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Making your own soap is inexpensive, easy-to-do, and can be the perfect DIY gift for friends and family.
You Will Need
- One to two lb. of soap base
- A cutting board
- A serrated knife
- A microwave-safe glass bowl or measuring cup
- Some plastic wrap
- A microwave
- A whisk
- Soap molds
- Soap dyes in the colors of your choice
- A mixing bowl for each color you choose
- And a spray bottle of rubbing alcohol
- A small baking loaf pan (optional) (optional)
- And cooking oil (optional) (optional)
Cut base into cubes
Cut your base into 1-inch cubes to allow for easier melting. You can estimate the amount to melt by seeing how many chunks fit into each mold. In general, a pound of soap base should make about 3 medium-sized bars of soap, or numerous smaller ones.
Heat soap base
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 isn't completely melted, remove it, stir it with a whisk, and re-heat it at 10-second intervals, stirring in between, until it is. Don't forget to replace the plastic wrap each time.
Remove the melted base from the microwave and stir it gently, to avoid creating air bubbles.
Pour into bowls
Separate the soap base by pouring it into as many bowls as colors you plan to use.
Add the dyes or colorants to each of the separate bowls and stir.
Pour first layer
Pour the first layer into your mold.
Spray with alcohol
Spray the layer you've already poured into the mold with rubbing alcohol to eliminate air bubbles and help the layers adhere. Let it cool until a "skin" has formed.
Slowly pour another colored layer over the first layer. Spritz it with rubbing alcohol and let it cool, allowing a skin to form over the top. Continue in this way until you've added all your colors in as many layers as you like.
Let your creation cool for several hours or overnight, pop it out of its mold in the morning, and you're ready to bathe in ribbons of color.