As part of our "back to basics" Melt & Pour Soap Tutorials, this is another soap, with a bit of a retro feel, suitable for beginners, and makes a lovely bar for yourself or gifting.
It's simple! One soap base, one colour, one fragrance and some poppy seeds! You'll make an exfoliating soap bar, ready to use as soon as it's set up. We've used our Heavy Duty 4 Cavity Massage Bar Mould,
Update: Bramble Berry have just made a new batch using their New 9 Cavity Guest Oval Silicone Mould: Lemon and Poppyseed Soap in the new 9 cavity Guest Oval Silicone Mould.
To make 4 soaps per pour in the Heavy Duty Massage Bar Mould, you'll need:
Stirring spoons or spatulas
1 microwave safe jug - needs to hold 750ml
A Thermometer is useful, but not essential
Isopropyl Alcohol in a Spritzer Bottle - for spritzing the bubbles from the poured bars, useful but not essential
- Set out the ingredients, equipment and mould, ready to go
- Dice the soap base into small ice cube sized chunks, weight into the jug and place in the microwave
- Now 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
- Remove the liquid Melt & Pour Soap from the microwave, and use approximately 4 - 10 drops of Yellow Liquid Colour and stir well through the soap. You may need a little more or less colour to achieve your perfect lemon colour
- Now add 3 - 7g/ml of fragrance, I used 5g (1 tsp) Lemon Verbena and stir well to combine
- Add between 1/2 and 1 teaspoon of Poppy Seeds - less is more!
- Time for patience now! Slowly stir (to avoid any bubbles), until the soap begins to adhere to the sides of the jug, and becomes a little syrupy. Watch the temperature and when it is below 60°C and above 48°C, it is the time to pour
- Carefully pour into the mould (the soap should not be hotter than 60°C) - the poppy seeds will sit suspended
- Spritz with alcohol to remove any residual bubbles and allow to set up
- Allow several hours to set up completely
- Slice a blunt knife or plastic spatula around the mould and invert and unmould, and wrap!
The graphic above shows the re-melt of my left overs. You can see how the poppy seeds have all "fallen" into the base. If you want that look, there's no problem at all with this, but if you want the seeds even distributed, as in the first photo, you neeed to pour at a cooler temperature.
If using the Add to Trolley: Included is SFIC Shea Butter Soap, Lemon Verbena Fragrance and Sunflower Yellow Colour .