I had no idea how easy it is to make homemade soap until I read a great post over at Gluesticks. I decided to give it a go and make heart shaped soaps for my daughter’s pre-K class Valentine’s party. The most difficult part for me was choosing the fragrance because it had to work for the young noses of both boys and girls. After all, I was going against the lollipop grain and having her give out hand soap…yep, I’m that mom.
After some serious sniff-testing, my daughter and I went with the orange and jasmine fragrances. One of my favorite smells here in Arizona is the orange blossom tree in the spring time – clean, sweet and pure heaven – so that was our inspiration for this project.
The first batch we made included the two fragrances, poppy seeds for an exfoliant and orange rind for an extra natural scent. However, I thought it was a little much for 4-year-olds so we wrapped them up and gave those to her teachers and took it down a notch for the kiddos. The girls received the orange jasmine soap with pink soap colorant swirled on one side with a tooth pick and the boys received the same but with green colorant. The soaps were packaged in Valentine’s bags with a tag that says (idea came from here):
As a reference, we made 23 bars of soaps total. Here’s what you need for that quantity:
You can find 2 lb. blocks of melt and pour soap base at craft stores like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. There are several types to choose from. For this project I used 4 lbs. of goat’s milk glycerine soap base.
Jasmine and Orange essential oils. I purchased the Jasmine oil at Sprouts and the Orange oil at Michael’s.
As stated above, I used pink and green soap colorant and swirled it into the soap immediately after it was poured into the mold (note: soap begins to harden quickly once poured).
The zest of 1 orange and 1 Tbsp poppy seeds for the teacher soaps (made 5 soaps total)
I purchased my silicon mold on Amazon for $6.50, but you can find them at craft stores as well. Silicon molds are the easiest to use as the soaps just pop right out without any non-stick spray.
Glass measuring cup
Small spatula or large popsicle sticks
Cut your soap base into small cubes. I worked with 1 lb. at the time (half the block). Fill a glass measuring cup and microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until completely melted. As a reference, 1 lb. of base filled 6 heart cups about 1/2-3/4 way full.
Add your scent a few drops at a time until your reach the desired potency.
Add your coloring and any add-ins.
Place soap mold on a baking sheet for easy transporting.
Pour soap into molds. Once you’ve poured your soap there may be some air bubbles – lightly spray with rubbing alcohol to remove them.
Let stand for 1 hour until completely set. Carefully pop out of the mold.
Happy hand washing!