What fun! These were a blast yet very simple to make. You will need the following:
Melt and Pour Glycerin soap
Microwave safe glass dish for melting your soap (I like Pyrex)
Your choice of colorant (I use mica)
Your choice of body safe fragrance oil made for soapmaking. (you can find this at the craft store or online)
A scale (it doesn’t have to be fancy, a food scale works for glycerin melt & pour soap.)
a spoon to stir with
isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle (optional but recommended if you don’t like surface bubbles!)
soap molds (I used three 4oz Life of the Party square molds)
your choice of clear stamps (I used the adhesive ones. Yippeee for skulls!)
LET’S MAKE SOME SOAP!!!
1. Gather your ingredients.
2. Weigh out your soap
3. Cut glycerin soap into small chunks to help the soap melt faster.
4. Melt soap in microwave until only a few, very small chunks remain. Then stir until smaller chunks are melted completely. Try to avoid vigorous stirring or your soap will be extra bubbly! Also, when melting soap, do not walk away from it. Soap volcanoes are not something you want to experiment with in your microwave! p.s. Scorched soap stinks!! (don’t ask how I know this……)
5. Add your colorant & fragrance. A good rule of thumb is 1 tsp of fragrance per pound of soap. Any more than that and you will lose lather. I used 3/4 tsp of fragrance, as I am making 3/4 lb of soap. Another good point to remember when adding colorant–don’t be heavy-handed! You don’t want people walking around looking like smurfs or ooompah-loompahs! LOL Not to mention, the liquid colorant will stain washcloths. (Again, learn from my experience! I have some nice technicolor washcloths from when I first learned soapmaking and was colorant-crazy!) Micas are wonderful. Invest in some! Plus they are sparkly and sparkles are pretty! :0)
6. Prepare your molds! Stick the stamp to the bottom of your mold. If you are not using an adhesive stamp, pour a drop or two of melted soap into the mold. Then, stick your stamp to the soap flat side against the mold. Remember, you want the image to show up on the soap!
7. Pour your scented/colored soap into prepared molds. Pour slowly to eliminate bubbles and messes!
8. As an optional step to eliminate bubbles, spritz the top of the freshly-poured soap with isopropyl alcohol. This step isn’t necessary, but is awesome for eliminating surface bubbles. It gives your soap a more polished look.
9. Allow soap to set up and cool. Resist the urge to handle the soap while it is cooling in the molds! It can lead to soaptastrophe! (Yes, I just made that word up and I am totally running with it……) Give the soap an hour or so to set up, depending on the size of your mold. Larger molds take the soap longer to set up in. If your soaping area is warm, that could also have an effect on setup time.
10. Remove your soaps from the mold and enjoy! It is best to wrap glycerin soap right away, to prevent a natural phenomenon called “sweating”. Because glycerin draws moisture (it is a natural humectant), if your soap is left unwrapped it may develop little beads of moisture on it. This doesn’t hurt the soap at all, it just isn’t very aesthetically pleasing. A good thing to use for wrapping glycerin soap is the stretchable plastic wrap sold at a very well known mass-retailer.
That’s it! I hope you enjoyed my first of many tutorials. Try this one out and let me know what you think! There will be more to come…..