DIY Agate Slice Soaps That Anyone Can Make!

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Learn how to craft your own stunning DIY agate slice soaps! Agate slice coasters are HUGE right now. However I don’t really have a practical need for them. And I can only imagine my stemless wine glasses sliding right off of them halfway through the night. So I thought I’d recreate those coasters as soaps!

Learn how to create beautiful DIY agate slice soaps quickly and easily with this fun soapmaking tutorial without having to create a soap geode first!

Not only will my gold rimmed DIY agate slice soaps look lovely in your bathroom, but they also make perfect housewarming or hostess gifts. AND you can actually use them without having to worry about breaking anything! (If you’re like me you get handsy when you combine wine and good conversation.)

During my research for this soapmaking project, I found one tutorial for crafting DIY agate slice soaps. However, it required making a soap geode that you then slice. I’ve made soap geodes before. They’re lots of fun, but somewhat time consuming. They are also insanely crazy SUPER messy. (You can check out my geode soap tutorial here.)

In addition, as soap geodes are round, when you slice them you end up with agate soap slices in varying sizes. Obviously the ends are less pretty and much smaller than the slices from the center.

Learn how to create beautiful DIY agate slice soaps quickly and easily with this fun soapmaking tutorial without having to create a soap geode first!

My solution for making DIY agate slice soaps simply skipped making a round soap geode all together. Instead, I used a silicone soap mold with round cavities for consistent sizing. This also made the entire soapmaking process quicker and easier.

I hope you’ll also find my agate slice soap tutorial easy. It may seem intimidating at first, but you’ll find that if you give it a try, it’s surprising simple to make.

One of my favorite things about working with melt and pour soap is that it’s so versatile as an artistic medium. And when you start to see soap as an art medium, like paint for instance, it opens up so many new doors to be creative. This is one of those projects.

Learn how to create beautiful DIY agate slice soaps quickly and easily with this fun soapmaking tutorial without having to create a soap geode first!

DIY Agate Slice Soaps

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

Ingredients:

12 oz. Stephenson Crystal Natural HF Melt & Pour Soap Base
12 oz. Stephenson Suspension Melt & Pour Soap Base
.5 oz. skin safe fragrance oil
additional clear melt & pour soap, to suit
eco-friendly biodegradable glitter, to suit
mica powder, to suit
liquid soap colorant, to suit
99% isopropyl alcohol, as needed

Instructions:

In addition to the ingredients for my DIY agate slice soaps, you will also need a digital scale, a basic round silicone soap mold (my cavities were 3″ in diameter and 1″ deep) and six scientific glass beakers and/or glass Pyrex measuring cups.

Tip: You can also use this mold to make melt and pour loofah soaps! Find my melt and pour loofah soap tutorial here. You can purchase loofah that works with this mold here.

I specifically chose to work with Stephenson melt & pour soap bases for this project as they cool and harden rather quickly compared to some of the other bases. This allowed me to pour my different layers and colors of soap one after the other without having to wait for the bases to cool down in between pours.

Begin by cutting a small chunk of clear melt and pour soap into tiny soap shards for your agate slice soap centers. Set aside.

Using a digital scale, weigh out 12 oz. of the suspension melt and pour soap. Cut into chunks and combine in a 4 oz. glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat in the microwave in 30 second increments until fully melted, gently stirring after each heating.

Weigh out .25 oz. of fragrance oil and mix into the melted soap base. (I used a rose quartz fragrance oil.)

Divide the melted soap into three containers as desired. (I used varying quantities in each of my containers.) Then add a bit of liquid soap colorant and/or mica and/or glitter to each container and stir to combine. (I used a combination of liquid violet soap colorant, three different shades of purple toned micas and a combination of both chunky and fine glitters of various colors. In the smallest beaker I simply used gold mica and iridescent glitter.) Mix in the colorants and glitter, then set the soap containers aside.

Learn how to create beautiful DIY agate slice soaps quickly and easily with this fun soapmaking tutorial without having to create a soap geode first!

Now weigh out 12 oz. of the clear crystal melt and pour soap base. Cut the soap into chunks and heat until melted, the same as you did with the suspension soap base. Weigh out .25 oz. of fragrance oil and stir into the melted soap.

Now divide the soap into three separate containers and mix in varying colors of mica and/or soap colorant as desired.

Learn how to create beautiful DIY agate slice soaps quickly and easily with this fun soapmaking tutorial without having to create a soap geode first!

You can now begin filling your soap mold. You will need to work quickly as the soap base hardens rather quickly in small quantities. However, if necessary, you can go back and reheat the soap bases as needed.

Fill five of the mold cavities with a single color in various amounts. Then dust the soap shards you set aside previously with glitter. Add about one third of the soap shards to the center of the mold cavities on top of the soap you just poured.

Follow with additional soap types and colors. You can pour the soap in various places within the cavities of your mold, or you can pour the soap in a circle around the outer edge of the mold cavities each time for a more circular pattern. Continue adding the remaining soap shards as you go occasionally dusting with glitter. You can also use a chopstick or utensil to swirl or pull colors up and into one another if desired.

Learn how to create beautiful DIY agate slice soaps quickly and easily with this fun soapmaking tutorial without having to create a soap geode first!

Learn how to create beautiful DIY agate slice soaps quickly and easily with this fun soapmaking tutorial without having to create a soap geode first!

Once the cavities of your mold are filled, dust the tops with glitter and spritz with isopropyl alcohol. Allow the soap to harden completely then gently unmold.

Learn how to create beautiful DIY agate slice soaps quickly and easily with this fun soapmaking tutorial without having to create a soap geode first!

Using a sharp knife, carefully cut the top of each soap off so it’s smooth. This not only smooths out the soap tops so they are level but it also allows more of that awesome mystery design you poured to show through.

Learn how to create beautiful DIY agate slice soaps quickly and easily with this fun soapmaking tutorial without having to create a soap geode first!

Learn how to create beautiful DIY agate slice soaps quickly and easily with this fun soapmaking tutorial without having to create a soap geode first!

Then cut each soap round in half. This will give you ten beautiful agate slice soaps.

Now place the soap slices onto parchment or wax paper so you can paint the edges.

Learn how to create beautiful DIY agate slice soaps quickly and easily with this fun soapmaking tutorial without having to create a soap geode first!

To paint the edges of your DIY agate slice soaps, combine a gold or copper colored mica with isopropyl alcohol. You want the paint fluid but not too thin. Just thin enough that it will glide easily with a brush leaving a solid color behind. Now use a small paint brush to paint the edges of your agate slice soaps.

If needed, you can apply a second coat of mica to your soaps once the first coat dries.

Allow your DIY agate slice soaps to fully dry, then wrap tightly in foodservice film for personal use or gifting!

If you want to craft these DIY agate slice soaps to sell, you’ll need to follow good manufacturing practices (GMP) when making your product. You’ll find that the book, Good Manufacturing Practices for Soap and Cosmetic Handcrafters by Marie Gale, is a valuable resource if you’re just getting started making your own homemade soaps, skin care products and cosmetics.

In addition to GMP, you’ll also need to follow FDA guidelines for labeling your products. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling cosmetics, the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English by Marie Gale, spells out everything you need to know to legally label your products.

Learn how to create beautiful DIY agate slice soaps quickly and easily with this fun soapmaking tutorial without having to create a soap geode first!

If you make your own DIY agate slice soaps, I’d love to see how yours turn out! After all, each agate slice soap is going to be different and therefore its own little work of art! So please tag the soaps you make using the hashtag #soapdelishowoff when you share them on instagram so I can take a peek!

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DIY Homemade Vanilla Chocolate Mint Extract + Vanilla Sugar

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DIY Vanilla Extract Recipe - Make your own amazing natural chocolate mint and vanilla extract for baking or drink mixes
Two things I have wanted to make for some time were my own vanilla extract and vanilla sugar. Well, I finally got around to it. But since I was wanting to also use some of the my chocolate mint before fall wiped out my crop for the season, I decided to put a twist on the traditional vanilla extract and instead made homemade vanilla and chocolate mint extract!
My Vanilla Mint Extract is super easy to make, though it does take some time before you can actually use it. To make your own Vanilla Mint Extract and Vanilla Sugar you’ll need the following:
  • Glass spice jars with a screw top lid or mason jars – I chose to use spice jars I got for $1 at the local co-op – this also allows these to be used as stocking stuffer gifts, hostess gifts or wedding favors because of the smaller size.
  • Freshly harvested Chocolate Mint and Peppermint Leaves – from my garden
  • Whole vanilla bean – Also from the local co-op which had these for $1 less than Fresh Market. You can also buy certified organic whole vanilla bean from Mountain Rose Herbs if you aren’t able to source it for a reasonable price locally.
  • Vodka – The brand doesn’t matter so much if you’re using the extract for baking, however I plan to use some of mine for mixed drinks as well so I got the good stuff. Generally I prefer Grey Goose Vodka, but my friend Meagan suggested I try Belvedere which is a Polish Vodka. It’s only a dollar cheaper than Grey Goose for a 375mL bottle so I’m assuming its comparable quality. Regardless, the bottle is very pretty.
  • Sugar – raw or refined, it’s up to you.
  • Washi Tape or Ribbon – something pretty to label and decorate your bottles with.
Fresh Chocolate Mint and Peppermint from my garden
You’ll want to start by rinsing your fresh mint in cold water to remove any dirt and debris from the mint leaves you harvested.
Drying mint leaves with eco-friendly handmade napkins
Once you’ve rinsed your mint leaves, pat dry with paper towels. I used eco-friendly, handmade napkins to cut down on waste and to save money. (I also find paper towels to be ridiculously expensive when you’re on a tight budget.)
Whole vanilla bean being placed into spice jars
Next I filled each of my three spice jars with vanilla bean. Since I used smaller containers, I was able to cut my vanilla bean into three equally sized sections – one for each of the three jars I purchased.
Fill jars with fresh chocolate mint and peppermint
Next, I filled two of the jars just over half way up with my fresh chocolate mint and peppermint. These jars will be the extract jars. The third jar does not get mint as I made vanilla sugar with it.
Fill jars with vodka over the vanilla bean and mint to make your own vanilla mint extract
Then, fill the two spice jars with the mint and vanilla bean with vodka. Cap tightly. Fill the remaining jar with only the vanilla bean with sugar and cap. Give each jar a good shake.
DIY Vanilla Mint Extract Recipe and DIY Vanilla Sugar Recipe
Finally, label your jars so you know what’s inside. I used washi tape to label my jars as I think it’s so easy to decorate things with. Not to mention it’s just pretty. I wrapped each jar with washi tape, then used Eco-Cotton tape over the washi tape on which I’d written the contents with a Sharpie marker. Eco-Cotton tape also takes stamps beautifully. I tried that first, but I only had a sage green stamp pad and it didn’t show up as dark as I wanted.
Once you’ve labeled your jars, all that’s left to do is wait. Place your homemade vanilla mint extract and homemade vanilla sugar in the pantry. Shake once a day for a month. Once a month has passed you can conduct a taste test to see if they’re ready. Once the vanilla mint extract is to your liking, strain the extract to remove the mint and vanilla. Use the extract in baking or to compliment mixed drinks. The vanilla sugar makes a tasty topping for baked goods, coffee and teas! Enjoy!