December Box: Melt and Pour Loofah Soap

If you’re reading this blog post right now you have probably already joined the Handmade Beauty Box community. Welcome! December’s soap project is perfect for beginners and the end results will make you look like a professional soapmaker. Seriously, your friends will think you’ve been soaping for years! If you HAVE actually been soaping for years, let’s see your creative variations. We want to see everyone’s finished products so remember to share photos with the HBB community on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest with the hashtag #hbbshowandtell. Have fun with your first Handmade Beauty Box! In the meantime, we’ll be refreshing our Facebook feed every 3 seconds waiting for pictures. We’re dorks. We know it =)

December's soap project is perfect for beginners and the end results will make you look like a professional soap maker. buy_now_button

DIFFICULTY: BEGINNER
TIME: 30 MINUTES
YIELDS: 8 SOAPS

Handmade Beauty Box Includes:
2 lbs Clear Melt and Pour Soap Base
8 Soap Molds with Lids
1 oz Sunny Herb Garden Fragrance Oil
1 Electric Bubble Gum Color Block
1 Tangerine Wow Color Block
1 Loofah
1 Dropper
1 Spray Bottle (for rubbing alcohol)
Raffia and Soap Labels (located at the bottom of your box)

What You’ll Need from Home:
2 Heat Safe Containers
2 spoons
Scissors
Paper Towels
Rubbing Alcohol

Loofah Prep: Cut the dry loofah sponge into 8 even pieces by cutting once vertically then cutting each half into 4 pieces. Next, add the loofah sponge pieces to water to reconstitute and remove seeds as needed (this is a natural vegetable product so you may have seeds). Towel-dry each loofah piece to remove excess water. Set aside.

Cut the dry loofah sponge into 8 even pieces by cutting once vertically then cutting each half into 4 pieces.Rubbing Alcohol Prep: Add rubbing alcohol to the 2 oz spray bottle. Spritzing the melted soap with rubbing alcohol eliminates air bubbles.

ONE: Cut the soap base into 1-inch cubes and divide equally into 2 microwave safe glass containers.

TWO: Melt the first container of soap in the microwave on 30-second bursts, stirring in between bursts with a spoon, until the soap is fully melted.

THREE: Slice off a sliver of the Tangerine Wow color block and mix a small amount into the first container of melted soap until you achieve a bright orange hue. What you see is what you get with these colorants so feel free to add more if you want a brighter color.

FOUR: Add 4 droppers full of fragrance oil to the melted orange soap base and stir until the fragrance oil is fully distributed (about 12 ml).

FIVE: Repeat steps 2, 3, and 4 using the Electric Bubble Gum color block and your second container of soap.

Melt the first container of soap in the microwave on 30 second bursts, stirring in between bursts with a spoon, until the soap is fully melted. Slice off a sliver of the Tangerine Wow color block and mix a small amount into the first container of melted soap until you achieve a bright orange hue. What you see is what you get with these colorants so feel free to add more if you want a brighter color.SIX: Place 1 loofah sponge in each rectangle mold. It’s ok if the loofah sponges are still a little damp. Trim the sponges if needed. Ideally, we want both containers of soap around the same temperature when we pour. If you have a thermometer, the magic temperature is about 130° Fahrenheit. If you don’t have a thermometer, no problem. Let the soap cool down until it gets a little bit thicker and starts to form a “skin” on top of the soap. The soap should not be hot. If the soap cooled down too much, just pop it back in the microwave on 30-second bursts. Heat as needed.

SEVEN: The color fusion technique is about the “pour.” Pour the pink soap into 4 molds only filling up the molds halfway. Next, pour the orange soap on top of the pink soap to fill the mold all the way to the top. Repeat this step for the remaining 4 soap molds pouring the orange soap first and the pink soap second. Spritz all of the soaps with rubbing alcohol to eliminate bubbles.

The color fusion technique is about the “pour.” Pour the pink soap into 4 molds only filling up the molds half way. Next, pour the orange soap on top of the pink soap to fill the mold all the way to the top. Repeat this step for the remaining 4 soap molds pouring the orange soap first and the pink soap second. Spritz all of the soaps with rubbing alcohol to eliminate bubbles.EIGHT: Let the soap harden for 12–24 hours before unmolding. The soap is ready to use right away or add the raffia and labels (download here) to the soap mold and give them away as Christmas gifts. Download your free Christmas cards here. Your friends and family will love you!

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