How to create a fun three-layer circle of soap
Soap Making sounds intimidating, we'll be showing you how to make a range of interesting and unique soaps right here using Stephenson Crystal Melt & Pour soap bases.
Soap Making sounds intimidating, but it is so very easy to create unique soaps using melt and pour soap bases. Stephenson bases are the key to easy soap making (forget lye and other caustic chemicals in your kitchen!). Join us today as we create a fun three-layer circle of soap!
- Stephenson’s Crystal Melt & Pour Soap Base (Take your pick of ultra clear, white, etc.)
- Fresh or Dried Herbs or Teas
- Food Coloring
- Various Fragrance Oils or Essential Oils
- Molds (anything in your kitchen that has a very slick finish or is non-stick)
- I like using bundt pans in a porcelain finish (like the round soaps made in this recipe!) but Silicone Bundt Pans would work even better!
- Olive Trays are also easy and give a fun “canoe” shape
That list of ingredients may seem a little intimidating, but I honestly just raided my cupboards for the tea, food coloring and bundt pan, so the only item I actually needed to get was the soap base itself! Check out YOUR pantry — you might be surprised! Now let’s get busy making some soap!
I wanted to try making a “wheel of soap”, so I simply sprinkled my dried flowers (hibiscus) into the bottom of the Bundt pan, melted Stephenson’s Crystal WST white soap base in the microwave (start with 1 minute for two square or blocks, then add 30 seconds until it is all melted), then poured the soap on top of the flowers.
That was layer #1. I allowed the layer of flowers and white soap to cool (around 30 minutes), then I took two more soap blocks, melted them, and poured a plain white layer into the pan. This was the layer I added in a little fragrance oil. Simply stir in a few drops of oil to the melted Stephenson Crystal Melt and Pour soap before pouring it into the pan.
After another 30 minutes, I poured a THIRD layer of white into the pan, dripped 4-5 drops of blue food coloring around the pan and “swirled” with a toothpick. See the way it looks marbled?
Getting the soap OUT of the pan is a teensy bit more tricky. I already had this porcelain pan in my kitchen so I used it. That said, any dish that is slick to the touch and/or non-stick will work! This soap is slippery and pops out of molds pretty easily when it is still a little warm.
Use a knife (be careful) on one section to gently separate the soap from the pan in one small area, then simply pull the entire soap ring out (gently!).
Once the ring of soap was out, I allowed it to cool even further, smoothed any “rough” edges with my fingers (a little bit of water on your hands will make any evidence of the knife marks disappear) and then cut them into slices.
The end result? Three layer soap with hibiscus flowers to exfoliate and a delicious peony fragrance!
Amy Renea is a freelance writer and craft designer located in Hershey, PA USA. Visit her on her blog, A Nest for All Seasons, or catch Amy’s work in Hobby Farms Magazines, Celebrating Everyday Life Magazine or on the Crafts Unleashed blog. Check our behind-the-scenes photos, post updates and more by following along on facebook, pinterest, G+ or twitter!
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