This heart soap project uses almost 4 pounds of melt and pour soap. Although for this recipe, we suggest using Shea butter soap, any white soap base will work. To view the multiple melt and pour soap bases Natures Garden carries, please click on this link. Please Note: You will also need a very small amount of diamond clear soap base. This will be used to help keep the heart soap in place once it is folded.
The fragrance that we selected for the heart soap was Lick Me All Over. Really any one of your favorite body safe fragrance oils from Natures Garden will work to scent this homemade project; just keep the vanillin content in mind. If you choose to use a scent that does contain vanillin, you may want to consider using Vanilla White Color Stabilizer to reduce discoloration in your finished heart soap. For the heart soap you will need to have at least 4 ounces of fragrance. To see a list of other Valentines Day themed scents, please click on this link.
When it comes to color for the heart soap, we selected Tomato Red Fun Soap Colorant. In order to achieve a nice, bold red you will need to use about one ounce of colorant.
Other ingredients that you will need for the heart soap project are: Vegetable Glycerin and Whipped Soap Base.
Before starting this project you will also need the following items: Scale, Cutting Board, Knife, 9 x 13 Cake Pan, Wax Paper, Ruler, Rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle, Microwave Safe Glass Containers, Spatula, Mixing Spoons, Mixing Bowl, a hand held mixer, and 2 disposable cups.
Now that you have everything that you need, let’s get project heart soap underway!
Step 1: Measure out 8.5 inches in length on your cake pan. You will want to mark this point by placing your loaf mold there. Next, tear off a piece of wax paper long enough to cover this area. Lay the wax paper down and tuck it loosely into the corners.
Step 2: In your microwaveable container, weigh out 500 grams of Shea Butter Soap. Place this in the microwave and start melting it in 30 seconds increments. Stir gently in between. Stop melting once the soap is in a liquid state.
Step 3: Next, add 20 grams FUN Tomato Red Soap colorant, 14 grams vegetable glycerin, and 26 grams fragrance oil to the melted soap. Stir well. Now, pour all of the soap into the wax paper. Spritz with alcohol and allow this to fully set up.
Step 4: Once the red soap has set up, weigh out 20 grams of Diamond Clear soap. Melt this for 30 seconds in the microwave or until it is in a liquid state. Then, set it aside.
Step 5: In a large microwaveable bowl, weigh out and melt 1200 grams of Shea Butter Soap. Stir gently in between each round of melting. Keep melting until all soap is in a liquid state. This will take some time.
Step 6: Now, get the red soap and carefully remove the wax paper. With one of the shorter edges facing you, lay the soap onto a cutting board.
Step 7: Next, grab the loaf mold and mark it’s length using a knife. Cut off excess soap and place it in a separate bowl.
Step 8: Now, fold your red soap in half (long ways). Using your fingers, gently curl the edges to meet.
Step 9: Once you have a heart shape, slide one edge firmly into a disposable cup. Repeat for the other side. Now, pour some of the melted diamond clear soap down the center of the fold. Don’t forget to move the soap so that the melted soap is able to reach under the cup portion too. Then, set aside.
Step 10: Now that all of the white soap is in a liquid state, add 60 grams of fragrance Oil. Mix well and set aside. Next, get the loaf mold. Remove the cups from the heart soap and gently place the heart upside down in the loaf mold. Spritz generously with alcohol.
Step 11: Using a spatula, carefully pour the white soap into the loaf. Do not pour the soap onto the red heart directly. Make sure to pour soap along the width edges to completely fill the inside opening of the heart. Once the mold is filled, spritz with alcohol to reduce any bubbles.
Step 12: Allow your soap to fully set up at room temperature, or to speed things up place your soap loaf in the refrigerator. When the soap is completely set up, take it out of the mold and make sure you turn it back to right side up. Set aside.
Step 13: Now, take the bowl that has the scrap red soap. Place it in the microwave, and remelt. Next, pour the soap into the love hearts embed mold. Allow this to fully set up, then pop them out.
Step 14: Soap Frosting Steps: Once the soap loaf is completely set up (which will take some time), weigh out 114 grams of Whipped Soap Base and 14 grams of vegetable glycerin. Place both of these ingredients into a mixing bowl. Set aside.
Step 15: Now, weigh out 114 grams of Shea Butter soap. Melt all of the soap down in the microwave, then pour it into the mixing bowl with the two other ingredients.
Step 16: Using your hand held mixer, start to whip the ingredients together. As you mix, watch for the ingredients to look like whipped frosting. Stop mixing.
Step 17: Now working quickly, add 12 grams of fragrance oil and 2 drops Tomato Red Fun Soap Colorant to the mixing bowl. Clean the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Then, start whipping the mixture. Make sure the mixture is well blended. When the mixture begins to look like pink whipped frosting again, stop beating.
Step 18: Using your spatula place the soap frosting evenly onto the loaf. Now, place the love heart embeds into the soap frosting. Allow this to set up.
Your Bleeding Heart Soap Loaf is now ready to use. Simply cut the loaf into bar size! Now, depending on the size of the bars that you slice the loaf into; it will vary your total amount of bars made. Enjoy!