Looking for a fun DIY gag gift for Christmas? Give this tutorial for Santa’s lump of coal soap recipe a try! It’s made with real charCOAL and combines both clear and white melt and pour soap bases for natural color changes that you don’t have to work hard to achieve. I also added a touch of 24K gold mica to mine for extra flair, however this is completely optional.
Santa’s Lump of Coal Soap Recipe
3.4 oz. white/opaque melt and pour soap base
4.2 oz. clear/transparent melt and
2 teaspoons activated charcoal powder
pinch or two of 24K gold sparkle mica or similar, optional
.22 oz. fragrance oil of choice, optional
For my Santa’s lump of coal soap recipe I used the same Tovolo King Silicone Ice Cube Tray I used for my DIY penguin Christmas ornaments. You can fill the cavities for this recipe to the top, half way or even 3/4 of the way depending on the size you want to use. Each cavity will hold approximately 3.8 oz. of melt and pour soap base. Therefore this recipe will completely fill two cavities in your mold.
Using a digital scale, weigh out your white and clear soap bases in the weights indicated in two separate glass Pyrex measuring cups. These will melt quickly in the microwave so watch them carefully to avoid overheating the soap to boiling.
Using a teaspoon measure, measure out one teaspoon of activated charcoal for each container of soap. Whisk into the soap using a fork. Now weigh out and add the fragrance oil you’re using if desired. You can use up to .12 oz. of fragrance oil for the 4.2 oz. of clear melt and pour soap base and up to .1 oz. of fragrance oil by weight for the white melt and pour soap base.
Whisk again to fully incorporate.
You’re now ready to pour the soap. Pour the containers of soap into the molds alternately which soap you are pouring. So if you want four lump of coal soaps, you would pour part of the charcoal colored clear melt and pour soap base into four of the mold cavities. Follow with some of the charcoal colored white melt and pour soap based immediately on top of the soap you just poured. Repeat until you’ve poured all of the soap base.
Now scrape any remaining melt and pour soap base that has started to solidify and stuck to the sides of your Pyrex measuring cups using a fork. Drop these scrapings into the soap you’ve poured. If desired add a tiny pinch of gold or silver mica to each soap filled cavity to suit. Alternately you could also add a pinch of fine jet black, gold or silver glitter. Allow the soap to cool and solidify.
Once your soaps have solidified unmold from the ice cube tray. Now using a potato peeler carve the squared off edges around the soap as desired. And there you go!
If desired you can also take your shavings and place them in a Pyrex measuring cup. Heat in the microwave for a few seconds then mold the slightly sticky, but not completely melted, soap shavings into oval shapes for more lumps of coal soap!
Now package the soaps as desired and then tuck them inside the recipients’ stockings on Christmas Eve.
It is important to note that these soaps can stain washcloths and other fabrics.
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