Easter Ducky Soap

  • Difficulty:Intermediate
  • Time:1 Hour
  • Yields:6 Duck Soaps

I had a dream about this soap project and I actually got up to write notes down in my phone. Does anyone else ever have soaping dreams? It’s a blessing and a curse. I didn’t get much restful sleep that night (I dare you try to sleep with giant ducks roiling in foamy soap!) but I did come away with a super cute Easter project! I hope you like it. I used the swirling cube technique from a couple weeks ago. Don’t you just love how easy it is to swirl by controlling your temperatures? I want to see you make this project or a variation of it on the Bramble Berry Facebook page. Flaunt your Easter soaps!

Ingredients

32 oz Clear Soap Base

32 oz White Soap Base

Royal Blue LabColor

Blue Mix LabColor

Blue Green LabColor

Celestial Waters Fragrance Oil

Castile Liquid Soap

Rubber Ducks

 10” Silicone Loaf Mold

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SOAP INSTRUCTIONS

ONE: In a large heat safe container, melt 32 ounces of clear soap in the microwave. Once the soap is melted, separate the soap evenly into two containers (16 ounces in each container).

TWO: Add 9 ml of Celestial Waters fragrance oil and 50 drops of diluted Blue Green LabColor to the first batch of melted clear soap. Mix well and set aside. Unsure how to mix up your Labcolors? Click here to learn how to dilute your LabColors.

THREE: To the second batch of clear soap, add 9 ml of Celestial Waters, 20 drops of diluted Royal Blue LabColor and 30 drops of diluted Blue Mix LabColor. Mix well and set aside.

FOUR: In another large, heat safe container, melt 16 ounces of white so soap base in the microwave.

FIVE: Since the Celestial Waters fragrance oil is yellow in color, we’re only going to add 3 ml of the fragrance oil to the white soap base. We want it to stay nice and white. Leave the soap uncolored.

SIX: Let all three containers of soap cool down to 130-135 degrees. Try to time it so they cool at the same time.

HINT: If one of the three soaps cools down first, pop it back in the microwave for 10 seconds. All three soaps need to be at 130-135 degrees Fahrenheit before pouring. Please note that these temperatures work with the Bramble Berry ‘house’ bases – the bulk bases and other brands will utilize different melt and set points.

 

SEVEN: Once the soaps are at the ideal pouring temperature, pour a little bit of the teal soap into the mold (about 1/4 inch). Then pour the same amount of the blue soap followed by the white soap. Repeat this pouring pattern, alternating soap colors. Spritz with rubbing alcohol to get rid of air bubbles along the way. Once all of the soap is in your mold, let it cool for 4-6 hours before you carefully unmold.

FROSTING INSTRUCTIONS

ONE: Combine 16 ounces of melted white soap base, 8 Tablespoons of Castile Liquid Soap and 6 ml of Celestial Waters fragrance oil in an electric mixer. Whip the ingredients together on medium switching to high after one minute. Keep mixing until the mixture forms fluffy, whipped peaks that look like frosting.

TWO: Use a spatula to quickly frost the entire loaf of soap then swiftly and evenly nestle 6 rubber ducks into the fluffy frosting.

HINT: I frosted what would be the “bottom” of the soap loaf, which is the top of the soap after you’re done pouring.

THREE: Let the frosting harden for about an hour and the soap is ready to cut! Quack! Quack!

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51 Responses to “Easter Ducky Soap”

  1. This is both beautiful AND adorable!
    I am so gonna make this!

    Yes, to answer your question, I have had many a soaping dream!

    Must make you a visionary!

    Love this and thank you so much!

  2. So cute! What temps should the bulk bases be? I have the bulk goat’s milk and the house clear, will these work together? Although I could use a bunch of pearly white mica as the third batch then they would all cool at the same time…

    • Anne-Marie says:

      I work with those a bit warmer – more like 135ish. They tend to harden up faster and go from liquid to solid more quickly than the house bases (but since there is a substantial pricing differential, it can totally be worth it!) =)

  3. Silvia says:

    Those are absolutely adorable.

  4. Catherine says:

    That is SO cute! Can you do something like it for CP soap?

    • Anne-Marie says:

      You totally could – I’d just add the ‘frosting’ layer right after you pour the soap so the two have a chance to fusee together.

  5. Mariah says:

    Adorable…and I too am a “soap dreamer”…some of my best ideas come to me while I am sleeping!

    Love this project, can’t wait to try it!

  6. Erica says:

    AM~

    Love it! I use duckies and other toys in my soap, and this is just adorable! Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea!

  7. heidi says:

    Love the technique. It will work great on my next project, Lemon Meringue Soap. Just one question, do you frost after unmolding the loaf?

  8. Chih says:

    So cute! I was wondering…what is the texture like for the frosting? Does it get firm or is it kind of rubbery? Ty!

  9. Samantha Whitelaw says:

    Yes , I definitely have soapy dreams , best thing to do is keep a note book by the side of your bed to write all your lovely dreams in . Beautiful Soap by the way xxxa

  10. Tonya Tate says:

    In making the meringue topping, does it ever harden to a very hard set? I made it as instructed above but substituted the scent with Relaxing fragrance. It hardens for a good cut, but is still semi-hard set. I’m afraid the entire meringue will disappear with one shower experience. Did I do something wrong?

    Thank you,

    Tonya

    • Anne-Marie says:

      Meringue topping – we have a few on this blog. Which ones are you referring to? Or do you mean the whipped soap one from this recipe above?

      If it’s the one here, let it sit for 1 week before using it and that will help it air dry. It gets hard spongy and doesn’t disappear in one shower but it does go away faster than a bar of soap that doesn’t have air whipped into it. =)

  11. Robert says:

    I don’t understand, I must be missing something. How does pouring like that get the effect you achieved? It doesn’t make sense to me :(

    • Courtney says:

      This technique is all the temperatures of the melt and pour base when you pour. If they are a little cooler they will not blend together (around 130 degrees). In fact, they will swirl together. Give it a try! I love how the swirls turned out!

      Courtney from Bramble Berry

  12. Sarah Lowe says:

    Do you need to spritz the loaf with alcohol right before putting on the frosting.

  13. Chad Graham says:

    I love this idea and it really did turn out great. I found that the proportion of whipped topping was far greater than what I needed for one loaf. Next time I think I will make half as much of the foam topping, or make two loaves of soap.

    • Courtney says:

      I’m glad you had success with your project! Woohoo!

      The best thing about this frosting recipe is that you can save the leftovers and use again. Just melt everything back up and give it a whip when you’re ready to use it!

      Courtney from Bramble Berry

      • Chad says:

        I never even thought of that, thanks for the info. When I was making the whipped topping it reminded me so of making meringue that I forgot soap is a little more resiliant than egg whites. I really did have so much fun making the duckie soap and everybody has raved about it. I can’t wait to make it again!!

  14. Annonymous says:

    To make the “topping” could you just add virgin olive oil? In my research it seems that is all castile is.

    • Anne-Marie says:

      Castille soap is Olive Oil mixed with either Potassium Hydroxide or Sodium Hydroxide to turn the Olive Oil into soap. So, while Olive Oil is 90% of the ingredient list, the 10% of the lye is a key factor for the turning it into soap. In this case, straight olive oil ends up weighing down the soap as opposed to helping to keep it liquidy and fluffy. That said, it would be a super moisturizing dense whip =)

  15. Rose says:

    Tried this for the first time today and yes I will say you have to work quickly with the frosting because it sets quick. I didn’t have castile liquid soap around so I tried Dawn?
    Glad to know that I can reheat the leftover though! Can’t wait to unmold and give feedback :)

  16. Regina says:

    I am new to soapmaking, but am having so much fun!!! Could you use the whipped topping in this recipe with a loaf of cold process soap? Thanks.

    Regina

  17. mary says:

    Also new to soap making. I’m going to make 4 loafs of this soap, but will put hearts in place of the ducks (bridal shower). Can I wait and frost them at the same time or do I need to frost right after each loaf? I’m worried about the frosting adhering to the soap. Any suggestions?

    • Hi Mary! The frosting will probably have a better chance of sticking to the soap if it’s fresh. That’s how we did it and it worked perfectly. You’ll probably be able to frost all 4 loaves by just doubling the frosting recipe (we had some left over). Did that answer your question?

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  18. mary says:

    Yes it did. thanks. I’ll do 1 loaf at a time. I did get labcolors, but I believe I need to dilute this. Correct?
    Do u think that putting soap hearts in the frosting will hold up? I think this will make really cute favors for a bridal shower.

  19. Cindy says:

    I made these today — OMG they came out great .. I could not believe it – I love the color combination and this project has encouraged me to try additionallab colors- I followed diluting instructions to the “t” – The smell is amazing. I really love this technique and enjoyed making this loaf today – My hubby was super impressed! I love, love the swirl technique using M&P soap .
    Thanks AnnMarie

  20. Just made a small batch…oh how I love this recipe (easy clean up and faster to make than the bath bomb frosting technique :)
    Question:
    Can I add a little bit of meringue to this recipe or wait after a week for the fluff (I love this word) to harden.
    Im putting my cupcakes in a box, but a little nervous about the frosting smearing the inside….

    Can you tell I’m not patient ha. ( i love it so much already)

    Best
    Ginger-vee with Champdefleurs

    • Hi Ginger-vee!

      The frosting in this recipe should harden up a bit more then it is right now, so it shouldn’t smear on the inside of your packaging.

      In fact, when we packaged ours we didn’t notice any problems with the frosting smearing at all. But, you can totally add a bit of meringue to the recipe if you’d like. If you do, let us know how it turns out! :)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  21. Aami k says:

    Can these soaps be wrapped? Like with ceran wrap then sealed with a heat gun? I can’t figure out how to package these in a neat way…PLEASE HELP :(

  22. Janna says:

    I was wondering if this type of whipped frosting would hold up in a 3D silicone cupcake mold?

    • Good morning, Janna!

      This frosting does harden up quite a bit and should be able to be used in a 3D silicone cupcake mold. We’ve never done it, but we have had customers who have and they just loved it! I hope this helps. :)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  23. Marilyn says:

    If I was to make this in CP….what colorants would i use?

  24. Monica says:

    Hello,
    Before I put the frosting on top of the actual soap loaf, do I have to spritz it with alcohol so it will stick? Thanks.

    • Good morning, Monica!

      To be extra-safe and make sure that your frosting adheres to your melt and pour soap, I would definitely spritz the top of the loaf with rubbing alcohol. I hope this helps! We can’t wait to hear more about how your soap inspired by this tutorial turns out. If you get any pictures you can share them with us on Bramble Berry’s Facebook page. :)

      Happy Soaping!
      -Becky with Bramble Berry
      https://www.facebook.com/BrambleBerry

  25. This is absolutely adorable! I’m going to try this out for Christmas. I have some cute little nephews that might enjoy this. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Eva says:

    Hi. I noticed that you are using labcolour and they would bleed. So if I leave the soap there for a few weeks, would the soap all be merged into one single blue block?

  27. Bethany says:

    When you are pouring the 3 different soap colors do you need to wait for each “layer” to slightly harden before pouring the next? Or do you just keep alternating pours for each one. I tried this and my colors sort of all melded together and did not have the same effect as the one pictured. You could not really distinguish between each color. Would that have to do with the temperature being off?

  28. Amanda says:

    Hi Bethany!

    I’m happy to hear you gave this recipe a try! I would recommend allowing the colors to cool slightly, otherwise you’re right, the colors will blend together rather than staying separate. I would recommend allowing them to cool to around 130 before pouring. I hope this works better for you next time :)

    -Amanda with Bramble Berry

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