For my colors, I chose natural indigo for the bottom layer, titanium dioxide (white) for the middle, and an aquamarine blue oxide for the upper layer. My sweet almond oil that I use as a base for my colors was old and, therefore, not performing quite right. Good thing I ordered a new bottle for the next batch.
After getting both oils and lye solution to 91 degrees and a few whirs of the stick blender, the soap is at trace. I can't believe I used to mix my soap by hand with a wooden spoon. My friend Stephanie is assuring me it's OK to embrace technology. I do refuse to get a Smart Phone though!! Here, I divided up the soap into different containers and whisked in my colors. It's time to pour! (p.s. Always have some sort of mat or cover for your counter that you ONLY use for soapmaking. Do not mix your soap equipment with your cooking utensils either. I don't even wash my soapmaking equipment with the rest of my dishes.