I bought my first bar of handmade soap at a craft show in Owensboro, Kentucky (my hometown), and fell in love with handmade soap.
I decided then that I wanted to try my hand at this craft and did my research and decided melt and pour soap making was for me.
Melt and pour soap is just exactly what it says it is, you melt the already made soap base and add your ingredients and pour into your molds. In a couple of hours, you have handmade soap…
Today we are going to make a Key lime, coconut, poppy seed melt and pour soap. This is a new one for me, so this is my first attempt (crossing my fingers it goes well).
So, lets gather our supplies:
Glass measuring cup/bowl
soap base (I used shea butter) 6-7 cubes (it made exactly 4 bars)
dried lime slices
fragrance oil (coconut)
soap colorant (optional)
Melt soap base in microwave (in the glass container) in 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval. (about a minute and a half)
While the soap is melting, go ahead and zest your lime (as you can see, I forgot to snap the pic before I used the zest)
Let melted soap cool for about 2 minutes
Add poppy seed (I used about a tablespoon), add 15-20 drops of the coconut fragrance oil and colorant (until you have the desired color).Mix well to incorporate all ingredients. I only used 2 drops of green because I wanted the poppy seed to pop (pun intended).
Pour the soap mixture into you molds
Add lime slices on top of the mixture and then sprinkle lime zest. Don’t push them down into the soap or they will disappear.
Now, we just have to let it sit for 1-2 hours to harden and we will have beautiful, creamy, luxurious handmade soap.
To remove from molds, simply turn mold upside down and push in the center of each bar evenly and gently until the mold releases the soap..
And, for the bonus I promised to all my Facebook followers, I have added a quick how to tutorial to show how I dried my own key limes (which also grow on a tree in my yard, thanks to my wonderful friend Rhonda).
It was very simple. Just choose your lime, and a very sharp knife, and on a cutting board, slice your limes thinly.
preheat oven to 100 degrees and place the limes on a wire wrack (I used my convection/rotisserie oven for this, so I used my wire basket)
Bake for 2-3 hours (mine were done in 2 1/2 hours).
Let cool and add to soap when ready.
Oh please give this a try and do remember to comment on my posts to let me know you stopped by.