Tree of Life Melt and Pour Soap Tutorial
  • Difficulty Intermediate
  • Time 1 1/2 hrs
  • Yields 9 soap bars

Details

 Tree of Life Melt and Pour Soap Tutorial

Though it’s purple, Brazilian Purple Clay in my eyes is more a purple-ish brown in soap rather than a true violet tone, so I thought it would be perfect for the tree trunk.  For the leaves, again I wanted earthy like clay, so chose to use Chrome Green Oxide, but it can be a bit lifeless, so I pumped it up with Brites NG Canary Yellow so it had more vibrance. 

I like adding a natural humectant with my colourants, which is why I use Sodium Lactate to hydrate powders, but you can use water or oil if you prefer.

This soap is poured at 68 - 72°C, which is quite hot for Melt and Pour Soap, so if you are using our Custom Melt and Pour Soap Base for this project, you’ll need to work at a much lower temperature as the over pours at this temperature will very likely melt the layers as you overpour.  This is made with our palm free soap bases but if using our original Custom Melt and Pour Soap Bases, select the Clear to replace the Neutral, and Goatsmilk to replace the Goatsmilk PF, and also drop the pour temperatures back 15°C for all pours.

Our Palm Free Goatsmilk Melt and Pour Soap Base does not have that pale cream colouring that our regular base has, so I just used those couple of drops of Liquid Pigment Dispersion Yellow to bring it to a more milky colour (I urge caution here or you will end up with yellow soap!). This colourant is not included in the "Add to Trolley" items.


What you need:


Equipment:

2 small jugs – microwave safe
1 large jug (holds 1kg+ diced soap) – microwave safe
2 small cups - to mix colourants in
Spatula, stirring sticks, knife etc
Scales – digital preferably, useful but not essential
Thermometer – useful but optional
4 x Disposable Pipettes (with the tips snipped off) or a Soap Injector Tool
Scissors
Clean Up Tool

 


Prep:


Into a small measure or cup place ½  teaspoon Purple Brazilian Clay into 1 teaspoon Sodium Lactate Plus – mix to remove lumps
Into the other small measure or cup combine ½ teaspoon Chrome Green Oxide, ¼ teaspoon Brites NG Canary Yellow and 1 teaspoon Sodium Lactate Plus

Dice  50g Palm Free Neutral Melt and Pour Soap into one of the small jugs
Dice  50g Palm Free Neutral Melt and Pour Soap into the other small jug
Dice the entire kilo of Palm Free Goatsmilk Soap into the large jug
Snip the tips from the two droppers (if not using the soap injector tool)


Method:

First Pour:

  • Fill the first part of the detail - the tree trunk and border:   Melt one small jug of Neutral Melt and Pour Soap Base in 10 second bursts and then add the contents of the clay mixture into this soap (don't let it boil - the temperature of the soap should be around 65 - 70°C) 
  • Using the Pipette or Syringe carefully fill the detail of the mould, spray with alcohol

Second Pour:

  • Now take the other small jug and melt this as described above, but this time add the green colour mixture until you achieve a good depth of colour
  • Spray the brown soap in the mould
  • Use a pipette to pipe the green leaves onto the trees - hold up to the light to check the front of the mould design
  • Spray again once finished
  • When the soap is set use the Clean Up Tool to trim any overflow soap that has gone over th edges

Third Pour:

  • Now melt the kilo of diced Palm Free Goatsmilk Soap in the microwave.  As it's a large quantity of soap cover the jug and melt in 1 min to 30 second bursts
  • Stir intermittently until it is completely liquid (don't let it boil - the temperature of the soap should be around 70°C as our Palm Free Base has a higher melting point than our regular soap bases.)
  • When the soap has reached 65 to 70°C, add the 25ml/g of Rustic Woods & Rum Fragrance (and Vanilla Colour Stabiliser if using) and stir through well to combine
  • Spritz the trees layer with a generous amount of Isopropyl Alcohol and then carefully pour the the soap over the back of a spoon or spatula into the mould, moving around the mould to avoid melting the trees with the hot soap
  • Spritz the surface to remove any surface bubbles and allow to set up for a couple of hours
  • Use the guidelines to slice the soap into 9 squares and then wrap as usual


Tree of Life Melt and Pour Soap Tutorial