I'm a bit of a newbie to the soap game. I love the idea of making my own soaps (especially for gift giving and hostess gifts), but since I haven't had much experience in the soap world yet, I thought I'd start off with a simpler idea for my first try. If you're also a newbie but have been wanting to make your own, let's do this one together!
–white melt-and-pour soap
-microwave safe container
-body-safe soap fragrance oil of your choice
-plastic soap mold
-popsicle sticks for stirring
-spray bottle with rubbing alcohol
Cut your melt-and-pour soap with a sharp knife into 1/2" cubes and place 2 cups of soap in a pourable microwave safe container. Heat for 30 seconds at a time, stirring at the end of each interval. Once the soap is completely smooth and melted, allow the soap to cool a bit until it reaches 145° (use the soap thermometer to track the temperature). Once the soap has cooled, add the desired amount of fragrance and stir until combined.
Pour the soap into the molds. Stop pouring when the mold is halfway full and spray some alcohol on the soap to spread the color. Repeat with another spray of alcohol once the mold is full and use your popsicle stick to move the color around the mold.
I will say that marbling and tie dye can be a bit of a hit or miss process (even though you may do the same exact thing both times). You may have a dud soap that just doesn't spread the color like you want, but keep making them! You'll still get several good ones in, I promise!
I like to cut the sides of the soap with a knife after popping them out of the mold to give them even more of that handmade look. I love marbled/tie dye look on just about anything, so I'm excited to add these to my bathroom and give a few out as gifts too. Hope you'll jump into soap making with this project if you haven't already! xo. Laura
Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.