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!