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Honey Almond Oat Bran Soap Recipe

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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).

Recipe:

Almond Oil
Honey Almond Soap Scent
Vanilla extract
Oat Bran
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.

Enjoy!

“Bubble Bubble Toil & Trouble”

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.