After colour testing for a couple of months I had lots of bars of test soaps that were begging for use, so it was time to repurpose them!
We used to sell Lavender Garden and Rose Garden soaps, and they sold like hotcakes! Little did customers know that although they looked attractive and lovely to use around 30% of the bar was re-using offcuts of soap from other batches. Of course this meant we could charge less for them too as it saved us time and money - which is useful whether you sell your soap or not.
This project is relatively simple,, but we have marked it "Intermediate" because of the layering process. Feel free to have a go if you are still a beginner, confidence is creative!
We've made life easy by using our Silicone 12 cavity Square Mould so the measurements are perfect for that mould, but you can use any mould you have on hand or prefer to use.
TIPS: In the base you can see I've used finely grated honey coloured cold process soap - just the one bar is sufficient to make twelve "bases" for the soap. If your cold process soap is fresh, it's easier to grate and arrange in the mould if it has only aged for 4 weeks or so (fresh = sticky). If you aren't a cold process soaper, you can achieve a similar look with either ground oatmeal or just use some New Gold Mica to colour the base level without the cold process shreds.
To make one batch of 12 soaps, you need 12 x 130g of soap base = 1560g in total, so you'll need:
Stirring spoons or spatulas
1 microwave safe jug - needs to hold 1 litre or more
Electronic scales are useful but not essential
A thermometer is useful, but not essential
- Firstly make the little flowers to go on top of the finished bars. Dice and then melt 150g of Clear Melt and Pour Soap Base in a small jug. Add a small pigment scoop of White Pearl Mica and several drops of Royal Purple Liquid Pigment Dispersion (coloured to eye depending if you want deep purple or pale lavender coloured flowers).
Note: We used to use a mould with individual cavities, this is no longert stocked. We now use the Flexible Embed Mould Daisy which is a column mould - the graphic has been amended to show this :)
Grate one soap bar into fine shreds, and the second bar into coarse shreds. Keep these separate and set aside. (If you are using melt and pour instead of cold process, grate these into coarse shreds and pop them into the freezer so they don't melt when the hot soap is poured over them
Dice 360g of clear soap base into small ice cube sized chunks and place in the microwave jug. Lightly cover the jug of Melt & Pour Soap, and put in the microwave to melt on medium or medium low. This will take a few minutes, so do keep an eye on it so it doesn't overheat. The soap should not be much above 60°C.
Whilst this is melting arrange the pre-prepared fine soap shreds in a thin layer in the base of each mould cavity
Remove the liquid Melt & Pour Soap from the microwave, and add sufficient Deep Seagreen Liquid Dispersion until it reaches a depth of colour you are happy with. I like mine fairly dark so there is a good contrast between layers
Add 4ml (just under a teaspoon) of Lavender Herb fragrance (or Lavender essential oil) and stir to combine well
- Spritz the surface of the jug of soap with alcohol to remove any surface bubbles, and also spray the soap shreds in the mould cavities
- Carefully pour enough soap into the mould cavities just to cover the shreds of soap (this is 40g per cavity), then spritz the top of the soap with alcohol and allow to set
- While these set up prepare the middle layer. Place 1 - 2 teaspoons of coarser soap shreds into each mould cavity
Melt 800g of clear soap as previously and colour to a mid shade with Royal Purple Liquid Dispersion
Then mix in 10g/ml (2 teaspoons) of fragrance
Spritz the first layer and the coarse soap shreds with alcohol and then pour the purple soap evenly in all the cavities, spritz the surface of each soap to remove surface bubbles
Allow about half an hour to set up
Time to use the embed flowers! Unmould the column daisy mould, and then cut the flowers into evenly sliced pieces ready to embed.
Melt 300g of clear soap and add 1/2 teaspoon of White Pearl Mica and stir well. If you want a little mauve in there, you can use either Grape Mica or add a few drops of Royal Purple Liquid Dispersion. Stir well to ensure there are no dry spots, use the isopropyl alcohol to remove lumps and any bubbles
Spritz the surface of the soaps and also the underside of the flowers with isopropyl alcohol and arrange the flowers in the centre of each cavity with set soap
Spritz the surfaces again with Isopropyl Alcohol ready for the findal pour
Pour the pearlescent soap around each of the flowers, this is only a couple of millimetres deep. This not only makes a nice finish but also helps to embed the flowers into each soap
Allow 30 minutes to finish setting up. Unmould and wrap as usual
Ingredients in the "add to trolley" basket contains everything except the re-purposed soap bars/offcuts