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