Shark Week Soap DIY for Fish Fans & Ocean Lovers
Celebrate sharks with this super fun shark week soap DIY! Whether you’re celebrating shark week or want a bloody fabulous Halloween gift, these melt and pour soaps are sure to add some excitement to anyone’s bath. Not only are they easy to make, but they also make great gifts as well as party favors for say, a shark themed birthday or pool party. (Sense of humor required, of course.)
Shark Week Soap Recipe
14 oz. Stephenson suspending soap base
1 oz. white melt & pour soap base
crimson sparkle soap color bar
.4 oz. fragrance oil (of choice)
blue soap colorant (of choice)
biodegradable cosmetic glitter(s)
miniature toy rubber sharks
6 cavity rectangle silicone soap mold
99% isopropyl alcohol (in a spray bottle)
This shark week soap recipe yields four homemade soap bars weighing approximately 4 oz. each.
Using a digital scale, begin by weighing out 1 oz. of the suspension soap base. Cut into chunks then place inside a small glass Pyrex measuring cup or glass scientific beaker. Heat in the microwave about 15-20 seconds or until melted.
Now stir in a small corner of the crimson sparkle soap color bar until it melts completely. (Alternately you can also use a liquid red soap colorant or mica to suit and add a dash of fine biodegradable cosmetic glitter in your color of choice.)
Using a sturdy book or similar item, prop your soap mold up at angle, then evenly pour the soap into two of the cavities of your soap mold. Place two of your miniature rubber sharks in each of the cavities so they are sitting side by side.
Once the soap hardens remove the soaps from the mold and cut each soap lengthwise between the sharks.
Now weigh out 5 oz. of the suspending soap base and cut into chunks. Heat in the microwave in 20-30 second increments until melted, stirring after each heating. Once melted, add a blue soap colorant and glitter of your choice to suit and stir to combine. Then weigh out .15 oz. of fragrance oil and stir into the melted soap.
Pour the soap evenly into four of your mold’s cavities.
Once the soap has hardened, weigh out 5 more oz. of the suspension soap base. Cut into chunks and heat until melted, then add a second blue soap colorant and glitter to suit, along with .15 oz. of fragrance oil. Stir to combine then spritz the tops of the soaps in your mold with 99% isopropyl alcohol (in a spray bottle) and pour the soap you just made evenly into each of the four soap cavities (on top of the soap you poured previously.)
Allow the second layer of soap to cool slightly but not fully harden. Then weigh out 3 oz. of the suspension soap base along with 1 oz. of the white melt and pour soap base. Add a blue soap colorant to suit along with a white iridescent glitter (optional) and .1 oz. fragrance oil. (The fragrance oil I used had a yellow cast so it added some green to this layer. If your fragrance oil is clear and you want a bit of green, you can add a touch of yellow soap colorant to suit.) Stir well to combine.
Now spritz the top of the soap in the mold and pour the third layer of soap on top of the second layer. Then gently swirl the second and third layers with a chopstick or utensil.
Once you’ve achieved your desired look, carefully place one shark soap into each of the four cavities of your mold so that the shark toys are positioned at the top edge of the mold and the red soap bottom is positioned toward the middle of each cavity. (You can set the soap on the top edge of the mold where the shark is to help keep the shark soap in place.)
Allow each of your shark week soaps to fully harden then unmold. Using a utensil of your choice, gently remove some of the soap from around each shark to reveal the red soap.
Your shark week soap bars are now complete! Simply wrap your soaps in foodservice film to store prior to use or for gifting.
If you want to craft these fun shark attack 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.
If you make your own DIY shark attack soap, I’d love to see how yours turn out! So be sure to tag the soaps you make using the hashtag #soapdelishowoff when you share them on instagram so I can take a peek!
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