Did you know that Anna Jarvis, the woman that started Mother’s Day, was never a mother herself? I didn’t either till this past weekend. (Thanks Yahoo News!). She was an advocate for celebrating mothers and felt that handmade gifts were the way to go. She actually spent much of her life fighting against commercialization of the holiday.
We here at Bathe Happy totally agree with that sentiment. For Mother’s Day this year, I helped Pretty One make her Mom a gift. By helped I mean that I supervised and instructed but let her do most of the work. She decides to make her Mom some soap (she loves helping out when I make it). We made Blooming Lavender soap and it came out great so I’d like to share the process with you. Maybe you will be inspired to make something for your Mom!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 lb of Melt and Pour soap base (Cut into 1 inch cubes
- Colorant of Your Choosing (optional)
- Fragrance or Essential Oil (Optional but recommended)
- A Soap Mold (We used 4 cavities in a 12 cavity silicone bar mold but you can use any mold you would like)
- A Large, Microwave-safe Mixing Bowl
- A Metal Spoon
- A Spray Bottle of Rubbing Alcohol
- (We stamped our soap with a resin soap-stamp as well but this is completely optional)
Once you’ve gathered all your supplies put the soap base into the mixing bowl and microwave on high in 30 second bursts stirring occasionally until the soap is just about melted. Stir until there are no more clumps and the base is fully liquid. Add your colorant according to the directions for that color and stir well. We used an Ultramarine Violet and a Shimmer White Mica. Once the color is completely dissolved add your Fragrance or Essential Oil. You will need about 7-10 ml per pound of base. Stir well. While you do want to stir everything in really well it’s important to not stir TOO vigorously as you want to avoid a lot of air bubbles.
Now that everything is combined, pour the mixture into your mold. Spritz the top of the soap with the rubbing alcohol to eliminate any bubbles. From there you can either wait for it to cool at room temperature or you can place in your fridge or freezer to speed up the process. Pop the soap out of the mold as soon as it’s hardened and ta-daa, a homemade gift anyone would love.
Here is how ours turned out: