Category Archives: soapmaking

Bay Rum Espresso Soap

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This is a single bar melt & pour project.

Tools needed for this project: 2 measuring cups, spray bottle of isopropyl alcohol, 2 teaspoons, 1 measure or dropper for ml, 4 oz soap mold, scale.

4 oz goats milk melt & pour soap

1 tsp powdered espresso

1/4 tsp kaolin clay

1 ml bay rum fragrance

Chop goats milk soap into small chunks and reserve 1\3 for second layer.
Place 2\3rd’s of soap in measuring cup and microwave in 10 second intervals until melted.
While microwaving soap measure espresso and reserve a pinch, add the rest to the melted soap and mix well.
Pour into mold and spray with isopropyl alcohol to remove bubbles, sprinkle powdered espresso on top evenly as possible and place mold carefully in freezer.
In the second measuring cup place the remaining melt & pour soap and kaolin clay, microwave in 10 second intervals until melted, mix well. Stir a moment to dissipate heat then add the bay rum fragrance, mix well.
Remove mold from freezer and spray the top of the soap with isopropyl alcohol before pouring the second layer. Spray top of soap with alcohol to remove bubbles and let cool completely before unmolding.

If you forget to spray alcohol between the layers or if you add too much espresso in between, your layers will not bond together.

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Variations: If you wish to swirl your layers together don’t add the first layer to the freezer after pouring and apply second layer when the first layer has only cooled enough to have a thin skin. Use a toothpick or utensil to gently mix the layers after pouring, do it gently but quickly, it cools and hardens pretty fast.
You could also use a clear melt & pour for the espresso layer for a bigger contrast.
Add a few whole coffee beans for decoration.
A speck of vanilla bean seeds would be a great addition to the clay layer or used instead of the pinch of espresso.
If you do not have bay rum fragrance you could use pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon.

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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Lavender Tea Tree Facial Soap Recipe

I don’t have 1 oz soap molds so I make a 4 oz square bar and then cut it into 1 oz slices.

 

Lavender Tea Tree Facial Soap

4 oz Shea Melt and Pour Soap Base (divided into 2 parts)

1/8 tsp Kaolin Clay and/or Rose Clay

1/8 tsp Activated Charcoal

8 drops Evening Primrose Extract

6 drops Lavender Essential Oil

4 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

10 drops Jojoba Oil

 

Layer 1

In a measuring cup place 2 oz of the Shea Melt & Pour soap base and then add Kaolin Clay or Rose Clays.

Melt in microwave in 10 second bursts and mix well for a minute. Add Lavender Essential Oil, Evening Primrose Extract and Jojoba Oil. Pour into mold and spritz with isopropyl alcohol to remove any bubbles.

If you want your layers of soap to remain completely separate place the mold with Layer 1 in the freezer while you prepare Layer 2.

Layer 2

In the same measuring cup place 2 oz of the Shea Melt & Pour soap base chopped into pieces and Activated Charcoal.

Melt in microwave in 10 second bursts and mix well for a minute. Add Jojoba Oil and Tea Tree Essential Oil and mix well.

Spritz the clay soap with isopropyl alcohol again before pouring the charcoal layer on top. The alcohol is essential to ensuring the layers of soap stick together. Depending on how long Layer 1 cooled when you pour Layer 2 it may sit on top as a separate layer or immediately mix in.

Let your mold cool for an hour or more before removing, if you are impatient you can put it in the freezer but take it out after about 10 minutes or it might sweat glycerin when it comes out of the 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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