Handmade Soap DIY
Today I have a really fun and easy beauty DIY to share with you. For ages, I have been wanting to make some soaps. I had done some research online and watched some Youtube videos and decided I was going to give it a bash myself. I was surprised by how easy it was. When researching soap making I read a lot of posts and I decided to take the easier route and I used the melt and pour method. There is another way of making soaps which involves using a chemical called Lye. As I didn’t trust myself handling chemicals I decided to pick up some melt and pour soap base off amazon. I also put together a Youtube video showing you guys how I made the soaps. Scroll below for my video.
I picked up a soap base from Amazon. I went for a goats milk base however, there are loads to choose from. You can get a clear base, shea butter base, argan oil base. There are loads of bases to choose from. As I ordered off Amazon my soap base arrived in less than a week which was great.
What you will need
Here is a list of the items you need for this DIY.
– Glass measuring jug
– Wooden spoon
– Soap moulds ( silicone cake moulds are the same )
– Essential oils and ingredients to add to your soap, ie honey, oatmeal etc
How to make
In my video, I made two types of soaps. I made a honey, oatmeal and almond oil soap and I made a lavender and lemongrass soap. The fun thing about making soap is that you can get really creative and experiment with different scents and recipes. Have a scroll through Pinterest for recipe ideas.
– Start by removing your block of soap from its plastic container. Then chop up your base into smaller chunks and add them to your glass bowl. I used the microwave to melt my soap base. I melted my soap into 30-second intervals. I would stir it using my wooden spoon between microwaving it. Once it was nice and smooth I was ready to add my essential oils and ingredients.
– For the honey and oatmeal soaps, I added one tablespoon of honey and stirred until it was melted into the soap base. I then added 20 drops per 400ml of the sweet almond oil. I added two tablespoons of oatmeal to the soap base and stirred it in well.
– For the lavender and lemongrass soaps, I added 30 drops of each oil into my soap base and stirred. If the scent is not strong enough for you then you can add more drops.
– I then poured my liquid mixture into my soap moulds. If your soap starts to thicken before you pour then simply pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds to melt it again.
– You can use rubbing alcohol on the back of your soap to stop bubbles from forming. I didn’t so this step. I didn’t mind the bubbles as they were on the back of the soap and you didn’t notice it.
– Pop your soap moulds into the fridge to set. I leave mine in the fridge for an hour but I noticed that they did set quicker.
– Once set remove your soaps from the moulds. This is my favourite bit. They slip out so easily.
Wrapping them in gifts
As it is Christmas I decided to use some of the gingerbread and snowflake moulds. I popped them into a glass Kilner jar. I also made some bar shape soaps and I used some old fabric scraps to wrap around the bars and used some twine to wrap them. There are so many ways in which you can wrap and style them to give them away as presents. Whilst making these I thought they would be a great DIY for a wedding. They would be really nice in the bathroom or to give away. You could personalise the scent too.
Have you had a go at making these? I would love to know if you have any recommendations or recipes? I found loads on Pinterest so if you want to have a go at making these but you want to use other ingredients then head on over to Pinterest and search some recipes.
Thanks so much for popping by and reading today’s post. Don’t forget to check out my Youtube video sharing how I made the soaps. Please hit the subscribe button too when you are over on my channel.