I’ve always wanted to try my hand at making soaps but the process always seemed so intimidating and dangerous. I’m all about quick and easy projects, so I put my dreams of soap-making aside. Then, as I was working on previous issues of Willow and Sage I became familiar with the idea of melt and pour soap. Homemade soap I could make with just a few ingredients and supplies? Sign me up!
At work we had been talking about all the possibilities of using some of our stamps in the soap-making process so I decided to try it out. I wanted to make soap that was two-toned to show off the stamp imprint, so I used two soap bases: low-sweat white base and aloe vera base.
To begin, choose your stamp. This is probably the hardest part of the process. You want to choose a fairly simple design without a lot of detail. Place your stamp texture side up in the soap mold and spritz with rubbing alcohol or vodka.
Cut white soap base into 1-inch squares, place in a glass measuring cup, and put it in the microwave for 30 second-increments until melted.
Pour the soap base into the mold very slowly and carefully. You essentially want to surround your stamp with soap but not submerge it. You can use an eyedropper to fill in any inside details.
Let soap sit for 4 minutes. Cut aloe vera soap base into 1-inch squares, place in a glass measuring cup, and put it in the microwave for 30 second-increments until melted.
To dye the base, empty a capsule of activated charcoal into the melted base. You can also add your choice of essential oils here (15-20 drops). Spritz set white base with rubbing alcohol and pour aloe vera base into mold.
Let set for 4 hours. I put mine in the refrigerator to speed up the process. Once set, simply pop soap out of the mold.
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