Soap Making

A friend of mine from Phoenix has recently adventured into making a number of household staples from scratch in an effort to reduce household costs. You can read about her adventures here. One of the things she has been raving about is homemade soap. I have been begging and begging for her recipe and she finally blogged it (here). I can’t tell you how excited I was to have it within reach… until I realized her process may not be the best for me to start with when I have baby around (it requires mixing chemicals and potential for burns, etc.). Not to be deterred from my soap making desires, I found some melt and pour recipes to get my feet wet and my appetite satisfied! After reading a number of different blogs, I made up my own recipes and I love the way they turned out!

Here’s what I used (all purchased from my local Hobby Lobby):

Soap Molds
Glycerin soap base (clear)
Goat’s milk soap base
Shea Butter soap base
Essential oils: vanilla, almond, lemon, & lilac
Soap dyes
Lavender and dried orange zest
(I already had on hand 1 cup of ground almonds and 1 T dried lemon zest)

You will need a microwave safe pyrex bowl, plastic spatula, measuring spoons, ladle, and about 10 minutes of time.

So worth it right!!

I made 4 different types of soap (two of the bars are divided into two types of soap).

Vanilla Almond Shea Butter Soap (2 bars):
6 oz glycerin base
2 oz shea butter base
1/2 cup ground almonds
1/2 T almond essential oil
1/2 t vanilla essential oil

Orange Vanilla Shea Butter (2 bars):
4 oz glycerin base
4 oz shea butter base
1/2 t vanilla essential oil
1 t orange rind
1/2 t orange dye
*would be great with 1 t of orange essential oil if you have it on hand!

Lemon Goat’s Milk (2 bars):
2 oz glycerin
6 oz goat’s milk base
1 T lemon rind
1/2 t lemon essential oil
1/8 t orange dye

Lilac with dried Lavender (2 bars):
8 oz glycerin
1 T dried lavender
1/2 t lilac essential oil (or lavender e.o. – I just don’t like lavender)
1 T purple dye

In all cases, melt soap base in pyrex bowl in microwave for 40 sec. Stir. Continue to microwave in 20 sec intervals until melted. Add essential oils and dyes. Stir. Add exfoliants. Spoon into soap molds with ladle. Allow to set for at least 2 hours. To layer soaps, do first layer, then put mold into freezer for 10 minutes before pouring next layer on top. Enjoy!!



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