Scented soaps

Mollie Makes - - Contents -

A sweet-smelling foamy trio to make as gifts, im­press your house guests or to help you get your spa on

MA­TE­RI­ALS

1kg Crys­tal Clear Melt and Pour Base 1kg Crys­tal White Melt and Pour Base Wooden lol­lipop stick Iso­propyl al­co­hol or rub­bing al­co­hol Spray bot­tle Three loaf moulds

For the om­bré soap

15ml Christ­mas Spice fra­grance oil 1kg Zeni­color Pro pack

For the swirly soap

15ml Christ­mas Cran­berry fra­grance oil Pink EcoS­parks Re­flec­tions mi­cabased glit­ter

For the laven­der soap

15ml laven­der es­sen­tial oil 20g dried laven­der Cer­tain times of year – namely Christ­mas – re­quire an ex­tra level of pam­per­ing. Whether you want to get away from the hus­tle and bus­tle, prep for fancy nights out, or just treat your overnight guests, these ar­ti­san-in­spired soaps will in­stantly step up your bath­room’s spa-like vibes. We got our in­gre­di­ents from

www.the­soap­kitchen.co.uk, where you’ll also find a whole host of other dyes, pig­ments, and dried botan­i­cals to ex­per­i­ment with. And, once you’ve mas­tered the sim­ple art of soap-mak­ing, wrap fin­ished bars in waxed pa­per and rib­bon to give away as gifts.

Om­bré soap

01 Cut 650g of the clear Melt and Pour Base into small cubes and place into a mi­crowav­able jug. Heat the cubes in 30-sec­ond bursts, check­ing the con­sis­tency after each one. Use a wooden stir­rer to mix any un­melted pieces be­fore mi­crowav­ing again.

02 Once the base has com­pletely melted, add in the Christ­mas Spice fra­grance oil, or your cho­sen es­sen­tial oil, and stir to com­bine.

03 Spray the mould with rub­bing al­co­hol – this re­moves any bub­bles from your soap, and will help the lay­ers stick to­gether. Pour roughly

1 / of the soap mix into the mould, 6 spray it with the al­co­hol again, and leave to one side.

04 Add a small amount of the Zeni colourant into the soap mix to cre­ate the first layer of colour. We chose to use or­angey-red tones, cre­ated by us­ing a very small amount of the pink and yel­low colours, but Zeni do pro­vide a colour chart to help you mix up the colours you’re look­ing for.

05 Check your orig­i­nal layer of soap is firm enough to hold the sec­ond layer, then spray it with rub­bing al­co­hol. Add a small amount of Zeni col­orant to the soap to deepen the shade slightly, pour an­other 1 / of soap into the mould, 6 then spray again. If at any time the soap mix in the jug gets too firm, re­heat it in the mi­crowave for 10 sec­onds, check and stir.

06 Con­tinue to build up lay­ers in this way, adding more colour into the mix each time, and mak­ing sure to spray the set layer with rub­bing al­co­hol. After all six lay­ers have been added, leave the mix to cool for three hours. Once set, gen­tly pull the sides of the mould away from the soap and tap on the base to pop out the soap.

07 Us­ing a sharp knife, care­fully cut the soap block into slices, each roughly the same width.

Mar­bled soap

08 Cut 350g of the clear Melt and Pour Base into small cubes and melt in a mi­crowav­able jug as per Step 1. Add the Christ­mas Cran­berry fra­grance oil, or fra­grance of your choice, then split be­tween two con­tain­ers. Add a dif­fer­ent colourant to each con­tainer – we cre­ated pink and or­ange – then add a tea­spoon of Pink EcoS­parks Re­flec­tions to one con­tainer. If the soaps so­lid­ify at any point, re­heat them for 10 sec­onds in the mi­crowave, check the con­sis­tency and stir.

09 Cut 350g of the white Melt and Pour Base into small chunks and melt as per Step 1. Spray the mould with rub­bing al­co­hol and pour the white base in, then take one of the con­tain­ers with the coloured soap in­side and care­fully pour into one side of the mould.

10 Next, pour some of the sec­ond colour into the other side, then con­tinue adding both in to get a mar­bled ef­fect across the soap. Spray the top of the soap with rub­bing al­co­hol once you’ve fin­ished. Leave to cool for three hours or un­til the mix is com­pletely set, then re­move from the mould and cut as per Step 7.

Laven­der soap

11 Cut 650g of the white Melt and Pour Base into small cubes and melt as per Step 1. Add the laven­der es­sen­tial oil and mix in, then gen­tly stir through 20g of dried laven­der petals.

12 Spray the mould with the rub­bing al­co­hol and pour the mix in. Spray the top of the soap again, then leave to cool for three hours or un­til set. Fi­nally, re­move from the mould and slice into bars.

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