Cold Process Planets in a Melt and Pour Galaxy

This is a guest post from Otion, our a retail store in downtown Bellingham, Wash. This tutorial is similar to our Intergalactic Planetary Melt and Pour, but with a twist; the planets are leftover shreds of cold process soap, making this project a great way to give new life to old soaps.

What you’ll need:
16 oz. leftover cold process soap (or rebatch!)
24 oz Clear Melt & Pour base
1 mL sodium lactate
4 mini scoops Luster Black Mica
.5 oz. Black Tea Fragrance Oil
3 mini scoops Silver Glitter
Mini Temperature Gun
Mini Scoops
10″ Silicone Loaf Mold

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ONE: If you have some in-the-pot-swirl soap laying around, shred the bars using a cheese grater. If not, you can color some rebatch soap using either the double-boiler or plastic baggie technique. I used about 16 oz. of cold process soap.2

TWO: Once your cold process is grated, roll the shreds into 15 – 20 balls ranging from 1/2 inch in diameter to 1 1/2 inches. Keep CP shreds separate so colors will be more defined. This process works best with freshly grated soap. 3

THREE: Once soap balls are rolled, it is time to make your universe. Start by melting 24 oz of clear melt & pour. Add the Luster Black  mica, Black Tea Fragrance Oil and Glitter. Stir well!4

FOUR: Once soap has reached 130 degrees, add sodium lactate, this will thicken your soap and allow your planets to float! Spray about 10-14 of your planets with rubbing alcohol and place them into your mold.

FIVE: Pour the melt & pour base over the planets and begin to add more sprayed planets. Repeat in a quick fashion until the mold is full.

5 SIX: Spray once more with rubbing alcohol and let sit.

6Your soap will be ready to cut with a sharp knife in approximately 2 hours. There is no cure time needed if you used fully cured cold process soap to make your shreds with.

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  1. Robin says

    So cool! I saw someone else said they were going to do this with just CP soap. Can you do that? I figured the CP soap would be opaque and not show up as well, but would it work? Thanks!!!

    • Kelsey says

      Hi Robin!

      You could definitely do this with a cold process base! Because the base is opaque, it may help to have more planet embeds. That way, you’ll have some in each bar. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

    • says

      Hi Valda!

      While I have never tried it, I don’t see any major issues. The only thing I can see happening is that the cold process may become hot and slightly melt the melt and pour. If you give it a try, I’d love to hear how it works for you!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  2. says

    I love this one! I am planning on trying it just with CP for my daughter who is having a lot of fun learning about astronomy. I can’t quite decide what my galaxy should smell like though. I might just use me lemon cake sample since my kids seem to love it and it would be for them.

    • says

      Hi Margaret!

      I’m so glad you’re going to give this soap a try! It’s a lot of fun to make, I bet your daughter would love it :). You could definitely use the lemon cake fragrance! We really liked the Black Tea Fragrance Oil for this recipe, but because galaxy doesn’t really smell (that I know of!) the sky is the limit 😉

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

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