Before you start, it is good
to bear in mind that the soap can be extremely hot when it has
been melted, so it is best to be very careful. If youre
using the microwave, make sure you wear protective gloves and
use a sturdy potholder to take out the microwave bowl or jug
containing the hot melted soap. Its also a good idea to
wear gloves if youre melting it in a double boiler, in
case you accidentally splash. And make sure youre not disturbed
by children or pets.
Now lets try out a basic
melt and pour soap recipe called Heavenly Vanilla.
In order to make this youre
going to need the following equipment:
* Clean cutting board
* Double boiler or sturdy heat resistant microwave bowl or
jug, eg Pyrex
* Scales (to measure soap)
* 4 oz or 113 grams of good quality white melt and pour soap
* Vanilla fragrance suitable for soap making
* Clean metal whisk or spoon
* Clean measuring spoons
* Clean 3-4 oz basic soap mold
* Rubbing alcohol in spray bottle
* Protective gloves
* Safety goggles
* Protective clothes
* Protective shoes
Now you have everything you
need, so lets move on to the exciting part, making your
After youve put on the
safety goggles, protective gloves, clothes and shoes, you can
first measure the fragrance and set it aside. Start off using
0.25 ounce of fragrance per pound of soap; you can make it stronger
or weaker from there. So for this recipe you would use 1.9 ml
or 0.06 oz or 1/4 +1/8 US teaspoons of fragrance.
Next, weigh the soap base and
melt 4 oz in either a double boiler or in the microwave. If melting
it in the microwave, cover the container with Saran wrap to stop
the soap from drying out. Melt the soap in one minute increments
in the microwave. Stir after every minute while being careful
of the hot soap base.
Once its totally melted,
its time to add the vanilla fragrance that youve
already measured and set aside. Add it slowly and stir carefully
and gently. If you get bubbles at this stage it means youve
stirred it too hard.
Now youre ready to pour
it into the mold. Pour it very slowly and gently. Avoid splashing.
If you get bubbles pouring it into the mold, spritz the surface
of the soap in the mold lightly with rubbing alcohol.
Now put the mold in a safe place
and leave it for a few hours. If youre in a hurry, you
can put it in the refrigerator (not the freezer) for about an
hour until its set.
Once the soap is set (hardened),
its time to unmold it. Unmolding soap is just like unmolding
a cake from a cake tin. Gently tap the mold then see if the soap
pops out. If it doesnt it may need a further tap. If the
soap is really stubborn, trying running some warm water over
the bottom of the mold.
You can now use your Heavenly
Vanilla soap right away!
Making soap can be good fun
and the satisfaction that comes afterwards is great. So why not
make your own soap today?