For a really long time I wanted to learn how to make soap. I am not sure why it took so long for me to do it. I think that I thought it was going to be very hard and time consuming. It wasn’t until a friend of mine made a batch of soap to sell as a fundraiser that I realized how easy soap making can be! Her and I went on a mini shopping spree to get all the supplies you need to make soap:
Soap base (I purchased an oatmeal base and a cucumber avocado, but there are many more bases as well as plain glycerin)
Soap molds (I found some nice rose molds and molds that say “Handmade” and “Natural.”
Soap fragrance(s) (I purchases vanilla soap fragrance, but essential oils work well too)
Optional Soap additives (I added brown sugar to my oatmeal soap. It made sense, plus it gives it also makes it an exfoliant!)
Optional organza bags (I use to store the little soaps in to give to people, you can wrap in cloth, tissue paper or burlap or whatever else you have/want to wrap them up in)
Making soap is very easy, however you need to allow yourself enough time to let the soaps cool and harden. It works best to pour the soap into the molds and let stand for a little bit and then transfer the molds onto a tray and into the freezer to completely harden and cool for a few hours.
1. Cut off a chunk of soap base and put into a microwavable safe container and melt in microwave until bubbly-be careful to not let it overflow!
2. Add in fragrances and stir
3. Fill mold half way and add your additives. I used brown sugar. Some of the sugar goes right to the bottom and some stays suspended in the soap and on top
4. Finish filling your molds, be careful not to overflow them and then let stand for a few minutes before transferring to the freezer for about an hour at least
5. Pop out your soap from your molds
6. Store in organza bags, wrapped in burlap or tissue paper or in ziplock bags or containers or on a soap dish in your bathroom.
Handmade soaps make great gifts for friends and family. They are fun and easy and you can get your children involved in the soap making process as well! You can get really creative and make all sorts of different kinds of soap. Never again will you need to go buy some plain, boring soap from the stores! You can control exactly what you put in your soap so you do not need to worry about harsh ingredients! Enjoy!