I made soap once upon a time when I was in middle school by myself at home. It was the basic formula of melting glycerine adding fragrance and color and pour in mold. I have been on the edge of my seat to try and make soap using the lye method, but today's post is not that post. I have found that set up more intimidating. I am sure some day I will try it with goggles and gloves. I would usually advise to buy all materials for crafts separate as buying a kit isn't always the best bang for your buck. In this case I would say a kit is a good way to get a batch of soap and have a few handy materials for future use should you get the soap making bug. I got the Lorann Soap Making Kit. It had the most basic materials without bells and whistles of stuff we wouldn't use anyway. Plus the price was right.
The nice thing about making glycerine soap is you can add your own essential oils such as lavender, peppermint, and so on. You can also add coconut oil, or cocoa butter too to mix things up! Mix it up!
You will most likely have a brick of glycerine. You will cut that into small cubes and you can add your bit of cocoa butter (optional) in a pyrex container. I used the microwave to heat this up. You begin by putting in on for a few minutes to get it melted. Then check on it every 30 seconds and mix until it is all liquid.
I admit I don't have the picture for the next step, which was adding a few drops of fragrance and color, and mixing into the liquid soap. That is because all of it happened real fast plus I was working with younger folks and that photo opportunity had passed. Forgive me!
The kiddos chose purple for the soap color. We chose lavender for the fragrance and for something a little extra we added some dried rosemary into it once the soap was poured.
The next step is to let it cool and come to room temperature completely. If you find that you have done that, and soap is not exiting the molds, place in freezer for a few minutes and try again.
We pushed out our soap directly on some wax paper to be able to wrap up. We made these soaps for some special ladies in our lives and gave it to them around Mother's Day! I heard they shipped well and were well received. A functional, handmade, gift!
We had one with the last bits of our soap mixture that made 1/3 of a bar of soap and we have been using that one around the house. So far so good! The nice thing about making these is that you can easily customize them and make them different every time. Now I just need to work up the courage to try the lye method!
"You like to-mae-toes and I like to-mah-toes! "
A little note from me and Louis Armstrong. When I was writing this post, I noticed that glycerin was glycerine and glycerine was glycerin. Friends, it's the same thing. I usually would say and write glycerin, but the ingredients on the box say "glycerine", which is what I defaulted to here. In case you thought you knew what glycerin was, but wasn't sure about glycerine. Now you know.