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.
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.
Roll up a small piece of foil into a ball and set it inside the center of the soap shards.
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.
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.
Use the colored melted soap to adhere the new soap chunks around the ball of soap you formed previously.
Now dust the top of the soap ball with your sparkly white glitter. In this instance, I used more of the Twinkling lights glitter.
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.
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.
Set the soap ball aside on a wire cooling rack to solidify further.
Now sprinkle your soap ball with black skin grade glitter.
Dip your soap ball back into the remaining melted soap. Coat the soap ball with more soap.
Allow your soap geode to solidify again by placing it back on the wire cooling rack.
Mix black skin safe glitter to suit into the remaining melted soap.
Sprinkle more black glitter onto the soap ball.
Now cover the soap geode with the remaining soap in the bowl. This is the messiest part.
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.
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.
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.
Carefully remove the foil from the center of your soap geode.
And voila! You’ve now completed your very first soap geode!
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.
Don’t forget to take your homemade soap geodes out in the sun to see how cool they look!
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.