I prepare my lye in batch form and keep a stock of it prepared at a ratio of 1 part lye to 1.5 parts water. When I go to make soap I always have to add a bit of water to get to the correct percentage of lye. For this soap, instead of adding the extra water, I replaced it with the yogurt and mixed it directly into the warm oils instead of into the lye. When you do this, make sure to whisk the yogurt into the oils well. Next, I added the lye solution to the oils and yogurt and mixed with a stick blender until a light trace was reached. I then split the soap into two containers and colored one container of soap gold (see picture below).
|Uncolored soap on left and gold mica colored soap on right.|
I poured the gold soap back into the container with the cream colored soap and did a slight in the pot swirl. The soap was then poured into the mold and the top was sprinkled with gold glitter.
|Setting up an in the pot swirl|
|Soap poured and setting up.|