Today’s recipe is perfect for the true beginner in melt & pour soap. It takes about 10 minutes to make, and is only 3 ingredients, what could go wrong?
Supplies Needed Yield: 1 Bar of Soap
A Quarter Pound of White Soap Base (you can use any soap base you want as long as its white, I used Avocado Cucumber soap base to give it a subtle green tint. This recipe makes about one bar of soap, so feel free to double!)
1 tbs Coconut Oil (Just your good old Virgin coconut oil that’s hard, in a jar)
4-5 drops of Grapefruit Essential Oil (If you’re new to adding scents, don’t add too many! only a few drops is plenty)
a Sharp Kitchen Knife (this is used for cutting the soap, it should cut smoothly an easily)
Plastic or Silicone Soap Molds
a Microwave Safe Glass Measuring Cup or Bowl
a Squirt Bottle with Rubbing Alcohol (this is for popping the air bubbles in the soap)
Tip: get all the supplies together before moving on further for an even quicker and easier process!
Let’s Start Melting & Pouring!
First things first, let’s cut the soap. Turn the soap package upside down, an lift the lid/bottom of the container off. Cut 3 of the little indented squares out with the kitchen knife, and put the three individually cut squares of soap in the bowl, into the microwave. Microwave for 20 seconds, get the soap out, and stir. If the chunks are not fully melted by stirring, pop it back in for 10 second increments stirring constantly in between until it’s absolutely liquid.
Next, take the melted soap (work quickly!! The soap will thicken VERY fast so make sure to pop it back in the microwave if it begins to harden) and add in a tablespoon of coconut oil. The hot soap should melt the coconut oil while still, stirring constantly. Now, if you have ANY subtle thickness melt it once again until it’s a liquid again before the next step.
Now, add in the grapefruit essential oil. Make sure to sniff whatever you’re putting into the soap before adding it in. Grapefruit essential oil has great properties! It keeps you focused, awake, and can increase happiness. Only add about 4-5 drops, depending on how strong you want the fragrance to be.
Fourth and nearly final, pour the soap into the soap molds. Now spritz the soap with rubbing alcohol to pop all the air bubbles. This recipe makes about one bar of soap, because all the recipes that I’ve looked at makes pounds an pounds of soap, and I just didn’t really know if I was going to like the soap that much and would end up quartering and quartering those recipes. It’s always a good idea to make one bar, see if you like it, then make a lot.
Fifth and final, after about 30 minutes to an hour depending on humidity, pop the fully hardened soap out of the mold. Silicone molds will be easier to remove soap from then plastic molds, so keep this in mind while shopping for soap supplies. Voila!! This is a very gentle soap, so feel free to use it on your face. It’s excellent to have at the kitchen sink as well.
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Yours Truly, The Blue Eyed Crafter