Weekly Wrap Up (Week of April 23rd-April 29th)

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Being human we all make mistakes. Sometimes we even have soap disasters. Now these soap disasters can be rather disheartening especially if you worked really hard on something or you’re still new and just can’t seem to get it right. I’ve had two soapmaking disasters recently. What I’ve learned is, unless you make soap that’s lye heavy – it’s never really a disaster. What it is is an opportunity. A creative addition. An embed or an ingredient. A learning experience.

Rebatched Yogurt & Banana Soap with Loofah

The first time I made my yogurt & banana soap recipe with flax seed oil, it separated on me. I’d ended up with a false trace and tried to pour it sooner than I should have. I’d wanted to pour the soap into a mold with a loaf of loofah in it. And I was afraid that if it traced too heavily, then it wouldn’t go into the loofah at all. (This soap was inspired by this Dead Sea sponge soap.)

To save it, I dumped it all into a huge pot on the stove the next day. I added some half and half, some cocoa butter, some beeswax and a bit of stearic acid to harden it up. I tore the loofah up as I mixed everything together in the pot over heat. Then I remolded them.

These soaps actually turned out great in the end. (They’re pictured above.) The soap isn’t really pretty. It’s very rustic. But it is super conditioning and has some interesting texture because of the loofah.

DIY Star Wars inspired galaxy soaps!

The other soapmaking mishap took place when I was making my chia & charcoal soap recipe for the first time. I was wanting to use some of the soap batter in my Star Wars mold. Unfortunately, I had to mix this one to a heavy trace to be sure I didn’t get a false trace like the last time. And, I had to soap hot because I was using candelilla wax.

The soap batter made it into the mold, but even with pushing the soap into the mold with a spatula and some tapping, there were pieces of wings and other details missing from the ships. So I did what any soaper in my position might do. I drank a bottle of pinot grigio and embedded them into melt and pour soap galaxies!

I think they turned out pretty neat in the end. So I wanted to share how I made them.

To create these Star Wars inspired soaps, I first dusted the inside of my Star Wars mold with some super sparkles mica and jet black cosmetic glitter. (You could also use black flare mica.) I then filled the mold cavities with my chia & charcoal soap batter. (You can use your own favorite cold process soap recipe for this project! Just color the soap with coconut activated charcoalAustralian midnight black clay or black mica powder.

Once the soaps cured, I embedded them in a melt and pour soap base. I specifically used Stephenson’s natural crystal soap base. I chose this soap base because it has a high melt point and cools rather quickly which makes it great for swirling. (If you want to scent your base, be sure to weigh the amount of soap you’re using so you can figure out how much fragrance oil to add based on manufacturer’s guidelines.)

I cut this base into chunks, then divided it between two Pyrex measuring cups. I heated the soap at reduced power in the microwave until melted. Then, in one container I added electric blue mica powder. In the other I added cyber grape mica powder. (Both were added to suit.) I then mixed each batch of soap individually until the color was evenly distributed throughout the melted soap bases.

Next, I poured a small amount of the melted blue soap base into the cavities of my Crafter’s Choice basic round soap mold. I dusted some black glitter on top of that, then swirled the soap slightly with a fork. I waited for the soap to cool slightly then repeated the process with the melted purple soap.

DIY Star Wars Inspired Galaxy Soaps! Ships crashing into a blue and purple swirl of galaxy soap!

I allowed the soap to cool a bit more then I placed one of my ships into a cavity of soap and positioned as desired. Then I repeated layering the melted blue and purple soap with glitter until the cavity was full. I then repeated the process for all the remaining cavities of my mold.

DIY Star Wars inspired galaxy soaps!

Once the soaps hardened completely, I unmolded them and wrapped them tightly in foodservice film. And that was it! I hope this inspires some of you and that it helps newbies to realize that you never really fail. You are simply learning something new!

That’s all for this week! I can’t wait to dive into new some new soapmaking projects with you next week! Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! And don’t forget to find & follow me on Pinterest,  G+,  Tumblr,  Facebook,  Twitter,  Blog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or sign up to receive new posts from Soap Deli News blog to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.


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Unicorn Macaron Soap Tutorial

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Learn how to make these sweet unicorn soaps with my unicorn macaron soap tutorial!

Unicorn Macaron Soap Tutorial! Learn how to make your own DIY unicorn macaron soaps with this soapmaking tutorial from Soap Deli News blog!

Unicorn Macaron Soap Tutorial

Made using melt and pour soap bases, my unicorn macaron soap tutorial will guide you through the steps of making your own unicorn macaron soaps! Just melt, pour then paint your soaps for a sweet homemade gift!

Supplies Needed:

Learn how to make unicorn macaron soap with this cute unicorn macaron soap mold and a tutorial from Soap Deli News blog.

You will need at least one unicorn macaron mold to create your unicorn macaron soap. I bought three of the molds (pictured above) from Sugar Skull Molds here.

(Note that if you buy any three molds from Sugar Skull Molds you will get a fourth one free. You will need to type in the fourth mold that you’d like to receive free in the notes when you check out. Otherwise a random mold will be chosen for you. Also, in addition to the unicorn macaron soap mold, Sugar Skull Molds also sells several other unicorn molds that you can find here.)

You will also need a white melt and pour soap base, a clear melt and pour soap base, your choice of fragrance oils or essential oils (if you’d like to scent your soap), a digital scale, isopropyl (rubbing alcohol), skin safe mica powders, skin safe glitter, liquid neon pink soap color, a spray bottle, Pyrex measuring cups, a round silicone soap mold, a microwave and stirring utensils. Cutting boards are also useful.

Learn how to make these sweet unicorn soaps with my unicorn macaron soap tutorial! Made using a melt and pour soap base, my unicorn macaron soap tutorial will guide you through the steps of making your own unicorn macaron soaps! Just melt, pour then paint your soaps for a sweet homemade gift!

To create my unicorn macaron soaps, I specifically used the blue vibrance mica and the pink vibrance mica from Nurture Soap. For the sparkle you can use either Nurture Soap’s twinkling lights glitter or super sparkles mica. The shimmer gold mica is also a nice choice if you prefer a gold horn.

The amount of soap and other materials you’ll need will depend on how many unicorn macaron soaps you plan to make at one time. However, I’ll explain how to figure out the amounts you’ll need as we go through the tutorial!

Ready to get started?

Step One: Make the unicorn macaron soap embeds!

Unicorn Macaron Soap Tutorial from Soap Deli News blog!

You’ll begin by making the unicorn macaron soap embeds for your soap. You’ll use around .45 oz. of white soap base for each unicorn macaron soap embed that you want to make. If you want to make three at a time, then you would multiply .45 oz. by 3 to give you the amount of soap you need. So .45 oz. x 3 = 1.35 oz. soap base.

Then, to figure the amount of fragrance oil you need to scent your soap, you’d multiply the amount of soap you’ll be using for the embeds by the percentage of fragrance oil or essential oil you’d like to scent your soap with. I recommend using fragrance oils at 2-4% or essential oil at .5-1%. However, you should also check with manufacturer guidelines to be safe so you are not exceeding the maximum usage rate for your product. So 1.35 oz. x .02 (or 2%) = .027 oz. fragrance oil.

It’s also important to note that if you’d like your unicorn macaron soap embeds to be a bright white, avoid any fragrances that contain vanilla or have a deep yellow tint. You can also simply leave your unicorn macaron soap embed unscented.

Additionally, not all melt and pour soap bases weigh the same amount – especially from brand to brand. So you may want to melt a random amount of base and pour into it one of the unicorn macaron molds, let it harden, then unmold and weigh it to determine the correct amount of soap you need for each embed. I recommend using slightly more soap base than what is called for as some inevitably ends up stuck to the side of the container(s.)

Now that you’ve figured out the amount of white soap base you need, you’re ready to create your unicorn macaron soap embeds.

How to make unicorn macaron soap.

Using a digital scale, weigh out the amount of white soap base needed to create your embeds, then cut the base into chunks.

Heat the base in the microwave in 20-30 second increments until melted. You’ll want to stir the base in between each heating session.

Now weigh out the fragrance or essential oil (if desired) that you need for the amount of soap base you are using and stir into the melted soap.

Unicorn Macaron Soap Tutorial

Now pour the melted white soap base into the unicorn macaron soap molds.

Unicorn Macaron Soap Tutorial

I recommend placing the molds between two cutting boards (of even height) to keep them from tipping (as pictured.)

Carefully pour the melted white soap base into the molds, then spritz the tops of the soap with rubbing alcohol to remove any air bubbles.

Unicorn Macaron Soap Tutorial

Allow the unicorn macaron soap embeds to harden completely, then carefully push each one out of the mold. You can freeze your molds first if you have trouble getting your soap out.

Carefully clean up the edges of your embeds with a sharp knife or the edge of your fingernail if needed. Set aside.

Step Two: Make the pink round soaps!

Unicorn Macaron Soap Tutorial

Now you’ll make the round pink soap bars that your unicorn macaron soap embeds will be placed on.

I used a Crafter’s Choice basic round silicone soap mold for this step. If you don’t own this mold you can use a similar round silicone soap mold.

If you want a bold pink round soap, use a clear melt and pour soap base for this step. Otherwise, if you’d like a pastel pink round soap, use a white melt and pour soap base.

Each of these cavities holds around 5 oz. of soap base. However, you may want to want to melt a random amount of base and pour the melted base into one of your mold’s cavities, let it harden, then unmold the soap to be sure of the the amount of soap you need for each bar.

However, it’s important to note that you aren’t filling the cavities for this soap mold to the top. Instead you’ll be leaving room at the top for the unicorn macaron soap embeds and additional soap to hold the embeds in place.

For each of my pink round soap bars, I used 4.55 oz. of white melt and pour soap base.

Weigh out the amount of soap you’ll need then cut the soap base into chunks. Heat to melt, then add the color and mix well. I recommend starting with a small amount of color and then adding more as needed until you reach your desired color.

If you’re scenting your soaps, figure the amount of fragrance needed for the amount of soap you are using. Then weigh out the fragrance and stir into the melted soap base.

Unicorn Macaron Soap Tutorial

Now slowly pour the melted pink soap base into each of the mold’s cavities (based on the number of unicorn macaron soap bars you are making) and spritz the tops of each with rubbing alcohol to remove any air bubbles.

Set the soap aside to cool and fully harden.

Once the soap has fully set up, you’re ready for the next step!

Step Three: Combine the elements!

Unicorn Macaron Soap Tutorial

You’ll now cut and melt a clear melt and pour soap base to adhere your unicorn macaron soap embeds to your pink round soap bars!

For each soap bar you’ll need about .5 oz. of clear melt and pour soap base. Determine the amount of soap base you’ll need for the number of bars you are making. If you’re using a fragrance or essential oil, do the math to figure the amount you’ll need for it as well.

Now weigh out the amount of clear soap base you need. Cut it into chunks then heat and melt in the microwave.

If using a fragrance, weigh out the amount needed and stir into the melted soap base.

Unicorn Macaron Soap Tutorial

Next, add a small amount of twinkling lights glitter (or similar) to the melted clear soap base and stir to incorporate.

Now spritz the tops of your pink soap bars with rubbing alcohol.

Pour a small amount of the clear melted soap base onto each of the pink soap bars in your mold and gently press each of your unicorn macaron soap embeds onto each of the pink soap bars.

Unicorn Macaron Soap Tutorial

Position the soap embeds in the center of each of the soaps, then pour the remaining soap base around the unicorn macaron soap embeds. Stop pouring just before you reach the top edge of the embeds so part of the embeds is still sticking out from the soap.

Unicorn Macaron Soap Tutorial

Now spritz the tops of the soaps with rubbing alcohol to remove any air bubbles.

Allow the soap to fully harden and set up.

Step Four: Paint on the details!

Unicorn Macaron Soap Tutorial

Once the soaps have set up fully in the molds, carefully remove each of the soaps from the mold cavities.

You’ll now use your micas and/or glitter combined with rubbing alcohol to paint the faces onto your unicorn macaron soaps!

In small containers, combine a small amount of rubbing alcohol with a small amount of your micas. Mix to combine. You want the mica to be thick enough to be opaque when painted on, but just thin enough that it doesn’t clump. I used pink mica for the mouth, ears and cheeks and blue mica for the horn and eyes.

Unicorn Macaron Soap Tutorial

Using a paint brush, paint on the cheeks, mouth and the insides of the ears in your desired color. Don’t worry if you mess up. Simply wipe off the mica with a cloth or paper towel and a small amount of rubbing alcohol.

Now, using a dry brush, dab the twinkling lights glitter into the unicorn cheeks. (Alternately you can also mix the pink mica with a bit of super sparkles mica just for the cheeks.)

Unicorn Macaron Soap Tutorial

Now using the blue mica and alcohol mix, paint on the eyes and paint the horn.

Using a dry brush, dab the twinkling lights glitter into the blue mica on the unicorn horn. (Alternately you can also mix the blue mica with a bit of super sparkles mica just for the horns.)

Learn how to make these sweet unicorn soaps with my unicorn macaron soap tutorial! Made using a melt and pour soap base, my unicorn macaron soap tutorial will guide you through the steps of making your own unicorn macaron soaps! Just melt, pour then paint your soaps for a sweet homemade gift!

Allow the soaps to dry completely then carefully wrap each one tightly in foodservice film. Your finished unicorn macaron soaps are now ready for gifting!

Mermaid Soap! Make waves with this awesome mermaid soap tutorial that lets you explore your creative side!

If you liked my unicorn macaron soap tutorial, then you may also like my mermaid soap tutorial, my DIY unicorn balm and my unicorn poop sugar scrub recipe.

Or, if you’re looking for homemade unicorn soaps to buy, then be sure to visit my unicorn themed favorites on Etsy here.

Like my tutorial animated gifs? I made them using the Momento app for iPhone. You can learn more about this app here.

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Mermaid Soap Tutorial

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Mermaid Soap Tutorial! Make waves with this awesome mermaid soap tutorial that lets you explore your creative side! Crafted using a combination of melt and pour soap bases, this soapmaking project makes a fun filled weekend project you can enjoy with friends or family!

Make waves with this awesome mermaid soap tutorial that lets you explore your creative side!

Mermaid Soap! Make waves with this awesome mermaid soap tutorial that lets you explore your creative side!

Crafted using a combination of melt and pour soap bases, this soapmaking project makes a fun filled weekend project you can enjoy with friends or family!

Make waves with this awesome mermaid soap tutorial that lets you explore your creative side! Crafted using a combination of melt and pour soap bases, this soapmaking project makes a fun filled weekend project you can enjoy with friends or family!

There are three parts to my mermaid soap tutorial. You’ll start by making your mermaid tail soaps and other soap embeds like sea creatures or shells as desired. Then you make an ocean soap loaf. Finally you whip up a soap frosting and bring all the parts together. Here’s how it’s done.

Mermaid Soap Tutorial

Make waves with this awesome mermaid soap tutorial that lets you explore your creative side! Crafted using a combination of melt and pour soap bases, this soapmaking project makes a fun filled weekend project you can enjoy with friends or family!

You’ll begin by making the mermaid tail soaps. You can make however many you like depending on the size of your loaf mold. I used Stephenson’s Natural SLS Free Melt and Pour Soap Base for this step. How much soap you’ll need will depend on how many mermaid tails you’ll be making at one time. If you only have one silicone mermaid tail mold then you’ll need to make them one at a time. I bought three small 3″ x 2″ mermaid tail silicone molds for my mermaid soap tutorial.

Mermaid Soap! Make waves with this awesome mermaid soap tutorial that lets you explore your creative side! Crafted using a combination of melt and pour soap bases, this soapmaking project makes a fun filled weekend project you can enjoy with friends or family!

Each of my mermaid tail soaps weigh about .35 oz. So if you have the same mold you would multiply .35 oz. by the number of molds you have to determine how much soap to use. (If you have a different mold, simply melt some soap and pour it into one of your molds. Remove the soap once it has solidified and weigh it to figure out how much soap base you’ll need.)

Once you have the total weight of soap needed that will allow you to figure out how much fragrance oil you’ll need to scent your mermaid soap tails. If you are scenting your soaps with 2% fragrance oil, multiply the total weight of soap base you are using to make the tails by .02 to determine how much fragrance oil you’ll need.

Now simply weigh out your soap base, cut into chunks and melt. You can melt your soap in a double boiler, a small melting pot or the microwave. Once melted, mix in a soap colorant of your choice. Then weigh out the amount of fragrance oil you need and stir into the melted soap base.

Next, pour the soap into your molds. Use a spray bottle with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol in it to remove any air bubbles by spritzing the alcohol onto the soap you’ve poured into the molds.

Mermaid Soap! Make waves with this awesome mermaid soap tutorial that lets you explore your creative side! Crafted using a combination of melt and pour soap bases, this soapmaking project makes a fun filled weekend project you can enjoy with friends or family!

Once the mermaid tail soaps have solidified, gently remove them from the molds. I placed mine on a cutting board so I could contain my mess when I started painting my tails so they’d sparkle.

Mermaid Soap! Make waves with this awesome mermaid soap tutorial that lets you explore your creative side! Crafted using a combination of melt and pour soap bases, this soapmaking project makes a fun filled weekend project you can enjoy with friends or family!

I used both skin safe mica and glitter to paint my mermaid soap tails. To do this I simply added rubbing alcohol to several small containers and mixed the mica or glitter into the alcohol. Then I painted mermaid tails with the various colors.

How to make mermaid tail soaps!

I specifically used the micas and glitters from Nurture Soap here and layered the colors for visual interest.

Mermaid Soap! Make waves with this awesome mermaid soap tutorial that lets you explore your creative side!

I also made a few other soaps from an ocean themed silicone mold to use as embeds in my mermaid soap loaf.

Making soap diamonds for mermaid soap!

Additionally, I also created soap diamonds using a diamond silicone mold, Stephenson Suspension Melt and Pour Soap Base, a small amount of blue mica, glitter and Super Sparkles mica. (These were a bit challenging to pour due to their size. Luckily soap makes for an easy clean up.)

How to make melt and pour ocean soap!

Once I’d made my mermaid tails and other soap embeds I moved on to making my ocean soap loaf!

Here’s a great video tutorial from Soap Fantasy that shows you how to create your own ocean swirl soap. I didn’t follow the tutorial exactly but it gives you the information you need to create your own custom ocean soap for your mermaids to swim in!

How to make an ocean soap loaf for your soap mermaids to swim in!

For the ocean floor I used the Stephenson Suspension Melt and Pour Soap Base and mixed both corn silk powder and flax seed powder into the melted soap along with a small amount of soap colorant. I didn’t use a specific amount of soap for this. However, you’ll need to weigh how much soap you are using for each layer of your ocean melt and pour soap loaf so you know how much fragrance oil to add to scent your soaps.

How to make an ocean soap loaf for your soap mermaids to swim in!

As I don’t have a silicone loaf soap mold, I used a wooden loaf soap mold and lined it with an office trash bag instead.

I propped my mold up slightly on one side and used a brick of soap base to hold the mold in place on my work surface. Then I poured my melted suspension soap base into my loaf mold.

Next, I melted a small amount of white melt and pour soap base into the same container I melted the brown soap in to swirl gently into the poured soap. I used Crafter’s Choice Detergent Free Baby Buttermilk Soap for this step. As the Stephenson soap bases and the Crafter’s Choice soap bases seem to have different melting points, it worked well for this particular soap to use a combination of bases.

Melt and pour ocean soap tutorial!

While the brown soap was setting up, I melted and mixed two different blue soap bases with mica and fragrance for the water. I used Crafter’s Choice Detergent Free Hemp Soap Base for the deeper blue soap. For the lighter, sparkling blue soap, I used the same suspension soap base, mica and glitter I used for my soap diamonds.

Melt and Pour Ocean Soap Tutorial

In a third container I melted and scented the white baby buttermilk soap base.

How to make melt and pour soap that looks like the ocean!

I then poured and layered the three different colors of soap at slightly different temperatures on top of the hardened brown soap. Once the second layer had set up, I repeated the process with an additional third layer.

Melt and pour ocean soap tutorial!

Finally, I poured a fourth layer of melted white soap base on top of the third layer and swirled it gently into the previous layer just prior to it fully hardening. Be sure to spritz the tops of each of your layers after pouring to get rid of any air bubbles that may occur, unless desirable, and before you pour a new layer on top of an old one.

Mermaid Soap Tutorial! Make waves with this awesome mermaid soap tutorial that lets you explore your creative side! Crafted using a combination of melt and pour soap bases, this soapmaking project makes a fun filled weekend project you can enjoy with friends or family!

Once your melt and pour ocean soap loaf has set up completely, you’re ready for the next step in my mermaid soap tutorial. For this step we’ll be making “sea foam” or soap frosting to adhere the mermaid tails to the ocean soap loaf. (Alternately, you can simply skip the next step and insert your mermaid tails into the final layer of your ocean soap loaf before it fully hardens.)

Mermaid Soap Tutorial

To create the “sea foam” that my mermaids are swimming in, I whipped up a semi-solid sugar scrub from a combination of butters, melt and pour soap base, oils and emulsifying wax similar to my exfoliating whipped sugar scrub recipe found here. I also included green jojoba pearls in the mix.

How to make melt and pour mermaid soap!

I whipped the sugar scrub in a KitchenAid stand mixer. Then, once it was stiff enough, I used a spatula to spoon it onto the top of my ocean soap loaf. Alternately you can also pipe the “foam” onto the soap using pastry piping bags and tips.

You don’t have to use a sugar scrub for your foamy top though. You can also use a basic soap frosting recipe (4 oz. of melted soap base and 2 Tablespoons of liquid soap) or your own favorite soap frosting recipe whatever that may be!  You could even use a bubble bar frosting recipe.

Mermaid Soap Tutorial! Make waves with this awesome mermaid soap tutorial that lets you explore your creative side! Crafted using a combination of melt and pour soap bases, this soapmaking project makes a fun filled weekend project you can enjoy with friends or family!

Mermaid Soap Tutorial! Make waves with this awesome mermaid soap tutorial that lets you explore your creative side! Crafted using a combination of melt and pour soap bases, this soapmaking project makes a fun filled weekend project you can enjoy with friends or family!

Once you’ve applied your soap frosting, you can add your mermaid soap tails and other soap elements into the “sea foam” frosting.

Mermaid Soap Tutorial! Make waves with this awesome mermaid soap tutorial that lets you explore your creative side! Crafted using a combination of melt and pour soap bases, this soapmaking project makes a fun filled weekend project you can enjoy with friends or family!

Now carefully remove your soap loaf from the mold. You may need to slice your soap bars right away depending on what you used for frosting. If your frosting is going to fully harden, you’ll want to slice your loaf before this happens.

If for some reason your soap frosting doesn’t like your ocean soap loaf enough to stay attached to it once hardened, you can melt a small amount of clear melt and pour soap base to use as “glue” to reattach the two elements back together.

Mermaid Soap Tutorial! Make waves with this awesome mermaid soap tutorial that lets you explore your creative side! Crafted using a combination of melt and pour soap bases, this soapmaking project makes a fun filled weekend project you can enjoy with friends or family!

If desired, you can also drizzle melted, but cooling, clear melt and pour soap base over the tops of your finished soaps. This gives the appearance of water dripping off of the mermaid tails.

Mermaid Soap Tutorial! Make waves with this awesome mermaid soap tutorial that lets you explore your creative side! Crafted using a combination of melt and pour soap bases, this soapmaking project makes a fun filled weekend project you can enjoy with friends or family!

Your mermaid soaps are now ready for personal use or gifting to friends and family!

If you plan to use my mermaid soap tutorial to make soaps to sell, you’ll need to follow FDA guidelines for labeling your product. If you’re unsure about the rules and regulations regarding labeling soaps and cosmetics, I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

Handmade Mermaid Soap by Harpers Bath time

If you’d like to buy a bar of mermaid soap rather than making your own then be sure to check out this beautiful goat milk mermaid soap from Harper’s Bath Time on Etsy (pictured above.)

Handmade Mermaid Soap by Paradise Skincare

As well as this glycerin mermaid soap from Paradise Skincare (as seen above.) Leeloo’s Soap also sells a rather whimsical mermaid soap. For even more homemade mermaid soaps you can buy, visit Etsy here.

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Geode Soap Tutorial for Valentine’s Day Gifts or Just Because

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Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Geode soap is a lot easier to make than you might think. Despite the number of steps involved in making geode soap, there’s no real right or wrong way to do it. It’s more about your own creativity. So think of my soap geode tutorial as an art class – one where you’re given free reign to make and create whatever your heart desires.

Learn how to make your own crystal geode soap eggs with hearts for stunning DIY Valentine's Day gifts!

And, because Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I’ll also tell you how to fill the centers of your geode soaps with hearts to gift for Valentine’s Day!

As my geode soap tutorial is more of a guide rather than a geode soap recipe, I’m simply giving you step by step instructions with photographs rather than my usual soap recipe format. It should make following my geode soap tutorial easier than working out a recipe since there are so many different parts.

Geode Soap Tutorial

I recommend starting with a 2 lb. block of clear melt and pour soap base. If you want to scent your soap with a fragrance oil or an essential oil, I recommend cutting your soap into chunks, melting, and then adding the fragrance before you get started. Once you’re ready to begin you would then start with a solid scented soap block.

Begin by weighing out 4 oz. of clear melt and pour soap base. Cut into small chunks and shards of varying sizes.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Now sprinkle about four pinches of skin safe glitter onto your soap chunks. I evenly mixed Nurture Soap’s Twinkling Lights skin safe glitter and Intergalactic skin safe glitter onto mine.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Roll up a small piece of foil into a ball and set it inside the center of the soap shards.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Now weigh out 2 oz. of clear melt and pour soap base. Heat 15-30 seconds in the microwave, just until melted. Once it’s cool enough to handle, drizzle a small amount onto your soap chunks. Begin working the soap chunks into a ball around the foil ball.

Be patient. The chunks won’t want to stick together at first. Keep working the pieces together and pouring the melted soap onto the chunks. As the melted soap cools the soap chunks will start holding together. Once you’ve formed a solid ball that stays together, you’re ready for the next step.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Weigh out 2 oz. more of your clear melt and pour soap base and cut into chunks as you did when you first started. Then weigh out 2 oz. of clear melt and pour soap base and melt in the microwave. Add a colored mica powder of your choice to desired color and mix to combine. I use Nurture Soap’s Red Vibrance mica powder for this step.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Use the colored melted soap to adhere the new soap chunks around the ball of soap you formed previously.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Now dust the top of the soap ball with your sparkly white glitter. In this instance, I used more of the Twinkling lights glitter.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

On top of this add a complimentary colored mica powder to the one you used previously to tint your soap. In this case I used Nurture Soap’s Candy Apple Red mica powder.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Weigh out 2 oz. of clear melt and pour soap base into a large container. I used an 8 Cup Pyrex measuring cup but you could also use a large glass bowl. Cut into chunks and melt. Add a soap colorant or mica powder of choice until desired color is achieved. I used a sliver from a Crimson soap color bar. Stir until the color is well mixed.

Now dip the geode soap ball into the colored soap until it’s coated with about half of the soap – or an ounce of the melted soap – in your container.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Set the soap ball aside on a wire cooling rack to solidify further.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Now sprinkle your soap ball with black skin grade glitter.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Dip your soap ball back into the remaining melted soap. Coat the soap ball with more soap.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Allow your soap geode to solidify again by placing it back on the wire cooling rack.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Mix black skin safe glitter to suit into the remaining melted soap.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Sprinkle more black glitter onto the soap ball.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Now cover the soap geode with the remaining soap in the bowl. This is the messiest part.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Keep spooning the melted soap over the soap geode you are forming until you’ve used all of the soap left in your bowl. As the soap cools it will become gummy. As it does this, you can slowly start to smooth the outside of the ball with your hands.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Place your crystal geode soap egg onto your wire cooling rack to finish hardening. You can smooth out any rough edges while the soap is in this stage.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Once the soap has cooled and hardened, use a hot knife – you can just run it under hot water – to carefully cut your soap geode in half. Work around the foil in the center using the knife to cut around the diameter of your soap geode.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Carefully remove the foil from the center of your soap geode.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

And voila! You’ve now completed your very first soap geode!

Learn how to make your own crystal geode soap eggs with hearts for stunning DIY Valentine's Day gifts!

To create a heart in the center of your soap geode you can do several things. You can either use a knife to cut out a heart shape in the center of each side of your soap geode and fill with red colored clear melt and pour soap; you can place a heart embed from a small heart shaped mold into the center of your soap geodes and pour clear melt and pour soap around them; or you use a small heart cookie or knife to create a heart embed for the center of your soap geodes from a thin layer of red dyed soap.

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

Don’t forget to take your homemade soap geodes out in the sun to see how cool they look!

Try your hand at this geode soap tutorial and learn how to make homemade soaps that look like geode crystal rocks!

You can even see the sun shine through them!

Have you made your own soap geodes yet? If so be sure to share the geode soaps you’ve create on my facebook page!

Don’t have time to make your own? You can find both inspiration for making your own soap geodes as well as handmade soap geodes you can buy on Etsy here.

For more DIY Valentine’s Day gifts you can make and gift, be sure to follow my DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts board on Pinterest. Or follow my Simply Soapmaking and DIY Bath and Body boards on Pinterest for more fun homemade soap recipes and gift ideas.

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Learn how to make beautiful DIY bath and body Valentine's gifts with custom labels from StickerYou and three bath and body recipes perfect for gifting.

Learn how to make beautiful DIY bath and body Valentine’s gifts with custom labels from StickerYou!

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. And, if you’re like me, you can always use a little help with your homemade gifts. While I make and gift a lot of bath and body gifts, labeling those gifts can sometimes be a challenge. After all, products we store and use in the bathroom are subject to coming into contact with water and high humidity which can leave labels a smeared mess. StickerYou solved that problem for me without having to  spend a lot of money and without investing a lot of time designing my labels.

Learn how to make beautiful DIY bath and body Valentine's gifts with custom labels from StickerYou and three bath and body recipes perfect for gifting.

StickerYou sent me some amazing vinyl labels to use for my DIY bath and body Valentine’s gifts. They not only look great, but work beautifully for bath and body applications. Even better, their stickers and labels can be customized in any size, shape or quantity you want using your own artwork or licensed clipart. Or just pick some of theirs!

I love the ease of StickerYou’s pre-designed templates for creating custom labels. (There’s even a label template for lip balm tubes – a product I have always struggled with creating labels for.) Or you can enter custom dimensions for your own container choice.

Learn how to make this natural rose bath salts recipe plus two more amazing DIY bath and body Valentine's gifts with a little help from StickerYou!

In addition to the ease of creating your own designs on StickerYou, you’ll also find that there are no additional charges for die-cut stickers, bleeds, or cut-outs! Their customer service is both helpful and friendly and their pricing starts as low as $10. Plus every order comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. So whether you’re simply wanting to create gifts for friends and family, or if you’re a business needing product labels or promotional items, StickerYou is simply perfect!

Ready to make some awesome DIY bath and body Valentine’s gifts? Keep reading for three easy bath and body recipes that you can gift this Valentine’s Day!

Learn how to make this natural rose bath salts recipe plus two more amazing DIY bath and body Valentine's gifts with a little help from StickerYou!

Rose Bath Salts Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

9 oz. Epsom salt
3.3 oz. pink Himalayan salt
.15 oz. safflower oil
.25 oz. organic dried rose petals
.35 oz. rose fragrance oil, optional

Instructions:

If you prefer to keep this rose bath salts recipe natural, you can substitute the fragrance oil with .05 oz. (3% dilution) rose damascena absolute or .1 oz. essential oil of your choice! In addition, if you’d like to keep the oils from floating on the surface of the bath water when used, you can also add .05% Polysorbate 80 to this recipe.

To create these rose bath salts, simply using a digital scale to weigh out all the ingredients. Mix your dry ingredients together first. Then weigh out the safflower oil and fragrance oil into a separate container (along with the Polysorbate 80 if desired) then combine the two. Mix until all of the ingredients are evenly distributed then spoon evenly into three 4 oz. spice jars. (You may need to tap the jars down to fit all of the bath salts into your containers.)

Apply your own custom labels from StickerYou for that finishing touch and your rose bath salts are ready for gifting! These also make lovely Mother’s Day gifts and wedding favors!

Learn how to make this natural rose soap recipe plus two more amazing DIY bath and body Valentine's gifts with a little help from StickerYou!

Melt & Pour Rose Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

29.5 oz. white natural melt and pour soap base
.9 oz. rose fragrance oil
rose kaolin clay, to suit

Instructions:

To keep this melt and pour rose soap recipe natural, you can substitute the rose fragrance oil with .15 oz. of (3% dilution) rose damascena absolute or .3 oz. of an essential oil of your choice.

Weigh out the soap base and cut into chunks. Heat in a double boiler or in the microwave in 30 second increments until melted.

Add either a red liquid soap colorant or a small amount of rose kaolin clay until you achieve the shade of pink you’d like for your soap. Mix well.

Pour the soap into all six cavities of the Crafter’s Choice basic round silicone soap mold.

Spritz the top of the soaps with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol to remove any air bubbles and allow to harden completely.

Unmold, then wrap in foodservice film and label.

Learn how to make this DIY embedded heart soap plus two more amazing DIY bath and body Valentine's gifts with a little help from StickerYou!

Embedded Heart Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

21.9 oz. clear natural melt and pour soap base
8.4 oz. white natural melt and pour soap base
.9 oz. rose fragrance oil
Crafter’s Choice crimson sparkle color bar, to suit

Instructions:

You’ll begin by making your heart embeds for this soap for which you’ll need a Wilton 6-cavity heart silicone mold.

Weigh out the clear melt and pour soap base. Cut into chunks then melt in a double boiler or in the microwave in 30 second increments. Cut off a chunk of the crimson sparkle color bar and stir into the melted base until it’s melted completely. Continue until you reach desired color. Alternately, you can also use a liquid red soap colorant.

Weigh out . 65 oz. of fragrance oil (or . 2 oz. of essential oil) and stir into the melted soap.

Pour the melted soap into all six cavities of your heart mold. Spritz the top of the soaps with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol to remove any air bubbles and allow to harden completely.

Once the heart soaps have hardened, carefully remove them from the mold.

Place a heart with the smooth side (top) down into each of the six cavities of the Crafter’s Choice basic round silicone soap mold and press firmly against the bottom of the mold.

Now weigh out 8.4 oz. of the white melt and pour soap base. Cut into chunks then melt in a double boiler or in the microwave in 30 second increments just until fully melted.

Weigh out .25 oz. of fragrance oil (or .05 oz. essential oil) and stir into the melted white soap base.

Now carefully pour the white soap base around the heart embeds in each of the mold cavities. Spritz the top of the soaps with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol to remove any air bubbles and allow to harden completely.

Once your soaps have set up, carefully remove them from the mold and wrap and label as desired.

For more DIY bath and body Valentine’s gifts visit both my DIY Bath and Body board and my DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts board on Pinterest. You can also find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or sign up to receive new posts to your email via FeedBurner so you never miss a post.


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