Here is a tutorial on making Peppermint Candy Soaps – but redone for Spring with happy pastel colors.
The set up is simple:
Here is a tutorial on making Peppermint Candy Soaps – but redone for Spring with happy pastel colors.
The set up is simple:
Step Seven: Melt 16 ounces of clear soap in a Pyrex Container. Melt another 16 ounces of soap in a separate container.
Step Eight: Fragrance with a minimum of 2 ounces of fragrance. You can use all the way up to 3 ounces depending on personal preference.
Step Nine: Color one of the 16 ounce melted soap with with Blue Green Mica. Leave the other container of soap uncolored.
Step Ten: Spray the purple and gold curls thoroughly with rubbing alcohol. With the soap base over pour *not* steaming, pour the blue soap on one side of the mold while simultaneously pouring the clear soap from the other side of the mold
Step Eleven: Do a quick spritz of rubbing alcohol over the top of your mold. Allow the soap to harden fully overnight.
Step Twelve: Gently peel soap mold from sides of soap until airlock is broken. Carefully push soap out of the mold.
Final Step: Cut the soap and surprise yourself with how amazing it looks.
Check back later this week for our Final Reveal of how cute this soap turned out for us.
Welcome to my fun Loopy Soap tutorial! What in the world is Loopy Soap? Follow along and find out.
Utilizing our still-not-finalized, waiting-for-harder-plastic loaf molds for Melt and Pour and our ultra cool silicone baking tray mold, this soap is easy to make.
Clear Melt & Pour (I used our Bulk Base; you could use any of them)
Non-Bleeding Purple Colorant
Heavy Metal Gold
Fragrance (I used Red Lychee Tea)
Plastic Loaf Mold (I have extra of the weaker plastic molds. If you want one for $15, let me know)
Silicone Baking Tray
Pyrex (or heat safe glass)
Rubbing Alcohol in spritzer bottle
Step Two: Color with non-bleeding purple. Pour into Silicone Baking Tray.
Optional: If using an old or dried out melt and pour, add 1 Tablespoon of Liquid Glycerin at Step Two to help with pliability.
Step Three: After soap has hardened (about 20 minutes), gently peel soap out of mold. Cut into strips. Start to fold the soap over and on itself.
Tip: Fold within 20 or 30 minutes of pouring. If you wait too long, the soap will form small cracks (like the soap in the photo). The cracks will also happen if you put the soap in the freezer to speed the hardening process. It’s important that you allow the soap to harden at room temperature.
Step Four: Carefully position the soap in the mold, checking to make sure the fit is perfect.
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Mother’s Day is coming right up (Sunday, May 11th). It’s never to early to shower the woman who gave you life with gifts galore.
We’ve designed some easy soap, lotion and lip balm projects around the flavor fragrance Passionfruit Rose. It’s an edible fragrance oil so it can be used in all manner of products, not just soap and lotions.
A big shout out to the Otionites who spearheaded the fun creativity of this project.
Step One: Melt 2 ounces of clear melt and pour. Color it with one drop of Emerald Green Labcolor (or any green you have). Draw up the melted green soap into a dropper. Carefully dropper the melted soap into the vines on the soap mold.
Step Two: Repeat step one with a yellow, red or any rose color you’d like. Dropper the melted soap into the rose. If you are using clear labcolors, the bubbles will show through the front of the rose so be sure to spritz away any bubbles that form with rubbing alcohol.
Step Five: Spritz the vines and roses with alcohol to help adhesion of the white melt and pour layer.
Step Six: Slowly pour the melted, scented white melt and pour into the mold. Spritz the back of the soap, once poured, with alcohol to get rid of any pesky lingering bubbles.
Hints for getting layers to stick:
Fresh soap is best
Use the same brand of clear melt and pour as white melt and pour
Alcohol between layers helps adhesion
Pouring layers quickly helps adhesion
To make the Microsoft Small Business Summit soap (or any soap using Water Soluble Paper), you will need the following:
Knife (to cut the soap)
Spritzer Bottle filled with Rubbing Alcohol
Pyrex (or heat safe container)
Soap Mold (I like Milky Way Molds)
Water Soluble Paper is a super soluble paper that can be printed on with an inkjet printer or written on.
Step One: Design & Print your Project
Since Water Soluble Paper is $.60 per sheet, try to fit as many logos, photos or wording onto a full sheet of paper. Print a full sheet using an ink jet printer. With a fine mister of hairspray, finely mist the entire sheet. The hairspray helps to keep the color from bleeding once the paper is embedded in the soap.
Cut the logo, the photo or the wording out of the paper. Test to make sure the object easily fits inside of your chosen mold.
Once the first clear layer is fully hardened, melt the white soap. The white backing will help the photo show up well. The cooler and thicker the soap is, the less bleeding you will get with the water soluble paper. Allow the white soap to cool until it is no longer steaming. Add fragrance now (optional). Do not spray alcohol in between layers. The alcohol wets the paper and makes it more prone to bleeding. Pour the white soap slowly over the clear soap and photo layer.
Step Seven: Spritz and Wait
Spritz the back of the white layer with the rubbing alcohol. Wait 4 to 6 hours before popping the soap out of the mold. Wrap quickly with saran wrap.
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day which is coming right up, I’ve designed a fun St. Patrick’s Day, green themed, soap project. You can find other St. Patrick’s Day inspirations, including more molds and colorant ideas here.
2 pounds, 8 ounces clear melt and pour
8 onces white melt and pour
Milky Way Shamrock Mold
Loaf Mold (ours aren’t ready but I have 20 made up in a slightly too flexible plastic if anyone wants them for $17 each. Just email me at info -at- brambleberry -dot- com to get it)
Opalescent Green Mica
Emerald Green (Shamrocks on top)
Non-Bleeding Oxide Green (Shamrocks on bottom)
Fragrance: Lettuce or Green Tea is perfect!
Rubbing Alcohol in a Spritzer Bottle
Step 1: Make the Shamrocks. Be sure to fragrance them. They end up making up 20% of your total soap in the final product. We used Emerald Green (which bleeds) and Non-Bleeding Green Oxide.
Step 2: If you allow the Shamrocks to sit overnight, be sure to cover them in an airtight container. The more fresh the soap is, the easier it is to adhere in the final product.
Step 3: Heat 8 ounces of clear soap in the microwave. Stir thoroughly until it is no longer steaming and there are no chunks. Fragrance this soap with .1 to .2 ounces of fragrance oil.
Step 4: Pour the clear soap in the bottom of the loaf. Spritz each Shamrock down with rubbing alcohol. Embedd them at an angle to allow air bubbles to flow up the sides. The loaf mold holds three Shamrocks easily.
Step 5: Allow a thick skin to form. Pour a layer of white soap to really make the shamrocks pop.
Step 5.5: Then, it’s time to swirl! Using 2 to 4 ounces of colored soap per pour (don’t forget to fragrance), swirl and layer varying green. We used Emerald Green, Irridescent Green, and White melt and pour to get the final look.
Step 6: Allow to harden to a very thick skin. This layer needs to support the next layer of soap and three Shamrocks! Pour a thin layer of Clear Soap (colored with Iridescent Mica).
Step 7: Spray each Shamrock liberally with rubbing alcohol. Gently set each Shamrock, face up, into the thin layer of soap. Pour remaining soap around the Shamrocks, filling the soap so that the Shamrocks are just barely set into the surface of the soap.
Step 8: Do one final spritz of rubbing alcohol and allow soap to harden at least four hours or overnight.
Check back tomrorow for the final photo to see how this fun loaf turned out.
Embedding soaps is best done with fresh soap. The more moist and glycerin laden that the soap is, the easier the embedded soap sticks in the soap without separating.
Embedding the Daisies
Step One: Melt clear melt and pour soap in the microwave on short bursts. Stir to ensure all the pieces are evenly melted.
Step Two: Fragrance the soap. Remember, yellow or orange fragrances are fine to use but may make greens and blue colors not show up as clearly as you want.
Step Three: Pour a thin layer of soap into the bottom of your basic shape mold. Make sure that the soap is not steaming. If you cannot easily put your finger in the soap without burning your finger, it’s not ready to be poured for embedding. This is what happens if you pour the clear soap too warm.
Step Four: Spray the surface of the clear soap with alcohol. Insert the daisy flower at an angle. If you place your flower down flat, air bubbles can easily be caught under the flower, marring the beautiful look of the soap. The angle allows the air bubbles to flow up the side of the flower.
Step Five: You can pour clear soap over the back of the embedded daisies and have a clear, see-through bar. Or, you can wait for the clear soap to harden (about 10 minutes) and move onto Step Six.
Step Six: After the clear soap layer is thick enough to support a second layer, spritz the clear soap with rubbing alcohol. Then, pour a contrasting color. Opaque soap backs are particularly nice to show contrasting spring colors.
Step Seven: Finish your second layer off with a final spritz of alcohol.
Check back tomorrow for final photos showing color and option variations.
Clear Melt & Pour Soap Base (ditto on the Economy Base)
Spray bottle with rubbing alcohol
Tomorrow, we’ll start the cut-out process for these happy spring soaps.
When making lipstick, there are a lot of different ingredients you can use. The basic ingredients are covered here but there are many, many more exotic oils, waxes and butters that can be used in lipsticks.
Wax – Waxes can be beeswax, candelilla wax, jasmine wax, orange wax and ozokerite wax. Most common to the home crafter is beeswax because of its pricing and easy availability. For vegans, candelilla wax is the preferred alternative since it is derived from a plant. Waxes are used to help provide a barrier against the elements, seal moisture in the lips and keep color on your lips. Waxes also help to provide shape and form to the lipstick mixture.
Oils – Oil in lipstick are used to be moisturizing, help provide a barrier against weather and also mix with the waxes to form a smooth, spreadable mixture. Popular oils in lipsticks are Sweet Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, Olive Oil and Hempseed oil. There are many other liquid oil options to use. It’s fun to play around with exotic or lesser known oils but remember, if your lipstick really takes off in the market, you want to make sure that the oils you choose are easily available and cost effective.
Butters – Butters are used in much the same way as oils are. They are designed to moisturize, help protect and make a stable mixture that is solid at room temperature yet glides and melts on the lips. Common butters in lip balm recipes are Shea Butter, Mango Butter and Cocoa Butter. Generally, large brands of lipstick do not use butters in their formulations. Since butters are comprised of many different fatty acid chains, they are described as “polymorphic,” which means that they have the ability to crystallize in several different forms according to how the liquid fat is solidified. What this means to you is that butters must be treated with gentle loving care in lipsticks. You need to melt them slowly (temper them) and then immediately place the finished product into the freezer for quick chilling. This will help to minimize any crystals that might form hard, unsightly bumps in your final product. Or, you can do what the “big guys” do and just avoid butters all together.
Lip Safe Fragrance – Lip Safe Fragrances are commonly referred to as “flavors.” They are not the traditional alcohol based flavors or extracts in the grocery store. While fragrance oils have up to 3500 different ingredients that can go into them, less than 10% of them are classified as safe for lips. This is because you “eat” your lipstick so anything that goes onto your lips must be GRAS (“generally recognized as safe” as classified by the FDA). Flavor oils, or lip safe fragrances, do not taste like anything. Rather, the user is tricked into believing that the lipstick or lip balm “tastes” because they inhale the scent. Seventy-Five percent of what we taste is actually from our sense of smell.
Before you get started, gather your equipment and ingredients.
small glass jars (microwaveable)
chapstick tubes/or lip pots
lip safe colorants
beeswax or another wax
liquid oil (sweet almond oil, hazelnut oil, jojoba oil – it’s your choice)
lip safe flavor
President’s Day was originally designed to celebrate President Washington’s birthday. Now it’s common to include President Lincoln, also born in February and all the presidents in this federal holiday. To celebrate the day, I made soap (no surprise there).
For this project, I used the new Bulk Economy base (150 pounds for $180). With its extra glycerin, the layers stick together easily.
Before starting the layers, make the sparkle corridors by adding a dense amount of sparkle (1 heaping teaspoon to 8 ounces of clear soap) to melted clear soap. Keep stirring until the glitter suspends in the soap. The soap will be thick and soupy and almost ready to set up before the glitter will evenly suspend. Pour into a mold long enough to span the entire length of your loaf.
The first layer is made with clear soap and non-bleeding red. It’s important to use clear soap to get a true red. If you use white soap, the color will end up pink. Hint: if you use a yellowing fragrance (such as orange essential oil), your red color may end up orange. Choose your fragrance wisely.
Pour the first layer. Allow it to harden with a thick skin. Depending on how hot you poured the soap, this may take 5 to 15 minutes. While you’re waiting, cut the glitter soap into long strips.
Spritz rubbing alcohol onto the first layer to help layer adhesion. Pour the second layer of white soap. Because you will be embedding the glitter strips in the soap, make sure that the soap is a cool temperature. If it is too hot, the surrounding soap will melt the glitter strips giving a different effect than wanted. Once the white layer is poured, add the glitter strips to the soap. Make sure that you are fragrancing each layer. I normally forget to fragrance at least one layer.
Wait for this layer to harden with a thick skin, enough to sustain another layer of soap. Prepare the blue soap. To ensure crisp, clean lines, make sure that your blue color is a non-bleeding color. Spritz the white soap with isopropyl alchol. Pour the blue layer.
Wait for the entire soap to harden fully. Cut with a sharp knife or a crinkle cutter. Oooh, ahhh and celebrate President’s Day with your patriotic soap.
It seems a week cannot go by without a cupcake or cupcake related product catching my eye. When you see the detail work on the soap cupcakes below, you’ll understand why these caught my attention.
Heather from Twin Birch Bath and Body created these amazing cupcakes.
Heather, I can hardly wait to see one of these pieces of art in person. Thank you for sharing your technique with the Soap Queen Community.
We’ve covered Soap on a Rope extensively already (here, here and here). Nicole in Customer Service wasn’t satisfied with how soapy her ropes ended up getting when the soap was poured around the ropes. This is the alternate project she came up with to solve the Soapy Soap Rope Conundrum.
Opaque Melt and Pour soap base
3-D Soap Mold
Microwave safe container
Spritzer bottle filled w/ rubbing alcohol
Colorant (we like Labcolors for opaque soap)
What you’ll need:
Bramble Berry Ducky Soap Mold (S.W., in MA wrote us to say: “I wanted to tell you how happy I am with my Duck Molds. They made the perfect children’s soap, and the Pearberry the perfect scent. I work with CP soap, the molds were beautiful but not too detailed so that I would worry about air bubbles (no tapping). Made them yesterday and woke up to beautiful pearberry ducks. Everybody wants them.”)