This recipe is prepared and written by Gabby, who is a creative lifestyle blogger located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. She blogs over at Mom Makes Joy previously known as Essentially Eclectic.
Stephenson’s soap can be used to make a range of designs, from cupcakes to dinosaurs to what we’ll be making today: hearts! For today’s project, I use a classic favorite: Crystal WST and Crystal ST soap bases, but you can use any opaque or transparent soap base.
To get started with your soap making, first slice Crystal WST soap base into smaller cubes and melt it down in the microwave at 15-30 second intervals until fully melted and stirring between each interval.
Take you transparent base and make your desired soap embeds using heart-shaped moulds. Here I used long soap inserts that are about 11 inches (28cm) long, so they’ll fit great length-wise in a standard-sized loaf mould. I cut up the inserts to 5inches each (to fit my loaf mould) and found I got the cleanest cut by laying the heart top-down on the cutting board and cutting it from the bottom of the heart to the top.
This is where you need to work quickly when embedding your inserts in soap! I needed both hands so I wasn’t able to get photos of the process, but fortunately, it is a simple one. Begin by stirring your soap until it cools just a bit. It will still be very liquid, but it will be slightly less thicker than when it first came out of the microwave. Allowing the base to cool ever so slightly will allow it to thicken a bit, making it easier for your inserts to be suspended in the soap.
While continuing to stir gently, begin pouring your soap base into your mould until you have a good-sized layer at the bottom, a layer that is about as deep as the height of one of your heart inserts. Lay your heart insert into the mould, using a toothpick or butter knife to hold the heart upright until it stays well enough on its own (you won’t need to do this long; I only needed about 30 seconds or less). Keep gently stirring your leftover base as you’re waiting.
While stirring, pour more soap base on top of your first layer, and repeat step 3 with more soap inserts until your mould is full. Allow your soap to dry completely before attempting to slice it or remove it from the mould.
And that’s it! You’ll have beautiful soap bars in no time! Soap inserts are a great, easy way to jazz up a plain soap bar, so if you haven’t given them a try yet, you should!
I hope you enjoyed this soap tutorial! Be sure to stay tuned for more and in case you want to know where to purchase Stephenson bases, contact them here!