The next installment in our Christmas gift project tutorial series are these appealing Snowflake soaps. I love how intricate this project looks. In reality, these soaps are quite simple thanks to the well designed mold. These adorable little soaps can be as cheap as 49¢ each to make.*
update: Now that the entire series is posted learn to make bath fizzies here, lotion here, and sugar scrub here.
- Clear M&P soap base
- White M&P soap base
- Iridescent glitter
- Brilliant Blue Lab color
- Snowflake soap mold
- fragrance (we used Fresh Snow)
Get the kit from Bramble Berry with all the ingredients to make this project. Choose from two great fragrance combinations. Traditional Christmas Forest & Cranberry Fig or a more modern Cinnamon Sugar & Fresh Snow.
Microwave safe containers for melting soap
spoon for stirring
spray bottle with rubbing alcohol
M&P tool kits (optional – but they sure make it easier!)
Step 1 Cut up soap into cubes and place clear in one container and white in the other. Melt the soap in the microwave in short bursts until both clear and white are fully melted.
Step 2 Add soap safe glitter, Brilliant Blue color and fragrance or essential oil of choice to melted clear soap. Add fragrance to melted white soap. I like to use .25 – .5 ounces per pound of soap for a strong scent.
Note: Remember to dilute the LabColor before use! Learn how to dilute the LabColors here.
Step 3 Place one of the colors in the details of the snowflake design. I like to spray a layer of rubbing alcohol into the detail portion area, fill up my dropper or syringe and then gently flow the soap into the detail lattice. The alcohol helps the soap flow smoothly into all the crevices. Once it has set-up (usually just a couple of minutes) scrape away any soap that has overflowed outside of the design area with the dental pick tool in the tool kit or a dull butter knife. Because of the raised design, it’s easy to just scrape the back even with the edges to clean up the details.
Step 4 Spritz the design with rubbing alcohol. Pour other color in the mold – making sure the soap is not so hot that it will melt the detail soap already in there. The ideal temperature for pouring any of the Bramble Berry house bases for overpour is around 120 degrees.
Step 5 Allow to set-up for a few hours or overnight before popping them out of the mold.
If you’re giving these as gifts, the organza bags finish them off nicely or you can use a little bit of saran wrap and a heat gun to achieve professional looking soap at your own kitchen table. Print out your labels from our holiday label designs and you’ve got the perfect stocking stuffer or handmade gift.
* the fine print: to get to our 49¢ each price we factored in one mold, 2 pounds of clear, 2 pounds of white M&P soap base, 1/2 ounce glitter, 1 ounce of fragrance and 1/2 bottle of blue lab color. In reality we don’t think you would actually use that much color and glitter but just in case. 🙂
Labcolors Blue will eventually bleed into the white. You could use the non-bleeding blue pigment option as well and get a slightly different hue of blue that would also look wintery.
Soap Kitten says
doesn’t the blue labcolor bleed into the white?
Good suggestions Paula.
Another thing that I do is not fill the cavities more than 85% full. This helps with the release a lot.
Paula Kates says
I bet I know the answer to this!!! There are more than one mini snowflake molds (both carried by BB). The brand new Milky Way mold has 5 cavities totally unique from the Spinningleaf mold which has 6 cavities. Milky Way molds release their soap with almost no pressure because the sides are slightly angled. As beautiful as the Spinningleaf molds are they have little if any angle and it can be nearly impossible to get those soaps out of the mold. Get the new Milky Way mold! And stick the Spinningleaf mold in the freezer for 3 minutes under the blower to help them release.
Good luck I have both and use both but LOVE the ease of release of the Milky Way molds.
I have this mold and awhile ago I made some beautiful soaps with this. The problem is that I can’t seem to get the soap out of the mold… I tried freezing it but that didn’t work either. Do you have any ideas that I can try without ruining the soap, or the mold?
Awesome. I love this project. $.50 is something I could definitely do for Christmas presents.