Lump of Coal Soap

  • Difficulty:Beginner
  • Time:20 Minutes
  • Yields:4 Soaps

Do you know some one who will be getting a Lump of Coal Soap in their stocking this year (with good humor intended)? This is the perfect soap project to sneak into someone’s stocking. The fragrance oil blend of Cranberry Realistic and Patchouli is a holiday mix that’s musky and tart, perfect for the “sour” people receiving the soapy lump of coal (who will actually be getting a very nice gift of handmade soap). And of course I had to add a little bit of glitter, just to make it festive! Why not?


8 ounces Clear Melt and Pour

.8 ounces Liquid Glycerin

Silicone Tray Mold

Activated Charcoal

Iridescent Glitter

Patchouli Fragrance Oil (1 ml)

Cranberry Realistic (3 ml)

Mini scoops (not included in kit button)

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ONE: Melt 8 ounce of clear melt and pour soap in a heat safe container (30 second bursts in the microwave). Mix in .8 ounces of Liquid Glycerin, 6 level mini scoops of Activated Charcoal, 4 mini scoops of Iridescent Glitter, 1 ml of Patchouli fragrance oil and 3 ml of Cranberry Realistic fragrance oil. Mix well and pour the soap into the loaf tray mold.

TWO: Let the soap cool for about 10 minutes and unmold when the soap is still warm. Then use a craft knife to cut the soap into 4 pieces and quickly roll them into balls with your hands. Move as quickly as you can (I would say you have about 2 minutes to manipulate the warm soap)! Try to rip the soap so the “smooth” corners are tucked inside of the soap ball. We want these rustic and messy looking.

Tip: See in the picture above that it’s still a little “wet” when I unmolded. that’s exactly what you want.

Note: You’ll need to wash your hands after rolling the soap. It’s a sticky mess. I’m all about the messy projects lately =)

 Slip a few lumps into a drawstring bag and you have the perfect gift for those not so nice people on your list (or the ones with a great sense of humor!).

13 Responses to “Lump of Coal Soap”

  1. Lacy says:

    Do you think this could be done with re-batch soap? I usually make large amounts of cold process, grate it, and then re-batch it. Maybe I could take melted re-batch, color and fragrance it, let it cool just a little, and roll it into balls?

    • Courtney says:

      I do. Maybe just roll the soap together when it’s cool enough to handle. You’ll have to give it a try and let us know how it goes =)

      Courtney from Bramble Berry

  2. Carol says:

    I like the glitter. It’s like the coal has diamond dust.

  3. bonnie says:

    I made a cold process coal soap. I found some cute little rock molds (for train sets) and I made a black CPOP soap in them. They came out amazing! Has all the sediment rock lines and details just like the real thing!

    • Anne-Marie says:

      I bet they are SO cute with that little rock mold you found. What a smart way to get a realistic soap (eh hem, model train set!) mold. =)

  4. ameya says:

    I am planning on making this this week . and was wondering what were the measurements for the charcoal and glitter? it just says miniscoops and scoops?

    thank you,

  5. I just made these for our secret Santa. They were a bit trickier than I’d imagined. I didn’t have iridescent glitter so I added a smidgen of green, gold,red and silver then used cranberry pomegranate fragrance(which I got as a freebie from Aussie Soap Supples – Brambleberry retailer in Perth AU) I let the soap set a bit too much the first time but a quick remelt and then as it set I scraped lumps with a spoon and moulded them with my hand. I agree it is messy but good. The Fragrance oil is delish – I’d never have thought of buying it but it is already in my wishlist for my next order.

    • Anne-Marie says:

      Good call on the quick remelt – that was a smart idea. And I’m glad that you were able to get a fantastic color, even without the iridescent glitter. Thanks for the report =) Merry Christmas!

  6. Sharlene says:

    How is “coal” related to Xmas?

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