Havana Layers Melt & Pour Soap

The Havana Classic series continues today with this super sensory melt and pour project. Loaded with natural additives such as Shredded Loofah, Poppy SeedsLemon PeelWhite Pumice and Walnut Shells, this is a fun textured bar of soap that exfoliates as it cleans.

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What You’ll Need:

28 oz Clear Melt & Pour Soap Base
3/4 tsp Blue Raspberry Colorant
6 tsp White Pumice
2 mini scoops Green Chrome Colorant
1 tsp Walnut Shells
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/4 tsp Lemon Peel
2 tsp Shredded Loofah
4 mini scoops Titanium Dioxide
2 tsp Poppy Seeds
99% Isopropyl Alcohol
2 lb Wood Loaf Mold
2 lb. Wood Log Mold Silicone Liner
0.8oz Tobacco & Bay Leaf Fragrance Oil
3 .15CC Scoops

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ONE: Place 2# Silicone liner inside wooden mold. Slide the Scraper/Cutter tool under the long edge of the mold, metal side first, until the wood handle is touching the mold so that the mold is at a slight angle.

TWO: Cut up 28 oz clear melt and pour and place in microwaveable bowl. Heat in 30 second bursts until melted.

THREE: Stir in 0.8oz of Tobacco & Bay Leaf fragrance oil to your melted soap. Separate out 8 oz of soap into a small cup.

FOUR: In a small container, mix 1/2 tsp Blue Raspberry colorant, 4 tsp White Pumice, and 1 Tbsp of Rubbing Alcohol. Pour this mixture into the 8 oz of soap, and gently stir.

FIVE: Pour the colored soap into lined wood mold, and spritz liberally with alcohol.

SIX: From your large bowl of melted soap, separate 4 oz of soap. If needed, heat in 10 second bursts until soap is liquid.

SEVEN: In a small container, mix two mini scoops Green Chrome Oxide, 1 tsp Walnut Shells, and 1 tsp Rubbing Alcohol. Pour this mixture into the 4 oz of soap, and gently stir.

EIGHT: Check on the first layer of soap in your wood mold. If it has a firm skin on it, pull out the cutter, and slide it under the opposite side of the wood mold. If is is still quite liquid and cannot hold its shape, wait a few minutes, then switch sides with the cutter once the soap is more set.

NINE: After switching the angle on the mold, spritz soap liberally with alcohol again. Then, pour your green layer of soap over the blue layer. Make sure your green layer is not hotter than130°F, or you risk melting through your first layer. Spritz with alcohol.

TEN: Portion out 4 oz more soap into a small cup. If needed, heat in 10 second bursts until soap is liquid.

ELEVEN: In a small container, mix together 1/4 tsp Lemon Peel with 1 tsp Alcohol. Pour into soap. Next, mix in 2 heaping tsp of Shredded Loofah. Repeat steps eight and nine with your yellow layer.

TWELVE: In a small container, mix together 1/2 tsp Paprika, 2 tsp Pumice, and 1 Tbsp Alcohol. Pour this mixture into the separated 4 oz of soap, and gently stir. Repeat steps eight through ten with your red layer.

THIRTEEN: Heat remaining 8 oz of soap in 10 second bursts. In a small container, mix together 4 mini scoops Blue Raspberry, 4 mini scoops of Titanium Dioxide, and 4 tsp Alcohol. Pour mix into remaining soap, and add 2 tsp Poppy Seeds.

FOURTEEN: After 24 hours, slip your soap out of the silicone liner, and place it on its side to cut. This will help avoid drag marks through your bars. Enjoy!

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  1. Lyn says

    I was just wondering if it’s the alcohol that prevents the exfoliants for coming to the top of the soap layers. I tried a coffee soap this week and most of the coffee grains came to the top of the soap, but in these photos they look well dispersed.

    • says

      Hi Lyn!

      Sometimes dispersing exfoliants in melt and pour can be a little tricky! If the soap is too hot and liquid, the exfoliants may go to the top, or to the bottom. If you mix in the exfoliants when the soap has cooled and begins to thicken up, they will remained dispersed :) You can see in a few of the photos how thick the melt and pour started to be :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

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