I know, it really isn’t that difficult, and I really only made plain soap… but I still made soap today. I bought a Soap Making Kit from Amazon. It included the basics… 2 lb. clear glycerin melt and pour soap base, some colours, 2 fragrances, a little tub of cocoa butter and 2 molds. Enough to give me a taste of it and to let my imagination start to take hold. Look out everyone….soap for Christmas lol!
Do you know the best thing about making soap? You are nice and clean when you are done!!! You create and clean up all at the same time! I did have a PCS moment. I used a dessert topping container I was going to recycle… in my head, it was going to be like making candles…pick all the wax off the container and chuck it. Not with soap, you just clean it! Next time hopefully I will remember that and I can use one of my regular containers or measuring cups.
The kit was very, very easy to use. I took pictures as I was going to show you how easy it was. The only thing I think I would change for next time is to use a soap base that’s white. While the glycerin soap is nice, I prefer a more solid looking bar of soap, and the contrast I tried to make with some of them just didn’t show up as well as it would have with a different base.
This is definitely something I will do again….maybe tomorrow???? I am already conjuring up in my brain what sort of fragrance mixtures I could use and what sort of things I can add to the soap to pretty it up lol!
Under proper supervision, this could be a kid craft if they are a bit older. Younger kids could put the cubes in the bowl, put anything you might be adding to the molds in for you, things like that. I am sure kids/teenagers would love to try this!
This is what came in my kit. (The Kit I Bought)
- 2 lbs. Clear Glycerin Soap Base (Melt & Pour)
- Lilac Liquid Soap Colour
- Seafoam Liquid Soap Colour
- Peach Liquid Soap Colour
- Cucumber Melon Fragrance Oil
- Lavender Fragrance Oil
- Cocoa Butter
- 2 Plastic Molds
The first thing you need to do is cut up the soap base included. I used almost half of it and made 7 bars of soap. That should give you a good base as to how much you want to cut up. It cut really easy. Much easier than I thought it would. I brought out one of my good, sharp chef’s knives and it was totally unnecessary! I was expecting something hard like a bar of Ivory or something but nope, nice and easy to cut.
After this you put your little (about 1/2 to 1 inch) cubes into a microwave safe bowl. (This is also where you add the cocoa butter if you are using it. The directions said to use 1 – 2 tsp. of it, I used 1 teaspoon)
They suggested a Pyrex measuring cup but as mentioned above, I just used a recycled plastic container and I had no issues.
It sort of just looks like water right now but it is the melted soap base.
This is where you get to make it colourful!!! I added about 5 drop of the Lilac liquid colouring to the melted base and around 1 – 1 1/2 tsp. of Lavender Fragrance oil. You could add more or less, depending on how strong you want it to smell.
(Oh, and I used popsicle sticks to mix it up, again thinking of the way wax sticks to everything. Duh, wasn’t I lol?)
Now comes the hard part! Not even close! All you do now is pour it into the molds and wait for it to set. It does start to set pretty quickly so don’t let it sit out for too long or you will end up with it being sort of like Plasticine! (Don’t ask me how I know that 😦 )
You can see I also did some in the Peach and Seafoam, using the Cucumber Melon Fragrance Oil. I did melt some and add the Seafoam colour to it and tried to layer it with the Peach for a sort of Watermelon effect but that didn’t work out so well. I should have added more green colouring to it! Lesson learned. You can see below how little difference there really is between the 2 colours from the side, but man does it ever smell good!
Now, this time really is the hard part….the waiting for it to set. I don’t know exactly how long it took because I got into something else but it probably wasn’t longer than a half hour.
Here is the outcome of my first time making soap. A nice smelling, very “clean” craft to try lol! Because they were so lacking in a variety of colour (this time) I tried to jazz up the plate with the soaps a bit. It looks kind of tacky but it at least showcases the soap!
I hope you enjoyed the walk through for my first attempt at soap making. Soon I will be experimenting and bringing you whatever concoctions I can come up with! Stay Tuned lol!