I’ve been holding off on posting my review of soap making until I had ample time to use my soaps over a period of time. Well, it’s been a few months and my decision is a solid YES! it’s worth it.
So why make soap? You can easily buy it.
As someone with allergies, it concerns me that the list of chemicals seems to get longer, and weirder everyday. I also am picky with scents, mainly my avoidance to fruity smells.
With this is mind, you may select the ingredients, mold, and scent. I don’t think I will go back to buying store soaps.
Initially I looked into making glycerin soaps from scratch. Apparently this process is chemical heavy and not suitable for confined spaces. I selected the “melt and pour” approach which is available at any crafts store.
The initial start-up cost will vary. I purchased my first kit at Michaels on clearance. The kit included one mold, gel soap, creamy soap, coloring and crushed walnuts. I was not pleased with the kit; I found the instructions hard to understand, and the molds hard to use. I also found that the gel soap did not foam and lather as I had expected it too.
The second kit I purchased was at Hobby Lobby, and was a self-selected piece together affair. I purchased a plain bar mold, glycerin soap from Something Fabulous (excellent brand!), and honey almond scent. The soaps I use now, are from the second kit, and I love them.
The process is extremely simple: melt the soap in the microwave in 30 second intervals until it’s completely melted. Mist the mold with rubbing alcohol (in a spray bottle), add the scent/color to the soap before pouring in.
You can achieve layers of different colored wax by spraying rubbing alcohol on the first later. The alcohol will prevent the second layer upon pour, from mixing with the first layer.
Soaps make great gifts as well, and you can make your own wrappers and labels using decorative scrapbooking papers.