Looking for a beautiful way to dress up your homemade soaps? Try stamping them! Stamps are a super simple way to make all of your soaps beautiful and you can customize them with lovely hearts for handmade Valentine’s Day gifts!
You can hand stamp any freshly made soap you’ve just unmolded by stamping them as you slice them into bars. Of course you’ll need to start with a batch of handmade soap. If you’ve never made handmade cold process soap before, you can learn how to make soap here. If you’re not quite sure if you’re ready to delve into the world of soapmaking with lye, then you can make handmilled soaps – which basically recreate old soap or soap slivers into new bars of fresh soap. You can learn how to make handmilled soaps here.
Ready to start stamping? Great! You can use store bought stamps for this project or make your own stamps. For these handmade unscented goat milk soaps bars (pictured above) I used a store bought stamp with ferns on it. My “ink pad” was simply some cosmetic pearl shimmer mica powder.
To use your soaps, simply place a small amount of mica powder on a flat surface – such as a piece of paper on a counter – and spread around. Then press your stamp firmly into the mica powder. Next, simply press the stamp into the freshly sliced soap and remove. The stamp will leave an indentation of the pattern on the soap and the mica will fill in the design on the soap. Repeat for each bar.
An additional way to use your stamps is to place a small amount of soap dye onto an uninked stamp pad or foam type makeup sponge. Then you would press the stamp onto the soap dye inked stamp pad and then immediately press it into some pearl shimmer or gold mica. Finally, you would press the stamp into the soap as pictured above. This gives the stamp a bit of both color and shimmer. Alternately, you could simply used your favorite colored mica – or a combination of micas as your “ink.”
Once you’ve stamped your soaps all that is left is to allow them to finish curing. If you are making cold process soaps, cure time is generally 3-6 weeks. For handmilled soaps, this time can vary based on heat and humidity – as you are basically only waiting on water content to evaporate.