Some time ago I experimented with melt and pour soap making, and made my first sets of Honey Almond Soap. For a review of my experience, especially if you are considering soap making, please read: http://www.woodlandfairy.com/bubble-bubble-toil-trouble/.
Last night I made these yummy smelling soap bars using the last of the soap base I had left. It is a combination of 3 bases: creamy, glycerin basic and clear (hard).
Honey Almond Soap Scent
Purple soap dye
Bread loaf pan
Spray bottle with rubbing alcohol
Melt your basic glyercin base first and mix both almond oil and vanilla extract into it before pouring into your pan (I free measured here). Sprinkle some oat bran onto the basic layer. Spray alcohol to help set the first layer. While the soap starts to cool, melt the clear solid base and mix a few drops of purple dye to achieve a lilac color. Add Honey Almond scent to it and pour the soap trying to target the middle area of the bread pan. The second soap will start to mix with the first. Add a layer of oat bran, and then take a break while the soap cools off a bit. Melt your final layer, and add Honey Almond scent. Using a fork, whisk the soap until bubbles start to form, and then slowly pour it into the bread pan. Scrape out any excess soap and layer it as shavings on the top.
I let the soap cool in the fridge overnight and popped it out of the pan this morning. The slices are a bit small, but I was working with left-over soap bases. Makes a cute hand soap I must say.
I love scrubs, and the exfoilation benefits they provide. Store bought ones however can be a bit pricey and loaded with chemicals. Here’s my natural recipe for personal and gift use:
You will need:
- Sugar (brown or white)
- Vanilla extract
- Almond Oil
- Ground almond shells (optional)
- Honey Almond scent (purchased in the soap making aisle at any craft store)
- Food color
- Jar with lid
Most recipes online call for mixing the sugar and oils in a jar. I find that by doing this you get a “gloppy” mixture which isn’t a pretty experience to use. I mix my scrubs in a metal mixing bowl with a wooden spoon.
First add the sugar (and ground shells – optional) with a few drops of vanilla. Next add a bit of oil and mix. Do not over-pour. You will notice the sugar becoming lumpy in appearance. Continue to add oil, and mix until you get a dry yet smooth appearance. This may take 3 to 4 times however it prevents you from having a gloppy and runny mix. When you achieve the smoothness you want, add one drop of food coloring. Mix the sugar until the mix is a solid color. Mix in honey almond scent and store in lidded jars.
As this recipe does not contain preservatives, please use caution. Do not keep the mix past 2 weeks, and scoop out what you wish to use. I store mine in the fridge for freshness. Remember natural homemade scrubs will eventually spoil.