Now, you do not make the actual soap with these. I did not want to play around with chemicals like that. You start with a pre-made suspension soap base (so your mix ins do not settle to the bottom).
Things you need:
- soap base – I bought a 2 lb container of Shea butter suspension soap base, and it was enough for both my sets of soap.
- soap colorants – red and yellow are all that is needed
- pumpkin pie spice
- peppermint essential oil
- measuring cup – I used a 4 cup Pyrex glass one
- Wooden stir sticks(I suppose you could just use a rubber spatula instead, but I used the sticks)
- soap molds
That’s it for both of these!
Microwave the soap in 30 second increments, stirring thoroughly after each time, until fully melted. For the pumpkin, you will then add coloring, then the pumpkin pie spice.
I also added some apricot seeds to this for exfoliation. It made my soap more brown than orange, but I liked the addition. When you pour it into the molds, you do not need to grease them at all. The soaps will pop out with firm pressure once solid.
With the peppermint soap, you stir the peppermint essential oil into the soap base once melted and pour immediately into the mold. A few drops of red color should be added to the tops, and swirled with a toothpick to make a pretty design. I completely forgot to take pictures of these steps, but here’s the soap after I swirled the color.
You do have to work really quickly at this point because the soap starts to set almost immediately. Below, you can see where my soap had started to solidify on top as I swirled.
Within an hour, the soaps will be ready to pop out and use, or give to someone as a gift! The colors won’t stain because they are made specifically for coloring soap, so don’t worry about that.
Here’s one last picture, this time of a few of the finished soaps.
That’s it for this Craft Wednesday. Tune in next week for a perfect winter craft with rice. See you Friday!