I made my first batches of soap the other day. I was surprised how easy it is to make the soap once you have all the ingredients. All I needed was:
- -glycerin soap, about 1-2lb for a small batch
- -soap mold
- -rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle.
- -any additives (essential oil, natural powders, herbs/spices, tea leaves)
(I have juniper berry oil, lemongrass oil, cinnamon leaf oil, cucumber peel powder, seaweed powder, paprika and cinnamon powder) The powders work nice for coloring the soap.
My process: First I cut some squares of glycerin from my large block. I approximated how much a needed by filling my mold with water, then pouring it into cups to measure how many cups I need.
Next, I microwave the glycerin for 2 minutes at a time, taking it out to check on it and stir. Use a microwaveable glass measuring cup for easier pouring after.
Once the glycerin is melted, its time to add any oils or powders. For 1 mold yielding 6-10 bars, I would add approximately 1tsp of any oil or additive you use.
Finally, you pour the melted glycerin mix into the mold. You may notice many bubbles on the surface. Use a spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol to spray at the bubbles to get rid of them.
Let sit 24 to 48 hours. After, shimmy and push your soap carefully out of the mold and cut into blocks if necessary. Give it a label if you want and wrap it up in plastic wrap.
Since Halloween is coming up and I’m focusing my craft ideas toward that theme, I made some Halloween soap: Cinnamon Critter Soap bars that have plastic spiders imbedded in the glycerin, and Lemongrass Eyeball Body Potion soap, made to look like a bag of eyeballs.
You can embed objects in your soap by filling ½ the mold, letting the glycerin sit about 15 minutes, placing your objects in, then reheating the remaining soap and filling the rest of the mold.