These bars are really out of this world! This recipe is so simple and you can use just about any color re-batch (leftover) soap bars. This past week I made Valentine’s soap, needless to say, I had plenty of pink and purple leftover. Re-batching is the simplest way to create something beautiful and unique. Let’s get started, shall we?
Step 1: Cut Clear Organic SFIC (all natural) Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap Base into small chunks and add 1/4 tsp Matte Black Oxide Pigment Powder. If using the microwave method, heat on high at 30 second intervals. Continue melting until the soap base is completely melted. Add, 7-10 drops of fragrance oil. I choose Be Enchanted Fragrance Oil. This scent definitely smells enchanting. Slowly pour hot soap mixture into a silicon soap loaf pan. Small bubbles may begin to appear, simply spray a spritz of rubbing alcohol on top of your soap loaf.
Step 2: Cut your re-batch soap into different size pieces, lengths or shavings. Drop into the soap mixture. Some pieces will sink down, others may float. The different sizes, shapes and placement will give the finished soap loaf a really unique look once sliced. Step 3: Once soap loaf has hardened, remove from silicon loaf pan and slice into desired size. I used a crinkle cutter for that extra pizzazz. This soap loaf is really “out of this world!” Enjoy!
I wanted to incorporate all colors of the rainbow in this special confetti soap. My favorite part about doing this type of soap is that you never quite know what you’ll get until you begin slicing the bars of soap. This recipe is a little more time-consuming than most because it includes many colors. Alternatively, this recipe provides a great opportunity to use up any leftover soap ends or scraps!
I chose these two soap bases because the Crystal Clear soap will allow the brilliance of the color blocks to come through, while the opaque Cocoa Butter soap base provides excellent moisturization.
Begin by cutting the clear soap into uniform sized cubes. This process will take a bit of time, as it requires melting down six individual colors and pouring them into the block cavities of the soap mold.
Separate each bar of clear soap base into four parts. Using half of the remaining clear soap base, cut in half and quarter. We now have enough soap to make six colors.
Quarter each color block and place one quarter into each container of 0.25 lb soap. Microwave for 45 seconds, stir, and then microwave an additional 45 seconds until completely melted. Pour the soap into the cavity of the soap mold, spray with alcohol, and repeat with each color until complete.
Allow the soap blocks to cool thoroughly before unmolding.
After removing the soap from the mold, I grated each color into a big bowl. Don’t forget to wear gloves – this can get messy! As always, please use extra care and caution when using the grater. (You can pick one up at your local dollar store for $1)
Now that I’ve got all the preparation complete, it’s time to make the loaf! After cubing the white soap and microwaving on 45 second increments until liquified, it is time to add fragrance.
How could I not choose our Rainbow’s End (our version) fragrance oil for this soap? It is a soft, fresh delightful scent and will not discolor the white soap. This makes a nice unisex fragrance.
It’s time to pour the soap! With the colored “confetti” soap nearby, pour the scented white soap into the mold. After the mold is approximately ¾ full, spray with alcohol and start grabbing handfuls of colored soap confetti and start sprinkling it in! Use as much or as little as you’d like. Be sure the spray the top of the soap with alcohol one more time once you’ve added the confetti.
Allow the loaf of soap to cool completely for at least 12 hours. Once unmolded, it will look something like this!
After the overwhelmingly positive response we’ve received from our Bath Bomb Ornament tutorial, I wanted to do a similar recipe, this time using botanicals as part of the formed bath bomb. Since this recipe calls for soap molds rather than classic bath bomb molds, it is a great way for the beginner to become familiar with formulating bath bombs, without worrying about pressing each side of the bath bomb mold together. Make these for yourself or someone you love and treat them to a homemade spa-like experience! Rose petals floating in the bath water is sure to make you feel like royalty. PS Check out our ready-made Madly in Love bath bombs – these can also give you the same experience without having to do the work!
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly using a whisk, large spoon or your hands. Be sure to get to the very bottom of the bowl to incorporate all ingredients. I chose to use bentonite clay because it is believed to be abundant in minerals and serves as a way to remove toxins from the skin. The arrowroot powder will serve as an agent to help keep the bath bomb hard and sturdy. Alternatively, you may use cornstarch or cream of tartar.
After the dry ingredients are mixed and you begin to add in the fragrance and oil, you will notice small clumps forming. Spritz 10-20 sprays of witch hazel at a time while working through with your hands. Keep mixing thoroughly until the texture of the entire batch is that of wet sand.
Prepare the mold by lightly placing small pinches of the botanicals in the heart cavities. Be careful not to overdo it – we still need surface area for the bath bombs to adhere.
Firmly pack the bath bomb mixture into the cavities. Allow to set for ten minutes, then carefully flip over onto a hard, flat surface. I prefer to do it on a baking sheet so I don’t get crumbs everywhere.
Allow the bath bombs to dry for at least 24 hours, and be sure to enjoy! <3
I bet you didn’t know Bulk Apothecary carries many different wine fragrance oils. Well, we do and they all smell terrific! Just trying to figure out which scent to use in this recipe was a pretty difficult decision! Grab yourself your favorite glass and let’s get started with this soap bar wine recipe!
Melt ½ cup of Shea Butter Stephenson Melt and Pour Soap Base (simply cut off a chunk of the soap base and add more if needed). Slowly pour lines, swirls or designs, leaving open space in the guest rectangle tray soap mold. Sprinkle or spoon in the empty spaces with small amounts of glitter.
Cut and melt 2 lbs of Oatmeal and Shea Butter Stephenson Melt and Pour Soap Base. You can use the stove top or microwave, whichever works best for you. Once completely melted add ¼ block of Shimmer Raspberry Melt and Pour Soap Block and melt for an until 25-30 seconds. Stir until you achieve a pretty pink color. If you’d like a darker raspberry color, add another ¼ block. Either color will come out looking beautiful! Next, add 10 drops of the Moscato Fragrance Oil. Doesn’t it smell delightful? Pour on top of the soap mold tray and let harden.
Removing soap out of a plastic tray is sometimes tricky. It can be hit or miss! A great tip is putting the tray in the freezer for 10 minutes before removing, next firmly push on the tray. The soap will pop right out. Slice into 10 rectangular shape bars. These bars are a perfect little Valentine’s Day gift for your friends and loved ones. Wrap in clear cellophane or burlap and tie with a big white, pink or silver bow. You’ll be a hit at your next wine night! Enjoy!
Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to get crafty and create something special from the heart.
For those who love this holiday, this recipe will be right up your alley. Instead of giving those traditional Valentine’s Day cards, why don’t you try something different? Like these heart-shaped soap bars made using a cookie cutter. These adorable heart soap bars can be given to loved ones, friends, co-workers and even your child’s classmates. Wrap and add a cute saying and your Valentine’s will be the best on the block. Let’s get started!
Cut 2lbs Cocoa Butter Soap Base into small pieces and place in a microwave safe bowl. Save 7-8 pieces. Begin heating at 45 seconds intervals. Once almost melted, add ½ block of Titanium Dioxide Color Block and ½ block of Shimmer Magenta Color Block. Continue heating until completely melted. Let cool for 3 minutes, then add 15 drops of the Candy Concoction Fragrance Oil. It smells good enough to eat! Slowly pour into 9 x 13 glass pan. Let harden for 35-40 minutes.
Melt the reserved soap pieces along with ¼ block of Shimmer Raspberry Color block. Microwave for 25 seconds and stir. If needed, add additional seconds until smooth. Add 3 drops of the Candy Concoction Fragrance Oil and stir. Drizzle over 9 x 13 pan. Let cool and harden for a few hours before cutting.
Using a heart cookie cutter, press down firmly into soap mold. I did this step twice to insure it was completely pressed through. If you would like to add twine or rope, make a hole using a lollipop stick. Next, place glass pan in freezer for 10 minutes. This will help with removal. Using a spatula, cut around first heart and scoop out. It will get easier once the first and second heart are removed. You will have plenty of leftover soap. Start the process over or save for a different soap project.
Add twine or rope. Package and deliver to your sweetheart! Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!
With Valentine’s Day approaching, I wanted to make a soap that could be a versatile gift – yielding eight bars a tray, this is a great way to show the people in your life that you love them! What better fragrance to use than Bulk Apothecary’s version of “Falling in Love?”
Begin by cutting 1 lb. of soap in half. Put one half aside (we’ll use that later) and cut the remaining half into two. One half will be for the bubblegum pink color, the other for magenta. Cut the soap base into cubes and then quarter the color blocks and then use ¼ of the block in each measuring cup. I sliced a quarter of the color block into three slim slices to allow it to melt faster. Microwave for one minute, stir, and microwave again for an additional 30 seconds.
Add 10-30 drops of fragrance oil to each measuring cup and stir. The soap is ready to pour. Carefully pour the soap into the heart cavities of the mold. If you pour extra, do not worry – you can scrape the extra soap off the mold before pouring the second layer (not everything has to be perfect)! Spritz the hearts with alcohol to eliminate bubbles, and allow to cool for 20 minutes before pouring the next layer.
Melt the remaining 1.5 lbs. of cubed soap, along with ¼ of the shimmer pearl color block, for one minute. Stir, and then continue to microwave in 30 second increments until completely melted. Add the remainder of the fragrance oil, stir, and pour very carefully. Be sure not to pour the soap directly onto the hearts – this could cause the layers to mix together.
After allowing the soap to set for two hours, carefully pull away at each side to release the vacuum seal that has formed. Flip the mold over and lightly push the soap out onto a flat surface. Your soap is now ready to cut! Use a knife of soap cutter to divide the tray up into eight individual bars.
Now that the holidays have passed, I wanted to experiment with a skin-loving, floral soap. With freezing, below-zero temperatures, I found myself wanting to complain and shudder, but then I realized I am lucky enough to live somewhere that we get to experience all four seasons. Beauty can be found anywhere – you just have to look for it! Envision walking through a snowy, winter rose garden as you’re all bundled up with some hot chocolate, tea, or coffee, as you become inspired to make this soap for yourself, family or friends. This would also be a fantastic gift idea for Valentine’s Day!
Begin by cutting the SFIC All Natural Oatmeal Soap Base into cubes. Once the soap is cut, place the cubes in a glass measuring cup with the small ⅛ portion of the Magenta Color Block and microwave on 30-second increments, stirring in between, until the soap has melted and liquefied. Using such a small amount of the color block will give the soap a beautiful pastel pink hue.
Gently pour the soap into the mold and spray the top with rubbing alcohol as this will eliminate bubbles that may have formed on the top of the soap. Wait a minute or two and then lightly drop the rose petals on the top of the soap. If they sink into the loaf, the soap is still too hot. After the rose petals have been placed, give the soap loaf a final few spritzes of rubbing alcohol from at least 12 inches above. If you spray too close, the spraying action may blow the petals off the soap.
Keep in mind that the rose buds are organic matter and they can potentially tinge parts of your soap green. This is why when I am working with botanicals, I take the extra time to pick out the prettiest, most colorful petals, leaving behind the green plant matter at the base of the buds. I went the extra mile and added a sprinkling of biodegradable glitter – optional!
Allow the soap to remain in the mold for at least six hours before removing. I love this mold because it allows me to make a loaf of soap without committing to the full size, which is typically 3 lbs! When I am trying new recipes, I do not always necessarily want to make a large batch – this mold holds 1 lb. of soap and it works so well, especially with the SFIC brand. Just unwrap a 1 lb. block and you’re ready to go!
I used the wavy soap cutter because I thought it would really accentuate the feminine, floral look of the soap. Of course, this is a matter of personal preference – you can use whichever soap cutter you’d like. Enjoy!
Winter has arrived! That fresh scent of the brisk winter air, combined with woodsy smells such as cedarwood and birch. The smell alone will have you feeling like you’re walking through the woods. Plus, that earthly scent will instantly wake up your senses.
In this recipe, we will be combining 3 wonderfully-scented essential oils. Sweet Birch, Cedarwood and Cypress. This combination, along with oatmeal and shea with goat milk soap, will leave your skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. This recipe is perfect for dry winter skin, or for someone who just loves this combination of essential oils.
Cut and cube soap bases into two separate microwave save bowls. Start melting the oatmeal and shea butter first. Melt at 35 second intervals. The oatmeal soap base has a speckled look, which I absolutely love. It gives each recipe its own added depth and looks great. The added exfoliating oats make it even better. Once completely melted, add ¼ block of the chrome green oxide melt and pour soap color block. If you’d like a darker green tone, simply add more to your liking. Melt for an additional 35 seconds. Stir until the color is completely blended. Add 7 drops/shakes of cypress essential oil and 9 drops/shakes cedarwood essential oil. Stir, and slowly pour into the silicone soap mold.
Melt the goat milk soap base and follow directions for heating times from above. FYI: Goat milk melts very quickly. Once melted, add ½ teaspoon of matte woodland green pigment powder (this powder is very rich in color, it will darken quickly). Stir until completely dissolved. Add 10 drops/shakes of sweet birch essential oil. Slowly pour soap mixture on top of first layer. Let mold set up for 5 minutes, then, using a knife or any kitchen utensil, make swirls designs into soap. Get creative here! Let your soap mold harden before slicing. Enjoy this outdoor woodsy scent. Happy soaping!