How To Make Homemade Soap With Melt And Pour Soap Base
Homemade Soap Recipe – Melt and pour soap making is an easy, fun, inexpensive way to start making soap. I am not interested in cold process soap making, and I find it easier and safer to use melt and pour soap. In this recipe, feel creative by selecting molds of your choice, flowers, or blending essential oils for scent. My preference when making soap is to use an organic soap base.
How to make homemade melt and pour soap like a champ. Furthermore, these flower petal-adorned soaps are sized just right for wedding or shower favors. Plus, Calendula and cornflower won't discolor in soap, making them the perfect topping. This may not be on the easy soap recipes list, but it is not that difficult. Please note, to make twice as many favors at a time, use an 8-inch (20.5-cm) mold and double the number of ingredients.
Yield: Eight 2.5-Ounce Soap Favors
How To Make Homemade Soap Recipe With Cornflower And Calendula
Melt and pour soap making supplies And Ingredients Needed
- 20 Oz. (567 g) shea butter melt and pour soap base, cut into 1″ (2.5cm) cubes (BUY HERE). You can substitute with goat milk melt and pour soap base
- 4 g (~1 tsp) Lavendar essential oil (BUY HERE)
- 4 g (~1 tsp) Cedarwood essential oil (BUY HERE)
- 1/2 tsp indigo powder + 1/2 tsp rubbing alcohol (BUY HERE) Natural Coloring
- 4″ (10-cm) silicone loaf mold (BUY HERE)
- Rubbing alcohol in spray bottle, for spritzing
- 1 to 2 tbsp (1 to 2 g) calendula petals (BUY HERE)
- 1 to 2 tbsp (1 to 2 g) cornflower petals (BUY HERE)
- Measuring Container (BUY HERE)
- Sharp Clean Knife
- Cutting Board
- Scissors (if you are going to package them)
SUBSTITUTIONS: I scented this with a mellow blend of lavender and cedarwood essential oils, but for a different scent, you could replace the cedarwood with lemon in equal amounts, or try using 8 g (about 2 teaspoons [10ml]) of just lavender essential oil.
Soap Making Steps For Homemade Soap Recipe
- Use a knife to chop the shea butter melt-and-pour soap base into four columns then cut into small cubes.
- how to melt soap base – In a 4-cup (1-L) heatproof glass measuring container, melt the soap base using the double-boiler method, heating over medium-low heating for 20 to 35 minutes, or the microwave method, heating for 15 to 20 seconds at a time, until melted. Stir in the essential oils.
- Pour 10 ounces (283 g) of the soap base into a separate jar or container. Add a few drops at a time of the diluted indigo powder and still until you teach the shade of blue you'd like. Let the soap cool for several minutes to 125 to 135 F (52 to 57 C), then pour the blue soap into the soap mold.
- Spritz with alcohol to eliminate air bubbles and cool the layer for 15 to 20 minutes.
- While the blue layer is cooling, cut the calendula petals into smaller pieces. To do so, grab a generous pinch in your fingertips, then carefully snip right across the middle with your scissors. Drop the cut petals and gather a new pinch, repeating the process until they've all been chopped a few times each. The smaller size will make the petals easier to apply and stick to our soap.
- If necessary, reheat the remaining 10 ounces (283 g) of untinted soap base to a temperature of 125 to 135F (52 to 57 C). This lower temperature will prevent the soap from melting the layer underneath. Spritz the blue soap in the mold with alcohol and pour the untinted layer on top.
- Immediately spritz the top with alcohol and quickly sprinkle a pinch or two of cornflower petals over the top of the soap. Repeat those steps twice. Spraying with alcohol every time you add a layer of petals until you have a nice coverage of yellow and blue. Spray a final time with alcohol.
- Keep your product in the mold for 6 to 8 hours or overnight. Unmold it and first cut it into 4 bars. When cutting the soap, turn it onto its side to keep the flower petals from dragging down and through the soap when you cut it. Lay each cut bar flat on its side and cut it equally in half again, forming a half bar, which is the perfect favor size. Wrap each bar tightly and store in a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight. When your ready to turn them into favors, you can decorate them as you wish with twine, ribbons or flowers and tuck them in favor bags or boxes.