There are lots of simple ways to “dress up” your homemade cold process soaps. Creating an exfoliating strip in your soap is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it also gives your handmade soap an added benefit. To create this look you’ll need to choose an additive to use as as your scrubby center strip. Consider not only the coarseness in a scrub that you’re looking for, but also the color of the additive. An additive that contrasts with your soap color will add to its decorative aspect. You can use apricot kernel meal, walnut shell powder, loofah powder – even cinnamon! Have your additive close by when you are ready to pour your soaps.
Once your handmade cold process soap reaches trace (learn how to make cold process soaps here!) pour the soap into your mold or molds about halfway using only half of the soap. (Your soap needs to be at a full trace so it’s good and thick, otherwise your additive will fall into the soap when you pour the second half causing the additive to spill up around the edges ruining the effect.) Layer a medium thick layer of your additive across the top of the soap you just poured. Then pour the rest of the soap gently on top of the additive layered soap. Next, take a butter knife and gently run it lengthwise back and forth through the soap several times. Then cover your soap and insulate for the next 24 hours before unmolding and cutting into bars. (Learn how to make a loaf soap cutter here.)
Need soap molds? Then be sure to check out my tutorial on how to make a wooden soap mold. And check out my diy on how to make decorative cold process soaps with circles for even more decorative handmade soap ideas. For more soapmaking tips, tricks, tutorials and recipes follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest!