I woke yesterday to the sound of rain. It was so soothing to hear the drops falling. The gardens desperately needed it and we received about 3+ inches. The brown grass is already turning green again. Since I knew I would be staying inside all day I thought I would try my hand at making some soaps using cute vintage tart tins.
Now, I have to admit I'm not very good when it comes to judging quantity so I purchased a 1/2 lb. of Shea butter soap base and shaved off about 1/2". I then took the portion I cut and sliced it into cubes. I highly recommend you purchase a soap knife. It will make your life much easier. The sliced cubes were placed in a glass Pyrex measuring cup and placed in the microwave. They were melted in 20-30 second intervals, stirring after each interval. It took about 60 seconds for mine to completely melt.
While the soap was melting in the microwave, I spritzed the tins with rubbing alcohol. This is an important step as it will help you remove your soap after they harden. I just added rubbing alcohol to a mini mister bottle and it worked great.
After removing the melted soap I added 3 drops of Vitamin E oil and 8 drops of German Chamomile essential oil. If you are not familiar with German Chamomile it has a bluish color. Don't worry once you add your drops and stir the mixture you won't be able to tell. Once I had everything mixed I then poured the soap into the tart tins. I quickly added organic dried Chamomile flowers to the top and let the tins sit out for about an hour. I then placed the tins in the refrigerator overnight and this morning the soap popped right out.
The cooling process will depend upon your conditions (temperature and humidity levels).
I then placed the tins in the refrigerator overnight and this morning the soap popped right out.
I'm going to place 3 soaps in a cellophane bag and decorate it with crinkled seam binding with a tag. So what do you think? Aren't they cute? Have you ever tried to make soap?
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