I’m literally obsessed with soap making right now. I have made so. many. soaps. I’m pretty sure Rob thinks I’ve gone over into crazy territory.
Basically what happened was ages and ages ago I wanted some soaps with loofah in them but couldn’t find any to buy. So when I saw whole loofah for sale at the local health foods store I remembered that wish and decided to make the dang thing myself. Literally before that moment I had absolutely ZERO interest in making soap. Like, none. And now? Obsessed.
Since one of the easiest ways to mix things up is with molds that’s what we’re doing today. I’m making gem shaped soaps but you can rock just about anything you please so long as you can find an appropriate mold. Don’t just look in the soap making section, though. Look at chocolate molds and ice cube trays, too!
For this project you will need:
- Melt and pour soap base
- Gem shaped silicone mold
- Essential oils or Fragrance oils <– I used this set
- Soap colorant
- Mica powder (optional)
First things first, you’ll need an appropriately shaped mold. Now I’m still really new to soap making but I have found that I much prefer silicone molds to the hard, clear plastic type molds that are common at craft stores. I purchased this diamond ice cube tray to use as a soap mold and it worked really well. It holds up to the heat of melted soap and is just perfect, really.
Soap making is so easy if you do melt and pour. You literally melt it and pour it into a mold, wait for it to set up and BOOM! You’ve made soap. Genius, right?
I used 9 cubes from my soap base and it perfectly filled the mold, FYI. Chunk up your soap and put in a microwave safe bowl or cup. I like using my 4 cup measuring cup.
Melt in 30-60 second increments (depending on the strength of your microwave, mine is dinky as all get-out so I go with a minute in between stirs).
Now we add the good stuff to the melted soap. I’m making two versions. One is sparkly and one is transparent. For the sparkly version I added cosmetic grade mica powder. It leaves a light trail of sparkle wherever it’s used. I think it is fun and I really think that the younger gals would love it, too.
FYI – this is the mica I used. There are different types that are more sparkly, more pearlescent or what have you.
Let the soap cool down a bit and then add scent and color as desired. I have found when the soap is very hot, like right out of the microwave the scent from my fragrant or essential oil fades off quite a bit once the soaps set. It’s like the heat makes it burn off. You can use an absolute ton of oil, totally wasting it because you might only have the faintest scent at the end of it all. Whomp. Whomp.
Pour your soap into the mold and place somewhere flat to set up. The fridge will help your soaps set up all the more quickly.
Now I was trying to take pictures and pour and I made a big ol’ mess. If you can keep the soap within the mold shapes only you’ll have much cleaner shapes once the soap sets up.
But should you find a messy shape like I have here, just grab a pocket knife or craft knife and clean up the edges. It’s super fast and easy, just be careful with a sharp blade.
See? How awesome does that look, now?
For these soaps I used mica powder, red soap colorant and plumeria scented oils. They are lovely and leave behind just the slightest glitzy trace on the skin when used.
My birth stone is citrine, and while I hated it as a kid and wished I had Ruby like my sister I’ve grown to love it.
For these soaps I used the same mold with 10 drops of yellow and 2 drops of red colorant. To scent I went with sweet orange essential oil so that Rob can use them, too without feeling like I’m trying to turn him into a girl :)