While I’m always happy to get my hands dirty with a bit of DIY, I’ve never been much of a crafter. However, the more and more I’m exposed to the wonderful things bloggers are making, the more intrigued I become to have a go myself.
One of the things on my radar is soap making. It’s a trend that’s definitely picking up and there are some incredible recipes around, but when I heard about the dangers of using lye (wear goggles, wear long sleeves, don’t let your cats anywhere near anything while you do it, wear a radiation suit, take cover!) I admit I was scared off. That’s until I heard about melt and pour soap. It’s easy. And it’s safe. And you don’t have to wear goggles or radiation outfits, and if my cat wanders in, I’m not too bothered. The fact is, there are so many possibilities for making your own soap and this method really takes the hard (dangerous) part of out of it. I was sold.
So what I’m sharing with you today is my first adventure in soap making using melt and pour soup provided to us by our friends at Stephenson Personal Care, and I’m hoping it’s certainly not my last because making this stuff is seriously addictive. I’m already planning out all the gifts of soapy goodness I can give out come Christmastime.
here's what you'll need...
- Stephenson Personal Care Melt and Pour Soap Base (I used the natural organic base)
- Soap moulds (you can be creative with these and anything that’s heat resistant will work, so yogurt pots, chocolate moulds, silicon cupcake moulds – as long as they are flexible enough to pop out your soap when it’s done!)
- Fragrance Oil (I got mine from Amazon but you can also find them in hobby and craft shops. Just make sure they’re ones for soap making as some are not appropriate for use on skin. You can also use essential oils which I may try next time!)
- Surgical Spirit (aka Rubbing Alcohol; I purchased mine on Amazon but any pharmacy will have it)
- A clean empty spray bottle
- A large knife for cutting the soap base into cubes
- A cutting board
- A whisk
- Thermometer (optional)
For the Cinnamon Orange Soap you’ll need to add:
- Grated or finely chopped Orange Rind
- Grated or ground Cinnamon (I started using the sticks but decided to just use Ground Cinnamon instead, either will work)
- 12 drops of Cinnamon & Orange Fragrance Oil (more or less to get either a subtle or strong fragrance)
For the Almond, Oat and Vanilla Soap you’ll need to add:
- 1 tsp Almond Flakes, ground
- 1 tsp Oats, ground
- 8 drops of Vanilla fragrance (more or less to get either a subtle or strong fragrance)