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.


Recent Soap Creations

(I’m out of batteries for my camera so I took these with my phone sorry for the potato quality.)

Vanilla Cinnamon with suspended Pink Himilayan Salt. I used vanilla stable soap for this one and dusted cinnamon in the mold and then poured the first layer carefully on top of it.

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Lemon and Lavender. This smells wonderful, I am now out of Lavender E.O.(again).  I learned a little bit of shimmer goes a LONG way. I used Turmeric for the yellow, the gold shimmer made it very vibrant.

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This one was more of a visual experiment with colorants and I will be giving these away to the ladies I have tea with, I scented them with winter gardenia. My favorite combination was putting gold flecks in charcoal, I will have to make something interesting with that combination later.

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Misc. Soap Order

 

 

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Clear m&p with titanium dioxide, charcoal and black amber and lavender scent

 

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White m&p with gold shimer, spirulina powder and mango cucumber and moss scent

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white m&p with colloidal oatmeal with mango and jasmine scent

 

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White m&p with spirulina and tea tree and eucalyptus scent.

 


Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap

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With Colloidal Oatmeal and Oat Extract

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Scented with Mango and Jasmine


Lemongrass Turmeric Soap With Calendula

I like variety so I generally make soaps one bar at a time, each one with unique ingredients. The lavender used here makes the lemongrass scent slightly floral.

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Lemongrass Turmeric Soap With Calendula

glass measuring cup

digital scale

soap mold (4 oz)

2 oz honey melt & pour base

2 oz shea butter melt & pour base

1 teaspoon dried calendula

.1 oz turmeric powder

.1 oz gold shimmer block(optional)

10 drops lemongrass essential oil

5 drops ginkgo extract

4 drops lavender essential oil

 

Melt honey soap in the microwave 10 seconds at a time, add calendula petals and mix, then add 5 drops lemongrass and 2 drops lavender essential oil. Stir and pour into your soap mold, spray with alcohol and move to fridgerator carefully.

Melt shea soap in microwave 10 seconds at a time, add turmeric powder and gold shimmer and mix well. Add 5 drops of lemongrass and two drops of lavender essential oil. Add 5 drops ginkgo extract and mix. Remove honey calendula layer from fridge and spray with alcohol, pour shea turmeric layer on top, spray with alcohol. Let sit until cooled and hardened before removing 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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