How to Make Soap with a “Grass” Effect or Stripes

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DIY Cold Process Soap Tutorial - How to Make Soap with Stripes (or "Grass") InsideLooking for more simple ways to dress up your homemade cold process soap bars? Put your leftover soap ends and scraps to good use by creating stripes in your soaps. This look is super simple and it creates a look that is similar to grass growing in a field depending on your color choices.

Handmade Soap DIY - How to Make Decorative Soaps That Look Like They Contain Stripes or GrassTo create this look you’ll first need to gather your soap pieces that will serve as the stripes in your soap. You can either use soap ends from your loaves that you have on hand or you can cut a bar of soap into thin slivers about half the width of a 1 oz. guest size bar of soap. You can use different width soap pieces for a varying effect.

Once you have your soap pieces you will be embedding into your soap loaf to create a “grass” look or stripes in your new loaf, you’re ready to begin making your soap. (Learn how to make homemade cold process soap here.) Be sure to color it a different color than your soap embed pieces so they show up. Once you pour your fresh batch of soap into the mold, place the soap embeds along the length of the mold in the fresh soap in various places. You can place them straight up and down or at a slight diagonal – or even a combination of the two. Press fully into soap for a smooth top or leave a bit of the soap embeds sticking out of the top of the soap for an interesting textured on top of your final bars. Use as many or as few of the embeds as you like to create your desired effect. There is no right or wrong to this as it’s all based on your own aesthetic!

Once you’ve placed all of your soap slices into the batch of soap, cover your mold and insulate as you normally would. After twenty-four hours, you can unmold your soaps and cut into bars. (I generally discount my water amounts in my batches so I can cut my soaps right away. If your soap is still a bit soft, wait until it firms up a bit before cutting.) Your final soap bars will reveal lovely stripes when cut into bars.

Other simple ideas on how to make your cold process soaps more decorative include circle embeds, heart embedshand stamping, and adding an exfoliating strip. I also have DIY’s on how to make your own simple wooden loaf soap molds and a soap cutter.

How to Make Soap with Heart Shaped Embeds

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How to Make Cold Process Soaps with Embeds - DIY Homemade Soap with a Heart Inside - Soapmaking Tips and Techniques - Perfect as Homemade DIY Wedding FavorsEver wondered how to get shapes embedded into homemade cold process soaps? Basically there are two ways. I created the soap pictured here some time back. The red heart embed was scented with a red currant fragrance oil while the surrounding soap was scented with a red velvet cake fragrance oil.

The most common way to include shaped embeds in your soap is to use a tube mold in the shape you desire. To create soap with a heart embed you can use a Heart Shaped Bread Tube Mold – make sure it is stainless steel, not aluminum – or a Silicone Heart Shaped Tube Mold. To use a non-silicone mold, you will have to line your molds so you are able to easily remove your soap. Sometimes getting soaps out of these types of mold can be difficult.  While the size is perfect, you may want to opt for a silicone mold for easier removal.

To create this handmade heart embedded soap, simply make your first batch of cold process soap that will serve as your heart embed and pour into the heart shaped tube mold of your choice. You would then unmold the heart shaped soap after 24 hours. Once you have your heart shaped soap you can create your second batch of soap that you will be placing the heart into. Simply line a loaf mold and pour a small amount of soap along the bottom of the mold. Next, place the length of the heart soap down the mold on top of the freshly poured soap, then pour the remaining soap around the heart. Be sure to tap the mold onto the counter several times to make sure the soap is evenly distributed around the heart embed so there will be no gaps from air bubbles around the heart. Cover and insulate for 24 hours before unmolding and slicing into bars.

Alternately, if embedding hearts into your soap is an afterthought or you don’t have a mold handy, you can use cookie cutters. Simply use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out heart shapes from bars of soap you are reusing or from a square of handmade soap. Then you would simply line your hearts up in your lined mold one against the other then pour your fresh batch of soap on top.

These handmade heart embed soaps make lovely diy wedding favors. They also serve as a great homemade gift idea for Valentine’s Day or anniversaries. Also be sure to check out my tutorial on making decorative soap bars with random circles as well as how to make soap with an exfoliating strip. Looking for soap recipes? Try out my skin loving cold process handmade soap recipe!

For more soapmaking tips, techniques and recipes, be sure to follow my Bath & Body Board on Pinterest!

How to Make Handmade Soaps with an Exfoliating Strip

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How to Make Handmade Soaps with an Exfoliating Strip - DIY Soap Tutorial, Tips and TricksThere 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!

How to Make Decorative Handmade Soap Bars

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DIY Decorative Cold Process Soaps - How to Make Circles in Your Homemade Soap BarsEver wondered how soapmakers put decorative circles into cold process soap bars? The answer, while simple, is a little bit time consuming. To create your own decorative cold process soaps like the ones pictured here – a limited edition Green Goddess soap I carried for a short time in my shop – you’ll basically need to create two batches of soap. The first batch of soap will be for creating handmade soap balls. You can leave it uncolored – as I did these – or you can color than a different color than what your main batch of soap for the bars will be. (Learn how to make homemade cold process soap here.)

You may not want to discount the water for the batch of soap you’ll be making your soap balls from as it will make a soap that starts out softer which allows them to more easily be shaped into soap balls. Once you unmold your first batch of soap, you’ll simply remove some of the soap in small chunks and roll them into a ball with your hands. You may want to wear gloves for this process as there will still be some lye present in the bar. It generally takes several days before all of the lye has been used up in the saponification process, and this can dry out your hands if you don’t wear gloves. Roll your soap balls into different sizes for a varied look.

Once your soap has been rolled into balls, you are ready to create your second batch of soap. This soap will make the bars. Color this soap a different color from the soap balls so that the soap balls will be visible in your final bars of homemade soap. Before you mix your soap, line your loaf soap molds and place a selection of different sized soap balls along the bottom of your lined mold, then proceed with the soapmaking process. Once your new batch of soap reaches trace, simply pour the soap slowly and gently into your molds so that they cover the soap balls. This will result in soap bars that have circles throughout them when you cut your soap loaf into bars. If you’d also like soap balls that protrude from the top of the soap, simply press soap balls into the top of the soap you’ve poured before covering and insulating.

How to Make Soap - DIY Homemade Soap IdeasHere is another variation of this soapmaking technique. For this soap – a limited edition pear scented soap I crafted and sold one Christmas season – I used two batches of two different colored soaps to create soap balls, one white and one green. As my final soap bar was scented with a fragrance oil that contained vanilla and I knew it would turn brown, I did not need to add any colorant to that batch. I simply lined my molds as with the previous soap and placed the multi-colored soap balls in the bottom of the lined mold. Once the soap was unmolded and sliced into balls, the circles became part of the soap design.

Looking for other ways to make your handmade cold process soaps more decorative? Try out my tutorial for making hand stamped soaps. Also be sure to try out my Homemade Skin Loving Soap Recipe! What soapmaking techniques or processes do you use to make your handmade soaps more creative?

A special limited edition Bayberry Shea Butter Soap.

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Yesterday my niece, Maddie, and I made a batch of Bayberry scented glycerin soap with orange, hot toddy scented cold process soap balls inside. Maddie is in kindergarten.
Here Maddie is mixing the all natural, glycerin soap base as it melts. She also stirred in the bayberry fragrance.
Maddie is carefully adding the orange soap balls to the poured soap.
I help pull Maddie’s hair back as she places the orange soap balls so her hair doesn’t get in the soap.

The completed soap after I unmolded it and cut it into bars.

This limited edition handmade, Glycerin Bayberry Shea Butter Soap is the perfect scent for the Christmas holiday! The decorative yellow and orange soap is scented with a blend of bayberry, lavender, fir needle, clove and camphor melded into a balsam base. Bayberry is a unisex scent making it suitable for both men and women. It is strongly scented so you are left with a light fragrance on your skin afterward. This soap rinses cleanly away and is all natural except for the fragrance. Made from an all natural, glycerin shea butter soap base, this soap contains orange balls of cold process, shea butter Hot Toddy Soap.