Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Easy Soap~Scratch and Sniff

I linked up today at the Shabby Chic Cottage for Transformation Thursday. What a great platform to celebrate Getting things done! Stop on over to see the mass of accomplished projects. I guarantee you will be inspired!

I Do make soap the old-fashioned way with lye, lard, eye goggles and a ventilated room. So I feel like I cheated today. I unearthed some Aloe Vera melt and pour soap base that I bought over a year ago. I finally took time to use it! I get many of my supplies for candle and soap making at Peak Candle in Denver. They have amazing customer service, good prices and throw in a free random sample of fragrance oil with each online order. Last time my sample was Cranberry Orange.


I melted 4 bricks of the soap base , in a glass bowl in the microwave, and melted, stirred and checked it in AppleDices-11 minute intervals.

I sprinkled cinnamon and dried apple dices into the bottom of the mold while waiting for the base to completely liquify.

When melted, I added about a teaspoon of Apple Cider scented oil, and slowly poured it into the mold.

027I like to use silicone molds for my candles, melting tarts and soap. This time I used the loaf mold.

You can get all kinds of molds. I have Victorian Hearts,muffin and cinnamon buns, Christmas mittens and trees , turkeys and pumpkins…

028Here is a tart mold that looks dirty but it is really cinnamon. I use cinnamon a lot, also, allspice, brown sugar and all kinds of herbs. My work area gets dusty but the “dust” smells divine. :)

After about 30 or so minutes, the mold releases the entire loaf onto my cutting board

031 Wavy vegetable slicers cut through the soap as slick as butter.

014I wish I could add a “scratch and sniff patch” to this soap for you to smell. It is delicious and smells exactly like a buttery-cinnamony-apple streusel.

013Yes, this was too easy. The “real” soap makers are the true masters.I fully appreciate the time, and skills involved. But, you sure can’t have children or pets around when your soap ingredients can peel your skin off, blind you or knock you out from toxic vapors.

This can be made almost entirely by children and the bars make a luscious, skin softening gift.



Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

What a cool way to do soap!

Gypsy Brocante said...

Darn ... you've just added another "to-do" to my must do list!! Great project thanks for the tutorial!


Blue Creek Home said...

I am so impressed with your soap making skills! I love th eway it looks.

Sandy and Joe/rhubarb reign said...

Wow -- who knew that soap ingredients could be so nasty! But yours looks great -- and the scent sounds wonderful! Thanks for your nice comment on our blog. Come visit again. xo

Tara said...

You make it look so easy! The soap looks so great when finished.

Reid said...

Love it!!! I made some halloween soaps, but this is just way too cool!

Mandy said...

Pretty soap! Looks like so much fun to make, too! I'll have to try this with my daughter :)

Sarah said...

This looks like a lot of fun. I'm always picking up handmade soaps at a local store because they put the most interesting things inside. Thanks for stopping by to visit. I appreciate your kind comment. ~ Sarah

Martha said...

I've never done soap -- how clever of you!