Faux Swirl Melt and Pour Cubes

Yes, there is an easy way to swirl melt and pour soap. All you have to do is get your soap to the sweet spot temperature and it couldn’t be easier. We call this the “Faux Melt and Pour Swirl”

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Faux swirl melt and pour cubes


32 oz. Clear Soap Base
16 oz. White Soap Base
1 Teaspoon Electric Bubble Gum Colorant
1 Teaspoon Tangerine Wow Colorant
1 Teaspoon Fired Up Fuchsia Colorant
3 Tablespoons Liquid Glycerin
1 oz. Cherry Blossom Fragrance Oil
Silicone Cube Mold


Mini Scoops
Mini Mixer

3 heat safe containers
Spray Bottle
of Rubbing Alcohol

Mixing the Colorants

Blend the colorants and the liquid glycerin together with a mini mixer. Be sure to stir a little bit with the mixer before turning it on, otherwise you’ll be standing in a pink cloud of colorant. If you’re unsure about pre-mixing colorants, there’s a “Soap Queen Short” video about it here.

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Prep your colors

Orange Colorant
1 Tablespoon Liquid Glycerin
1 Teaspoon Tangerine Wow

Bubble Gum Pink Colorant
1 Tablespoon Liquid Glycerin
1 Teaspoon Electric Bubble Gum

Fired Up Fuchsia Pink Colorant
1 Tablespoon Liquid Glycerin
1 Teaspoon Fired Up Fuchsia

Faux Swirls

ONE: Melt 32 ounces of clear soap in the microwave on 30 second burst until fully melted. Then mix in .25 oz of Cherry Blossom Fragrance Oil.

TWO: Once the fragrance is mixed in, separate the soap into two heat-safe containers. Mix in 10 drops of your glycerin and tangerine colorant mixture to the first container of clear soap . I dropped the colorant in with a mini scoop (I’ve been using it a lot lately for my colorants- loving it). Mix well and cover the orange soap with plastic wrap to keep it warm. Add 8 drops of your glycerin and bubble gum colorant mixture to the second container of clear soap. Mix well and cover with plastic wrap. Set aside.

THREE: Melt 16 ounces of white soap base in the microwave on 30 second bursts until the soap is completely melted. Add .75 oz of Cherry Blossom Fragrance Oil and 8 drops of the glycerin and Fired Up Fuchsia colorant mixture. Mix well.

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Making faux swirls

FOUR:  Let all three soaps cool down to 130- 135 degrees. You can either leave the plastic wrap on the containers until they cool or stir the soaps with a spoon as they cool. Once they all reach temperatures of 130-135 it’s time to make soapy magic!
FIVE: Pour a little layer of orange soap into 6 cavities of the cube mold, about 1/8th inches thick. Next, a little of the clear pink soap on top of the orange soap. Try pouring each layer into a different corner of the cube cavity for more color variation in the final soap. Next, pour a little opaque pink soap on top of the pink and orange layers. Again, pour the soap into the opposite corner of the mold cavity to create color variation and swirl. Keep rotating soap pours until all six cavities are full.

Tip: We’re not doing layers so you don’t need to spray each layer. But I kept my spray bottle of rubbing alcohol on hand and sprayed a layer or two on occasion to get rid of any air bubbles. Just remember to move quickly so the layers don’t set up. The magic temperature is between 130-135 degrees.

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Allow soap to cool 4-6 hours

SIX: Let the soap cool for 4-6 hours before attempting to unmold.

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Voila! Swirled melt and pour cube soaps

The finished product! No two soaps are alike!