The recipe I found called for palm oil, coconut oil, olive oil and lye. The important thing about making floap, I read, was to have a high percentage of "hard oils", oils that are solid at room temperature. Armed with that knowledge, naturally, I began to change the recipe.
I substituted some of the palm oil with shea butter as I'm a huge fan of shea butter and not so much of palm oil.
I whipped the unheated hard oils up so they looked like whipped cream. I then added the olive oil and whipped it in. Next, I added room temperature lye to the mix and whipped it in as well.
I divided the soap in half and added lavender mica to one half. Looked pretty good.
I then added the colored soap on top of the lavender flowers. Definitely a difference in color at this stage.
Unfortunately, when the soap was ready to remove from the mold, it was entirely white. A very nice, perfect white, but white none the less. There was no trace of the lavender color, bummer.
Next time I try this I think I'll try to paint a lavender flower on the soap instead of just painting all over, but overall, I'm not too unhappy with the soap..err..floap.
If you want it, here's the recipe I used:
Palm Oil 300g
Shea Butter 100 g
Coconut Oil 200g
Olive Oil 50g
Caustic Soda 95g