Hand Crafted Microwave Soaps | Day 1: Made By Hand
Making soap can be a hot, involved and even dangerous craft. Try working with lye and bubbling cauldrons of the white stuff and you'll be running to the nearest Target for some bars of Ivory. However, handcrafting soap is a different story utterly and completely. You can craft soaps into various shapes with multiple "add-ons" to suit what is in season and your personal taste. Much better than working with lye!
- Goat's Milk Soap Base
- Shea Butter Soap Base
- Brownie Silicone Pan as a Mold (purchase or use kitchen molds also)
- Fragrance Oils
- Natural Elements and Fragrances
- Wooden Spoon and Microwave-safe Dish
The real twist in this process are the "add-ons." I felt like a Cold Stone ice cream maker as I chopped up ingredients, mixed in oils and swirled them all into the hot soap mix. First on the list? Lemon Balm is growing in mass amounts in the garden, so I harvested some fresh, along with basil and lavender. To spike the fragrance even further, I added in synthetic oils for a punch. My mixes?
The next step towards crafting those bars of soap into real bars of useable soap is buying a mold. You can buy soap molds for this very purpose, but I wanted to get a little more creative with my soaps and save a few pennies by using molds around the house. Non-stick pans are a great choice for soap molds and you probably have a few in the cabinet. I chose this mini-custard pan.
My second choice of mold is a silicon brownie pan. The non-stick pan worked well, but the silicon pan worked AMAZINGLY well for soap molding. The pan can literally be folded and flopped and the soap pops right out perfectly.
You might have noticed in my soap descriptions that I included a few extracts in addition to the oils and fresh ingredients.
Note: When using some herbs (like lavender), if the gift is not to be given right away, the herbs can start to brown with age. Wither gift and use soaps immediately or simply remelt and mold the soaps and browned herbs and create a pretty tan soap instead of a pure white.
Now we have soap!
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