from Ames, IA – count me in! I’ve just recently started experimenting with some basic color techniques using all natural colorants, and this is great motivation to push me outside my comfort zone into some more advanced techniques.

  3. Count me in too! I will. Have to skip the first challenge officially because we will be on vacation, but I want to try it as soon as I get back. Thanks Amy for organizing this again and expanding my horizons!

  4. I just made my first Tiger Swirl last night, but want to redo it before the end of the week. I’m most interested in figuring out the mica swirl and the leopard spots.

    But mostly I’m interested in setting a deadline for myself to *make* myself try new things!


  5. I would love to participate! I guess I’ll need to get some micas, even though I don’t use them. I’ve already done the tiger stripes and I posted them on Soaper’s Retreat fb page. Looking forward to this.

  6. Soaping from Natick,MA! Can’t wait to try all the techniques I’ve been afraid to try πŸ™‚

  7. I’m late joining but I still have time before Saturday, so will be on it tomorrow! πŸ˜€

  8. Hi am have been soaping for a year now, I live in the Island of Trinidad and Tobago and I would love to be apart of your soaping family,

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  10. Amy I am recovering from back surgery and am able to start doing projects πŸ˜‰ I just found this, and would love to learn and participate as well ;). Thank you I love watching all videos!!!

  11. I’m a week behind but I want to join. This is my first time participating in a soap challenge and I’m excited πŸ™‚

  12. Hello, I would like to join in, if itΒ΄s still possible. IΒ΄m from Czech Republic and have been soaping for over a year. All these techniques are new for me, IΒ΄m excited to learn!

  13. I know I missed the first challenge, but I’m excited to participate in the rest! I’m about to cut my elemental swirl! Thanks for challenging us to increase our skills!

    Bath Candy Soap

  14. Hello Amy,

    I’d like to participate in the soap challenge. I don’t have a business or blog so I’ll be attempting to upload from my computer. This will now only be a challenge, it will be great fun. a Thanks for doing this.

  15. I am Teddi from Missouri. I would love to join in on the fun! I tried to get my grown son and daughter to join in, too, but it looks like it will be just me (at least for week 2). Thanks for doing this FUN challenge!

  16. I missed the first one ( house reno) but Im down for the rest of the challenges.
    Leopard spots sounds like fun πŸ˜›

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