Now that the holidays have passed, I wanted to experiment with a skin-loving, floral soap. With freezing, below-zero temperatures, I found myself wanting to complain and shudder, but then I realized I am lucky enough to live somewhere that we get to experience all four seasons. Beauty can be found anywhere – you just have to look for it! Envision walking through a snowy, winter rose garden as you’re all bundled up with some hot chocolate, tea, or coffee, as you become inspired to make this soap for yourself, family or friends. This would also be a fantastic gift idea for Valentine’s Day!
½ oz. Rose Fragrance Oil
½ C. Rose Buds & Petals
Spray bottle of rubbing alcohol
Begin by cutting the SFIC All Natural Oatmeal Soap Base into cubes. Once the soap is cut, place the cubes in a glass measuring cup with the small ⅛ portion of the Magenta Color Block and microwave on 30-second increments, stirring in between, until the soap has melted and liquefied. Using such a small amount of the color block will give the soap a beautiful pastel pink hue.
Gently pour the soap into the mold and spray the top with rubbing alcohol as this will eliminate bubbles that may have formed on the top of the soap. Wait a minute or two and then lightly drop the rose petals on the top of the soap. If they sink into the loaf, the soap is still too hot. After the rose petals have been placed, give the soap loaf a final few spritzes of rubbing alcohol from at least 12 inches above. If you spray too close, the spraying action may blow the petals off the soap.
Keep in mind that the rose buds are organic matter and they can potentially tinge parts of your soap green. This is why when I am working with botanicals, I take the extra time to pick out the prettiest, most colorful petals, leaving behind the green plant matter at the base of the buds. I went the extra mile and added a sprinkling of biodegradable glitter – optional!
Allow the soap to remain in the mold for at least six hours before removing. I love this mold because it allows me to make a loaf of soap without committing to the full size, which is typically 3 lbs! When I am trying new recipes, I do not always necessarily want to make a large batch – this mold holds 1 lb. of soap and it works so well, especially with the SFIC brand. Just unwrap a 1 lb. block and you’re ready to go!
I used the wavy soap cutter because I thought it would really accentuate the feminine, floral look of the soap. Of course, this is a matter of personal preference – you can use whichever soap cutter you’d like. Enjoy!
Winter Rose Soap Recipe
Winter Soap Bars
Winter has arrived! That fresh scent of the brisk winter air, combined with woodsy smells such as cedarwood and birch. The smell alone will have you feeling like you’re walking through the woods. Plus, that earthly scent will instantly wake up your senses.
In this recipe, we will be combining 3 wonderfully-scented essential oils. Sweet Birch, Cedarwood and Cypress. This combination, along with oatmeal and shea with goat milk soap, will leave your skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. This recipe is perfect for dry winter skin, or for someone who just loves this combination of essential oils.
Let’s get started!
Oatmeal And Shea Butter Stephenson Melt and Pour Soap Base (Crystal OS) – 2 lb
(we will be using 1 lb, so you can save the rest for later)
Sweet Birch Essential Oil
Cedarwood Essential Oil
Cypress Essential Oil
Oats- ½ cup ( if desired)
- Cut and cube soap bases into two separate microwave save bowls. Start melting the oatmeal and shea butter first. Melt at 35 second intervals. The oatmeal soap base has a speckled look, which I absolutely love. It gives each recipe its own added depth and looks great. The added exfoliating oats make it even better. Once completely melted, add ¼ block of the chrome green oxide melt and pour soap color block. If you’d like a darker green tone, simply add more to your liking. Melt for an additional 35 seconds. Stir until the color is completely blended. Add 7 drops/shakes of cypress essential oil and 9 drops/shakes cedarwood essential oil. Stir, and slowly pour into the silicone soap mold.
- Melt the goat milk soap base and follow directions for heating times from above. FYI: Goat milk melts very quickly. Once melted, add ½ teaspoon of matte woodland green pigment powder (this powder is very rich in color, it will darken quickly). Stir until completely dissolved. Add 10 drops/shakes of sweet birch essential oil. Slowly pour soap mixture on top of first layer. Let mold set up for 5 minutes, then, using a knife or any kitchen utensil, make swirls designs into soap. Get creative here! Let your soap mold harden before slicing. Enjoy this outdoor woodsy scent. Happy soaping!
Eggnog Holiday Dessert
I’ve been searching the internet for a new holiday dessert. There’s so many delicious recipes out there,
but I’m looking for something different that I’ve never tried or made before.
With the holiday get togethers happening ever day, I needed a new recipe idea and fast! Something
quick and easy, but that looks like I’m a top-notch baker. Needless to say, I found that recipe. To whomever
created it, thank you! I’ve found my new go to holiday dessert. I hope you enjoy this and much as we all
did. I’ve made it 3 times already!
LorAnn Oils- Eggnog Flavor ¼ teaspoon
1 8oz block of regular cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1/4 powdered sugar
Gingerbread snaps or cookie crumbles for topping
Dark chocolate tiny morsels for garnish
Mini Fillo ( phyllo) Dough Shells- 15 fully baked shells ( I used the Athens foods brand from my local
Place block of cream cheese in mixing bowl and beat on medium speed until creamy. Next, add 1 cup of
sugar and beat on low and then medium speed. Add ¼ teaspoon of eggnog flavor (FYI: a little goes a
long way, if you are not a true fan of eggnog, add less).
Lastly fold in ¼ cup powdered sugar, and it’s ready for a sample tasting! 🙂
I used phyllo dough shells, they’re fully baked and ready to be filled. I use them in many recipes, sweet
Spoon a big dollop into each shell. This recipe will generously fill 15 mini fillo shells.
Garnish with dark chocolate morsels and gingerbread or cookie crumbles.
Refrigerate for 15 minutes before serving.
Bulk Apothecary carries a wide variety of LorAnn Oils in many flavors. You can use any of these flavored
oils in this recipe.
Enjoy and happy eating! 🙂
Eggnog Holiday Dessert Recipe
Between unpredictable weather, extended work hours, family gatherings, extracurricular activities and sports, it isn’t difficult to get caught up in the annual holiday rush. Did you accidentally forget someone off your list? This is perfect a perfect last-minute handmade gift idea for those of us who happen to forget or fall behind on our gift shopping. Not to worry – we’ve got you covered with this easy, decorative yet fully functional handmade gift! There are two variations of this recipe: make your own bath bomb crumbles from scratch, or check out our lineup of ready-made bath bombs and repurpose them.
Here’s what you’ll need:
2 lb. Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda)
1 lb. Citric Acid
1 tsp. Color
1 tsp. Decorative Botanicals if desired
Spray bottle of Witch Hazel (preferable), alcohol or water
Large spoon or whisk
4 Clear Ornaments (check your local dollar store!)
Combine dry ingredients and mix thoroughly with a whisk. Once combined, you may add 10 to 30 drops of fragrance or essential oil, according to your personal preference. Begin to spritz the mixture with Witch Hazel. (Tip: spray in 10 pump intervals from about 12 to 18 inches above the bowl as this will allow the mist to gently hit the dry ingredients. If the wet ingredients are sprayed directly into to the mixture, it can potentially cause the citric acid to begin fizzing!)
Between intervals, keep mixing. If you’re the type that likes to get your hands dirty, now is the time! Mixing by hand is much more effective in this case and consumes less time. Continue to incorporate all ingredients and spritz Witch Hazel as needed until you have reached a wet sand consistency.
Spread the mixture evenly on your wax paper covered baking sheet, but do not press firmly. Allow mixture to dry for at least 6 hours.
After the mixture is dry, use your spoon to crush any remaining bath bomb chunks into smaller pieces. Remove the top of the empty ornament and use the funnel to dispense the bath bomb mixture into the bulb. As you can see, we did a few different types – don’t be afraid to use your imagination!
Here’s what you’ll need:
Resealable plastic bag
4 Clear Ornaments (check your local dollar store!)
Place the bath bomb in the resealable bag. Using caution, use a rolling pin or another sturdy object to begin breaking down the bath bomb on a hard surface. After crumbled inside the bag, use the rolling pin to crush any remaining large chunks into smaller bits.
Remove the top of the empty ornament and use the funnel to dispense the bath bomb mixture into the bulb. Alternatively, you can use scissors to snip the corner of the bag of crushed bath bomb, skipping the funnel altogether, and pour directly into the empty ornament.
Remove the top of the empty ornament and use the funnel to dispense the bath bomb mixture into the bulb. Ensure that the closure to the bulb is secure. You can even add embellishments to the bulb itself, tie a ribbon around it… the possibilities are endless! Give these as gifts or hang them on your own tree so you have a nice relaxing bath to look forward to. Once you or your recipient is ready to use the bath bomb ornament, remove the closure and sprinkle mixture into a hot tub and enjoy! ❤️
Bath Bomb Ornament Recipe
The holiday season is in full force, and if you are anything like me, you may have already stopped by your local coffee shop to try the new holiday flavors. So many to choose from, how do we pick just one? I was feeling extra festive today and tried the peppermint mocha latte. It was a delicious combination of peppermint and chocolatey goodness, topped with whipped cream, chocolate, and peppermint pieces. It gave me the perfect idea for my next soap bar creation, the peppermint mocha soap loaf. This festive-looking soap looks good enough to eat. It makes the perfect gifting item for anyone on your list. It will also look and smell delightful in your guest bathroom.
Ingredients and supplies you’ll need for this recipe:
2 peppermint sticks- crushed
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
Peppermint essential oil
2lbs Stephenson Melt and Pour Crystal Soap Base– divided
2lbs Foaming Bath Butter (crystal OPC)- you’ll only need a small chunk, save for our next project 🙂
Step 1: In a microwaveable safe bowl melt 1lb of the Stephenson Melt and Pour Crystal Soap Base.
Microwave at 45 second intervals and stir each time (you may also use a double boiler in this recipe if you prefer). Once soap base is completely melted, let cool for 3 minutes. Add 10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil. Next, add 1 teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder. Stir until you achieve a cola colored base. Slowly pour mixture into the soap loaf and let harden for 10-15 minutes. Melt the remaining crystal soap base and add ¼ of the red color block. Stir until completely dissolved. You may need to microwave an additional 20 seconds. Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil into this mixture for an even stronger peppermint scent. Pour on top of first layer and let harden.
Using a peeler or pairing knife, slice foaming soap block into small pieces, chunks, or shreds. Get creative using your kitchen tools! FYI: the foaming soap is very soft and slices very easily. Place pieces on top and into the second layer. Next, crush 2 peppermint sticks into small pieces and sprinkle on top. The peppermint sticks give it that extra festive look.
Let soap loaf set up overnight.
Using the crinkle cutter, slice soap loaf into desired size. This cutter gives each soap bar a really unique and fun look. The peppermint mocha soap bar looks great on display and smells terrific. ‘‘Tis the season!
Peppermint Mocha Soap Recipe
DIY Frosty Hat Bath Bombs
Bulk Apothecary is very excited to announce the arrival of bath bombs and shower steamers to our product lineup! These make fantastic gifts for friends and family and they are available to you now, right before the holidays! To celebrate, I wanted to share with you a fun, quick and easy project to do with the kids to add a little homemade touch to your gift.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Small cube of Melt and Pour Soap Base (leftovers are great for this)
Non-toxic markers (alternatively, use pigment powder and a paint brush)
Disposable spoon or popsicle stick
For this project, I used the Birthday Cake bath bomb because it is white like a snowman! Turn the bath bomb sideways so the seam is hidden. Begin by making two small dots for eyes, then make them bigger to the size you desire. (Please keep in mind that water in the marker may activate the citric acid in the bath bomb, so do this step gently!) Use an orange marker or pigment powder to give our little friend a carrot nose, then follow up with more dots beneath it to give him a nice smile!
To secure the Frosty Hat to the bath bomb, melt a cube of melt and pour soap base in the microwave for 10 seconds. Using your spoon or popsicle stick, apply a dab of the melt and pour soap under the Frosty Hat, then secure it in place on top of the bath bomb. The melt and pour soap acts as a glue for the hat – how cool!
There are so many different ways to dress him up! Bulk Apothecary offers Taffeta Bows, decorative Organza Bags and much more. Don’t forget to take a look around your house – one of my favorite things about do-it-yourself projects is the ability for endless personalization and the opportunity for me to find things I already own and put them to good use!
Frosty Bath Bomb Recipe
Halloween Bath Bombs Recipe
Are you searching for a fun and easy project to do with the kids this Halloween that isn’t slime? Look no further! This project is quick and perfect for the bath bomb beginner. Since I wanted children to be included in this project, I kept my basic bath bomb mixture colorless and fragrance-free to help minimize any mess. As always, feel free to make this recipe your own!
Here’s what you’ll need:
2 C. Citric acid
Spray bottle with water
.5 oz. Fragrance oil
Small paint brushes
I used a variety of Halloween soap molds to make for a really neat bath bomb that doesn’t have the classic round bath bomb look. You can even jazz them up by adding things like color, glitter or botanicals. I made some plain, some with flower petals and buds, some with glitter, and some with “paint” I made out of pigment powder. The possibilities are almost endless!
The general rule of thumb for bath bombs is a ratio of one part citric acid to two parts sodium bicarbonate. Combine the ingredients in a medium to large size mixing bowl. For children, I recommend using a large wooden spoon to mix the ingredients. This can also be done by hand, but children should be supervised.
After the dry ingredients have been evenly mixed, it’s time to start misting the bath bomb mix with water. Using a small spray bottle, pump a few mists of water onto the mixture at a time. It is crucial to hold the spray bottle about 8-12 inches away from the bowl because if the water droplets hit the mixture with too much force, the citric acid will activate and the bath bombs will begin to sizzle before even making it to the bath tub!
Do you see how the mixture is wet enough to clump in my hand without breaking? This is the consistency you’ll want to achieve. It may take quite a few sprays of water (anywhere up to 30 or 50) to reach the desired texture. Remember to work the moisture through the dry mixture thoroughly.
When the mixture is ready, it is time to start packing it into the molds. Be sure to pack the mixture tightly into the mold and wait five minutes before flipping the mold over. The bath bomb will not stick to the mold, so handle with care when you are removing them!
Don’t they look cool? I got a little extra creative and decided to do some mica painting on some of the bath bombs. Have you ever made holiday-themed bath bombs? Have you ever done mica painting? Leave us a note below – we would love to hear from you. Enjoy! <3
Quick Pumpkin Sugar Bath Whip
It’s Autumn… you know what that means: pumpkin everything! I wanted to celebrate the season with this simple pumpkin sugar bath whip recipe. The sugar in this recipe is very beneficial in exfoliation. Try it on your feet, legs, knees and elbows – the gentle abrasion helps sweep away dead skin cells, leaving you smooth and smelling delicious. This quick project should only take about 30 minutes from start to finish and the product can be used immediately!
Here’s what you’ll need:
2 lbs. Stephenson Foaming Bath Butter (Crystal OPC)
2 oz. Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin (Our Version of) Fragrance Oil
½-1 tsp. Pigment powder (optional)
1 T. Sweet Almond Oil (optional)
1 C. granulated sugar
Large mixing bowl
Glass or plastic jars for storage
Begin by cutting the Foaming Bath Butter base into cubes. This is a very soft, pliable base, so do not be alarmed if it isn’t as dense as other soap bases you’ve tried. Using a hand mixer, begin whipping the cubes.
As the mixture begins to whip, add in your extras little by little. Start by adding 2 T. of fragrance oil and a pinch of pigment powder. Mix until the pigment powder is evenly dispersed.
Slowly add your sugar, mixing as you go along. Use the spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl, just as you would if you were making frosting. Mix until it has reached the desired consistency. It will take a few minutes for all of the ingredients to incorporate evenly. You can always touch the soap with your bare hands to feel the texture! Some people prefer more sugar than others. 1 C. is a good place to start.
After the soap is evenly mixed, it’s time to package it! Spoon or use a pastry bag to pipe the bath whip into a decorative jar or container. You can also use a spoon to pack the mixture into a jar. Your new bath whip is ready to use! Enjoy <3
Delving into a new hobby can seem intimidating and one of the most frequently asked questions we get here at Bulk is “where do I start?” – we are here to help! Melt and pour soapmaking is a rewarding activity because you get to create beautiful and unique gifts. You can sell your soap, use it as a fundraising item, for personal use or make soap just for fun! The possibilities are almost endless.
Q: What is the difference between melt and pour soap and cold process soap?
A: Melt and pour soap is a preformulated base that allows you to customize it by adding fragrances, botanicals and colors, without having to actually make the soap from the ground up. Cold process soap is made from oils (like olive or palm among many others) and sodium hydroxide. Mixing the two ingredients causes a chemical reaction that results in soap!
Q: What supplies do I need?
A: You will need access to a microwave or double boiler, a cutting board, a soap cutter or knife, melt and pour soap base, a spray bottle of rubbing alcohol and a soap mold, as well as any fragrance, color or botanicals you may desire.
Q: How do I prepare my soap?
A: The easiest way to prepare your soap is to cut it into cubes. This allows the soap to melt quicker. Some people prefer to microwave their soap base in 30-60 second intervals while stirring in between until liquefied. Alternatively, you may use a double boiler on the stove. This method is especially handy if you’re making a large batch of soap. Both methods are equally effective.
Q: How do I color my soap?
A: Several methods are available for this task. You may use pigment powder, colored soap blocks or even all-natural ingredients, such as beet root powder for a red appearance or sea clay to achieve a green/grey color. Food coloring may be used in small amounts as it is prone to staining. I find the easiest way to mix pigment powder is to dissolve it in a small amount of alcohol before adding the mixture to the soap base. The heat of the melted soap will burn off the alcohol, leaving the pigment behind.
Q: How much fragrance oil should I use for my soap?
A: The general rule of thumb is no more than 1 oz. of fragrance oil to 1 lb. of soap base. Any more than that can affect the lather as we discussed earlier. Please reach out to our superheroes at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-888-728-7612 if you are looking for a specific usage rate on any fragrance oil.
Q: How much essential oil can I use?
A: That varies based on the oil. For example, a bar of soap scented with 10 drops of Peppermint essential oil will smell a lot stronger than a bar of soap scented with 10 drops of Lavender essential oil. This is the fun part where creativity gets to come in with mixing and matching the essential oils to create your very own fragrance blend!
Q: I used botanicals on my soap and it turned green. What happened?
A: Since botanicals are organic matter, they are can discolor the soap base. Add your botanicals to the soap at a lower temperature (Ideally around 120 F) to help avoid this. You can use a kitchen meat thermometer to check the temperature, or use an infrared thermometer. Additionally, a suspending soap base is especially helpful with getting the botanicals evenly spread through your soap.
Q: Why are there bubbles on top of my soap?
A: Bubbles may appear on the surface as you pour the soap into the mold. This is where the spray bottle of rubbing alcohol comes in handy – give the surface of the soap a quick spritz and watch the bubbles disappear!
Q: How long do I have to wait for my soap to set?
A: This all depends on the size of the mold you are using. For example, a 3×4 inch cavity mold would not need to cool as long as a 12×12 inch loaf mold. For smaller molds, six hours is recommended. Loaf molds, however, need to set longer, for about 12-24 hours. In addition, once the soap has set for about an hour, you may carefully transfer the soap to the refrigerator to help speed up the process.
Q: Why won’t my soap lather?
A: There are a few possibilities as to why this is happening. When making melt and pour soap, it is important to keep additives to a minimum. Remember, these are pre-formulated bases that are meant to be, well… melted and poured! Using too much oil or butter (such as shea butter) in your soap base can compromise the bubbling action. Many soap bases are already enriched with those skin-loving moisturizers, so if you do want to add more butters, start with a little bit such as 1 T. per 1 lb. of soap base.
Q: My soap discolored. What happened?
A: The usual culprit of this is a chemical called vanillin. Vanillin is an organic compound that is derived from… you guessed it – vanilla! Have you ever seen the dark brown color of vanilla extract? Vanillin is what gives some fragrances their sweetness. It is especially common in bakery scents and fragrances that have warm, deep or chocolate/vanilla base notes. The color of the fragrance oil will vary based on the vanillin content.
Q: I made a mess! How do I clean this up?
A: We’ve all had a spill now and again… not to worry! After the spilled melted soap has cooled, it’s easiest to scrape up the soap splatter with a credit card, then wipe down the surface with a damp paper towel. You can try to clean it up immediately, but in our experience, it’s easier to let it dry first.
Q: Something went wrong. Can I salvage my soap?
A: Yes! Never throw anything away. You will be amazed what all those little odds and ends will come in useful for later! We refer to this soap as “rebatch” soap. In the future, we will go over some recipes to use up all your happy accidents!
Do you have any more questions? Leave a comment below and we will be happy to help with your melt and pour soap journey!
Melt and Pour Soap FAQs
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we are spotlighting our pink products here at Bulk to help spread the word. Here is a layered soap tutorial that will help you create the perfect gift for a friend or family member whose life has been impacted by cancer. In addition, yielding eight bars a batch, these bar soaps would make fantastic items for a fundraiser!
Here’s what you’ll need:
Small plastic cups
Glass measuring cups
Small spray bottle
Cut the soap base into cubes. Separate the cubes into two glass measuring cups – place ⅓ of the cubes into one glass and the remaining ⅔ into the other.
Next, cut the magenta color block in half and add one half to the smaller portion of soap and microwave on 30-second increments until it is liquified. You can add more or less of the color block based on how light or dark you desire the pink portion to be. After melted, stir in 1 T. of fragrance oil until mixed thoroughly.
Microwave the rest of the white soap cubes in the same manner as the pink soap. Mix in 2 T. of fragrance oil and set aside.
Using a pipette dropper, pipe the pink soap into the ribbon indentations of the soap tray. Spray the surface with rubbing alcohol to eliminate any bubbles that may have formed.
Since the ribbon indentation is somewhat shallow, you shouldn’t have to wait long to pour the white layer. Let the pink soap sit for a minute or two and then carefully pour the white soap into the mold. Spray the top with alcohol.
Allow the soap to cool for 6-12 hours before unmolding. To remove the soap from the mold, carefully pull away at the sides and then flip the tray over and push the soap out from the bottom. Using a soap cutter or knife, cut along the indentations. Your soap is ready to use or gift. Enjoy! <3
Awareness Ribbon Soap Recipe
Halloween is coming! This is a fun project to kick off the spooky season. If you have never layered melt and pour soap, this would be a fantastic first experience. I used orange and black for this soap, but you may use any color variation you’d like.
Here’s what you’ll need:
0.5 oz. Candy Concoction Fragrance Oil
Small plastic cups
Glass measuring cups
Small spray bottle
When working with smaller quantities of soap, I prefer to cut the 1 lb. blocks into quarters so I can better measure how much I will need. This particular tray holds 1.5 lbs. of soap, so I set aside the excess ½ lb. for a future project.
Cut the orange color block into quarters and toss it into the smaller portion of soap base. Microwave the orange soap base on 30-45 second increments until liquified.
After this is done, microwave the black soap in the same manner. If you opt to use the black color block instead of activated charcoal powder, cut the black color block into quarters and microwave it with the rest of the soap base. If you are using activated charcoal powder (this was my choice as I already had some on hand) mix 1 tsp. In a small amount of isopropyl alcohol and mix until dissolved. Add the black mixture to your soap base once melted and mix thoroughly. Add the 0.5 oz. bottle of Candy Concoction fragrance oil to the black soap, stir thoroughly and set aside. I am not going to scent the orange soap since it takes up such a small portion of the tray.
Using a pipette dropper and a steady hand, begin filling the ghost face cavities with orange soap. It may seem a bit tedious, but the end result is worth the effort!
After all the orange is poured into the cavities, give the surface a quick spray with alcohol to eliminate bubbles.
Take the black soap base and slowly pour it into the remainder of the mold. Spray the top with alcohol and let the soap sit for at least six hours before unmolding.
To unmold the soap, begin by pulling the sides away from the soap. You should be able to see a growing air pocket forming as it releases. Once you’ve done this, turn the mold upside down and slowly push the soap out. If you’re having a hard time, you can always carefully run warm water over the top of the mold to help release the soap.
After unmolding, use a soap cutter to cut along the scored lines. This tray makes six spooky bars. Enjoy!
Orange and Honey Body Bars
Can you even believe summer is over? While I’m sad to see summer go, I sure do love the colors of fall. It definitely puts me in the mood to pull out all the fall decorations.
Plus, it’s time to put away those fun soaps of summer and spice it up with new. Like this orange and honey body bar recipe.
Orange and Honey Body Bars
This Orange and Honey Body Bar looks like a work of art. It may seem like an intense recipe, but it’s really pretty simple to achieve that layering marbled look. Let’s get started!
Line the bottom of the silicon soap loaf with the orange slices. Choose pieces that are similar in size. Cut the All Natural SFIC Honey Soap Base into small pieces and place into a microwave safe mixing bowl. Begin melting at 30 second intervals. Continue melting until you have a smooth amber colored liquid soap base. Add, 10-15 drops of the Organic Orange Essential Oil and stir. Slowly pour soap mixture on top of orange slices. Let harden for 15-20 minutes. (FYI: orange slices may rise when adding soap mixture. Tip: Using a stick, firmly hold the orange slices in place during dry time.)
Cut and melt ½ off the All Natural SFIC Goat Milk Soap Base. Use the same melting times as above. Add ¼ of the Perfect Orange Color Block into the melted soap mixture and stir. Melt in the microwave for an additional 30 seconds. Continue stirring until the orange soap block is completely dissolved. Next, add 10 drops of the essential oil and pour mixture into the soap loaf.
Add more Orange Slices into the hot soap loaf. You can layer them or press into the first layer. I did a little of both.
Melt the remaining ½ of the All Natural SFIC Goat Milk Soap Base and slowly pour on top of the orange layer. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the Orange Peel Granulated botanicals onto the top layer of the soap loaf and a few orange slices. Let harden before slicing into soap bars.
These bars are perfect for the fall season. They’re great gifts, favors or something to put you in the fall mood.
Orange and Honey Body Bar Recipe
Oatmeal Apple Cinnamon Soap
The weather is beginning to change here in the Midwest, so I wanted to share a recipe with you featuring one of my personal favorite scents of the season, apple cinnamon. I love this fragrance because the cinnamon scent does not overpower the apple, and it has crisp top note with a warm base. This melt and pour soap is easy to make and smells fantastic!
Here’s what you’ll need:
2 lbs. Stephenson White Melt and Pour Soap Base
2 lbs. Stephenson Ultra Clear Melt and Pour Soap Base
2 oz. Apple Cinnamon Fragrance Oil
½-1 tsp. Pigment powder
Silicone Loaf Soap Mold
Silicone Square Soap Mold
¼ C. Oats
Small plastic cups
Small spray bottle
Using a knife and a cutting board, cut the white soap base into cubes. For this recipe, let’s use a 3 lb. loaf mold. One of my favorite things about making loaf soap is that you never know what you will get once you cut it open! Use half of the white soap for the “crust” of the soap treat, and the other half will be carved into what looks like apple slices.
Once the soap is cubed, it is time to mix your color. Pour some of the isopropyl alcohol into the small cup. (Do not worry, the alcohol scent will dissipate once mixed into the soap.) Use about 1 tsp. of the matte brown pigment powder, sprinkle it into the alcohol and mix it. Can you see the sediment on the spoon? For this particular recipe, you do not have to mix it all the way through because the speckles will give the soap a more realistic look. One of my favorite things about soap-making is looking around the kitchen to utilize any ingredients and tools I may already have, so I used a bit of ground cinnamon to give the loaf a sprinkle here and there to add to its authentic appearance.
Now it is time to start melting soap. Using a glass measuring cup, microwave your cubed white soap in 30-second increments, stirring between cycles until the soap is entirely liquified. Pour in the small amount of pigmented alcohol and mix thoroughly until the color is evenly distributed through the soap and mix in 1 T. of fragrance oil. Pour the soap into the mold and spray the top with alcohol to remove bubbles. Wait approximately 15 minutes for the first layer of soap to cool. You can ensure the soap is properly set by lightly blowing on it – you should be able to see a thick skin on top of the soap.
Here is the base for the “apple slices” – how fun! I used a yellow dye for this portion of the recipe. Melt your pastel yellow soap base, add 1 T. of fragrance and pour into the cavities of the square cavity mold. Spray the tops with alcohol. To speed up the process, you can put the soap mold on a baking sheet and pop it in the refrigerator for about 30-45 minutes.
After unmolding the cavity mold soaps, use a small kitchen knife to carve the soap into curved apple slices. Alternatively, an easier method would be to chop the soap up into cubes and chunks like we did in step 1 – this will give your soap the same effect. Remember, they do not have to be perfect. The more they differentiate, the more unique your soap will be. You can do as many or as few as you please. Once you carve or cut your soap apples, spread them evenly throughout the mold.
Now it is time to repeat the same process as step one, except this time, cube and melt the clear soap base. To achieve a more natural appearance with this color, mix just a bit of red and brown pigment powder for the clear soap using the same alcohol method. Add 1 T. of fragrance oil and mix thoroughly. Sprinkle some more cinnamon before pouring the clear soap over the apples. About halfway through pouring, using both hands, give the loaf mold a light pound on the surface to ensure the clear soap gets in each nook and cranny. Finish pouring the clear soap and spray the top with alcohol.
After the soap sets for about two minutes, I sprinkled some oats and cinnamon on top. The reason for this is because a light film will develop on top as the soap cools, giving the oats a surface to cling to – otherwise, they will sink into the melted soap. Give your soap one last spritz of alcohol, as this can aid in binding the oats to the top of your soap. Now comes the hardest part… waiting to unmold it! Let the soap set for at least 12-24 hours before removing it from the mold. It may be very tempting to remove the soap sooner, but adhering to this step is imperative in allowing the soap to cool and set properly. Start by shaking off any loose or excess oatmeal over a trash can, and then pull the sides of the mold away from the soap loaf. Turn it upside down on a flat surface and pull the sides of the mold as you push the soap out of the bottom of the loaf. It might take a little bit of elbow grease, but know that you won’t hurt the soap by using a little force.
Once out of the mold, it’s time for the cut. I used a straight soap cutter to cut the soap into approximately 1 in. bars. They are all so unique! These make perfect seasonal gifts for friends and family, or just to have around the house during the fall season. Enjoy! 🙂
Who doesn’t love a juicy slice of watermelon during the hot summer months? Watermelon is an everyday treat in my household during the summer. It’s so refreshing and my kids love it. Today we’ll be making Watermelon Soap. This recipe is really simple and if you have any helpers at home, I’m sure they’ll have a blast whipping up this fun recipe with you. 🙂
Silicon Soap Loaf Pan (10-inch)
1lb Stephenson Melt and Pour Crystal Soap Base– Suspending
1lb Stephenson Melt and Pour Crystal Soap Base– Oatmeal Shea
Matte Oxide Pigment Powder– Woodland Green
Soap Color Block– Brick Red
Poppy Seeds (or any type of small seed)
Microwaveable mixing bowls
Divide 1 lb of the oatmeal shea soap base into 3 parts. Cut into small cubes and melt first part.
Add ½ teaspoon of the woodland green pigment powder and stir until completely dissolved. The soap should be a rich green color.
Slowly pour into silicon soap loaf and allow to dry for 5 minutes before moving onto the next layer (allow at least 5 minutes between each layer). This will be your first layer of the watermelon.
Next, using the same bowl melt the 2nd part of the oatmeal shea and stir. The melted soap should be a light green color.
Slowly pour on top on the first layer.
Finally, using a clean mixing bowl, melt the remaining oatmeal shea soap base and stir until completely smooth. Slowly pour the white soap base onto the light green layer.
Tip: if bubbles start to form, spray rubbing alcohol on top of the mold. The bubbles will quickly disappear.
Cut and cube 1 lb of the clear suspending soap base. Microwave at 30 seconds intervals. This base tends to melt quicker.
Next add ¼ of the brick red color block and microwave for 15-20 seconds. Immediately stir until completely dissolved. If you would like a deeper red watermelon, feel free to add more color.
Very slowly pour on top of the white layer.
Sprinkle poppy seeds on this layer. Tip: any type of small seed will work. I’ve even used chia seeds before!
Let this mold set up overnight for best results.
These wonderful soaps make great little gifts when visiting friends and family during the summer months.
Enjoy a slice!
Watermelon Soap Recipe
Hope everyone is having a wonderful day! I love to experiment and try new recipes and products. I absolutely love coconut oil and use it daily. I use it plain and in many of my recipes. I asked my friends what are their favorite uses for coconut oil and boy did I get a lot of wonderful responses. My favorite one was shaving in the shower. Coconut oil shave cream is now my new favorite in shower shaving lotion. When rinsed off, your skin feels silly smooth.
Currently, I’m loving the smell of Pineapple Vanilla Fragrance Oil. My kids think it smells like bubble gum. I decided to use the oil in my coconut shaving cream recipe, but you can substitute for your favorite fragrance or essential oil. This pineapple scene is perfect for summer! Makes me want to go on vacation. 🙂 Anyway, in lieu of vacation, I’ll be using this delicious smelling fragrance in this easy 3-ingredient recipe.
Add entire jar of coconut oil into a mixing bowl. If your coconut oil is completely solid, microwave for 20-30 seconds to soften. Do not completely melt. (If it happens to melt quickly, you’ll just have to wait until it solidifies) Using a mixer, beat on high until fluffs appear. Add 1/2 teaspoon of jojoba oil. ( adding too much will make the cream mixture oily) Then add the pineapple vanilla fragrance oil. You only need 10-15 drops or shakes. Continue mixing for 15 seconds. The mixture will be nice and fluffy.
Spoon mixture into 4 plastic jars or a large mason jar. Store in cool, dark place. Use in shower or can also be used as a lotion. The possibilities for coconut oil are endless. Your skin will feel wonderful either way! Enjoy and have a great day 🙂
Pineapple Shave Cream Recipe
The summer holidays are quickly approaching. Let’s show our red, white and blue proud with this awesome recipe. Do you remember my Loofah recipe from a few months ago? We’ll be using that, but with a fun twist. Today we will me making Red, White and Blue Loofah Lollipops . This fun and easy recipe will be a huge hit at your summer party. These soap lollipops make perfect end of year gifts for your fabulous teachers, party favors and so much more.
All natural SFIC clear soap base– 3 lbs (3 blocks)
Large muffin pan or similar type mold
Soap color blocks– neon blue raspberry, titanium dioxide and brick red
Loofah– cut into 2 inch pieces
Fragrance oil– blue slushy, Dr. Pepper and candy concoction
- Cut and cube the 3lbs of SFIC clear soap base and divide into 3 separate bowls. We’ll start with the red. Melt the first bowl of clear soap base with ½ block of the brick red color block. This soap base melts quickly. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir until the red block is completely blended. You may need an additional 10 seconds depending on your microwave. Add 10-15 drops of Dr. Pepper Fragrance Oil. (if you’re a Dr. Pepper drinker you’ll probably love this!)
- Cut loofah loaf into 2 inch pieces and place into a large muffin tin. If you’re having trouble fitting them into place, simply run under faucet to lightly dampen. Do not saturate with water. Pour the soap mixture into the first two pieces of loofah. You will be using 1lb of soap base per two pieces of loofah using a large muffin pan. Repeat step 1 and add Candy Concoction Fragrance Oil to the Titanium White and Blue Slushy Fragrance Oil to the Neon Blue Raspberry color blocks. ( I feel like I’m in a candy store!) fill the last 4 loofahs and let harden overnight.
Before removing place in refrigerator for 20 minutes for easy release. Once removed add a stick to make into lollipops. Cover with clear bag and add a matching ribbon.
How to use your lollipop loofah
- Remove stick and discard
- Wet the loofah with warm water to soften
- Gently rub your skin in a circular motion
- Enjoy your smooth skin 🙂
I hope you enjoy making these lollipops as much as we have!