These scented soaps are fun to make, and can be molded into a variety of shapes and styles.
- Break 4 oz. of pure, unscented glycerin soap into 3 equal pieces (pure glycerin soap can be bought at many health stores and craft stores).
- Place soap in a microwave safe bowl.
- Melt soap in a microwave, heating on high for 10-15 seconds, and then stirring for several seconds. Repeat until soap is entirely liquid.
- While continuing to stir, quickly add any desired coloring, essential oil, or blend. There are specially made soap colors you can use, or you can use a drop or two of food coloring for every four ounces of soap. The amount of essential oils or blend you use depends on how intense the odor of the oil is, and on how strong you wish your soap to smell. We found that 4-6 drops of essential oil for every four ounces of soap seemed to be a good amount in general.
- Quickly pour the liquefied soap into a soap mold, candy mold, or other plastic container (we found that coating the molds with a TINY amount of vaseline before hand helped the soap come out a little easier) .
- Allow the soaps to sit for about 20-40 minutes until they have solidified.
- Take the soaps out of the mold.
- Wrap the soap in a colored tissue paper. Use tape or a fun sticker to hold the tissue paper closed.
- Place one or more soaps in a fun container or basket.
- When pouring soap into molds, fill the mold 3/4 of the way full, place a foam shape on the soap in the mold, then fill the mold the rest of the way full of soap. This can create a really cool effect, and is especially fun for younger children (just be careful not to use small foam pieces with children under three years old).
- Try creating two-tone soaps by filling a mold half-way with one color of soap, then filling the rest of the mold with another color soap.
For another method of making soap, as well as some great essential oil blends that can be used in your soap, check out Valerie Ann Worwood's book, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy (pgs 313-314). The book, 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy, by Carol Schiller and David Schiller, also contains many great essential oil blend ideas that can be used to scent your soaps.