base into cubes
Cut your base into 1-inch cubes to allow for easier melting. You can approximate the amount to melt by seeing how many chunks fit into each mold. In general, a pound of soap base will make about 3 medium-sized bars of soap, or numerous smaller ones.
Place your soap base into the glass bowl or measuring cup, cover the top with plastic wrap, and heat it in the microwave on high for 30 seconds. If the base isnít completely melted, remove it, stir it with a whisk, and re-heat it at 10-second intervals, stirring in between, until it is. Donít forget to replace the plastic wrap each time.
Remove the melted base from the microwave and gently stir it with the whisk.
Stir in dye
To add color, stir the soap dye or colorant of your choice into the melted soap base.
Synthetic soap dyes create the brightest colors,
but natural ingredients—like curry or cocoa powder, pureed
pumpkin, spinach, carrots, or beets—offer subtler shades.
To add scent, stir a few drops of scented oil into the melted soap base. Popular scent choices include everything from almond or vanilla, to green tea or watermelon.
To add texture, stir in an exfoliating ingredient. Popular choices include dried strawberry seeds, thick coffee grinds, or oatmeal.
Heavier exfoliants may sink to the bottom
of your mix. To avoid this, let your soap base cool a little before
stirring them in.
Pour your soap base into the soap molds.
Spray the top of each mold with rubbing alcohol to get rid of any excess bubbles.
Let the molds sit for several hours at room temperatureóor in the refrigerator for about one hour.
Remove the soap from the molds, and enjoy.
Some people’s skin is sensitive to certain
dyes, oils, or exfoliates—research your choices first before