Category Archives: Melt & Pour Soapmaking

Moisturizing Shaving Cream

 

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To keep skin moisturized for the winter I have adapted my usual recipe slightly.

Tools:

Large Mixing bowl

Whisk

spoons/butter knives

spray bottle of isopropyl alcohol

digital kitchen scale

measuring cup

double boiler (makeshift with a pan of water on the stove works just fine)

microwave

pippettes

paper towels

latex gloves

containers for your final product

 

Ingredients:

2 oz Stearic Acid

1 oz Avocado Oil

.5 oz Shea Butter

.5 oz Emulsifying Wax

8 oz Distilled Water, heated

1 oz Melt & Pour Shaving Soap, grated

10 ml Aloe Vera Extract (It can be used up to roughly 15% of the total weight if you want more.)

Fragrance, optional. I only used 6 drops for this entire batch, you don’t want to over scent something that will be used on someones face. (mine is Lavender and Cedar scented this time.)

Preservative of your choice, not optional

Instructions:

Use the Isopropyl Alcohol to disinfect all of your equipment. It is important to take note that even though a measuring cup is part of the tools it will not be used for measuring anything, all measurements will be done by weight. A measuring cup is just easier to hold and pour with.

In a double boiler melt the Stearic Acid, Avocado Oil, Shea Butter and Emulsifying Wax.

Meanwhile, In a large mixing bowl add 8 oz of distilled water and microwave until steaming hot.

When the oils in the double boiler have completely melted whisk it slowly into the hot water, followed by the grated soap. Mix until creamy and smooth.

Using pippets add the Fragrance, Aloe Vera Extract and Preservative.

Spoon into container, leave without lid for a few hours to prevent condensation on the inside of the lid as it cools.

 

Fall

I’ve been pretty quiet this fall, I got sidetracked with working and reading and maybe a little video game playing, aside from that I have still accomplished a bit. I am making some gift sets for people. Soap, lotion, lip balm, hand salve, bath salt. I have to make up some more bath salts and lotion for the collection to be complete, plus the packaging of gift set. All scented with peppermint oil, cocoa butter and a little bit of vanilla. Plus there are some other random soaps I made on the side, an order of lip balm and a few cranberry deserts.

Carrot Turmeric Soap

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Carrot Turmeric Soap

2 oz Honey Melt & Pour Soap base

2 oz Shea or Yogurt Melt & Pour Soap base

1/2 tsp Turmeric powder

1/4 tsp Kaolin Clay

12 drops Jojoba Oil

1 ml Carrot extract

.5 ml Sea Buckthorn extract

1/8 tsp Spirulina powder

 

roughly chop Honey soap and add half of the turmeric into a measuring cup and microwave in 10 second bursts until melted, stir well and allow to cool for a moment before mixing in buckthorn extract and 6 drops jojoba oil. As the soap begins to thicken up slightly pour it into the mold and sprinkle the spirulina powder over the top.

In the measuring cup add the shea or yogurt soap, roughly chopped, the other half of the turmeric and kaolin clay and microwave in 10 second bursts until melted. Stir well and cool for a minute, mix in carrot extract,  6 drops of jojoba oil.  Spray the top of the first layer with isopropyl alcohol and pour second layer. You can leave the layers intact or you can use a fork to poke down into the soap so it swirls or mixes together.

Let cool completely before removing soap from mold.

 

 

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Geranium Rose Soap with Rose Clay, Melt & Pour Recipe

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3.2 oz white melt and pour soap (I used the shea butter variety)

1/4 tsp Rose Clay

1/8 tsp Stearic Acid

1/8 tsp Oatmeal (ground to a fine powder with a blender or coffee grinder)

2 drops geranium Rose Essential Oil

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Chop soap into rough chunks and place into a microwave safe container with the Rose Clay, Stearic Acid and Colloidal Oatmeal. Microwave in bursts of 15 seconds until it is mostly all melted. Remove and mix thoroughly until all soap has melted and is smooth. Add Essential Oil and pour into mold.

 

Pumpkin

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I took one small pumpkin, stabbed it a few times and put it in the oven at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. I felt kinda bad as I had named the thing Horus. Then cut it into quarters, gutted and skinned it. Placed the flesh in a blender and the guts in a bowl then made myself a pumpkin spice coffee with a tablespoon of the puree and condensed sweet milk and pumpkin pie spice, also I made pumpkin whipped cream for the top.

Pumpkin Face Mask

2/3 cup Pumpkin Puree

.5 oz Jojoba Oil

.5 ml of Oat Extract

Mix all ingredients until well blended, keep refrigerated and discard after 5 days or freeze into ice cube tray.

 

Pumpkin Spice Latte Moisturizing Face Scrub

1 cup of Pumpkin Guts and Seeds(roasted in pumpkin)

1/4 cup Sunflower or Almond Oil

1 pinch pumpkin pie spice

1 tablespoon coffee grounds

1 teaspoon honey

Add pumpkin guts, oil and pumpkin pie spice to blender and blend until most of the pumpkin seeds are in tiny pieces(this may take several minutes) Add pumpkin pie spice coffee grounds and honey and blend until well mixed. Keep refrigerated and discard after 5 days or freeze into ice cube tray.

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Then for good measure I made some pumpkin spice soap with clear and shea glycerin soaps, paprika for color and oats.

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I also tried out an Orange Honey soap with oats, the bubble wrap I used for the honey comb effect gave me trouble so it didn’t turn out  quite like I wanted.

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Pear Lotion and Soap

I got an Anjou Pear sampler with my order I have also had a request for pear scented lotion so it worked out, I made a batch of lotion and a soap earlier and most of the sample is gone. I made a bit of the lotion as spiced pear by adding a few drops of bay rum. Tomorrow I will experiment with Pumpkin spice and Peppermint.

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