Gardeners Soap Recipe with Exfoliating Botanicals

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This homemade cold process gardeners soap recipe is made with exfoliating botanicals and three skin conditioning body butters. So it doesn’t just get you clean, it also helps to nourish skin!

DIY gardeners soap. How to make homemade gardeners soap recipe with exfoliating botanicals & mosquito repelling essential oils for your natural summer skin care routine. If you get dirty, then is essential soap recipe is a must for life's messes! Learn how to make this exfoliating gardeners soap for DIY gardener gifts or to use in your home throughout the year.

Life is messy. Sometimes it’s even dirty. So when it comes time to clean up the dirt left behind from your summer shenanigans, projects and gardening, you need a soap that’s created just for such situations.

Formulating a Gardeners Soap Recipe

The problem with a lot of gardening soaps is that they are super cleansing. Obviously if you need soap that’s powerful enough to get off that caked on grime – and whatever else water is fleeing in sheer horror from – they’re likely to strip your skin. You’re clean, but your skin also feels tight and dry. So you try an extra conditioning soap bar instead. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t work as well as you need it to on your muck and mayhem. And in this day and age, no one has time to scrub their skin into next weekend.

So why not make a gardeners soap recipe that embraces BOTH of these characteristics? That’s just what I did! Formulated to be extra cleansing – with the inclusion of exfoliating botanicals to help scrub dirt away – this cold process gardeners soap recipe is also extra conditioning. So you get clean AND your skin stays balanced.

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I then took my gardeners soap recipe to the next level by adding a simple blend of essential oils that outdoor bugs and mosquitoes prefer to stay very far away from. And while the general consensus is, that soap being a wash off product, isn’t effective at discouraging biting insects, I figure it can’t hurt.

I used to make my brother lemongrass soap every year before his annual camping trips. He swore up and down it worked for him – he never came home with mosquito bites – so I’m not about to knock that notion totally out of the water.

If you’re looking for a leave on mosquito repellent, however, be sure to check out my insect repellent body butter recipe here. You may also want to check out these research based tick repellent recipes with essential oils from the Tisserand Institute.

Now let’s make this cold process gardeners soap recipe!

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Homemade Gardeners Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

2.4 oz. babassu oil (15%)
1.6 oz. castor oil (10%)
4.8 oz. pomace olive oil (30%)
2.4 oz. mango butter (15%)
2.4 oz. unrefined shea butter (15%)
2.4 oz. tucuma butter (15%)

5.3 oz. distilled water (33% of oil weight)
2.1 oz. sodium hydroxide/lye (8% superfat)

.1 oz. lemon eucalyptus essential oil
.1 oz. marjoram essential oil
.1 oz. Virginia cedarwood essential oil
1 Tablespoon French green clay
1/2 teaspoon calendula flower powder
1/2 teaspoon cornsilk powder
1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
1 teaspoon Alpine green mica, optional

Gardeners soap recipe with exfoliating botanicals. How to make a cold process DIY gardeners soap recipe with exfoliating botanicals & mosquito repelling essential oils for your natural summer skin care routine. If you get dirty, then is essential soap recipe is a must for life's messes! Learn how to make this exfoliating gardeners soap for DIY gardener gifts or to use in your home throughout the year.

Gardeners Soap Making Notes:

If you’ve never made cold process soap before, I encourage you to check out my soap making tutorial on how to make soap from scratch. Or check out the book, The Complete Guide to Natural Soap Making, by Amanda Gail Aaron.

This homemade gardeners soap hardens up rather nicely and is easily cut the next day if using a loaf mold. If you’re using individual cavity molds, however, I recommend waiting an extra day or so before unmolding so your edges come out clean. Alternately you can use a steeper water discount – I’d recommend 30% of the oil weight – or you can also add either a teaspoon of sodium lactate or salt to this gardeners soap recipe to get a firmer bar out of the mold.

I used both the succulent silicone soap mold from Brambleberry as well as this silicone chrysanthemum mold for my gardeners soap recipe. The end recipe yielded four 2.5 oz. succulent shaped soaps and three 4 oz. chrysanthemum shaped soaps.

I chose the botanical exfoliants for this soap based on what I had on hand. While pumice is common in a gardeners soap recipe, I decided to use gentler exfoliants instead. However, you can swap out any of these exfoliants as desired with those of your choice.

Gardeners soap recipe. This gardeners soap recipe is made with exfoliating botanicals and three nourishing body butters so it doesn't just get you clean, it also conditions skin! Learn how to make this DIY gardeners soap recipe now at Soap Deli News blog.

Instructions:

This gardeners soap recipe is made using the cold process soapmaking method. You need to follow all safety precautions when making cold process soap from scratch. This includes using heat safe containers and non-aluminum containers and utensils. Protective clothing and eyewear is also highly recommended.

To make this homemade soap, begin by measuring out the water (or other liquid) called for in the recipe in a heat safe container. Then use a digital scale to weigh out the lye into a separate container. Carefully pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area. Then mix well until all the lye has dissolved and set aside. (This step can emit fumes. Therefore I recommend using an exhaust fan. Alternately, you can mix the lye into the water outdoors.)

Next, weigh out all the soapmaking oils and butters. This includes the babassu oil, castor oil, olive oil, mango butter, shea butter and tucuma butter. Combine the carrier oils and soap making butters in a heat safe container. Then melt the ingredients on the stove, in a crockpot or at reduced power in a microwave. Once melted, remove the melted oils and butters from the heat source and set aside.

While the lye-water and soapmaking oils cool, weigh the essential oils out and combine in a glass measuring cup. Likewise, measure out the clay, mica and exfoliants and combine in a small dish or container separate from the essential oils.

Once both the lye-water and soapmaking oils are about 95°F, you’re ready to continue making my gardeners soap recipe.

Gardeners soap recipe. This gardeners soap recipe is made with exfoliating botanicals and three nourishing body butters so it doesn't just get you clean, it also conditions skin! Learn how to make this DIY gardeners soap recipe now at Soap Deli News blog.

Start by adding the clay, exfoliants and mica to the melted soapmaking oils and butters. Mix briefly with an immersion blender to distribute the additives throughout the oil mixture.

Follow with the lye-water. Then mix until you achieve a light trace.

Add the essential oils.Continue mixing the soap batter until you reach a medium to heavy trace. (I overmixed my soap batter to be sure I did not get a false trace as my gardeners soap recipe calls for a high percentage of hard butters.)

Finally, pour the soap into your molds. Cover the tops of the soap with plastic wrap or parchment paper. Then set a tea towel on top of the soap to insulate the soap and ensure goes through gel phase. (You can learn more about the gel phase in soap making at Lovin’ Soap here.)

Unmold your soaps after 24 hours, then leave in a cool, dry location to cure for four to six weeks. At which point, you can wrap and label your soaps for personal use or handmade gifts.

If you’d like to sell the homemade soaps you make from my gardeners soap recipe, you need to follow good manufacturing practices (GMP) when making your homemade soaps. 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 also need to follow FDA guidelines for labeling your homemade soaps. 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 in the United States.

Gardeners soap recipe. This gardeners soap recipe is made with exfoliating botanicals and three nourishing body butters so it doesn't just get you clean, it also conditions skin! Learn how to make this DIY gardeners soap recipe now at Soap Deli News blog.

If you like my gardeners soap recipe, then be sure to pin it for later. You can also try my gardeners soap recipe from last year. It can can be found here.

Not quite ready to make my gardeners soap recipe or simply need a scrubby soap you can use right away? Shop for handmade artisan gardeners soaps on Etsy here.

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Creative Cactus Soaps (To Buy or For DIY Soap Making Inspiration)

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Cactus soaps are all the rage these days. Now that unicorns and mermaids seem to be trending down, cacti and succulents are trending up. While it may seem strange to bathe with a soap that mimics a plant with sharp needles, that doesn’t seem to be off putting where artisan soaps are concerned.

Creative Cactus Soaps to Buy or DIY. Buy them to add a touch of summer to your guest bathroom or to give as simple housewarming or hostess gifts. Or simply gather inspiration for crafting your own unique DIY cactus soaps at home.

Buy them to add a touch of summer to your guest bathroom or to give as simple housewarming or hostess gifts. Or simply gather inspiration for crafting your own unique DIY cactus soaps at home. Plus discover 7 soap making tutorial for making homemade succulent soaps as your next weekend soap making project.

Creative Cactus Soaps for Succulent Lovers

If you love cacti and other succulents, then be sure to shop these amazing artisan soap finds from Etsy. Beautiful cacti and succulent soaps for handmade gifts or DIY inspiration. Here are just a few of my favorite handcrafted cactus soaps. For more soapy inspiration, be sure to visit my collection of artisan soaps on Etsy here.

Creative Artisan Cactus Soaps on Etsy

Clockwise: Desert Blooms Cactus Soap by Grouchy Owl Soaps / Cactus Flower Soap by Skyline Soapworks / Blooming Cactus Soaps by Joan’s Garden / Succulent Garden Soap by Sinfully Scented Shop

Beautiful handmade artisan succulent soaps on Etsy to buy for handmade gifts.

Clockwise: Succulent Soap Gifts by BeeUtifully Organic / We’re Rooting for You Succulent Soap Gift Box by Sunbasil Soap / Southwest Succulent Soaps by Soap Etiquette Inc. / Cactus Succulent Soap Favor by Seaside Soap Kitchen

Cactus soaps for your summer desert themed bathroom decor.

Clockwise: Green Cactus Calendula Infused Soaps by Calendula Skin Soaps / Cactus Succulent Soap Favors by So Cute Soap / Artisan Succulent Soaps by Wild Poppy Soap Co. / Cactus Flower Soaps by Honey Butter Bath Co.

Succulent soap collection of handmade artisan cactus soaps.

Clockwise: Desert Rose Cacti Soap by Moon Shine Suds / Potted Succulent Soap by Seapoint Trade / Fresh Succulent Soap Garden by Joan’s Garden / Sedona in Bloom By Trinity Soaps

Handmade soaps on Etsy. Creative cactus soaps for succulents lovers. If you love cacti, then check out these amazing artisan cactus soaps for handmade gifts or DIY inspiration.

Clockwise: Cactus Succulent Desert Bloom Soap by Land of Soap / Tequila Sunrise Eagles Inspired Soap by A Sea of Soaps / Margarita Cactus Gardeners Soap by Grounded Sage Skincare / Unscented Mini Cactus Goat Milk Soap by Soap Nerd Shop

Artisan soaps for cactus lovers. Handmade soaps on Etsy. Creative cactus soaps for succulents lovers. If you love cacti, then check out these amazing artisan cactus soaps for handmade gifts or DIY inspiration.

Clockwise: Rustic Cactus & Sea Salt Soap by The Little Soap Store / 3D Crafted Cactus Soap by Nerdy Soap / Cactus Soap Favors by Sunbasil Soap / Cactus Flower Soap Bar by Wild Elephant Soap

Cactus Soap Molds for Making DIY Cactus Soaps

Make Your Own DIY Cactus Soaps

Cactus Soap Making Molds

Ready to make your own DIY cacti or succulent soaps? You can find a plethora of unique and interesting soap molds for making cacti or succulent soaps and embeds here. (Including the cactus soap molds pictured above from Gold Miss Craft Supplies.)

Learn how to make your own colorful DIY cactus soap using melt and pour soap! This glittery, colorful cactus soap recipe is easier to make than you might think! And it makes a great DIY back to school teacher gift! Crafted using a combination of detergent free melt and pour soap bases and eco-friendly, biodegradable glitter, my DIY cactus soap is not only fun to use, but it's also safe for the environment and your skin.

Cacti & Succulent Soap Tutorials

Also be sure to check out this collection of cacti & succulent soap tutorials for even more DIY ideas for your next soap making project.

How to make custom cactus soap molds for melt and pour soap making.

You can also learn how to make your own custom cacti and succulent soap molds with this soap mold tutorial from Soap Queen. Then use your homemade soap molds to make unique one-of-a-kind melt and pour soaps.

Creative Cactus Soaps to Buy or DIY. Buy them to add a touch of summer to your guest bathroom or to give as simple housewarming or hostess gifts. Or simply gather inspiration for crafting your own unique DIY cactus soaps at home.

Love these handmade artisan soaps and DIY soap making ideas? Be sure to pin this post for later!

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Homemade Soap Recipes for Every Skill Level

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130+ homemade soap recipes to make for every skill level. Learn how to make a variety of homemade soaps for three different types of soap making – cold process soapmaking, melt and pour soapmaking and hand milled soapmaking. This huge collection of homemade soap recipes can be made to naturally care for your family’s skin or to gift to friends. Many of these recipe you can also make to sell at your local farmers market, craft fairs or online on sites like Etsy.

130+ homemade soap recipes to make for every skill level. Learn how to make a variety of homemade soaps for three different types of soap making - cold process soap making, melt and pour soap making and hand milled soap making. A huge collection of homemade soap recipes to make for your family, to gift to friends or to make and sell for extra money online, at your local farmers market, craft fairs or on Etsy.

I’ve been making my own homemade soap recipes for close to two decades now. I’m constantly amazed by how the craft of soapmaking has changed and evolved over time. I was also a bit stunned by just how many different homemade soap recipes I’ve formulated or shared in that time. (And that doesn’t even count the recipes that never made it to my blog.) So, for those of you interested in trying more of my homemade soap recipes, but aren’t sure what to search for, I’ve compiled over 130 soap recipes all in one place for your convenience. (You can also sort through most of my soap recipes with photos via this Pinterest board.)

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Homemade Soap Recipes

Following you’ll find collections of my favorite homemade soap recipes ever made. Whether you want to make melt and pour soap, cold process soap or even hand milled soap, these homemade soap recipes make beautiful gifts as well as everyday skin care products for you and your family.

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Homemade Cold Process Soap Recipes

I supply a basic overview of the cold process soapmaking method, along with homemade soap recipes suitable for beginners, here. You can also learn how to customize your own cold process homemade soap recipes via my easy to understand tutorial here.

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Donut soap recipe. Learn how to make DIY donut soaps with this homemade soap recipe for making cold process soaps with melt and pour soap icing and real sugar sprinkles.

Black clay soap recipe. Learn how to make this Naughty Kitty cold process soap recipe with Australian black clay for your daily skin care routine.

Tomato soap recipe. Learn how to make an acne fighting cold process tomato soap recipe for oily skin. Plus over 130 more homemade soap recipes to make.

Melt and pour soap recipes. Learn how to make beautiful homemade melt and pour soaps for your family and friends. Or to give as handmade gifts throughout the year. Over 130 homemade soap recipes for making cold process soap, melt and pour soap and hand milled soap for every skill level. The best collection of handmade artisan soaps on Pinterest!

Creative Melt & Pour Soap Recipes

This easy polar bear melt and pour soap recipe is a fun soap making project for the family. Discover this melt and pour soap making tutorial along with over 130 more homemade soap recipes to craft at home at Soap Deli News blog.

How to make mermaid soap. Learn how to make mermaid tail soaps swimming in the ocean with this fun melt and pour soap making tutorial. Perfect for intermediate to advanced soapmakers, this DIY mermaid soap makes the best gifts for mermaid lovers.

DIY rainbow soap. How to make melt and pour rainbow soaps with colorful rainbows nestled in white and blue fluffy clouds. Plus more homemade melt and pour soap recipes you can make and sell. The best crafts to make and sell at farmers markets, craft fairs and online on Etsy.

DIY Loofah Soaps. How to make easy melt and pour loofah soap for natural skin care and handmade gifts. An easy handmade artisan soap recipe for beginners. Plus 130 more homemade soap recipes you can craft at home.

How to make hand milled soap and easy hand milled soap recipes. Learn how to make soap using the rebatch or hand milled soap making method with this collection of luxurious and giftable homemade soap recipes from Soap Deli News blog.

Hand Milled (& Other) Easy Soap Recipes

How to package homemade soaps. Learn how to package round soaps as well as square or rectangle shaped soaps with these creative soap packaging ideas.

How To Package Your Soaps to Gift or Sell

Now that you’ve made one or more of my favorite homemade soap recipes, it’s time package and label them for sale or to give as handmade gifts! You can find some amazing DIY ideas for packaging your homemade soaps here. (There are even creative ideas for tackling the packaging for round soaps.) You can also learn how to create custom soap labels with this tutorial.

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How to Make Hand Milled Soap (With A Charcoal & Anise Soap Recipe from Amanda Gail Aaron)

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Making hand milled soap is an easy way to learn how to make soap for beginners. Keep reading to learn how to make hand milled soap with an easy charcoal & anise soap recipe from Amanda Gail Aaron’s new book, The Complete Guide to Natural Soap Making. 

Natural Soap Making Book. Is soap making a new hobby you've been wanting to explore? Have you made soap before but want to learn other soap making techniques? Learn a variety of soap making methods and explore easy to follow soap recipes and tutorials in Amanda Gail's book, The Complete Guide to Natural Soap Making. New and beginning soapmakers will learn how to craft natural homemade soaps using five different soap making techniques plus 65 natural soap recipes.

New Natural Soap Making Book

Is soap making a new hobby you’ve been wanting to explore? Have you made soap before but want to learn other soap making techniques? Learn a variety of soap making methods and explore easy to follow soap recipes and tutorials in Amanda Gail’s new book, The Complete Guide to Natural Soap Making.

As we discover in Amanda Gail’s new book, there are many different ways to make soap. New and beginning soapmakers will learn how to craft natural homemade soaps using five different soap making techniques. These natural soap making methods include:

  • Hand Milled Soap Making
  • Melt and Pour Soap Making
  • Liquid Soap Making
  • Hot Process Soap Making
  • Cold Process Soap Making

In addition to comprehensive, easy to follow soap making tutorials, Amanda’s book also contains numerous natural soap recipes. Each of these recipes enable you to explore all of the soap making methods mentioned, then further build on that knowledge. In addition, you’ll also gain insight on essential soap making equipment and ingredients you need to get started. The book also contains insider soap design tricks and soap making techniques that will further guarantee your success.

Regardless of your preferred soap making method, you’ll find that soap making quickly becomes an addictive hobby. Therefore it won’t be long until you’re not only supplying natural soaps for your family, but for friends and coworkers too! You’ll also begin to build the foundation for achieving not just your soap making goals, but for starting a business to sell your natural soaps.

What Is Hand Milled Soap?

Two of the easiest ways for beginners to get started in soap making are through melt and pour soap making and hand milled soap making. While most of you are likely familiar with making melt and pour soap using a glycerin soap base, you may be less familiar with how to make hand milled soap.

If you’re looking for an easy (and affordable) way to learn how to make soap for beginners, then I highly recommend you learn how to make hand milled soap. You’ll find, that if you’re already a fan of handmade soaps, making hand milled soap is a great way to use up leftover soap slivers. It also allows you to customize your natural soaps with ingredients that offer additional benefits for your skin type.

Hand milled soaps are created by rebatching unscented (or leftover) soaps on the stovetop or in an oven. This is done to add scent and color, conditioning skin care ingredients or to salvage a botched cold process soap batch. Typically one makes hand milled soap by grating an existing soap bar, then mixing it will milk or water. Once the soap melts, other ingredients can be added to customize the fragrance, color or other properties of the soap.

Hand milling soap is an easy way to learn how to make custom natural soaps. The process is easier than making soap completely from scratch in which you combine lye and soap making fats. It’s also a safer process for anyone who has pets or small children in the home.

Making hand milled soap is an easy way to learn how to make soap for beginners. Learn how to make hand milled soap with an easy charcoal & anise soap recipe from Amanda Gail Aaron's book, The Complete Guide to Natural Soap Making. If you're looking for an easy way to learn how to make soap for beginners, then learn how to make hand milled soap. Making hand milled soap allows you to customize your natural soaps with ingredients that offer additional benefits for your skin type.

How to Make Hand Milled Soap

I hope that you’re as excited as I was the first time I learned how to make hand milled soap. Amanda was gracious enough to share her charcoal & anise hand milled soap recipe from her new book, which you can find below.

Anise & Charcoal Natural Soap Recipe

This stark black hand milled soap is naturally scented with anise, peppermint and lavender essential oils. Formulated with an easy to use hand milled soap base, this homemade soap recipe also contains activated charcoal. The addition of charcoal makes this hand milled soap perfect for acne prone skin, as charcoal works to draw out impurities, oils and toxins from skin.

Following is Amanda’s recipe for charcoal & anise soap (from her book) along with her instructions on how to make hand milled soap. This recipe yields four hand milled soap bars, each weighing approximately 113 grams. It can be made from start to completion in about an hour. You can use pre-bought soap shreds for this recipe. Alternately, you can also grate your own soap from bars of unscented cold or hot process soap.

Equipment Needed:

Digital scale
Glass container
1 (16-ounce) heatproof glass measuring cup
Silicone spatulas
Measuring spoons
Oval silicone mold (with at least 4 cavities)

Ingredients:

450 grams unscented and uncolored soap shreds
1/2 tablespoon charcoal powder
1 tablespoon dried rose petals
4 grams lavender essential oil
4 grams anise essential oil
2 grams peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

Start by prepping the essential oils for this soap. Do this by weighing out each of the three essential oils called for in the recipe. Then blend together in glass container and set aside.

Now wet the soap shreds.

Heat the moistened soap shreds until they become translucent and resemble mashed potatoes.

Once melted, remove the soap from heat.

Working quickly add the prepared essential oil fragrance blend. Then mix in the essential oils and the charcoal powder until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Now divide the rose petals among each mold cavity.

Quickly spoon the the soap into each mold cavity, covering the rose petals. Then use a spatula to smooth the soap down.

Once the soap has hardened, remove it from the mold.

Allow the finished hand milled soap bars to cure for two weeks prior to use.

To use, massage onto wet facial skin. Allow the soap to sit on your face, as you would a mask, for about one minute. Then rinse off and pat dry.

Natural Soap Making Book. Is soap making a new hobby you've been wanting to explore? Have you made soap before but want to learn other soap making techniques? Learn a variety of soap making methods and explore easy to follow soap recipes and tutorials in Amanda Gail's book, The Complete Guide to Natural Soap Making. New and beginning soapmakers will learn how to craft natural homemade soaps using five different soap making techniques plus 65 natural soap recipes.

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Easy Melt And Pour Soap Recipe with Solid Sugar Scrub Hearts

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Whether you’ve been making soap for some time, or you’re wanting to learn how to make soap, this easy melt and pour soap recipe is the perfect soap making project! Crafted using both clear and white melt and pour soap bases, this easy soap recipe features a solid sugar scrub heart in the center to exfoliate skin as you bathe. Learn how to make this easy melt and pour soap recipe now as a treat for yourself or to give as year round soap gifts for anniversaries, birthdays and holidays.

Easy melt and pour soap recipe with solid sugar scrub hearts. Save time in the shower and gently cleanse and exfoliate skin in one simple step with this easy melt and pour soap recipe for beginners. A lovely handmade gift idea for birthdays, anniversaries or holidays, this homemade soap recipe provides all the benefits of a traditional sugar scrub but without the oily residue. Learn how to make melt and pour soap now at Soap Deli News. Creative melt and pour soap making ideas for your next DIY.

An Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipe with A Twist

I’ve always been a sucker for sugar scrubs. Not only are they easy to make, but my dry skin loves the extra attention. Unfortunately, when I first started using sugar scrubs, I almost killed my first husband. This was well before emulsified sugar scrubs were popular. Back when Bath & Body Works had just started selling their original brown sugar scrubs. You remember the ones. They were basically oil and sugar and nothing else. And everyone lined up to try them on their dry hands at sink stations they had set up inside of their stores.

When I first started making sugar scrubs in the way way back, they were just like the ones sold by Bath & Body Works. All oils and sugar. One day in particular, I used one of the homemade sugar scrubs I’d made. My ex-husband, then followed with his own shower. A shower in which, when stepping into the tub, he slipped on the film of oils left behind by my sugar scrub – and almost died.

To be completely honest, I don’t think he was anywhere close to death at the time. Not like when he went to replace the heating element in the oven and forgot to unplug the stove first. That mistake threw him halfway across the kitchen. This time around however, he “nearly” fell, slipping on the oil residue in the tub. Luckily he caught himself mid-fall, just in the knick of time. Of course, however, he insisted he almost and most certainly could have died. So I’ve since stayed on top of wiping out the bottom of my bathtub after every sugar scrub experience.

Solid sugar scrub cubes, however, are an easy fix to the slippery tub scenario. And, when combined with an easy melt and pour soap recipe, the combo becomes an instant time saver. So you can wash and exfoliate in one easy step – even if you hit snooze on your alarm clock five times before finally dragging yourself out of bed.

Easy melt and pour soap recipe with solid sugar scrub hearts. Save time in the shower and gently cleanse and exfoliate skin in one simple step with this easy melt and pour soap recipe for beginners. A lovely handmade gift idea for birthdays, anniversaries or holidays, this homemade soap recipe provides all the benefits of a traditional sugar scrub but without the oily residue. Learn how to make melt and pour soap now at Soap Deli News. Creative melt and pour soap making ideas for your next DIY.

Easy Melt and Pour Soap Recipe (With Solid Sugar Scrub Hearts)

© Rebecca Dillon

Ingredients for sugar scrub heart embeds:

5 oz. white granulated sugar
3.5 oz. clear melt and pour soap base, of choice
1.25 oz. refined shea butter
.25 oz. peppermint frost (type) fragrance oil, or scent of choice
fine bubble gum (or color of choice) biodegradable glitter, to suit
sliver of neon pink pleasure soap color bar, or soap colorant of choice

Ingredients for the melt and pour soap recipe:

30 oz. white melt and pour soap base, of choice
1.25 oz. peppermint frost (type) fragrance oil, or scent of choice

Tools & Materials:

digital scale
24-Cavity Wilton Easy-Flex Silicone Heart Mold
12 Bar Silicone Round Shaped Soap Mold
sharp knife (for cutting soap)
Pyrex glass measuring cups
utensils for mixing
spray bottle with 99% isopropyl alcohol

Instructions:

This easy melt and pour soap recipe with solid sugar scrub hearts yields ten soaps weighing around 4 oz. each.

Easy melt and pour soap recipe with solid sugar scrub hearts. Save time in the shower and gently cleanse and exfoliate skin in one simple step with this easy melt and pour soap recipe for beginners. A lovely handmade gift idea for birthdays, anniversaries or holidays, this homemade soap recipe provides all the benefits of a traditional sugar scrub but without the oily residue. Learn how to make melt and pour soap now at Soap Deli News. Creative melt and pour soap making ideas for your next DIY.

Step #1:

You’ll start by making the solid sugar scrub heart embeds for my easy melt and pour soap recipe first. To do this, use a digital scale to weigh out 3.5 oz. of clear melt and pour soap base. Cut the base into chunks with a sharp knife, then combine in a glass measuring cup.

Easy melt and pour soap recipe with solid sugar scrub hearts. Save time in the shower and gently cleanse and exfoliate skin in one simple step with this easy melt and pour soap recipe for beginners. A lovely handmade gift idea for birthdays, anniversaries or holidays, this homemade soap recipe provides all the benefits of a traditional sugar scrub but without the oily residue. Learn how to make melt and pour soap now at Soap Deli News. Creative melt and pour soap making ideas for your next DIY.

Step #2:

Now weigh out the 1.25 oz. of refined shea butter. Add to the measuring cup with the soap chunks. Then heat in 30 second increments in the microwave until both ingredients have melted. (I recommend stirring after each heating.)

Easy melt and pour soap recipe with solid sugar scrub hearts. Save time in the shower and gently cleanse and exfoliate skin in one simple step with this easy melt and pour soap recipe for beginners. A lovely handmade gift idea for birthdays, anniversaries or holidays, this homemade soap recipe provides all the benefits of a traditional sugar scrub but without the oily residue. Learn how to make melt and pour soap now at Soap Deli News. Creative melt and pour soap making ideas for your next DIY.

Step #3:

Cut off a small chunk of the color bar and stir into the melted shea butter and soap mixture until it dissolves completely. Add more color as desired. (Keep in mind that the color will be muted once the sugar is added and the soap base solidifies.)

Easy melt and pour soap recipe with solid sugar scrub hearts. Save time in the shower and gently cleanse and exfoliate skin in one simple step with this easy melt and pour soap recipe for beginners. A lovely handmade gift idea for birthdays, anniversaries or holidays, this homemade soap recipe provides all the benefits of a traditional sugar scrub but without the oily residue. Learn how to make melt and pour soap now at Soap Deli News. Creative melt and pour soap making ideas for your next DIY.

Step #4:

Now stir in some glitter. You can use as little or as much glitter for this step as you like.

Step #5:

Weigh out .25 oz. of fragrance oil, then stir into the melted soap mixture.

Easy melt and pour soap recipe with solid sugar scrub hearts. Save time in the shower and gently cleanse and exfoliate skin in one simple step with this easy melt and pour soap recipe for beginners. A lovely handmade gift idea for birthdays, anniversaries or holidays, this homemade soap recipe provides all the benefits of a traditional sugar scrub but without the oily residue. Learn how to make melt and pour soap now at Soap Deli News. Creative melt and pour soap making ideas for your next DIY.

Step #6:

Next, weigh out 5 oz. of sugar. Pour the sugar into the melted soap and shea butter mixture. Then mix well with a fork or other utensil until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Easy melt and pour soap recipe with solid sugar scrub hearts. Save time in the shower and gently cleanse and exfoliate skin in one simple step with this easy melt and pour soap recipe for beginners. A lovely handmade gift idea for birthdays, anniversaries or holidays, this homemade soap recipe provides all the benefits of a traditional sugar scrub but without the oily residue. Learn how to make melt and pour soap now at Soap Deli News. Creative melt and pour soap making ideas for your next DIY.

Step #7:

Pour the solid sugar scrub mixture into ten of the cavities of your heart silicone mold. Then smooth out the tops with a fork or spatula.

Easy melt and pour soap recipe with solid sugar scrub hearts. Save time in the shower and gently cleanse and exfoliate skin in one simple step with this easy melt and pour soap recipe for beginners. A lovely handmade gift idea for birthdays, anniversaries or holidays, this homemade soap recipe provides all the benefits of a traditional sugar scrub but without the oily residue. Learn how to make melt and pour soap now at Soap Deli News. Creative melt and pour soap making ideas for your next DIY.

Step #8:

Set the solid sugar scrub hearts aside to cool. Once they’ve solidified fully, unmold the heart embeds.

Easy melt and pour soap recipe with solid sugar scrub hearts. Save time in the shower and gently cleanse and exfoliate skin in one simple step with this easy melt and pour soap recipe for beginners. A lovely handmade gift idea for birthdays, anniversaries or holidays, this homemade soap recipe provides all the benefits of a traditional sugar scrub but without the oily residue. Learn how to make melt and pour soap now at Soap Deli News. Creative melt and pour soap making ideas for your next DIY.

Step #9:

Now that you’ve made the solid sugar scrub heart embeds, you’re ready to move onto the next step and make the easy melt and pour soap recipe. To do this, weigh out 30 oz. of white melt and pour soap base. Cut into chunks then heat in 30 second increments in the microwave until melted.

Step #10:

Once the white soap base has melted, weigh out 1.25 oz. of the fragrance oil. Then stir the fragrance oil into the melted soap base.

Step #11:

Pour the melted soap base into ten of the cavities of the round soap mold. Fill each cavity about halfway full. (You will have some soap left over. Simply set this aside for use later. Alternatively, you can make half now and half later.) Then spritz the tops of the soaps you just poured with isopropyl alcohol to remove any air bubbles.

Easy melt and pour soap recipe with solid sugar scrub hearts. Save time in the shower and gently cleanse and exfoliate skin in one simple step with this easy melt and pour soap recipe for beginners. A lovely handmade gift idea for birthdays, anniversaries or holidays, this homemade soap recipe provides all the benefits of a traditional sugar scrub but without the oily residue. Learn how to make melt and pour soap now at Soap Deli News. Creative melt and pour soap making ideas for your next DIY.

Step #12:

Once the white melt and pour soap in your round mold has solidified, Spritz the tops of the soaps once again with alcohol. Then place each of your solid sugar scrub hearts on top of the white soap. Use one heart in each of the ten cavities of the mold.

Easy melt and pour soap recipe with solid sugar scrub hearts. Save time in the shower and gently cleanse and exfoliate skin in one simple step with this easy melt and pour soap recipe for beginners. A lovely handmade gift idea for birthdays, anniversaries or holidays, this homemade soap recipe provides all the benefits of a traditional sugar scrub but without the oily residue. Learn how to make melt and pour soap now at Soap Deli News. Creative melt and pour soap making ideas for your next DIY.

Step #13:

Reheat the remaining white soap base if necessary. Then spritz the soaps in the mold with isopropyl alcohol once again. Next, carefully pour the remaining soap into each of the ten cavities of the mold around each of the heart embeds. Once you’ve poured the soap around the hearts and filled the cavities of the mold you’re using, spritz alcohol on the tops of the soaps to remove any air bubbles. Set the soaps aside to solidify.

Easy melt and pour soap recipe with solid sugar scrub hearts. Save time in the shower and gently cleanse and exfoliate skin in one simple step with this easy melt and pour soap recipe for beginners. A lovely handmade gift idea for birthdays, anniversaries or holidays, this homemade soap recipe provides all the benefits of a traditional sugar scrub but without the oily residue. Learn how to make melt and pour soap now at Soap Deli News. Creative melt and pour soap making ideas for your next DIY.

Step #14:

Once the soaps have cooled and fully hardened, unmold them. Then wrap them tightly in foodservice film until ready for use.

To use your easy melt and pour soaps, simply massage onto to damp skin in the shower or bath as you’d normally bathe – scrub side up.

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