Today will be a very quick soap making tutorial. I'm sort of a soap making "cheater" for lack of a better word. I don't make soap from scratch. Gasp! I use the melt and pour soaps.
I really like these melt and pour soaps for several reasons. You can add any scent you want. You can add dried herbs or flowers. You can also create any design you like with your soap including this layered look.
I get my soap from Peak Candle Supply. Their soaps come in one pound blocks. This way you can make a few bars of soap at a time and not dozens with the traditional method. So now on to the tutorial.
- Plastic wrap
- Paper to make boxes
- 1 block goat's milk soup
- 2 t cappuccino hazelnut oil
- small amount of orange oxide
- soap mold
- Make four origami boxes with 10 x 10 inch paper. Make four lids making sure when you fold the boxes the ends don't quite meet in the middle. This will make the box larger.
- Cut your soap block in half. Set half aside and cut the remaining half into chunks.
- Microwave soap for 30 seconds. Stir the soap and microwave for another 30 seconds. Repeat this heating and stirring until the soap base is melted. Add half of the scent and pour halfway up four soap molds.
- Let the soap harden. Scrape a fork across the soap. This will make the layers attach to each other more easily.
- Melt the second half of the soap the same way you did the first. Add the last of the scent (I really wish I had chocolate scent!) then mix in the orange oxide. I used roughly 1 t but use as much or as little as you like. Pour the soap base into the molds filling them completely.
- When the soap has hardened, wrap them individually in plastic wrap and store in the boxes.