I have been making homemade soap for the past few years and one thing I realise is there’s no right or wrong way. You can use all kinds of essential oils, moulds, soap bases and soap colourings. Whatever floats your boat will work, that’s the beauty of making soap and if it all goes wrong it’s so easy to melt the soap base back down and start again!
With Christmas slowly sneaking up on us it is a great time to start preparing your gift list for friends and family. I always make my own gifts for friends as you guarantee that personalised touch and can tailor it to that individual.
The easiest soap to make is melt and pour. It’s simple to use and you don’t have to wear protective clothing or goggles (bonus). It’s readily available in most craft stores and online and it goes a long way.
So today I am going to share with you a really easy way to make a lovely looking soap, which won’t take up too much of your time or cost the Earth! It isn’t overly complicated and doesn’t require a degree in chemistry to make it.
A soap mould
700g of melt and pour soap base
Lavender essential oil
A large knife for cutting the soap
A microwavable jug
Dried Lavender (optional)
Purple Soap Colouring (I got mine from Hobby Craft, again this is optional)
Hessian and string for decoration (optional)
I want my lavender soap to have its own unique look so I have decided to have two layers. One will be a thin layer of light purple soap and the rest will be in its natural melted form filled with lavender leaves.
So here we go…Start by weighing out your first thin layer, to fill a loaf tin you will need 185g of your melt and pour soap. Chop it into small chunks (this will help it melt quickly) then put it in the microwavable jug and into the microwave for 20 second bursts on the top heat until you see the soap form a liquid.
Keep putting the soap in the microwave until it all turn to a liquid and there are no more chunks of soap left. Now add your essential oil until you get your desired smell (I used about 8 drops) and also add your purple soap colouring. Mix it all together using a fork and pour it straight into your soap mould.
Allow the soap to cool at room temperature for thirty minutes, don’t be tempted to poke or move it for at least 10 minutes. Once thirty minutes has passed your first layer should be hard and you are ready to create your second layer.
Prepare your dried lavender by simply pulling the leaves off until you have a pile.
Follow the same process as the first layer, using the remaining 515g of melt and pour soap (simply don’t use the soap colour this time). So once again, chop the soap into chunks and place it in the microwavable jug, into the microwave on 20 second bursts until all the soap has melted.
Once the soap has melted you simply need to add your essential oil (roughly 12 drops) and your lavender leaves, mixing it all together with your fork.
Now pour this over your first layer into the loaf tin and leave it to set at room temperature.
After 1 hour, place it flat into the freezer for a further hour to ensure it fully sets. Once you have finished just tip your mould upside down, give it a few taps and voila the soap will simply slide out!
If your soap doesn’t slide out then put it back into the freezer, this is just a sign that the soap isn’t ready and needs a little longer.
Now chop your soap up into large blocks. You can tie a thin piece of hessian around the soap to create the perfect presentation for your bar of soap.
Remember you can simply make the soap your own by using different colours, essential oils and moulds.