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Jul
20

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits


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Melt and Pour Soap BenefitsMelt and Pour Soap Benefits

We at Natures Garden would like to share some of the melt and pour soap benefits with customers that may not know too much about soaping. There are quite a few different methods one can use to create soaps, so it can be a bit overwhelming for new soapers. Every method has some benefits that you may enjoy, but you must choose the method that will be best for you and the situation you are in.

While many find melt and pour soap to be one of the easier ways to make soap at home, even the most experienced soapmaker may come back to this method. Honestly, it all depends on what the soaps are needed for and the time you have available. So, at one point or another, anyone can benefit from knowing a bit about this method. If you have never used melt and pour soap or are thinking about trying this method again, then we’d like to share with you all of the great things about melt and pour soap. So, here is why melt and pour soap is a great soap making method!

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Great for Beginning Soap MakersMelt and Pour Soap Benefits Great for Beginning Soap Makers

Due to a few different aspects of this soap making method, beginning soap makers may want to start with this method. This is an easy way to introduce soap making into your crafting. This method won’t have you working with lye right out of the gate. This can help prevent you from feeling overwhelmed with everything all at once. Instead, a new soap maker can get used to the time sensitive nature of cooling soap, adding fragrance oils, and coloring soap. Plus, this method skips right to the fun of creating to let you experience all the fun. Melt and pour soap allows you to have fun trying out soap making before jumping into more complex methods. You can create very simple soaps that are still cute with this method without taking too much time or skill to complete.

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Creativity and Additional Ingredients

There is so much that you can do with melt and pour soap! As long as you have some molds, additives, and a creative mind you can make anything you want. Further, you can look to our Melt & Pour Soap Recipes page for soap making inspiration and ideas. In addition, you can print out the step by step soap making tutorials for each project on that page. While melting soap and pouring it into molds may sound like it is simple and boring, we can show you that there is so much that you can create with this method of soap making.

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Manipulating the Shape of the SoapMelt and Pour Soap Benefits Manipulating the Shape of the Soap

Since melt and pour soap will take on the shape of whatever it sets up in, it is pretty easy to shape the soap into whatever you’d like. For example, our Lollipop Soap Recipe used a flat shaped soap layer and cut it into strips that we curled to create a lollipop appearance. Also, the Fresh Fallen Leaves Soap Recipe used straws to have soap shaped like a tree trunk. This along with the melt and pour soap leaves created a very pretty soap! Plus, you can make more simple soaps that are super cute like the Neapolitan Cupcake Soap Recipe, which uses a layered cupcake base and whipped frosting on top.

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Adding Herbs and MicaMelt and Pour Soap Benefits Adding Herbs and Mica

Also, you can incorporate micas and even herbs into your soap! You can take your chosen additives and include it right into your melted soap. We have done this with our Blarney Stone Soap Recipe. Gold mica was added to the clear melt and pour soap base and can be seen incorporated right into the soap bar. So, you can use this technique to create a prettier appearance for your soaps. Additionally, you can add herbs or powders to provide your soap with certain properties. For example, we created the Activated Charcoal Soap Recipe with activated charcoal powder to provide a more cleansing bar of soap that provides a deep pore clean. Regardless of why you want to add herbs, mica, or other powders, the best part is that you have the option to if you need it!

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Making Embed SoapMelt and Pour Soap Benefits Making Embed Soap

Additionally, you can add soap embeds to your melt and pour soap bars. This technique gives you the freedom to create even more creative kinds of soap. This would have you create a smaller soap prior to creating your soap bar so that you can add shapes into the soap bar itself.

While it will all be melt and pour soap, you will be able to use the embedded soap to create designs or certain effects. For example, creating the swirl for the Cinnabun Melt and Pour Soap Recipe. We wanted to add a swirl to make the soap bar look more like a cinnamon roll and less plain after we cut our soap loaf. Plus, it just looks so cute! Also, we used this embed soap idea to make the seeds for our Watermelon Soap Recipe. Otherwise, our soap wouldn’t have looked like a slice of watermelon! Sometimes the embed soap really pulls your soap idea together!

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Option to Make Clear Soap

Another creative option unique to melt and pour soap is creating a bar that you can see straight into. We all know that we can see embed soaps by cutting a loaf of soap into a few individual bars. However, diamond clear melt and pour soap offers another way to get creative with embed soaps. You can create a bar of soap with solid shapes and colors inside that you will be able to see without cutting.

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Mango Loofah Melt and Pour Soap RecipeSimply add a layer of diamond clear soap, place your solid object or colored soap inside, and add your top layer. This leaves you with a solid bar of soap with a fun design inside. We have used this method to create the Mango Loofah Melt and Pour Soap Recipe, where you can see the loofah inside the soap bar. Another idea is to use this soap technique to create kids toys with fun little toys inside. 

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Some Choice with the Ingredients

While you aren’t in complete control of the ingredients that are in your soap base, there are some things that you can do. First of all, you can choose your type of soap base. There are a lot of different melt and pour soap bases to choose from that all have different ingredients. For example, you can choose the SLS FREE Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap if you are looking for soap base without SLS. We have a lot of different types that may suit your individual soaping needs on Natures Garden’s Melt and Pour Soap page. Some of my favorites are our Shea Butter MP Soap Base and the Honey MP Base. Whether you are looking for a with a little extra of something, soap without a certain ingredient, or a base with a certain appearance, you can find all our soap bases on our site.

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Controlling Certain IngredientsMelt and Pour Soap Benefits Controlling the Ingredients

Not only can you choose different types of soap base to control the ingredients, but you are in control of scenting and coloring. If you have sensitive skin or allergies, then you can create melt and pour soaps that agree with your skin. First, those with sensitivities to fragrances and essential oils can leave the bar unscented. Also, those that would rather not use liquid soap dye can use natural herbs to color the soap or leave the soap it’s natural color. Thus, you do have some control over the content of your soap bars.

Furthermore, you can add a little bit more of your favorite oils of butters to the soap base you choose. If you find a soap base that has all the ingredients you like, but you wish that it included another ingredient, you have the freedom to add something else. However, you need to be careful not to add too much as this can change the bar and could lose its lather. So, we would not recommend introducing more than a tablespoon of your added oils or butters per pound of mp soap. But, you can play with your recipe to find the right proportion for your soap bars.

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Convenience of this Method

Another great reason to work with melt and pour soap is that it is super easy to create soaps! This soap making method is very simple in every way from prepping to create the soap to the clean up process. So, let’s go over all the ways that melt and pour soap making saves you time and effort.

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Can Use the Soap Immediately

Also, you can use your soaps immediately after you make them. Obviously, the melt and pour soap base has been previously created and gone through saponification before you buy the melt and pour soap base. While you don’t have to worry about the lye, the soap already has it in the soap. But, the lye that was used to make the soap has already had time to fully react before the soap bases were sold. This means that the curing process has already completely finished before you even open the soap package. So, no need to wait after you form your masterpieces! As soon as your soaps are colored, scented, and out of their molds it can go straight into the bath tub! This is wonderful because you don’t have to worry about waiting long enough to prevent irritation and you can use the soap right away with no waiting.

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Quick, Easy, and Fun

Furthermore, this soap making method is perfect for those that are in a hurry to have their soaps done. If you need to get your soaps ready quick for a gathering, a gift, or just excited to use it yourself, then this is a good soaping choice. Everything about this soaping method is quicker. In the beginning, there are fewer preparations and after you finish there is no curing time before using the soap. So, you will have your finished soaps ready as soon as everything has set up and popped out of the molds.

Also, melt and pour soap making is perfect for those that are in the mood to skip right to the creative part of soap making. Since melt and pour soap already has the first few steps of the soaping process complete, you don’t need to worry about these. So, you will have more time and energy to focus on creating super cute soap! You are left with the coloring, scenting, and shaping of your soaps. Simply melt the soap, fill your molds, and get creative.  This soap method is an easy way to get right to the fun part of soap making!

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits No Need to Deal with LyeMelt and Pour Soap Benefits No Need to Deal with Lye

While lye is safe with the necessary safety precautions, sometimes it is just easier to let somebody else do all the leg work. In this case, our melt and pour soap base lets you buy your slabs of soap after they have cured. Thus, there is a lot less to prepare when working with melt and pour soap. For example, you won’t need to take as many safety precautions or wear as much protective clothing during the creation of your soap. Also, you won’t have to deal with making the lye water solution or combining the oils at the right temperature. So, no need to have vinegar handy because lye burns won’t ever happen with this soaping method. Thus, melt and pour soap making is just that much easier to work with!

Melt and Pour Soap Benefits Clean Up Is Easy

Further, the clean up for this method is very easy. Since this the melt and pour soap base is already completed soap, all you really need to do is wash your utensils with water. No need to worry about unreacted lye and no intense scrubbing or vinegar required. Just like soap, your left over base will rinse right out of your bowl.

Jun
23

30 Mango Butter Recipes


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30 Mango Butter Recipes30 Mango Butter Recipes

Mango butter is a cosmetic ingredient with deep moisturizing, softening and soothing properties. Since this butter is great for skin, it is perfect to add to any of your bath and body products. It is so wonderful that we couldn’t go without recognizing 30 Mango Butter Recipes that have been formulated at Natures Garden. These various soap and cosmetic recipes are amazing for your skin and are free for you to create at any time. Not only do all of these recipes contain this skin-loving butter, but they have other properties in addition. In this craft blog, we will talk about many of our recipes that use mango butter to create an amazing product. So, take a look at some of our recipes for fantastic bath and body products!

30 Mango Butter Recipes Calendula Sunshine Cold Process Soap Recipe30 Mango Butter Recipes Calendula Sunshine Cold Process Soap Recipe

This handmade soap recipe is perfectly created with the help of mango butter. The butters and oils in this batch of soap are moisturizing and really care for your skin! Try this recipe out and your skin will feel the difference!

30 Mango Butter Recipes Lemon Squares Soap Recipe

This next recipe uses mango butter m&p soap to make some fun and creative soaps! We were inspired by our Lemon Squares Fragrance Oil to create soaps that look just like the dessert! So, these little soaps look and smell just like real, homemade lemon squares.

30 Mango Butter Recipes Argan Soap Recipe30 Mango Butter Recipes Argan Soap Recipe

Another great soap recipe is the Argan Soap Recipe. This recipe contains lovely oils and butters, like mango butter, that will care for your skin. So, you can clean and be moisturized simultaneously! Plus, this recipe has a fun design that you can create in your soap.

30 Mango Butter Recipes Rose Violet Bath Melts Recipe30 Mango Butter Recipes Rose Violet Bath Melts Recipe

If you are looking for a skin-loving body product, then you may want to check out the Rose Violet Bath Melts Recipe. This bath melts recipe is the best bath moisturizer for dry skin. The oils absorb into your skin as your soak, so you don’t have to do any of the work! When using your bath melt, just hold one under some running water to let the ingredients disperse. It’s that easy!

30 Mango Butter Recipes Activated Charcoal Scrub Recipe30 Mango Butter Recipes Activated Charcoal Scrub Recipe

Next, check out a facial that is perfect for your face! This product gives your pores a deep clean while making sure that your face gets the nourishment it needs.Some of its cleansing power comes from the activated charcoal, which is one of those amazing skin care ingredients that really works!

30 Mango Butter Recipes Easter Confetti Soap Recipe30 Mango Butter Recipes Easter Confetti Soap Recipe

Another fun way to use this skin- loving butter is melt and pour soap! Plus, this is one of those melt and pour soap recipes that happen to be super cute, too! This recipe takes smaller pieces of colorful soap to create simple soap embeds that are almost as fun as real confetti.

30 Mango Butter Recipes Lavender Apple Sugar Scrub Recipe30 Mango Butter Recipes Lavender Apple Sugar Scrub Recipe

This sugar scrub recipe is perfect for exfoliating with the sugar and moisturizing with the luxurious oils and butters! Plus, this recipe gives you one example of using natural colorants for cosmetics! Further, this sugar scrub recipe includes fresh, whole lavender flowers to add a touch of relaxation to your recipe!

30 Mango Butter Recipes Refreshing Cold Process Soap Recipe30 Mango Butter Recipes Refreshing Cold Process Soap Recipe

Another great soap recipe that uses mango butter is the Refreshing Cold Process Soap Recipe. This is one of our in the pot swirl soap recipes that uses a fun swirl design. So, the recipe is both perfect for skin and is a soap that looks pretty in a soap dish beside the sink.

 

30 Mango Butter Recipes White Chocolate Bath Melts Recipe

Another simple and easy way to moisturize your skin is this quick bath melt recipe. Not only does this product effortlessly moisturize your skin as you take a bath, but the recipe is super simple to create! Further, the majority of skin nourishment comes from the mango butter, which is a skin softening and moisturizing that is exotic and luxurious.

 

30 Mango Butter Recipes  Mango Loofah Melt and Pour Soap Recipe30 Mango Butter Recipes Mango Loofah Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

Not only is this soap making recipe nourishing for your skin, but the soap has built-in exfoliation. The embed loofah in this soap makes scrubbing easier and more fun. Plus, the soaps look pretty cool! Furthermore, the recipe uses herbs, such as grapefruit peel powder, that heals the skin. This adds to the skin softening power of the melt and pour soap to create great soap for your skin.

30 Mango Butter Recipes Coffee Butter Scrub Recipe

Next, we have a body butter that has light exfoliation! This recipe uses real coffee ground to provide some soft exfoliation for the skin. Plus, the body butter is a perfect moisturizer that softens, as well. Not only is this recipe wonderful for your skin, but it smells fantastic! This recipe uses the combined scent blend of our Cafe Mocha Fragrance Oil and real ground coffee to achieve a true fragrance in the product!

30 Mango Butter Recipes Apricotie Hottie Soap Recipe30 Mango Butter Recipes Apricotie Hottie Soap Recipe

If you are looking for a quick soap recipe with all the benefits of cold process soap, then you’ll want to check out this recipe. We have created a nourishing hot process soap recipe that is perfect for your skin. Plus, there is no wait time for cure! So, it’s a very quick and easy soap made from scratch recipe.

 

30 Mango Butter Recipes Gourmet Chocolate Bath Melts Recipe30 Mango Butter Recipes Gourmet Chocolate Bath Melts Recipe

Bath melts are a wonderful bath product, especially when you have dry skin. Just like any other good bath melt recipe, these little chocolates will care for your skin. But, this recipe has the added benefit of looking and smelling like real chocolates. Plus, these bath melts use actual cocoa powder and cocoa butter, which add to this chocolate masterpiece.

30 Mango Butter Recipes Pumpkin Puree Cold Process Soap Recipe

Real pumpkin has some real benefits for the skin, and luckily this recipe uses some! Not only has pumpkin been used to brighten and smooth the skin, but there are vitamins that can aid in reducing signs of aging, reduce oil in the skin, and reduce acne. So, pumpkin soap is a wonderful recipe for your skin!

 

30 Mango Butter Recipes Clamshell Bath Melts Recipe30 Mango Butter Recipes Clamshell Bath Melts Recipe

Also, you could try out a more herbal bath melt recipe. Of course, this recipe uses skin loving ingredients, which are mango butter and grapeseed oil. But, these bath melts include the relaxing benefits of real lavender flowers. Together all of these ingredients create a perfect way to unwind with a bath!

30 Mango Butter Recipes Blarney Stone Soap Recipe30 Mango Butter Recipes Blarney Stone Soap Recipe

What could be better than a recipe that is creative, cute, and effective? These little soaps were made to look just like gemstones! Plus, these little beauties are perfect for your skin and are very cleansing. So, this recipe is great for soap makers looking for a worthwhile project!

30 Mango Butter Recipes Massage Candle Recipe30 Mango Butter Recipes Massage Candle Recipe

Another great idea that uses mango butter is our massage candle recipe. This unique candle is both fun and moisturizing. Simply burn the candle until a good amount has melted and scoop out what you need to give a relaxing massage! So, those that are interested in trying out their own should definitely do some massage candle making!

30 Mango Butter Recipes Hot Process Soap Recipe30 Mango Butter Recipes Hot Process Soap Recipe

This is another great hot process soap recipe that you can create. This soap batch uses nourishing oils and butters, like mango butter and sweet almond oil for extra skin softening power. Plus, this soap recipe has the added bonus of being quicker and easier to create than a cold process soap recipe.

30 Mango Butter Recipes Avocado Lip Balm Recipe30 Mango Butter Recipes Avocado Lip Balm Recipe

Next, try out a lip balm recipe that is perfect for lip care. This recipe uses natural oils and butters that are perfect for both softening and moisturizing.  These oils and butters will melt and easily transfer to your lips, which provides you with the perfect protection from developing dry, cracked lips.

30 Mango Butter Recipes Lime Cupcake CP Soap Recipe30 Mango Butter Recipes Lime Cupcake CP Soap Recipe

This next recipe is perfect for soap makers that use all kinds of soap because our Lime Cupcake CP Soap Recipe uses both cold process soap and melt and pour soap. Plus, this recipe is super cute, great for your skin, and smells of our fresh, citrus Agave Lime Fragrance Oil. What more could you want in a handmade soap?

30 Mango Butter Recipes Vanilla Cinnamon Sugar Scrub Recipe

This recipe uses herbs, butters, oils, and a natural exfoliant to create a wonderful sugar scrub recipe. Not only does this recipe have a bunch of ingredients that are great for your skin, but this recipe smells fantastic. On top of using a fragrance oil, this sugar scrub uses real vanilla powder and our Apple Pie Spice Blend Powder to create a real vanilla cinnamon aroma!

 

30 Mango Butter Recipes Herbal Soap Recipe

This cold process soap recipe uses a variety of ingredients that are perfect for a bar of soap. Of course, this homemade soap recipe is both cleansing and moisturizing. Plus, the recipe uses real chamomile flowers to create a perfectly relaxing soap for the bath.

30 Mango Butter Recipes Berry Bewitching Bath Brew Recipe30 Mango Butter Recipes Berry Bewitching Bath Brew Recipe

What happens when a melt and pour soap and a bath tea combine? Pure bath product genius! This creative bath time recipe combines two well-known bath products to form a super cute Halloween creation. You can relax with your bath tea as you clean with your Berry Bewitching Brew Fragrance Oil scented soap.

30 Mango Butter Recipes Fruit Frenzy Cold Process Soap Recipe30 Mango Butter Recipes Fruit Frenzy Cold Process Soap Recipe

Check out another wonderful cold process soap recipe that is great for your skin! First of all, this recipe has butters and oils that will moisturize and soften your skin. Also, this soap contains orange peel powder, which really is great for skin care products. The nutrients in this powdered herb have been known to have anti-microbial and anti-bacterial agents. So, it is a natural way to add some extra cleaning power to your moisturizing soap recipe.

 

30 Mango Butter Recipes Sugar Cookie Whipped Body Butter Recipe30 Mango Butter Recipes Sugar Cookie Whipped Body Butter Recipe

Also, we have created a whipped body butter that feels good and holds in moisture. This recipe uses many butters and oils that are perfect for maintaining healthy skin. This fluffy and buttery recipe will not oil keep your skin moisturized, but it will soften, as well. Plus, the body butter smells delicious like a warm, buttery cookie!

 

30 Mango Butter Recipes Mistletoe Cold Process Soap Recipe30 Mango Butter Recipes Mistletoe Cold Process Soap Recipe

Not only is this recipe great for your skin, but it is perfect for the holiday season! You can’t get any more Christmassy than mistletoe and this soap loaf looks and smells like the stuff! It is perfect for seasonal gifts or even just using it as festive decoration in your own house. Just get together some Christmas craft supplies and you’ll be ready to make this recipe!

 

30 Mango Butter Recipes Rose Petal Bath Melts Recipe30 Mango Butter Recipes Rose Petal Bath Melts Recipe

These cute little bath melts are perfect for relaxing while getting in a bit of skin care. The butters in this recipe are perfect for nourishing the skin. Plus, this recipe uses Parsley as a natural, green colorant that is high in vitamins that are great for the skin! So, this recipe will be perfect for your next soak in the tub.

30 Mango Butter Recipes Frankincense and Myrrh Soap Recipe

Another fun soap recipe that could be perfect for Christmas is the Frankincense and Myrrh Soap Recipe! This recipe uses these two herbs to create a wonderful soap for the skin. In addition to the moisturizing ingredients, such as mango butter, this recipe contains an herb that is nice for skin care. This herb is Myrrh powder, which has been used to reduce wrinkles, preserve a youthful complexion, rejuvenate cells, reduce swelling, treat athlete’s foot, and help heal cracked and damaged skin. Plus, it has a nice, cooling effect on the skin. Plus, the recipe uses Natures Garden’s Frankincense and Myrrh Fragrance Oil to add the perfect scent for this soap.

30 Mango Butter Recipes Chocolate Avocado Lip Balm Recipe

This chocolate avocado lip balm recipe is delicious and perfect for your lip care! First of all, this recipe uses skin softening butters and oils to treat your lips right. Additionally, this recipe uses real chocolate for flavoring. So, this recipe is naturally flavored and still tastes great!

30 Mango Butter Recipes Soap Frosting Recipe30 Mango Butter Recipes Soap Frosting Recipe

If you are interested in making cupcake-shaped soap, then you are going to want this mp soap recipe. This recipe can be used with mango melt and pour soap and some whipped soap base to create a topping that is fluffy and cute. Plus, this recipe will be great for your skin! There are natural oils and butters in the soap and these will help to protect your skin.

Feb
09

Activated Charcoal Soap Recipe


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Activated Charcoal Soap Recipe

IMG_20170208_100059345-2Natures Garden’s Activated Charcoal Soap Recipe is a layered soap recipe.  This melt and pour soap project incorporates both activated charcoal powder and poppy seeds.  In addition, it has a beautiful sparkle to the top layer.  This was created by incorporating diamond dust mica pigment.  We used our diamond clear melt and pour soap along with Blackened Amethyst Fragrance Oil.  This soap not only looks beautiful, it also provides exfoliation with the addition of poppy seeds.  Finally, activated charcoal was added due to its detoxifying properties.

Activated Charcoal Soap Recipe Ingredients found at Natures Garden

Diamond Clear Melt and Pour Soap
Activated Charcoal Powder
Poppy Seeds Whole
Blackened Amethyst Fragrance Oil
Diamond Dust Mica Pigment
Vegetable Glycerin
Small Tray Rectangle Mold – Mold Markets Mold
Cutter for Mitre Box
Natures Garden Apron
1 oz Black PET Bullet Bottles
20/410 Black Fine Mist Sprayers

Activated Charcoal Soap Recipe Other Supplies You Will Need

Mixing Bowls
Mixing Spoons
Measuring Spoon (1/8 teaspoon)
Rubbing Alcohol
Scale
Microwave

Activated Charcoal Soap Recipe Before You Begin

Prior to starting, we recommend wearing an apron, gloves, and a hair net.  Also, clean and sanitize your work station.  In addition, do the same with your mixing utensils and other supplies you will be using.  You will need to prepare a bottle of rubbing alcohol.  Fill your bullet bottle with rubbing alcohol and place a fine mist sprayer on top.  Make sure you have all of your supplies and equipment out and ready to begin.

Activated Charcoal Soap Recipe Prepare Your Colorant

Activated Charcoal Soap Recipe Prepare Your ColorantFirst, we will prepare our colorant.  The colorant will be used in the first layer of melt and pour soap.  For this step you will need a small mixing dish, a mixing spoon, your scale, activated charcoal, diamond dust mica pigment, 1/8 teaspoon measuring spoon, and finally your vegetable glycerin.  Now, make sure your scale is set to weight in grams.  In the small mixing bowl, add 1 gram of activated charcoal, 14 grams of vegetable glycerin, and just 1/8 teaspoon of your diamond dust mica pigment.  Lastly, mix them all together until you have a smooth consistency.

Activated Charcoal Soap Recipe Preparing the First Layer of Soap

Activated Charcoal Soap Recipe Preparing the First Layer of SoapOnce again you will need your scale.  Additionally, you will need the diamond clear melt and pour soap base, your Blackened Amethyst Fragrance Oil, a medium sizes bowl, a mixing spoon, your microwave, and the colorant you prepared in the previous step.  First, weigh out 517 grams of the clear soap base.  Next, use the microwave to melt the soap base.  You want to heat the base in 30 seconds bursts until it is melted.  Be careful not to over-heat it.  You only need to get the soap to a liquid state.

Activated Charcoal Soap Recipe Preparing the First Layer of Soap

 

 

Once your clear base is melted, add 26 grams of Blackened Amethyst Fragrance Oil.  Then, add the activated charcoal soap colorant you prepared.  Finally stir the base to completely mix the fragrance and color throughout the melted soap.

 

Activated Charcoal Soap Recipe Pouring the First Layer of Soap

Activated Charcoal Soap Recipe Pouring the First Layer of SoapNext, you will need your bottle of rubbing alcohol, your melted soap base, and your small rectangle tray soap mold.  Now, pour the melted soap into the mold.  You will want to pour slowly, avoiding the edges of the mold.  I always find it easier to pour in the center to avoid splashing the edges of the mold.  This is important because it is a layered mp soap.  If you get the charcoal soap along the edges of the mold, it will show up on the edges of the next layer.  Once the soap is setup, you will be able to see the dark soap on the clear layer.  When you are finished pouring your melted soap, spray it with rubbing alcohol.  Rubbing alcohol will release any air bubbles in the soap.  Finally, allow the soap to setup completely before moving to the next step.

Activated Charcoal Soap Recipe Preparing and Pouring the Second Layer of Soap

Activated Charcoal Soap Recipe Preparing and Pouring the Second Layer of Soap

The next layer will be a completely clear layer of soap.  However, we chose to add poppy seeds to this layer.  Not only does it look awesome, it also acts as an exfoliant.  So, for this step you will need your mold containing the soap, poppy seeds, clear melt and pour soap, your scale, microwave, and rubbing alcohol.  First, you will need about 7 grams of poppy seeds.  Then, to soap setup in the mold, spread a thin layer of poppy seeds.  You will want to make sure the poppy seeds are evenly dispersed throughout the mold.

Activated Charcoal Soap Recipe Preparing and Pouring the Second Layer of Soap

 

Then, weigh out and melt 258 grams of your clear soap base.  Once melted spray you previous, setup layer, with rubbing alcohol.  Your rubbing alcohol not only helps release air bubbles, it will also help the soap adhere to the previous layer.  Once you have sprayed your soap, go ahead and pour the melted clear soap right on top.  Finally, spray the soap with rubbing alcohol to release any air bubbles.  Then, let the mp soap setup completely before moving on.  You will notice some of your poppy seeds will stay in between the layers of the soap, and some will float and disperse throughout your clear layer.

I would also like to point out one final thing.  You will notice we chose not to scent this soap layer.  When working with a clear soap base, some fragrance oils can cloud the base.  We did not want to risk obstructing the visual effect of the poppy seed.  So, we chose to leave it unscented.  However, our final soap still has a nice strong blackened amethyst aroma.

Activated Charcoal Soap Recipe Cutting the Soap

Activated Charcoal Soap Recipe Cutting the SoapIn this step you will need your setup soap and a mitre box cutter.  First, flip your mold containing the soap over on a table.  Then, press gently on the bottom of your rectangle soap mold.  Your soap should come out of the mold without any trouble.  Now, notice the lines in your soap?  These lines make cutting the soap a breeze.  Simply use the soap cutter to cut along the lines.  Once your soap is cut, you will have fifteen 2 ounce bars of activated charcoal soap.

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