Perfect for Christmas gifts!
I have to admit, when Kimberly at AOHome sent me some soap base I must have sat staring at the FedEx box for at least an hour. I definitely didn't open it for another three. Once I'd had a look, discovered my pack of melt and pour soap I then turned to my kitchen cupboards (which I should point out were horrifically bare) and ummed and ahhhed for a while. Kimberly had previously shown us how to make some orange and cinnamon or oat and almond soaps but I was determined to think of my own recipe and yet was terrifically overwhelmed.
My first thought when it comes to decadent bathing is milk and honey. After a bit of research it was a slightly ambitious of me to try and add milk to my soap as it is fresh produce and needs preservatives adding to it yada yada, blah blah... no. Okay. Honey and almond? That's doable and ground almonds have the added benefit of being lightly exfoliating whilst the honey is a mild antiseptic.
So, first up:
Honey and Almond Soap
Add to your melt and pour soap base:
- 1 tablespoon manuka honey
- 2 tablespoons ground almonds
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
I STILL had milk on the brain though. WHY couldn't I put milk in my soap, whyyyyyy? Raid cupboard once more. Solid creamed coconut which lasts forever? Oh hello. What do I like with my coconut (other than thai green curry?), brown sugar. Delicious, scrubby, sweet and glorious sugar. We're missing some milk chocolate or we could make ourselves a Bounty!
So my next experiment:
Coconut and Brown Sugar Soap
Add to your melt and pour soap:
- 1 tablespoon/large chunk creamed coconut
- 2 tablespoons soft brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Okay. All easy from here. You'll notice that my soaps are layered? That's because I tried to be fancy and for each soap just added the liquid ingredients, poured half into the mould and let set, and then added the abrasive ingredients and poured on top as another layer. Fancy pants eh? Yeah, I'm pretty pleased with them. Obviously if you don't want to make layers just throw it all in together.
Basically, and I say basically because if you want the full low-down go here, but here's how to make your soap:
- Melt your soap. I used a bain-marie but you can use a microwave. Be gentle, don't froth it up and be careful you don't burn yourself.
- Remove from the heat and whilst cooling stir in your ingredients.
- Pour into soap moulds of your choice.
- Spray with rubbing alcohol to remove bubbles or HOT TIP if you don't have any rubbing alcohol let the bubbles on the top form a skin and then use a sharp knife to peel it right off. Smooth soap underneath!
- Refrigerate because we are not patient people.
Will you be having a go? I envisage a whole bunch of these being made for Christmas presents! I'm dying to make some tea tree and mint ones.
Lots of suds love, L x