As a crafter and soapmaker, there are absolutely those days when an idea for a soap recipe you have in your head, does not execute the way you thought it would. This was one of those projects. However, with a little creativity, I was able to turn a #soapfail into a #soapsuccess! Keep reading to learn how I turned my #soapfail around and find out how to make your own melt and pour tea tree and sea mud soaps!
I knew I wanted to make a melt and pour tea tree and sea mud soap recipe. And I also wanted to try out a silicone mold that I’d purchased at Target. The plan was to have “strips” of sea mud in the melt and pour soaps.
Unfortunately, I did not account for the sea mud soap embeds separating into the melted glycerin soap I poured around them in the mold. So essentially, I ended up with soap that, as it was cooling, looked like poop separating in a toilet bowl.
Nor were the finished soaps very attractive either.
As I was using melt and pour soap, I simply cut the soaps into chunks and reheated them in the microwave.
Then I poured the melted soap into my molds again. This time, however, I did not fill the mold cavities up completely. Once there was a “skin” on the surface of the soap I was ready to add my fix.
I then melted a white melt and pour soap base and added a forest green liquid soap colorant to it. I poured some of this new soap on top of the soap mixed with sea mud in the molds. I used a utensil to “lift” some of the sea mud soap from the bottom of the mold and mixed it into the top. I then place the soap in the fridge to cool further.
Next, I added turquoise mica to the rest of the melted soap base I previously added the forest green liquid soap colorant to and mixed it in. I allowed it to cool just to the point before it hardened, but I was still able to pour it.
I then poured the turquoise colored soap on top of the soap in the fridge and again used a utensil to pull more of the sea mud soap to the top so it all swirled together. Then I waited.
Once my soaps had hardened completely, I removed them from the refrigerator.
I then removed the individual soaps from my silicone mold cavities and used a knife to trim off the excess around the top from my pours.
I then used a potato peeler to bevel the edges of the soaps.
Then all that was left to do was to wrap my completed tea tree and sea mud soaps in foodservice film!
And my #soapfail was now a #soapsuccess!
To make your own tea tree and sea mud soap, simply follow my revised tea tree and sea mud soap recipe below.
Tea Tree & Sea Mud Soap Recipe
22 oz. aloe vera & olive oil glycerin melt and pour soap base
4.2 oz. basic white melt and pour soap base
3.75 oz. dry sea clay
1.2 oz. tea tree oil
.1 oz. lavender essential oil
forest green liquid soap colorant
Using a digital scale, weigh out 22 oz. of the aloe vera and olive oil melt and pour soap base. Cut into chunks, then heat in the microwave in 30 second increments. Stir in between heatings until the soap has melted fully.
Now weigh out the sea mud and stir into the melted soap base. Do the same with the essential oils.
Place your Ozera 6-Cavity Silicone Soap Mold onto a cutting board.
Now pour the melted soap evenly into each of the cavities leaving space on top to add the colored soap.
Once a “skin” forms on the top of the soap you are ready for your next soap.
Now weigh out 4.2 oz. of the basic white soap base. Cut it into chunks and heat in the microwave, in 30 second increments, until melted.
Add the forest green soap soap colorant to the melted soap, a drop at a time, until you reach the desired color.
Now pour part of the green tinted soap base on top of the soap mixed with sea mud in the molds. Use a fork or chopstick to “lift” some of the sea mud soap from the bottom of the mold and mix it into the top.
Using the cutting board for support, transfer the soap into your refrigerator to cool further.
Now add turquoise mica to the green tinted soap to suit and mix well. Once it starts to set up, but is still pourable, pour the turquoise colored soap on top of the soap in the fridge. Use a fork or chopstick to pull more of the sea mud soap from the bottom of the mold cavities to the top and swirl it slightly until you’ve achieved your desired effect.
Once your tea tree and sea mud soaps have solidified, remove them from the mold cavities, trim the edges, then wrap tightly in foodservice film until use.
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