Imagine this: Tiger and Mugsy (my boxers) are suddenly barking their heads off. The pizza guy (don’t judge) is at the door waiting for money, and my craft concoction is threatening to boil over on the stove top…that was my first experience at soap making.
I know that probably sounded bad, but making soap is actually a very simple and rewarding adventure. Not only is homemade soap better for you without all those crazy ingredients no one can pronounce that store-bought soap has, but you can customize and make whatever scent you want. The best way is to make soap from a “melt and pour soap base,” meaning, you buy the block of soap already made, melt it on the stove or in the microwave and pour into your molds. It’s so easy, even your kids can do this project.
Making soap from scratch is not something I’ve tried. I don’t know why, maybe it’s the word “lye” and the sentence, “accuracy of measurements between the oils…chemical reaction” that scares me, so I let the pros make the base. There are many places to buy melt and pour soap base, but I like to go to my favorite sellers on Etsy who use quality organic ingredients like shea butter, goat’s milk or cocoa butter.
This year, I’ve made some fun scents such as lemon rosemary, snickerdoodle (a combination of warm vanilla and cinnamon), and relaxing lavender. Using natural ingredients like shea butter and goat’s milk will make your skin soft and you’ll be avoiding many harsh chemicals that are in commercial soap.
You can order molds online or in a pinch, you could probably use an old muffin tin or candy mold if you spray the molds with a release spray or cooking spray first.
Items you will need:
-melt and pour soap base
-essential oils of your choice for fragrance
-release spray or cooking spray
-spoon to stir
-bowl to melt in or pan you can dirty up if melting on the stove top
-funnel optional but helpful
Here are my easy to follow instructions.
- You can try this in either a double boiler on the stovetop or in the microwave in a bowl.
- Cut up your soap base into manageable chunks. The goal is to get it to melt fairly evenly.
- Prepare your molds; if using hard molds, you need to spray with release spray. If you’re using silicone molds, you don’t need to spray them since they will pop right out.
- Begin stirring once it starts to melt.
- Once the soap is liquid, add your fragrance oil and remove the pan from the stove or the bowl from the microwave carefully.
- Pour carefully through the funnel into your molds.
- The soap may begin to coagulate, so if needed, reheat to make it liquid again.
- Let molds cool at room temperature until completely cooled.
- Remove soap from mold.
They look gorgeous wrapped up as holiday gifts, don’t they? A bar of homemade soap would make a fun present for anyone with sensitive skin or for your health conscious friends.