Opal Ombré soap

Hi again

It’s been so long since I’ve posted anything. But here we are and I have another soap that I have made for this months Soap challenge club. I enjoyed making this soap as I have been struggling a bit with making a recipe that set up slow enough to make patterns. The tricks and tips I got worked really well.

The recipe I used for this soap was:

Olive oil 500g

Lard 420g

Coconut oil 350g

Avocado oil 120g

I used 500ml water and 196g Lye, I also placed 2 tsp of icing sugar in the water before I mixed in the lye – to slow the recipe down. The fragrance I used was Brambleberry’s ‘Love Spell’ which is a well behaved fragrance! 

After mixing the oils and Lye together, I decided to try and keep this mixture slow, so I hand whisked it. Usually I use a hand blender, which takes about 5 minutes. It took me an hour of mixing before the mixture reached a slight trace.


When the mixture reached a slight trace I poured it into something less likely to spill!

I poured the mixture evenly into 12 cups, so that I could add the colour individually to each cup.

Adding the colour

I did this by eye!

Then I started layering the colours. The aim was to have the colours change from dark to light throughout the soap, so I kept on, layering blues, then Oranges, then reds! I did this on a slight angle throughout and then tipped it the other way right at the end to get the circles, like you find in opals.

Then all I needed to do was to finish it off with a pattern on the top!

The finished product turned out pretty well I thought! 🙂


Welcome to my blog This blog was created mainly because of my interest in soaping. I like experimenting with colours and ingredients so there will be different soaps on here all the time. I haven't been making soap for very long at all, but I've been well and truly hooked since I started. So much so that I now have a room full of all sorts of soaps curing and waiting for the time I can either use them or find someone who wants them. I live in Sydney Australia and if you look through my site you will see that I have many interests (although I also haven't been blogging long so it might take me awhile to get around to posting about those things! :)). I also work full time, have two children living at home (albeit older children), 2 dogs, 1 cat and 2 chooks as well as a couple of beehives. If you want to contact me, please just fill out the details in the form below and I'll try and get back to you as soon as possible. Enjoy! [contact-form][contact-field label='Name' type='name' required='1'/][contact-field label='Email' type='email' required='1'/][contact-field label='Website' type='url'/][contact-field label='Comment' type='textarea' required='1'/][/contact-form]

13 thoughts to “Opal Ombré soap”

  1. Beautiful soap, Dallas!! Congratulations on your successful ombre soap! I love the colors and how the lines flow. I hope you enjoyed the process! It takes a lot of patience to stir by hand, but it really creates excellent results.

  2. Nice! Dallas! I am always intrigued by how the lines/shapes come out with each pour. This one looks so nice! Your ombre looks super with each color.

  3. Icing sugar to slow down trace?! I have never heard of doing that. Do you mean confectioners sugar? And I thought sugar accelerates trace! So cool to learn new things! I particularly love the contrast of the blue and the yellows against each other! Great!

    1. Hi Pam. Yes I do keep bees as well. They are a lot of fun too and not as much work as you might think! I also get lots of great stuff like beeswax. Sometimes I make beeswax candles and I’ve tried it in my soap as well, although it sets up so fast it has to be a fairly plain soap, and seeing as I like making patterned soap I don’t use it so much! 🙂

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