DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap that You Can Mold! (A Fun Weekend DIY Project for All Ages)

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Since having learned that making or playing with homemade slime containing borax can possibly cause chemical burns, you may be looking for another option for your kids’ crafts. Preferably one that’s borax free. My DIY pumpkin spice soap is the perfect solution for seasonal fun for both kids and grown ups alike!

DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap that You Can Mold! A Fun Weekend DIY Project for All Ages. This DIY pumpkin spice soap makes a fun weekend craft project for both kids and adults! Made with a super easy moldable melt and pour soap recipe, these pumpkin spice soaps are also great for gifting.

I first tried out a version of this moldable soap recipe on a girls’ night and we had a blast! And because you can make these DIY pumpkin spice soaps as simple or as detailed as you like, they are suitable for elementary school kids and up. (However, you may want to prepare the moldable soap base prior to handling for younger children rather than involve them in the full soapmaking process.)

DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap that You Can Mold! A Fun Weekend DIY Project for All Ages. This DIY pumpkin spice soap makes a fun weekend craft project for both kids and adults! Made with a super easy moldable melt and pour soap recipe, these pumpkin spice soaps are also great for gifting.

Here’s a photo of my friend, Cathy, with the pumpkin soap she made on our DIY night that inspired my own DIY pumpkin spice soap project. As you can see, there’s really no right or wrong way to make these pumpkin spice soaps. It’s all about having fun!

DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap that You Can Mold! A Fun Weekend DIY Project for All Ages. This DIY pumpkin spice soap makes a fun weekend craft project for both kids and adults! Made with a super easy moldable melt and pour soap recipe, these pumpkin spice soaps are also great for gifting.

Not only is this fall soapmaking project easy to craft, but it’s also relatively inexpensive to get started.  In addition, because you can execute this soapmaking project in a half hour or less, it’s also perfect for gifts for that last minute event invite.

DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap that You Can Mold! A Fun Weekend DIY Project for All Ages. This DIY pumpkin spice soap makes a fun weekend craft project for both kids and adults! Made with a super easy moldable melt and pour soap recipe, these pumpkin spice soaps are also great for gifting.

DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

Ingredients:

4 oz. Stephenson Crystal Hemp Melt & Pour Soap Base
1.1 oz. liquid vegetable glycerin
.25 oz. cornstarch
.1 oz pumpkin pie spice fragrance oil
orange color bar or liquid orange soap colorant, optional
skin safe cosmetic mica powders in colors of choice
isopropyl alcohol

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, weigh out 4 oz. of the hemp melt & pour soap base and cut into chunks. Place the soap chunks in a glass Pyrex measuring cup or bowl, then heat in the microwave in 20-30 increments until melted. Add color to suit, if desired, and mix well.

Next, weigh out the cornstarch and glycerin and stir into the melted soap base. Follow with the fragrance oil, weighing out the necessary amount first.

DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap that You Can Mold! A Fun Weekend DIY Project for All Ages. This DIY pumpkin spice soap makes a fun weekend craft project for both kids and adults! Made with a super easy moldable melt and pour soap recipe, these pumpkin spice soaps are also great for gifting.

Whisk the soap base with a fork until all of the cornstarch has dissolved and the soap starts to thicken. Once the soap has cooled and can be molded without sticking to your hands, it’s ready to use!

DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap that You Can Mold! A Fun Weekend DIY Project for All Ages. This DIY pumpkin spice soap makes a fun weekend craft project for both kids and adults! Made with a super easy moldable melt and pour soap recipe, these pumpkin spice soaps are also great for gifting.

Working on a covered surface or parchment paper, shape the soap into a pumpkin with your hands the same way you would clay. You can use a butter knife to help add details around the pumpkin. Once you have a pumpkin shape you like, you can paint your pumpkin!

DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap that You Can Mold! A Fun Weekend DIY Project for All Ages. This DIY pumpkin spice soap makes a fun weekend craft project for both kids and adults! Made with a super easy moldable melt and pour soap recipe, these pumpkin spice soaps are also great for gifting.

Simply mix a small amount of mica with isopropyl alcohol in a dish to desired consistency to create your soap paints. I used green, gold and copper micas to paint my DIY pumpkin spice soap.

DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap that You Can Mold! A Fun Weekend DIY Project for All Ages. This DIY pumpkin spice soap makes a fun weekend craft project for both kids and adults! Made with a super easy moldable melt and pour soap recipe, these pumpkin spice soaps are also great for gifting.

I mixed the copper mica with alcohol first at a thinner consistency to push the paint into the grooves I made around the pumpkin.

DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap that You Can Mold! A Fun Weekend DIY Project for All Ages. This DIY pumpkin spice soap makes a fun weekend craft project for both kids and adults! Made with a super easy moldable melt and pour soap recipe, these pumpkin spice soaps are also great for gifting.

Once I had mixed the color I simply used a small paint brush to paint the lines around my pumpkin shaped soap.

DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap that You Can Mold! A Fun Weekend DIY Project for All Ages. This DIY pumpkin spice soap makes a fun weekend craft project for both kids and adults! Made with a super easy moldable melt and pour soap recipe, these pumpkin spice soaps are also great for gifting.

I then used a gold mica and alcohol to fill in the areas between those I painted copper. Finally, I mixed up green mica and isopropyl alcohol and used that color to paint the stem.

DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap that You Can Mold! A Fun Weekend DIY Project for All Ages. This DIY pumpkin spice soap makes a fun weekend craft project for both kids and adults! Made with a super easy moldable melt and pour soap recipe, these pumpkin spice soaps are also great for gifting.

Once you’ve painted your pumpkin spice soap, allow it to dry fully before handling. Then package and label as desired for personal use or gifting!

Once used, the mica will wash off, leaving behind an orange shaped pumpkin soap that smells like pumpkin spice!

DIY Pumpkin Spice Body Butter! This golden glitter pumpkin spice body butter recipe will have everyone raving about how amazing you smell! A must have for seasonal holiday parties, not only does this moisturizing pumpkin spice body butter smell just like everyone's favorite pumpkin pie, but it also makes skin pop with glitzy eco-friendly glitter! Plus it's vegan friendly!

If you like my DIY pumpkin spice soap then you may also enjoy my recipes for creating my golden glitter pumpkin spice body butter, my cardamom & pumpkin spice solid coffee scrub, my pumpkin spice pie soap, my pumpkin spice room spray and my apple & pumpkin spice lotion.

DIY Halloween Pumpkin Bath Bomb Recipe

Alternately you may also want to try your hand at my DIY pumpkin shaped bath bombs or my cold process pumpkin soap recipe. Also be sure to check out my guest post at The Nourished Life blog here to learn how to make a natural pumpkin spice roll-on perfume!

If you make my moldable DIY pumpkin spice soap, or any of my other homemade soap and skin care recipes, I’d love to see your finished products! So be sure to share photos of your creations using the hashtag #soapdelishowoff on instagram.

Homemade Fall Soaps for the Perfect Morning Pick Me Up!

Don’t have time to create your own homemade pumpkin spice soaps for fall? Then be sure to check out my amazing collection of homemade soaps for fall that you buy ready made from other amazing artisan soapmakers!

For more homemade soap recipes be sure to follow my Simply Soapmaking and my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest boards on Pinterest. You can also find and follow me on G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or subscribe to Soap Deli News via email for future updates, DIY projects and recipes.


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Fall Craft Ideas for People Obsessed About Skin Care

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Now that summer’s blistering heat is over and done with we can finally move into fall and all of the great things the new season has to offer! And what better to occupy some of that extra time indoors than by diving into some fun new fall craft ideas!

Fall Skin Care Recipes! 12 fab fall craft ideas for people obsessed about skin care! Homemade recipes for fall inspired soaps, salt scrubs, bath bombs and more that you can DIY!

Fab Fall Craft Ideas for Skin Care DIY-ers

Following you’ll find a collection of twelve fab fall craft ideas for people obsessed about skin care! These crafts include homemade recipes for fall inspired soaps, salt scrubs, bath bombs and more that you can make at home!

Fall Chai Sugar Scrub Recipe via Hello Glow blog

Fall Chai Sugar Scrub Recipe via Hello Glow

Natural Homemade Pear Soap Recipe

Natural Pear Soap Recipe via Soap Deli News

Fall Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub Recipe with Printable Labels via Beauty Crafter

Fall Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub Recipe via Beauty Crafter

This homemade chocolate orange body butter recipe is made with real cocoa powder as well as skin nourishing shea and cocoa butters. Not only does it smells great but it's also non-greasy! Pair it with my matching chocolate orange body scrub recipe for a fantastic homemade gift set perfect for bath and body lovers!

Chocolate Orange Body Butter Recipe via Soap Deli News

Fall Baked Apple Bath Salts Recipe via Life-N-Reflection

Fall Baked Apple Bath Salts via Life-n-Reflection

Pumpkin Spice Soap Recipe! Learn how to make your own fall inspired DIY pumpkin spice soap made with real organic pumpkin via the homemade soap recipe and soapmaking tutorial at Soap Deli News blog! These make great seasonal gifts for teachers and neighbors too!

Homemade Pumpkin Soap Recipe via Soap Deli News

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Lip Scrub Recipe via Club Crafted

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Lip Scrub Recipe via Club Crafted

Pumpkin Spice Fall Soap Recipe via Oh, The Things We'll Make!

Pumpkin Spice Fall Soap Recipe via Oh, The Things We’ll Make!

Chai Spice Lip Balm Recipe for Fall via Garden Therapy

Chai Spice Lip Balm Recipe via Garden Therapy

Learn how to make this easy pumpkin spice pie soap recipe! Made using a natural melt and pour soap base, this pumpkin spice pie soap recipe makes a wonderful homemade gift idea for the holidays!

Melt & Pour Pumpkin Spice Pie Soap Recipe via Soap Deli News

Fall Pumpkin Roll Bath Salts Recipe via Life-n-Reflection

Fall Pumpkin Roll Bath Salts Recipe via Life-n-Reflection

DIY Halloween Pumpkin Bath Bomb Recipe

Halloween Pumpkin Bath Bomb Recipe via Soap Deli News

For more great homemade skin care recipes for fall, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board and my Simply Soapmaking board on Pinterest.

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In addition, if you’re on instagram I’d love to see photos of your fall crafts! Simply tag photos of your creations with the hashtag #soapdelishowoff on instagram so I don’t miss your amazing creations and all the cool fall craft ideas you come up with!


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Pumpkin Spice Pie Soap Recipe

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Learn how to make this easy pumpkin spice pie soap recipe! Made using a natural melt and pour soap base, this pumpkin spice pie soap recipe makes a wonderful homemade gift idea for the holidays!

Learn how to make this easy pumpkin spice pie soap recipe! Made using a natural melt and pour soap base, this pumpkin spice pie soap recipe has a “chocolate graham cracker crust” and “icing drizzle.”

Not only is this pumpkin spice pie soap fun to create and use, it also makes a wonderful homemade gift for the holidays! Not a fan of pumpkin spice? No judgment here. There’s also an alternative fragrance option!

Learn how to make this easy pumpkin spice pie soap recipe! Made using a natural melt and pour soap base, this pumpkin spice pie soap recipe makes a wonderful homemade gift idea for the holidays!

Pumpkin Spice Pie Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

5.4 oz. clear detergent free melt and pour soap base (or similar)
13.35 oz. white detergent free melt and pour soap base (or similar)
3.25 oz. basic white melt and pour soap base (or similar)
.45 oz. sal butter
.05 oz. coffee, ground
.45 oz. brown sugar
.25 oz. pink Himalayan salt, fine ground
.25 oz. cardamom mocha fragrance oil (or similar)
.55 oz. pumpkin spice fragrance oil, of choice
25 drops stained glass sunflower orange liquid soap color (or similar)

Instructions:

You will need a Cake Slice Silicone Soap Mold and a digital scale. I specifically used the Crafter’s Choice™ Cake Slice Silicone Soap Mold for my pumpkin spice pie soap recipe however, you can find the similar (though lesser quality) silicone 8-cavity cake molds for about half the price with free prime shipping on Amazon here. In addition, a spray bottle filled with rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol is helpful, though not absolutely necessary. This pumpkin spice pie soap recipe will yield three pie slice soaps.

You’ll begin by making the pie crust.

Weigh out 5.4 oz. of clear detergent free melt and pour soap base. Cut into chunks and combine in a large glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. Heat again if needed, in 30 second increments, stirring in between heatings until the base has melted.

Next, weigh out the coffee, brown sugar and the pink Himalayan salt. Stir into the melted clear soap base.

Now weigh out the cardamom mocha fragrance oil. I specifically used this fragrance oil, however, you can use a chocolate fragrance oil as well. Alternately, you can scent the entire soap with a pumpkin spice fragrance oil. The cardamom true sugar fragrance oil is pretty awesome too.

Now pour the soap equally into three of the mold cavities. Spritz with rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol then allow to cool and harden. (You can place your mold with the melted soap in the refrigerator to speed up the process. I find that the detergent free soap bases take a lot longer to fully harden than the ones with detergent.)

Once the soap has hardened, you’re ready for the next step.

Next you’ll make the pie filling.

To make the pie filling for the pumpkin spice pie soap recipe, you’ll begin by weighing out 13.35 oz. of your white detergent free melt and pour soap base. Cut the soap into chunks and combine in a large glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. Heat again as needed, in 30 second increments, stirring in between heatings until the base has melted.

Add 25 drops of the orange liquid soap color. If you’d like a deeper orange for your soap, simply add more color. (Alternately you can also use a chunk from an orange color bar. In this case start with part of one square, stirring until it melts fully, then add additional color as needed.)

Now weigh out the pumpkin spice fragrance oil you’ve chosen to use and stir into the melted white soap base. (If your pumpkin spice fragrance oil has vanilla in it, it will cause the soap to turn brown, giving your soap a brownish-orange hue. However, if you want to keep the look of the orange pie “filling” as pictured, be sure to use a vanilla stabilizer for melt and pour soap to prevent the soap from turning brown.)

If you don’t want to use the pumpkin spice fragrance oil, you can easily substitute another “pie like” fragrance oil of your choice. Alternately you can also use .15 oz. of blood orange essential oil which blends perfectly with the chocolate “graham cracker crust.”

Learn how to make this easy pumpkin spice pie soap recipe! Made using a natural melt and pour soap base, this pumpkin spice pie soap recipe has a "chocolate graham cracker crust" and icing drizzle. It makes a wonderful homemade gift idea for the holidays for just about anyone.

Spritz the tops of the “pie crust” in your mold with alcohol, then pour the “pie filling” on top of the pie crust into each of the three cavities of your silicone mold. Spritz the tops of your freshly poured soap with alcohol to remove any air bubbles then allow to cool and harden fully.

 Once your pumpkin spice pie soaps have set up, you’re ready to add the icing drizzle!

Make your icing drizzle!

I specifically used the Crafter’s Choice basic white melt and pour soap base for the icing, not the detergent free. This is because this base sets up more quickly than the detergent free bases so it’s easy to work with for this application. You can, however, try it with the detergent free base if you like but I can’t vouch for how it will perform.

This is where it gets fun!

Weigh out .45 oz. sal butter. Place into a glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat the sal butter in the microwave at 50% power until almost melted.

Now weigh out 3.25 oz. of the basic white melt and pour soap base. Cut into chunks and combine with the sal butter in the glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. Heat again if needed, in 30 second increments, stirring in between heatings until the base and sal butter have melted completely.

If you’d like to add some fun to your icing, you can add some flashing pearl, shimmer pearl or silvery white pearl mica to the mixture.

I didn’t scent my icing, but if you’d like to scent yours you can add up to .15 oz. of a fragrance oil of your choice.

Allow the “icing” mixture to cool slightly. You want to be able to pour it, but you don’t want it to just run right off the tops of your pie soaps. Don’t worry if you pour it too hot the first time. You’ll have extra “icing” to correct any mistakes. If it’s too hot on the first try, simply allow the base to cool a little longer, then pour it back over the tops of your pie soaps.

Remove your pie soaps from the silicone mold.

Learn how to make this easy pumpkin spice pie soap recipe! Made using a natural melt and pour soap base, this pumpkin spice pie soap recipe has a "chocolate graham cracker crust" and icing drizzle. It makes a wonderful homemade gift idea for the holidays for just about anyone. Not a fan of pumpkin spice? No judgment here. There's also an alternate fragrance option!

Now pour a layer of “icing diagonally” across the tops of your soaps using a back and forth motion.

Learn how to make this easy pumpkin spice pie soap recipe! Made using a natural melt and pour soap base, this pumpkin spice pie soap recipe has a "chocolate graham cracker crust" and icing drizzle. It makes a wonderful homemade gift idea for the holidays for just about anyone. Not a fan of pumpkin spice? No judgment here. There's also an alternate fragrance option!

This can be messy so be sure to pour the “icing” with your pie soaps on a cutting board or another surface that is easily cleaned.

Learn how to make this easy pumpkin spice pie soap recipe! Made using a natural melt and pour soap base, this pumpkin spice pie soap recipe has a "chocolate graham cracker crust" and icing drizzle. It makes a wonderful homemade gift idea for the holidays for just about anyone.

Once you pour the first layer, go back over the soap and pour another.

Learn how to make this easy pumpkin spice pie soap recipe! Made using a natural melt and pour soap base, this pumpkin spice pie soap recipe has a "chocolate graham cracker crust" and icing drizzle. It makes a wonderful homemade gift idea for the holidays for just about anyone.

Now add some of the liquid orange soap color to the remaining “icing” to suit and mix well to combine. Repeat the process with the new color.

Learn how to make this easy pumpkin spice pie soap recipe! Made using a natural melt and pour soap base, this pumpkin spice pie soap recipe makes a wonderful homemade gift idea for the holidays!

Once the “icing” on your pie soaps has set up, carefully remove them from your working surface and wrap tightly in foodservice film. Your pumpkin spice pie soaps are now ready for use or for gifting!

Homemade Melt and Pour Fall Soap Recipes for Pumpkin and Leaf Shaped Soaps

If you like my pumpkin spice pie soap recipe, then you may also like my recipes for making your own melt and pour caffeinated soap as well as my orange coconut coffee scrub. Both of these bath and body recipes share ingredients in common with this specific soap recipe. Or you can also try my cold process pumpkin soap recipe – made with real organic pumpkin! – as well as a hot process pumpkin soap recipe from a fellow soapmaker. I also have an additional melt and pour soap recipe for making pumpkin shaped soaps here. You can also visit Soap Deli News blog here for even more pumpkin themed bath and body recipes which includes my pumpkin bath bomb recipe and natural vanilla and pumpkin spice salt scrub recipe.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Olive Oil Soap by Olive Street Mercantile

Don’t have time to make your own pumpkin spice bath and body products? Check out some of my favorite pumpkin spice bath and body favorites from Etsy here! My favorite pumpkin spice bath and body favorites include this wonderful homemade Pumpkin Spice Olive Oil Soap (pictured above) from Olive Street Mercantile along with a selection of other homemade soaps, bath bombs, scrubs, body lotion and even deodorant! Yes, pumpkin spice deodorant.

For more of my homemade soap recipes, be sure to follow my Simply Soapmaking board and my DIY Bath and Body 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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Hot Process Pumpkin Pie Soap Recipe

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This hot process pumpkin pie soap recipe is made using the crockpot method and is made using frozen coconut milk cubes and canned pumpkin. It's a sure hit for fall and beyond for anyone who is a fan of pumpkin pie!

This hot process pumpkin pie soap recipe is made using the crockpot method and is made using frozen coconut milk cubes and canned pumpkin. It’s a sure hit for fall and beyond for anyone who is a fan of pumpkin pie!

Created by Beth Walker of Soap Mage, an online shop dedicated to bringing you handmade artisan soaps, Beth used the hot process soapmaking method to lend this homemade pumpkin pie soap a more rustic, true handmade look. Typically Beth loves using goat milk in her handmade soaps, however at the request of a loyal customer she crafted this hot process pumpkin pie soap recipe with coconut milk instead with her in mind. The result was a handmade soap that turned out to be one of Beth’s favorite milk soaps. As Beth is a self-defined foodie and lover of all things autumn, she also wanted to make this with hot process pumpkin pie soap recipe with real pumpkin so she chose to use actual canned pumpkin in addition to the coconut milk. And she was even more pleased that the pumpkin scent she chose also survived the saponification process and the fragrance shined through in the finished soap bars.

Following you’ll find Beth’s own hot process pumpkin pie soap recipe along with her directions for making your own handmade pumpkin pie soap. And, if you don’t have the time to make your own, you can always purchase Beth’s handmade soaps in her online shop. For those of you who are still getting the hang of things or aren’t entirely sure about using lye calculators yet, I’ve include the actual amount of each ingredient you’ll need to make a batch that fits into one of my DIY wooden soap molds.

This hot process pumpkin pie soap recipe is made using the crockpot method and is made using frozen coconut milk cubes and canned pumpkin. It's a sure hit for fall and beyond for anyone who is a fan of pumpkin pie!

Hot Process Pumpkin Pie Soap Recipe

© Beth Walker, owner of Soap Mage

Ingredients:

14.4 oz. olive oil (40%)
7.2 oz. sustainable palm oil (20%)
7.92 oz. 76° melt point coconut oil (22%)
3.6 oz. avocado oil (10%)
2.88 oz. almond oil (8%)

4.98 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide (6% superfat)
12.78 oz. coconut milk, frozen into cubes (35.5% water discount)

2.34 oz. canned pumpkin (approx. 6.5% of oil weight)
1.8 oz. pumpkin fragrance oil, of choice (5%)
1.33 oz. of 60% solution liquid sodium lactate (3.37%)

Instructions:

If you prefer to make this pumpkin pie soap recipe using the cold process soapmaking method, then you will need to follow my cold process soapmaking instructions here. Otherwise follow Beth’s instructions for making this pumpkin pie soap using the hot process soapmaking method below using your crockpot. And don’t forget to take all proper safety precautions when working with lye.

“Turn your crockpot on low while weighing out the oils. Then using a digital scale weigh out each of your soapmaking oils and then add the oils to the crockpot allowing any hard oils to melt down. While the oils are warming you should prepare your lye solution using the frozen, cubed coconut milk. (One of the great things about hot process soapmaking is that you don’t have to be too concerned about temperatures!) Create your lye solution by adding the lye to the coconut milk and mixing together until it has fully dissolved. Now add the sodium lactate to the lye solution and stir to combine. You’re now ready to add your lye solution to the oils! Slowly add the lye-coconut milk solution to the crockpot of soapmaking oils and blend with a spatula.

Next, use a stick blender to mix the lye solution and soapmaking oils until the soap reaches a light trace. Once the soap batter has reached a light trace add the canned pumpkin. Then use a stick blender to bring your soap to a thick trace.

Now put the lid on your crock pot and set the timer for about 15 minutes. Check your soap once the timer goes off. You should start to see the first stage. (For a pictorial on hot process soapmaking go here.) Continue checking the soap about every 15 minutes until your soap looks like mashed potatoes. You can zap test your soap if you like by sticking a wooden chopstick in the soap, allowing it to cool for a minute, then sticking it on your tongue. If there’s no zap then your soap is ready. If you feel a zap then this means the lye is still active and has not fully gelled. In this case it will feel a little like sticking your tongue to a 9V battery – which doesn’t hurt – but does tingle. Some soapers prefer to use pH strips, so if you have them handy, feel free to use them instead.

Once your soap has reached the “mashed potato” stage and there’s no zap, turn off your crockpot and use a thermometer to check the temperature of the soap. You don’t want to add any fragrance or essential oils while the soap is still fairly hot. Add your scent (if desired) and any colorants you’ve chosen to use at this time. For this particular hot process pumpkin pie soap recipe, I added a half teaspoon of orange mica to give the light orange color of the pumpkin pie soap a little more pop.

Now plop a layer of the soap into your prepared mold making sure to tap the mold on the table to get rid of any trapped air, especially since hot process soap is “fluffy.” If desired, you can add a light pencil line with some cocoa powder or a darker colored mica at this time. Next, add the remaining soap to the mold and tap the mold on the table again. You can help your soap cool down faster by placing your soap in the freezer as it’s likely still hot from cooking as well as from using milk in the recipe. Once your soap has cooled completely, you can remove it from the mold.

Although your soap is technically safe to use right away, hot process soap still needs to be fully cured just like cold process soap to allow the water to evaporate out. This not only makes for a harder bar but also a less harsh bar with a better lather. If I’m making soaps for myself and I’m impatient, I cure typically cure my hot process soaps for about 2 weeks before use. However, If I’m selling my soaps I’m always sure to give them a full four week cure.”

Your final soaps will yield the following properties (via SoapCalc.) This of course does not take into account the extra conditioning properties the fat from the coconut milk and the pumpkin lend to this soap.

Properties of Beth's Hot Process Pumpkin Pie Soap Recipe

Want to learn more about the woman behind Soap Mage?

Beth refers to herself as a soap alchemist. She loves everything to do with the middle ages including alchemy, ancient soapmaking (which she thinks of as alchemy!) and the artwork and architecture of the time. She’s also a hardcore RPG (role playing game) gamer, and is influenced heavily by gaming, Medieval history, science fiction, fantasy, and horror in her soapmaking. She’s currently working hard on branding her product line which is aimed more at the younger adult crowd as well as goths, gamers, and the like. Her desire is to set herself apart from other soapmakers which has allowed her to find her niche. Her inner geek loves to come out when she’s designing her handmade soaps in what she likes to call her soap alchemy lab.

While Beth has moved into creating handmade soaps with a more gothic look, she still loves to create the handmade soaps that got her started on her soapmaking journey prior to her branding her handmade soap line. This includes the more “familiar” homemade soap recipes like homemade coffee soaps and goat milk soaps, as well as foodie inspired homemade soaps like the her hot process pumpkin pie soap recipe featured here.

Moving forward Beth will be giving the pretty mica swirls she used in this pumpkin pie soap recipe a rest for a bit as she’s planning on making more handmade soaps with essential oils and natural colorants rather than synthetic ingredients to add to her growing product line. But don’t fret, because you can bet that all of Beth’s handmade soaps will still have some reference to alchemy since that her brand is becoming known for.

If you’re interested in seeing more of Beth’s handmade soaps or purchasing her products, you can visit her shop, Soap Mage, here. You can also keep up with all of her new soapy creations and news by following her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest as well as by visiting her blog.

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Easy Melt & Pour Leaf and Pumpkin Fall Soap Recipes

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Easy Homemade Melt and Pour Pumpkin and Leaf Fall Soap Recipes

Craft your own pumpkin and leaf shaped soaps for fall with these easy melt and pour fall soap recipes! You can keep your fall soaps plain or dress them up with just a touch of bronze mica like I did with some of mine. For these two fall soap recipes you’ll need a Wilton Silicone Mini Leaf and Pumpkin Mold. You’ll also need 2lb. of a melt and pour soap base. I used a natural yogurt melt and pour soap base made with real yogurt for my fall soaps. Finally you’ll need liquid soap colors in red and yellow and fragrance oils of your choice as well as isopropyl  alcohol in spray bottle (optional) and a digital scale. Here are the recipes.

Homemade Melt and Pour Soap Recipe for Leaf and Pumpkin Shaped Fall Soaps

Pumpkin Fall Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

11 oz. melt and pour soap base
.3 oz. fragrance oil
3 drops red liquid soap color
24 drops yellow liquid soap color

Instructions:

This recipe will yield three pumpkin shaped soaps. Begin by cutting the soap base into chunks. Weigh out the soap using a digital scale then melt in a Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave in 30 second increments until all the soap has melted. Weigh out the fragrance oil and stir into the soap then add the liquid soap color.

(Note: The original Wilton leaf and pumpkin silicone mold I used for this project is not longer available online. However, they do have a great pumpkin silicone mold as well as this fun leaf and acorn silicone mold.)

Mix well and pour the soap into the three pumpkin cavities of your mold. Spritz the top of the poured soap with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol to remove any bubbles. Allow to solidify while you make the fall leaf soaps.

Homemade Leaf Fall Soap Recipe

Fall Leaves Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

10.7 oz. melt and pour soap base
.3 oz. fragrance oil
24 drops red liquid soap color

Instructions:

This recipe will yield three leaf shaped soaps. Begin by cutting the soap base into chunks. Weigh out the soap using a digital scale then melt in a Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave in 30 second increments until all the soap has melted. Weigh out the fragrance oil and stir into the soap then add the liquid soap color. (For the green leaf shaped soaps I used Crafter’s Choice Aloe & Olive Detergent Free Melt and Pour Soap Base and a drop or two of blue liquid soap color.)

Mix well and pour the soap into the three leaf cavities of your mold. Spritz the top of the poured soap with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol to remove any bubbles. Allow to solidify.

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Once all of your soaps have hardened fully, gently turn them out of the mold.

If desired you can dust the tops of your soaps with bronze mica powder using either your finger or a small paint brush once you’ve unmolded them.

Homemade Melt and Pour Fall Soap Recipes for Pumpkin and Leaf Shaped Soaps

Finally wrap your soaps tightly in plastic food service film to keep them from absorbing moisture from the air. Then label if desired and gift to your friends and family! But don’t forget to keep one or two for yourself!

If you like this melt and pour soap recipe you may also like my DIY soap gems and crystals. Or try my homemade cold process pumpkin soap recipe made with real organic pumpkin puree! For more homemade soap recipes visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen and follow my DIY Bath & Body Pinterest Board.


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