I walked into my first Lush store the other day, and I wanted to buy everything in the store. I’m sure you can relate. I finally narrowed it down to one soap I would take home, but then I got major sticker shock. $8 for a sliver of soap?? No thanks, I can make it myself!
Well turns out, making soap from scratch is a long process. It includes using lye which can be toxic, so for my first soap making journey I decided to go with a simple melt and pour method. Plus I found out Lush makes their soap from the melt and pour method anyways! You just need to find good quality soap to start with.
I got mine from Brambleberry, and no I am not being paid to advertise. I took my time to research quality, and ended up at that website. I am definitely please with their product too. Most of what I’ve research has also recommend that we stay away from the craft store soap making kits.
shea butter melt and pour (about $3.58)
energy fragrance oil ($6.28)
dried marigold ($6)
There are so many options as to what you can add to your soap to customize it to what you like. I wanted to add the marigold because I wanted it to look like it was all natural and homemade. You can also add more moisturizer such as cocoa butter, or exfoliants, or coloring—the options are limitless.
Start by melting the soap on low heat. Continually stir so that it doesn’t burn in one area.
Once it’s all melted, go ahead and add everything else. I added two pinches of marigold, and a bottle length of straw (see picture)
They really filled the fragrance up to the top, and I didn’t want to spill it everywhere. I put a straw in the bottle, held the liquid in by covering the top of the straw with my finger, and releasing it over the soap.
I got these containers from the 99cent store. A pack of 5 was just 99cents! Perfect for projects like these. So go ahead and pour your soap into a container. You can also use a bread pan lined with plastic. Just make sure you have something to pull it out by if the mold is not flexible.
Wait at least a hour to let the soap set. If you’re using a bigger container, it could take longer so just touch the bottom of the mold to see if it’s still warm. Unmold when it’s room temp.
All done! These make really nice gifts, and they’re not that expensive. Next time I make soap, I only have to buy more melt and pour base, which is less than $4. These can also be used as stocking stuffers when poured into smaller molds. Get creative, have fun!