I recently gave homemade soap making a 2nd try and decided to get a little more bold with it. For my first soap (which you can read about here) I played it a little simple just to get an idea of how the product forms and how everything interacts and blends. I learned that just adding mint leaves did not in any way give the soap the mint smell I wanted, so this time around I got myself some essential oils and went heavy on the scented ingredients.
- 1/2 container of Stephenson Personal Care Melt & Pour Soap Base chopped up and melted via a microwave in a glass container
- 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil with 10-12 drops of lavender essential oil (I know that sounds like a lot, but this was for 5 bars so it’s really only 2-3 drops per bar)
- chopped vanilla bean (I used leftover sticks from my DIY Vanilla Extract)
- 1 cup sugar
And here’s a few things I learned:
- I cut up the soap base with a serrated knife this time and microwaves in short increments, whisking lightly between each one. This helped to reduce the amount of bubbles that formed
- I added the essential oil to the coconut oil, then stirred them into the soap mix together. Sometimes essential oils can irritate the skin, so using them via a “carrier agent” is a big help
- The vanilla bean is super thick. I sliced it long ways to release the scent, then put it into my electric chopper to do the rest. It stayed a little chunky, but that helps with the scrub part of the soap
- 1 cup of sugar is hefty, pour it in slowlyyyy and if you want to use just 3/4 cup that would suffice
Instead of using the soap mold I have I used a silicone mini loaf pan instead and it was awesome because it’s bendable and I got nice little rectangle soaps that were really cute:
I LOVE this soap, and I gave out a few bars as mother’s day presents as well. The sugar works great as a scrub, the lavender scent is prominent but not overwhelming, and it lathers up really nicely. The melt & pour soap base makes this process so simple and fun that I if you measured and chopped ahead of time you could get kids in on it and create it together. I tried to use cookie cutters to impress a monogram into the bars, but even after just 30 minutes in the fridge they were already almost solid so I’ll have to try again next time and get to it sooner.
What do you think? Have you tried making your own soap yet? I’m thinking of some fun beach-y summer-y themes for my next batch!
Disclosure: I received the Stephenson’s Personal Care soap base for free but paid for the other ingredients and create the recipe myself. And as always, this is something I’d love doing, and recommend to you, with or without the partnership.