Everyone loves layered soaps, they are fun to make and fun to use, and if you are a beginner, they are easier to make than you think!
This soapy project is also available in a kit with everything you need
If you are feeling confident, you can make a three-layered soap, just divide the Soap into thirds (by weight) instead of halves. Some suggestions on working out the layers are below.
You can decide if you want to have all pastel coloured soaps by melting the white soap in with the clear (= all pastel tones), or a clear layer and pastel layer as in this project (= keeping the bases separate).
Note: Check Fragrances are NOT Vanilla based (this will discolour the soap a tan/brown colour – all our fragrances note this in the description on the website) – or alternatively you can also purchase some Vanilla Colour Stabiliser to stop the soap from discolouring.
Pop sticks or stirring spoons
Microwave safe jugs (or a double boiler) for melting the soap
Scales to accurately weigh the layers
The basic method below is for making 2 layers – 1 pastel (one on the bottom) and 1 coloured “clear” layer (on the top). You can play with the colour combinations to suit your style.
- Set out the ingredients, equipment and clamshells, ready to go
- Dice the Soap into ice cube sized chunks – Clear and White
- Decisions! You need to decide what colour combination you are going to make.
All pastel shades – in this case, you need to evenly mix up the Clear and White Cubes and melt together
One Clear Layer, One White Layer – keep the cubes separated, and weigh out the combination you want
One White Layer, Two Clear Coloured Layers – keep the cubes separated, and weigh out the combination you want
One Clear Layer, Two White or Pastel Coloured Layers – keep the cubes separated, and weigh out the combination you want
(This sounds more complicated than it is, honestly – it’s just that you need to plan the finished design of your soap to avoid mishaps with colours)
If you are making all 10 Clamshells at once, melt all of the soap at once. However, if making 5 soaps at a time, weigh 50g soap per colour per clamshell for the 2 layered soaps.
- Melt 250g Clear Melt & Pour Chunks in the microwave
- Colour and scent the Soap
- Now carefully pour the soap into the clamshell mould, from a low height to avoid air bubbles, taking care to only fill the clamshell half way
- Spritz with alcohol to eliminate any bubbles
- Leave the clamshells to set
- Melt 250g of White Melt & Pour chunks in the microwave
- Colour and scent the Soap
- Spritz the surface of the set soap with alcohol to make sure the top layer will adhere to the base
- Carefully pour the second over the back of a spoon (to avoid making a hole in the bottom layer).
- Spritz with alcohol and allow to set
- Pop on the lid and label