I like to use fun and fruity fragrances in jelly soap. I use a small blade knife to dice the base, which is quite effective, but I change to scissors for smaller batches under 1kg.
As well as this tutorial, you can download Stephenson's PDF on processing Jelly Soap HERE.
I love the convenience for selling and gifting of using one Disc Mould Pack per bear as they protect the little bears from any squishing, but some soapers also use the kind of waxy or non stick paper that some delicastessen counters use for packing their cheese and meats. If you are using the Disc Mould Packs place the bear on the LID and then cover the bear with the base, it's much easier this way!
- The biggest tip to take note of is: when melting this base patience is key!
- The best, smoothest jelly soap is achieved by very slow, double boiler melt. I put my bath jelly (double boiler style as pictured below) on a very low heat on the cooktop, covered, and just let it slowly melt for an hour or so over the hot water. I go and do some other soaping whilst it melts
- For large batches or If you are making jellies for sale, a small crockpot is the way to go - on low, covered and check every 30 minutes or so
- Kids particularly like fruity fragrances (and are not keen on florals!) and are a good place to start with jelly soap
- Use a small blade knife, or scissors to dice or cut the soap base into cubes ready to melt
- There is no need for Isopropyl Alcohol to spray away bubbles, it doesn't often work for Jelly Soap!
- If you are new to using colourants with soap, Liquid Lakes are dyes, and dyes "migrate", so if mixing colours (ie the yellow batch and green batch) don't combine the finished product in your packaging until ready to gift or sell. Jelly Soap behaves just as Melt and Pour Soap does with regards bleeding colours.
What you need for each pour of 4 bears:
- Disc Mould Packs with Lids (as these are packaging they are not included in the trolley items below)
- Double boiler (saucepan, lid and jug) or small crockpot
- Electronic scales - Useful, but optional
- Disposable Pipette
- Pot Mitt - If required for metal lids or Pyrex
- Stirring spoon, spatula etc
Dice or cut the required amount of Jelly Soap into 1 - 2 cm cubes
Place in double boiler or crockpot, cover and melt as described below
This double boiler melt method makes the best texture for small batches of jelly soap, crystal clear and no bubbles from over stirring. However for 1kg batches a small crockpot works more efficiently time-wise
Melt the soap using your preferred method. If using Pyrex, it gets HOT, so use a pot mitt to remove the hot jug from the heat source.
Once removed from the heat stir to ensure all the jelly soap is melted and then
add approximately 5 drops Sunflower Yellow Liquid Lake, and up to 3g/ml (½ teaspoon) Energy Fragrance
Note the glitter graphic above! The two cavities on the right with glitter in - not clever! So avoid doing this!
I tried to get a frosting of glitter on the top two of the soaps by sprinkling some into the mould
before pouring the jelly soap. This was not successful - the glitter just stuck to the silicone mould
and didn't enhance the finished bears, so a tinsy bit of glitter into the melted jelly base is much nicer.
Stir gently in thoroughly to mix the colour and fragrance until well combined
Now add ¼ teaspoon of Rainbow Glitter (if using) to the scented, coloured jelly soap and stir
Pour the soap carefully from low down to the bench - close to the rim of the mould; this avoids
introducing bubbles. Done!
The other soap design is a simple layer - half fill the mould cavity with Jelly Soap, allow to sit a couple of minutes
Melt some white soap base, spray the jelly soap with Isopropyl Alcohol
and then pour the regular White Melt and Pour Soap Base into the cavity
Jelly Soap sets up quite quickly! So after each pour of 4 soaps, you will have a little left. If you don't want to
have to wait to remelt the base each time just scrape the set jelly soap out of the jug, and store in a continer for a future project.
Examples of using left over Jelly Soap in other projects
You can see our tutorial for using all your left over Jelly Soap on this page
Usage Tips for wiggly, jiggly Jelly Soap
- Don’t take the whole soap out into the shower at once, pinch or cut off a small cube to take into the shower
- Use a scrub mitt or towelling covered sponge (I get mine from K-Mart) or folded face cloth (wash cloth) to work the soap into a foamy lather.
- You’ll need to have water to hand too, like shampoo, it needs a generous slosh of water in order for the lather to be created with the friction of your hands
- Then apply to the body using circular motions
Not included in the trolley items are: Disc Mould Packs with lids.