After last week’s blog article, How to Make a Batch of Soap for Under $20, I was inspired to do another simple, economic melt and pour recipe. This recipe yields six bars of beautiful, zesty, sweet and citrusy soapy goodness.
Spray bottle with rubbing alcohol, kitchen knife, cutting board, Pyrex glass, spoon
Let’s Get Started
Begin by opening the container of soap base. Pull away the sides of the Stephenson container to release the soap. Flip the container upside down and push the block of soap base out. Using a kitchen knife or soap cutter, dice the soap into small chunks. Once the block has been cubed, place in a microwave safe container. Heat on bursts of 30-60 seconds at a time, stirring the soap in between. Use a thermometer and ensure the temperature ranges between 120°-140° F. The higher the temperature, the more likely your soap is to scorch or burn off the scent of the fragrance oil, so it is important not to work too hot.
All About That Base
Stephenson’s Carrot Cucumber & Aloe Soap Base seems to be one of our overlooked gems. It is vegetable-derived and contains no parabens, SLS or SLES. This base contains carrot seed oil, cucumber seed oil and aloe vera. It is high-foaming and has a great lather. This soap base is great for people who want to branch out and try something unique. I promise you won’t be disappointed!
This recipe uses 2 lbs. of soap so I used two microwave-safe containers to melt the soap. Once the soap temperature is in the ideal range, add the fragrance. I love Lemon Orange Blossom because it is all-natural and I thought the sweet citrusy notes would go well with the look of the Carrot Cucumber Aloe Base. Not to mention, this fragrance oil uses lemon and orange essential oils as well as other natural constituents, so it definitely fits the theme of the soap. This fragrance has an IFRA usage rate of up to 5%, so I am using 1 oz. of fragrance oil for this recipe as it calls for 32 oz. of soap base.
Gently pour the melted soap into each cavity of the mold. I just love the simple, classic oval bar this mold creates. Like many, I much prefer silicone to plastic, so that’s a plus, too. Once the soap has been distributed, spritz the tops with rubbing alcohol to ensure no bubbles occur and the soap has a smooth finish.
After pouring the soap and spraying rubbing alcohol, allow the soap to cool for at least six hours. Alternatively, pop the mold in the fridge to speed up the process. Side note: this may cause condensation to occur on the soap. Don’t be alarmed – you can easily blot off the dew with a paper towel. When the soap hardened, gently pull the sides of the mold away from the soap. You will be able to see the vacuum seal releasing as you pull apart. Flip the mold over on a clean, flat surface and gently push the soap completely out.