Looking for a fun craft project you can make and gift for Mother’s Day? My DIY homemade hidden flower soaps are sure to be a hit with mom! This lovely layered soap reveals a pretty flower as it’s used while the bottom of the soap is an exfoliating salt scrub that’s perfect for all of those rough skin areas!
What you need:
Silikomart Silicone Chocolate Flower Mold
Eight empty and washed single serving ice cream containers or Silicone Baking Cups
Large glass measuring cup
Graduated Plastic Transfer Pipette
Digital Kitchen Scale
You’ll start by making your flower soaps for inside the soap bars. These are cute on their own to gift in a bag or clear container as well, so don’t feel like you have to make them just for this project. To make the flowers you will combine 3 oz. of your melt and pour soap base and one ml of your fragrance oil (1/2 ml essential oil.)
Start by cutting your melt and pour soap base into chunks, then using your digital scale, weight out 3oz. of soap. Place into a large glass measuring cup and melt in the microwave. Don’t let your base boil. As microwave heating times vary, start with 30 seconds and continue melting in 30 second increments until fully melted. Once melted, add a few drops of liquid soap dye or a pinch of oxide or ultramarine powdered soap pigment and mix thoroughly. Now measure out 1ml of fragrance oil using your plastic pipette and add to the colored soap base. Stir well. (I used a White Tea & Ginger Fragrance Oil for my soaps and used an orchid (pink) ultramarine water soluble pigment powder as it is what I had on hand. Liquid soap dyes are much easier to incorporate into your soap base, however.)
For ease of transfer, you’ll want to place your mold onto a flat plate or small cutting board before pouring the soap. Now slowly pour the soap into your flower silicone mold. The soap will fill eight of the flower shaped cavities. Once you’ve poured your flowers in the mold, place the mold in the freezer until the flowers have hardened.
Once your flowers have hardened, remove them from the mold by carefully pushing them out. Now, you’ll make the next layer of your soap bar. Cut and weigh out 18oz. of your soap base and melt in the microwave. Then weigh out 1oz. of fragrance oil (or 1/2 oz. of essential oil) and stir into your soap base. Place one soap flower face down into each of your ice cream cup molds or silicone cupcake molds. Now slowly pour your soap base over top of and around the flower.
If you want to leave this layer of your soap white, then fill all all of the molds evenly the rest of the way. I chose, however, to make another layer of color. Therefore, I poured my soap base up to about half of the height of the flower and then placed the soaps in the freezer to harden. I then added my pigment to the remaining soap base – I used a violet ultramarine pigment – and mixed thoroughly. Once the soaps had hardened, I removed them from the freezer and poured the remaining soap on top, so that each mold was filled to the same level. I then placed the soap filled molds in the freezer again to speed up the process.
While my soaps were hardening, I mixed together my final layer and bottom layer of soap. This bottom layer will serve as the exfoliating salt scrub layer of soap. For this layer I weighed out 9oz. of soap and 1/2oz. of fragrance oil (or 1/4 oz. essential oil.) I melted and mixed them together along with a yellow oxide pigment powder. Next, I mixed in 2 Tablespoons of Himalayan Pink Salt, 4 Tablespoons of fine Dead Sea Salt, and 6 Tablespoons of Epsom Salt. I let this solidify slightly, then scooped it into my molds once the other layers of soap had hardened completely. I then placed the soap filled molds back into the freezer, to complete the process.
Once your soaps have hardened fully you’ll need to remove them from the molds. If you used paper ice cream cups as molds, simply use a pair of scissors to cut a notch in the top edge then tear away the paper from the soap. If you used silicone molds, simply turn the soaps out of the molds.
Now wrap your finished soaps tightly in plastic cling film and add them to your homemade Mother’s Day gift basket for gifting! As you can see the flower the flower at this stage is slightly hidden beneath the surface.