Sunday, February 13, 2011

Soap Making, 101

Today, I tried making my own soap.  I started with bases, fragrance oils, and colors from Peak Candle Supplies.  The molds are both Wilton molds - one is a snowflake candy mold and the other is a mini brownie mold.  The silicone molds make it really easy to get the finished soap out.

Here are the finished soaps!  I think I could have used more coloring, but the scent is fantastic!!

Square: mango peach salsa cocoa butter soap.  Snowflake: grapefruit goat's milk soap.

Recipes after the break.

Recipe 1 - Mango Peach Salsa Cocoa Butter Soap

1 pound melt and pour cocoa butter soap base
0.5 oz mango peach salsa fragrance oil
4 drops coral coloring
5 drops sunshine yellow coloring

Recipe 2 - Grapefruit Goat's Milk Soap

1 pound goat's milk soap base
0.5 oz grapefruit fragrance oil
9 drops coral coloring

For both soaps, the basic process is to cut the soap base into small chunks and place into a pyrex 4 cup measuring cup.  Melt in microwave in 30 second increments until completely melted (about 3 - 4 minutes).  Add in fragrance oil, then add in color.  Pour into molds and allow to cool for several hours (I did three hours on the counter and then an hour in the fridge).  Pop out of molds, wrap in plastic wrap and put in a ziploc bag.

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