My five year old has been asking to help make soap for a couple months now and I keep telling him no because I typically make cold process soap, which is caustic due to the sodium hydroxide present for the first 48 hours. I finally purchased some melt and pour soap base and want to share this fun project we did!
With Mother’s Day and teacher appreciation week just around the corner I thought it would be a great opportunity for the kiddos to do their soap project. I have a bunch of cake making supplies so I have silicone fondant molds on hand, but you can use any molds to make your embeds depending on what you want your final soap to look like.
I also used a mixture of fragrance oils and essential oils for scenting and mica’s for colorant. Make sure you use skin safe fragrances and colorants. Do not use food coloring, melted crayons or fragrance oils meant for diffusers. You can purchase skin safe ingredients at any number of online retailers or your local craft store!
You Will Need:
Melt & Pour soap base
(white & clear)
Isopropyl Alcohol 91% and
First you definitely want to organize all your supplies and clean your work space, nobody likes lint in their soap :). Next you want to make your embeds so start by melting a small amount of soap base and adding your color and fragrance. Remember you can always add more, but never take away and if you’re using mica as your colorant a little really does go a long way. Once you have your color and fragrance mixed in, make sure your soap base is still nice and liquid. If it begins to form a skin you can keep it liquid by microwaving it in short 10 second bursts.
Pour your soap base into your molds and allow to cool completely before removing your embeds, Continue the same process, microwaving your soap base as needed until you have all the embeds you plan on using.
*pro tip: If you mess up by over pouring and spilling, or your soap base wasn’t as liquid as it needed to be throw the cool soap back in the mixing container, remelt, and try again!
Once your embeds are finished melt your white soap base and fill your soap molds half way. Wait for the white soap to cool slightly and form a skin. Spray with Isopropyl Alcohol and place your embeds, spray with Isopropyl Alcohol again and cover your embeds with clear soap base. Allow to cool completely and your soap is ready to use immediately!