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!

For more soapmaking tutorials like this one, be sure to follow my Simply Soapmaking board on Pinterest. You can also find and follow me on all of your favorite social media platforms including G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or subscribe to Soap Deli News via email for future updates, DIY projects and recipes.

DIY Homemade Halloween Zombie Makeup

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Handmade Zombie Halloween Makeup DIY

Looking for natural homemade makeup ideas for your DIY Halloween costume this year? Try out this simple recipe for making a natural purple colored cream eyeshadow. It creates a convincing bruise or death look, but with a hint of shimmer for the girly girl in you. Don’t want the shimmer, just omit the mica! Then continue to use this awesome handmade mineral makeup year round as an eyeshadow!

Easy DIY Bruise Tone Halloween Inspired Mineral Cream Eyeshadow Recipe - Great for Zombie Makeup and More!

This homemade zombie inspired makeup recipe makes six natural cream mineral eyeshadows so you can share it with some of your favorite people – or easily halve the recipe to make less. Use it on eyes and lips to perfect your custom “dead” look!

How to Make Cream Eyeshadow - DIY Natural Handmade Mineral Cream Eyeshadow Recipe in Violet Shimmer

DIY Violet Mineral Cream Eyeshadow Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

14 grams white cosmetic beeswax
28 grams 76 degree melt point coconut oil
8 grams grape seed oil
10 drops GMO-free Vitamin E oil
10 drops rosemary extract
1 gram matte lavender ultramarine pigment powder
8 grams matte orchid ultramarine pigment powder
1 gram silver mica

Tools & Supplies:

digital kitchen scale
plastic transfer pipettes
six – 10g (1/3 oz.) lip balm pots with lids
silicone chocolate flower mold
mixing utensil (a butter knife works great!)

Instructions:

This recipe is basically the same as my handmade 2 in 1 lip stain and cheek color recipe, but calls for different pigments and amounts to give you a bad boy bruise purple. Layer and use more for a deeper, more intense purple. Use less for a lighter shimmering purple. This also makes a great base for helping your powder eyeshadows stick longer.

Use a digital scale to weigh out the beeswax, coconut oil, grape seed oil and mica. Start by weighing out the beeswax in a glass pyrex measuring cup, then heat the beeswax in the microwave until melted, about 3 minutes. Carefully remove from microwave using a pot holder or kitchen towel, then stir in 28 grams of coconut oil. If mixture starts to solidify, place back in the microwave and heat for 20-30 seconds more until all ingredients have full melted. Now weigh out the grape seed oil and stir into the wax and coconut oil.

Using a plastic transfer pipette, add ten drops of vitamin E. Repeat with the rosemary extract using a new pipette to prevent cross contamination.

Finally weigh out the pigments and mica powders and stir into the cream shadow base. Mix well, then slowly pour the base equally into six (or seven) of the flower shaped cavities of your silicone mold. (Or simply pour into the lip balm pots if you don’t wish to mold your makeup.) Allow the makeup to harden completely, then remove each flower shaped shadow from the mold and place into each of your six lip balm pots and cap.

Fabulous and Fun Natural Homemade DIY Halloween Makeup

Allow your eyeshadow to harden completely – this generally takes about a day – before using for the best results. Then using a sponge or your fingertips, apply this cream purple mineral makeup under eyes, on eyelids around cheekbones and on lips! Or customize your look and put it anywhere you like! Go wild and blend a bit of red in with the purple under an eye to make your face look even more distressed. If needed you can help set your look with a light dusting of translucent powder.

For more DIY projects like this one, be sure to follow my boards on Pinterest! You can also purchase limited edition products crafted from these DIY recipes from Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen while supplies last.

What are your plans for Halloween?

Printable Soap Labels for Valentine’s Day or Wedding Favors

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Looking for a unique way to wrap and label your handmade soaps for Valentine’s Day gifts or wedding favors? Then try my free, printable Valentine’s Day soap labels for your gift giving needs!

Free Printable Labels for DIY Holiday Soap Gifts and Wedding Favors

Three fun label designs plus a few heart stickers make this the perfect printable for customizing your soaps for Valentine’s Day or wedding favors!

To get started simply wrap your soap in clear plastic wrap, craft paper, or scrapbook papers.

Then print the free pdf download with the soap labels from Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. (Download here.) You may use these labels for your own personal, non-commercial use.

Finally, apply the labels to your gift packages or favors however you see fit. Have fun and be creative!

You may also enjoy my Printable Love Bird Valentine’s Day Cards and Printable Valentine’s Day Gift Wrap available from Soap Deli News. For my DIY gift giving ideas, visit my DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts Board on Pinterest. And for handmade Valentine’s Day gifts you can buy, check out my Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas Board.

Printable Valentine’s Day Gift Wrap

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Oh my, Valentine! Valentine’s Day will be upon us in around six short weeks, so now is the time to start crafting clever diy gifts or perhaps browsing to buy something special. I like to recommend shopping handmade whenever possible for a truly unique gift that’s sure to be treasured. But of course, no gift is complete without the appropriate gift wrap. So I’ve drawn up some fun designs for printable Valentine’s Day gift wrap and gift tags to make your packages extra special! These wrapping papers are perfect for small gifts such as handmade soaps, gift cards, and jewelry!

This printable Valentine’s Day gift wrap and gift tags set features carved stumps, doxies and pastel hearts. Get creative and add additional elements to your packages such as ribbon, yarn, twine, cardstock tags, bark, and even live foliage.

You can download my printable Valentine’s day gift wrap and tags as a pdf file here. Print, cut, wrap and gift. Feel free to use these downloads for your personal, non-commercial use.

Will you be making gifts for Valentine’s Day this year or giving the gift of handmade?

Unique Shopping Finds

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What’s more fun on a Saturday afternoon than a little window shopping? Well, buying of course! Here are eight of my top choices this week for fun and unique things you can buy.

1.) Recycled Necktie Wristlet 2-Pocket Gadget Holder, $20 from Tearful Touch
2.) Handmade Taco Teapot, $45 from Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen
3.) WTF Bandages, $7 from Urban Outfitters
4.) Spriglet Hair Pin, $10 from Pretty Little Things
5.) Video Notebook, $20.99 from Animi Causa 
6.) Tea Bag Tea Infuser, $30 from MoMA STORE
7.) Junior Dachshund Bookends, $150 from Jonathan Adler
8.) Blue Owl To Do List Notepad, $8 from boygirlparty

Have you come across a fun and interesting product lately that you just had to add to your wishlist? Feel free to share your unique product find(s) in the comments!